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1.0.3
02 March 2008

Burn CD/DVD media with virtual 3D smoke effects.

Bumbleb
15 June 2009

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This app is the highest of high example of the delicious generation of apps that came about a few years ago. It seemed like everyone just wanted apps to be pretty. Features? Nah, jus' give prettyyy... This app should be at a museum;-)
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Version 1.0.3

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MAchintrucbidule459
19 April 2018
The pinnacle of the Delicious Generation ™. Cult app … In a bad way, like E.T. on Atari 2600.
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Version 1.0.3
cubanpete
28 October 2015
Works flawlessly on Yosemite (last edition). Will probably on El Capitan too. If you use this be sure to plug in your burner first - otherwise Disco will crash. This can span large amounts of stuff across multiple CDs or DVS and I think no other app can do this. cubanpete gives absolute stellar maximum of 6 stars ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪
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Version 1.0.3
cubanpete
28 August 2015
Great, beautiful software with really nice "burning documents" animation (which can also be switched off). You can dispell the smoke by blowing! "You can even blow into your microphone and the smoke will react accordingly. " Best thing is that disco can span disks. So if you have lots of stuff to burn that will not fit on a single disk, disco will do all the calculations for you to properly fill the disks to the brim. "If Disco detects the total size of the files you're burning is bigger than the disc, it will try to divide them amongst multiple discs so that they fit. " It can also keep a record of the contents of your burned disks. Wow. "You can instantly search through tens of thousands of burned files and find out info such as when it was burned, to what disc it was burned, and when it was last edited. " I'm glad this still works as of Aug 2015 on ML 10.8.5. It's such a timesaver and it never ruined a disk. However, it can crash. If it won't start at all, delete it with App Cleaner, then reinstall. If it still won't start, run a different burning app, then run disco. That helped me. It's fine now. Wish the developer would release this so disco won't die! It's too good to die. Please... But thanks for making it free.
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Version 1.0.3
Jflower04
22 July 2011
I love and have used Disco for year. Now I am very sad they are not continuing to develop this app. They are now offering a free username and password on their website. I am using the app under Snow Leopard and occasionally it will crash. I wish the developer would release the source code so that the mac community can continue to update the app. I cannot find anything that even comes close to it except for Toast. And that takes a huge step away from the simplicity. And I am not quite ready to dish out the cash for Toast.
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Version 1.0.3
Alexrom1000
08 July 2011
Just found this official note on developers website: "As of July 2011 development and support of Disco have been officially discontinued. Disco will remain downloadable by any one who wishes to use it." They also made available free license there, but it seems this license does not work (at least it was so in my case).
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Version 1.0.3
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Ep1curus
Ep1curus
15 July 2011
The license does work. Enter Name as FREE DISCO.
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Alexrom1000
Alexrom1000
18 July 2011
Yes, correct. Tried it with FREE DISCO, works fine now. Thanks, Ray
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Samum
30 April 2011
disco.app is better application for the burn cd/dvd
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Version 1.0.3
Neox
08 November 2010
So is this officially abandonware? I really hope that they do an upgrade to this app as, despite the more recent comments it does indeed work pretty well. It is not a replacement for toast but it is still a useful burning app. So how about it, Austin, are you going to update this app like you said you were all those years ago when this version was released?
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Version 1.0.3
The Philosofox
15 August 2010
Underperforming abandonware with beautiful icon by SOFA (madebysofa.com). Beware.
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Version 1.0.3
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Charliehodge
Charliehodge
21 September 2010
Don't waste your time or money on this. It hasn't been updated in ages and all of the hype by the developers has gone unfulfilled.
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Version 1.0.3
Stevedahl
22 January 2010
I purchased Disco as part of a MacUpdate promo bundle. Unfortunately, after testing it for several days I can honestly say: DISCO SUCKS! The main problem with Disco is that it just doesn't work. I have attempted to burn 6 DVD+R DL discs with it - something I've had no trouble doing with, say, Disk Utility, Toast, etc. - and only one of them burned successfully. The rest of them failed with the completely useless message "Coaster Created." Thanks a lot, Disco! I'd recommend just throwing your blank DVDs into the trash directly rather than waiting 40 minutes to have Disco tell you "Coaster Created." Don't bother with this app until the developers get their act together and deliver something which actually works.
