Wednesday, July 26, 2006

ISO Recorder v2

ISO Recorder is a tool (power toy) for Windows XP, 2003 and now Windows Vista, that allows (depending on the Windows version) to burn CD and DVD images, copy disks, make images of the existing data CDs and DVDs and create ISO images from a content of a disk folder.
ISO Recorder has been conceived during Windows XP beta program, when Microsoft for the first time started distributing new OS builds as ISO images. Even though the new OS had CD-burning support (by Roxio), it did not have an ability to record an image. ISO Recorder has filled this need and has been one of the poular Windows downloads ever since.

My groovy MacBook has a combo-drive that not even the current release of Nero recognises. Initially I thought this would be a problem as I often make CDs at work and I'd never used the Windows CD burning wizzard (or whatever they call it!) - but since I only ever have to put files onto CDs (never audio or video CDs - but as it turns out the Windows wizzard will do audio somewhat clumsily) I figured I'd give it a go. It's fine, but won't burn the contents of ISO images directly - this little Windows add-on does the business - I needed something to burn the ISO of the Dapper Drake!


James Clarke said...

How is dapper drake treating you?

Phil Crawley said...

I've been enjoying it a lot - it is really polished compared to v5.10 ("The Breezy Badger"!) - the installer found everything on the Dell machine I'm running it on. KDE v3 keeps treading a nice compromise between the Windows desktop and OS-X. With Open Office, Firefox, GAIM (messenger client), Skype and The Gimp (for graphics) it really is a usable OS (rather than being niche/geek interest). My only beef (and it's the same complaint against OS-X) is that you can't easily run AutoCAD - apparently there is a version of AutoCAD 2000 that will run under WINE but it's not easy. Video playback is superb - that same machine couldn't handle 1080 HD H264 clips (without dropping frames) under Windows but I left it running several episode of The Shield last week and it didn't drop a frame all morning.
So all in all it's definately getting there - I'm forcing my kids to learn all three OSes and it's all good.