When it comes to burning discs, the software market is filled with numerous types of dedicated applications so that even beginners can easily create their video or data CDs and DVDs. Such a tool is Nero 8, which combines its user-friendly interface with complex features and functions.
Integration of multiple tools
In order to offer a helping hand to all novices, the main window of Nero 8 displays a button placed on the bottom left corner (similar to the Start button in Windows), where the complete application list can be accessed: Burning ROM, Express, Vision, BackItUp, CoverDesigner, WaveEditor, SoundTrax, ShowTime, Recode, PhotoSnap, and ControlCenter.
Depending on one's needs and knowledge, each of these tools can be selected and put to test. For instance, a beginner might prefer to simply burn a CD, while experts might need to back up their data, create a recovery disc or design an artistic cover.
Burn discs and edit items
The Rip and Burn section brings forth several other utilities enabling users to rip audio CDs, clone their discs, and burn an audio CD or DVD, a Jukebox, data or video one.
The Create and Edit tab is meant to differentiate Nero 8 from other similar burning apps as individuals can edit photos and generate slideshows, mix, compose, edit or record audio files, edit and capture videos, and even create disc labels or covers, and convert tracks to other formats.
Manage and view multimedia files
Another equally feature-packed section is the Home Entertainment one, where one can play music and videos, or view photos. Nero 8 also enables users to connect to television channels - manage media, watch live TV or record from it.
Each of these functions can be further configured to meet each person’s requirements, but it is best not to apply any modifications if one is not sure about them, as they could affect the performance and quality of the software.
Performance and conclusion
Nero 8 functions as efficiently as all the products in the series, meaning the RAM and CPU usage level might occasionally peak. This only occurs when intense burning actions are performed, especially if there are numerous open third-party products. The response time is good, there are plenty of options incorporated to keep you glued to your computer for quite a while and we did not come across any errors, hangs or bugs in our tests.
Taking all of this into consideration, we can safely say Nero 8 is an efficient and reliable piece of software, which is well-deserving of all the attention it has been given over the years.