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Version 1.0.3
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-M-S-
-M-S-
23 August 2010
Disco has never been in a MacUpdate bundle. It must be another bundle.
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Version 1.0.3
-M-S-
-M-S-
23 August 2010
Disco has never been in a MacUpdate bundle. It must be another bundle.
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Version 1.0.3
Bumbleb
15 June 2009
This app is the highest of high example of the delicious generation of apps that came about a few years ago. It seemed like everyone just wanted apps to be pretty. Features? Nah, jus' give prettyyy... This app should be at a museum;-)
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Version 1.0.3
Chriswan
30 April 2009
One year and thirty days later... still no update... This is a vaporware
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Version 1.0.3
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Orion-Mk-V
Orion-Mk-V
23 May 2009
Agreed. I own a copy, but it doesn't work anymore.
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Version 1.0.3
Chriswan
09 December 2008
It's been ~9 months since last update... I'm not sure when the promised 2.0 will be released I guess there's no incentives for Austin to fullfil his promise, since it's a free upgrade, developing apps for iPhone seems like a better cashcow...
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Version 1.0.3
gryphonent
02 November 2008
Is this still in active development? No support whatsoever, no updates.
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Version 1.0.3
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Xenophile
Xenophile
02 December 2008
Developer spent all his time on the rad 3D smoke effect.
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Version 1.0.3
Chris-Fam
21 March 2008
Doesn't support daisy-chained writer which is a minus. My data are usually store on my FireWire HD and has a DVD writer connect to it... I burn my data on that drive with the daisy-chained writer... pls add support?
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Version 1.0.3
dwp-1
02 March 2008
UPDATE: Both data cd's ended with Disco stating "Coaster Created". Very disappointed, thats what I get for expecting great software from great hype!
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Version 1.0.3
dwp-1
02 March 2008
I am thrilled to see the developers have taken an interest in Disco and updated it. Lets hope they continue to support Disco. Maybe, then we will regain our faith in these developers and support their new projects. Thank You Guys
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Version 1.0.3
Alexiusca
02 March 2008
The delicious generation appears to be rotting.
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Version 1.0.3
Syaman
02 March 2008
Am glad to see an update to this nice app after so long!
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Version 1.0.3
benr
14 January 2008
So here we are, a year on, and nothing. The developer's site still claims: "There are some amazing things in the works for Disco". When? 2009? The twenty-teens? Disco was billed as the future of disk burning on OS X, and I was happy to see Toast get some featherweight competition. Sadly, it seems the developers were happy to take the money and run. Call me naive, but when I buy a 1.0 app with this much hype around it, it's for what it implicitly promises to do in the future as much as what it does now. Can we ever expect to see this app updated, or is it just going to wither and die?
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Version 1.0.2
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tim-dehring
tim-dehring
02 March 2008
I'm so glad I didn't buy into this hype when it was announced.
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Version 1.0.3
RoyPDX
04 January 2008
I really like this program. Most of the burning I do is simple, archival backups...Disco is the ONLY burning software I've used that has NEVER created a coaster. My only request is that they add the ability to create and add custom icons to our backup CD/DVDs
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Version 1.0.2
Mbhockey
30 November 2007
Disappointed that it's one year since I've tried this app, and it STILL cannot create proper DVD discs from video_ts folders that work in set top DVD player. I remember it was a problem with Tiger's burning framework, was this not fixed in Leopard (i'm running 10.5.1).
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Version 1.0.2
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Mbhockey
Mbhockey
25 October 2008
Wow...this still hasn't been fixed. Kind of mad I spent money for this app that seems to have been long forgotten about by its developers.
