Easy CD Creator Deluxe 4

Improvements include the ability to fade in or fade out individual tracks, and set the gap between tracks. You can also define your own default settings so that you don't need to fill out the information each time. The menu bars and layout have been improved, while the new animated "CD Guide" harks back to the despised Office 97 Assistant. There are also some minor bugs such as menu bars that disappear off the side of the screen and issues with Windows "Large Font" settings.

While the new features in version 4 could probably have been introduced with a patch, Adaptec is trying to steer people to this deluxe release by offering bundled software - stacks of it. Over 10 programs are included, and while the CD also boasts free licensed MP3 files, don't expect to know too many of the artists. Tools for both storing data or creating audio CDs have been included. If you're archiving tape or vinyl, CD Spin Doctor is a handy addition that reduces pops, clicks or tape hiss, while the Sound Editor allows you to edit tracks. Other extras include a labelling kit and software, Jewel Case Creator, Liquid Music Player and copies of MGI's PhotoSuite II (SE) and VideoWave II (SE).

So, is it worth buying? If you have version 3 and don't need the other goodies, then spend your money elsewhere. If you weren't lucky enough to get the Easy CD Creator with your burner and the bundled software is appealing, then it's a bargain.

Easy CD Creator Deluxe 4

Price: $129

Distributor: Adaptec

Phone: (02) 9416 0687

URL: www.adaptec.com.au

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