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FireStarter FX is a cool new application for making backups of your CDs and DVDs and burn them back to another media.

It's also a very easy way of burning disc images from the PC world: It handles perfectly well cue/bin files, which are so common on Windows, and which were very hard to burn with other tools.

FireStarter FX is not a tool to back up DVD-Videos, nor a transcoding tool to encode your videos in other formats such as MPEG4, MPEG2, MPEG1 or DivX

What's New

Version 1.0rc1:
  • FireStarter FX 1.0RC1 has been redeveloped from scratch and now supports officially only Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. It is a universal application from ground up. It hasn't been tested on previous versions of Mac OS X and we are not intending on supporting them.
  • All the previous functionalities are available, in a more robust and hopefully user-friendly more...


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Project:omega (Developer) Member IconDev+0
Project:omega (Developer)

CALABAR_BEAN, sorry but you are past the line... rating a software that you haven't even tried, and specially, rating its functionality poorly and backing them with wrong assertions is simply unacceptable.
Specially when considering that you have obviously been using for free this software which required a considerable amount of work.

FYI: This is a major new version, rebuilt from scratch, and no expiry date.

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Version 1.0rc1

It may not expire now, but it just quits on launch for me.

Too bad, looks promising.



Is FireStarter-FX dead? It was the only GUI that used 'cdrdao' that I could find for OS X. Would like to see the broken links fixed to D/L the RC1, and know if this project is dead or not.

Many thanks,



@MACCENTRIC: Run it in Rosetta (RT click on the Icon, choose 'Get Info', and check the 'Open using Rosetta' checkbox, and it should launch. Mine crashes on startup as well.

I also did a little detective work, to find a working link for the RC1 build, which is not time limited:


It seems like this is dead though. I got lucky finding this link, which only had a link to 1.0b12, which won't even launch because of the date expiration:


(The link to b12 is close to the bottom of the page, and the entire page is in French)

I just love this app, because it integrates the best (I think) command line CD burning software out there; 'cdrdao' -- Open Source, at sourceforge.net

cbx322 Member IconReview+29


If you'd like to run into expiration dates and be forced to update and to wait for a new version which is not available...

It's a no go.

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Version 1.0rc1
cougarblue Member IconComment+3

The best way to kill your software is to get too cute with restrictions, codes, or expiration dates. I've been a Mac user since 1986, beta-tested 100's of games and utilities, and assembled shareware/freeware discs for user groups. Take a good look at the software products to make it from the beta stage to successful sales and I don't think you could name one that made it to retail shelfs that played the expiration game. Limit the features, whatever you think best, but once you make a small utility hard to use, the Mac world runs away from you. After I noted that you misbranded your product as freeware, I decided against even downloading it.
There are too many comparable products that do the same thing, to charge either an unreasonable high price or make it difficult to install and use.
One of the very best freeware efforts ever is 0.50 Senuti. I have had a great experience using the software. If the developer made it to version 1.0 and charged $19, or added features and charged up t0 $29, I'd pay for it in a heartbeat. If the German guy who developed similar product priced at $49 to start; sold a hundred copies, I'd be shocked.
Sadly you have chosen to get fancy and shoot yourself in the butt, by making the process more trouble than the products worth.

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Version 1.0b12
RobK Member IconComment+238

Why are you putting an expiry date on the software?
Are you thinking of making this product sharware after the Beta?

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Version 1.0b12
otranvex Member IconComment+0

We need the new beta!!! come on!!!

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Version 1.0b11
Joshmunkey Member IconComment+54

fantastic, the beta cancelled a day early for me. i love the app and have used it countless times, but what a kick in the pills that is.

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Version 1.0b11

Like I told the other poster -->
Just go to your date and time preference panel and put your date back a year or so and then start the program and you will be able to use it. Not an elegant solution, but one that works in a pinch. good luck.

Kotos11 Member IconComment+0

Simply the best for burning bin/cue files on a Mac.

Runs perfectly.

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Version 1.0b11
nglester Member IconReview+0

Not working at all.
No matter what i drop into the box, it just won't show up anything at all. Won't start burning, or did anything.
The only button which works was "Donation"

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Version 1.0b11
cbx322 Member IconComment+29

Please drop the beta expiration!!!

Instead add "check for update".

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Version 1.0b11
Marc Eichstaedt Member IconComment+0
Marc Eichstaedt

Nice implementation of cdrdao. But please drop the beta expiration. It is just a nuisance.

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Version 1.0b10
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Downloads 53,261
Version Downloads 14,954
Type Utilities / Backup
License Free
Date 25 Mar 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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