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Version 1.0.3
Freebsd
09 November 2007
Disco's strength lies in its lightweight profile as an app, plus its ability to handle the most basic burning features simply and easily. I also find that its performance is good, and the app is pretty stable, even in Leopard. As many have noted, disc spanning is broken, and while acknowledged by developers, has gone unfixed despite continually being available for sale. I agree with others when I say that it is my perception as a user that too much time was spent on UI and not on getting rid of bugs that affect actual performance and usability. Since this project looks all but abandoned, I would strongly urge people to evaluate their release schedule history before making purchasing decisions.
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Version 1.0.2
//idn
13 October 2007
Not worth the money at all. Just use "Burn" instead. If you're going to invest money in a burning app, there is still no alternative to Toast. Plus, there have been no updates in months.
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Version 1.0.2
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Verycarla
Verycarla
24 October 2007
Well, considering that Disco relies on the system's burning mechanism to write CDs it's not terribly surprising that there have been no updates. But don't worry! Leopard is here and Disco is sure to be updated to take advantage of Core Animation to bring you lots of really sweet new visual effects to keep you entertained while it burns your CDs. Meanwhile, those of us who need to master Redbook audio CDs and generally get things done rather than impress Windows users with Leopard's bling will be using Toast.
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Version 1.0.2
//idn
//idn
25 October 2007
Of course you are right. But then again, this is also the best argument against using Disco. With disc spanning obviously broken and the archive feature not being thought out right there is absolutely no reason to shell out any money for simple burn tasks. I have always critizised the developers for spending too much time working on the visuals instead of working on innovative features - and get them working right. Eye candy won't get you long-term customers satisfaction.
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Version 1.0.2
Biiclops
24 September 2007
I was very excited about this app when it came out. I really like the clean look and the ease of use, but half the time I tried to use it I got a coaster. Spanning never worked for me either, and that was the feature I was most excited about. Very disappointing. 6+ months without an update has me wondering if it has been abandoned by the developers.
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Version 1.0.2
Cleversimon
11 July 2007
4+ months without a single update. Believe the hype, indeed.
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Version 1.0.2
Mbhockey
24 April 2007
Very fun UI. Clean, crisp...easy to navigate. A true revolution in terms of disc burning apps. Great job, devs. My only qualm with this app is that: 1) I already paid for Toast (heh...not your fault!) but seriously.. 2) Burned DVDs from Video_TS folders do not play in an xbox 360. Now, i know from speaking with the devs of Burn that this is caused by a bug in the 10.4 burning framework that hasn't been ironed out yet....i'm assuming Disco makes use of Tiger's burning framework too. This means I can't buy Disco until Leopard comes out and (hopefully?) fixes the disc burning issue. But other than that -- great software (as usual) to this development team. I am eagerly awaiting updates to this program, and new releases from these guys. Great stuff.
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Version 1.0.2
Mgrimes
19 April 2007
Despite all the crap people seem to give this app, it gets my vote for the most sexy, aesthetically pleasing and a no-brainer for even the luddite to follow. Even if it's an existing framework re-rolled, the interface is small form factor, requires no documentation, and is clearly understood what steps need to be completed to get the desired effect through the motions of the interface itself. This is a large leap to me from tons of cookie cutter HIG adherence with different substance yet the same tired interface. Compare this to Toast 8 which has got to be one of the most disgusting disc burning interfaces ever, but quite typical for a commercial software vendor. If only the rest of Aqua looked this nice instead of decade old traffic light gelcap buttons and ribbed background windows. HIG is largely dead and antiquated -- Apple demonstrates clearly that its [HIG] a rule of thumb not a bible... one doesn't have to make a cookie cutter application to make it feel like an OSX app. I feel following expected widget behavior (a button is a button not a pulldown, etc etc), kb shortcuts ( Cmd-P is always print) and menu hierarchy (top level menus follow same pattern as IB lays out) are plenty. It's just a shame you have to break the OS with haxies to get the rest of the OS looking as pleasing...
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Version 1.0.2
Jobby
17 April 2007
No matter what I do, it just says "coaster created". I've tried turning the burn speed down to minimum, using CD-Rs and DVD-RWs, but nothing works. (Core 2 Duo iMac, Matshita DVD-R UJ-85J, firmware FCQ5) I can burn to (and read afterwards :) the same types of discs using a Burn Folder just fine (a shame Apple never thought to put disc spanning support in) so it's not the discs or the drive at fault. What's going wrong here? I'm running out of blanks...
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Version 1.0.2
Rulerulez
09 April 2007
Great app, and fun to.
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Version 1.0.2
Celestialwarrior
05 March 2007
This is a great little application. It's not meant to be a complete replacement for Toast, but look at the price! At a fraction of the price of Toast, it delivers more than just a fraction of the features in a great looking package. For those of you looking for a fun way to burn discs, and turn the monotony making CDs into something at least mildly interesting, this app does that in a spectacular way. Even on my MacBook, I enjoy the lesser smoke when burning a CD, because it gives me something to do while I wait for the disc to finish... so I blow on the microphone and gawk in awe as the smoke moves around. If I were using another app... I could sit and watch... Disco gives a bit of interaction into an otherwise completely uninvolved process. As well, the crossroads interface design gives a simple way to walk you through to making the exact disc you want without sifting through useless menu after useless menu. I only see the options I need once I drag audio files only to Disco. This is a great app with very little bloat, a great interface, and a refreshing new take on disc burning.
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Version 1.0.2
ultratiem
14 February 2007
It seems the developers maxim is aesthetics first, functionality second. After burning a handful of coaster that were deemed to be burned successfully, I have lost trust in the program. My greatest fear is burning a disc and coming back to it at a later time to find that I cannot retrieve the data. I also do not have the time or the wanting to verify the contents manually after a burn. The program looks great, and the smoke is a neat feature, but who watches their program burn a disc. I set my burn process and continue with my work (or play). It sucks resources that I would rather have put to better use. Sadly it seems as if the smoke is the biggest selling point. It does have some genuinely attractive features (e.g., spanning), but it has many other genuinely less attractive problem areas (the small window size--especially on those of us using high resolution monitors--the backend burning problems, and others). I could not recommend the program for the price they are asking.
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Version 1.0.1
Lorem-Ipsum
12 February 2007
I like this because it takes me to the basics of burning. Toast (for me) has become too larger. I can convert media myself (and prefer to do so since i have more options). this is great for basic dvd and cd burning - less is definitely more.
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Version 1.0
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Zwilliams
Zwilliams
13 February 2007
Then why not use Burn or LiquidCD? They are free and both offer the same, useful features.
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Version 1.0
Lorem-Ipsum
Lorem-Ipsum
13 February 2007
because they all do the same thing, and this one looks nice. personal preference!
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Version 1.0.1
Zwilliams
Zwilliams
13 February 2007
So you plop down cash for some eye candy? Wow... just wow... *somewhere, some Wintroll is laughing*
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Version 1.0.1
Lorem-Ipsum
Lorem-Ipsum
13 February 2007
based on your comment history you love to complain...or at least appear more knowledgeable. these are personal reviews, not blog posts. if you want to burn w/out eye-candy, use terminal.
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Version 1.0.1
Zwilliams
Zwilliams
15 February 2007
I suppose you are right, but still it is a pretty narcissistic reasoning.
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Version 1.0.1
JamesHarrisPhoto
12 February 2007
Nice and quick CD/DVD burning utility, but it still doesn't replace Toast for me. Agree with earlier comment on black interface though. It would be nice to be able to change the color of the window and text. The smoke is just eye candy, so I don't see why there are negative comments about it. Just turn it off.
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Version 1.0
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Orion-Mk-V
Orion-Mk-V
12 February 2007
Agree on all counts. Disco's a fun diversion, but Toast is so much more and there are plenty of free "good" basic burning tools out there.
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Version 1.0
Steelcut
12 February 2007
Disco=14,95$ Burn= Free http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/21992 Decide yourself!
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Version 1.0
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Eloyramirez
Eloyramirez
02 March 2007
thanks for the help...burn is simple and easy...no payment necessary
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Version 1.0.1
Macd
12 February 2007
I have downloaded the release version today, just to see how far it went since the early betas (or were those technically alphas?), which had toast for a breakfast. Here are some observations (before it crashed on me in about 3 minutes) - Man.. black UI sucks. I mean.. somebody have chosen the black on white FOR A REASON! I still have those black circles floating in front of my eyes. :( - resizable filelist is nice to have (should have been there from the beginning though) - once in the list, files can't be renamed (huh?) - tried to image a disk just to get a nice window "Imaging Disk" and a nice big spinning wheel. Waited a couple of minutes before cancelling. Good spinning wheel demo, alas no functionality present in the disk imaging department it seems. - tried to press the burn button (Insert blank disk). But um.. after all i don't want to burn anything right now. Cancel. Cancel again. "Leave disk layout?". Leave. (transition, transition, transition, crash) Cool. Have another toast, Disco.
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Version 1.0
Castle
04 February 2007
Public beta it may be, but if they're willing to charge money for it then they're willing to have it rated and criticised. Too many companies use the "beta" tag to justify releasing, or worse yet selling, incomplete and buggy software.
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Version 1.0b5
Satyrica
05 December 2006
Re-inventing the wheel? I'm confused how smoke effects make this burn my cds or dvds better....
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Version 1.0b5
Threedee912
05 December 2006
Toast is large because it comes with it's own drivers for burning, instead of using OS X's built-in ones, and has DVD authoring as well...
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Version 1.0b5
Espiridion
04 December 2006
I've tried 3 different beta versions, and so far I have not been able to burn a CD satisfactorily. This includes the current beta 5. I've used many disc burning programs, including the Finder, Path Finder, Toast, Burn, Disc Blaze, etc. Disco is the only one that consistently has failed to perform.
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Version 1.0b5
Douma
04 December 2006
They say they'll eat "Toast for breakfast", because apparantly Toast is oh so bloated and overloaded. Huh? I love Toast for its excellent interface, which is anything but bloated or cluttered - it's well organized and neat. What these developers should do instead is to port Disco to Windows. If you've ever used Nero, WinOnCD etc., you know how bloated, cluttered, ugly and downright annoying a user interface can get. So stop needlessly dissing Toast and start re-thinking your strategy.
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Version 1.0b5
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Ss3-gokoux
Ss3-gokoux
04 December 2006
In terms of file size, Toast is very bloated. After running Monolingual on it, Toast is still a whopping 124.2 MB. Disco, pre-Monolingual, is only 3.2 MB. But maybe people actually like Toast's DVD menu themes (all 80+ MB of them).
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Version 1.0b5
Espiridion
Espiridion
04 December 2006
And maybe people also like the fact that Toast actually works ;-)
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Version 1.0b5
Macsterdam
04 December 2006
For some reason this seems to fall in the category 'love it or hate it'. Even though I'm neither end of that spectrum, I like this program. It's no Toast, but it does what it needs to do, at least for my needs. Never had any problems with it so far, and although the GUI is somewhat different, I think it look nice (a resize option of the main window would be nice though!) Keep up the good work.
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Version 1.0b5
//idn
25 November 2006
Let me add that the developers delete (or more precisely "not approve") any comment on their blog that critizises Disco in any serious way. The also don't respond to email (any more). I'd stay away if I were you.
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Version 1.0b4
//idn
20 November 2006
Unfortunately the developers decided to go for form over function. While this may work for some, I'd rather have a burn software that - for starters - supports filenames longer than 29 characters. That does not need me to go through a wizard process every time and that does allow me to adjust the window size to see all files to be burned at a glance. Interestingly a freeware tool like Burn offers all this. For free. Or try LiquidCD. I know this software is in beta but in the end all you get for your money is a buggy piece of eye candy. AppZapper was and is still great but this oversimplifying process does not work with a burn programm.
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Version 1.0b4
Serbian
08 November 2006
The app looks very nice, works just fine for this early beta stage and price is not high...It would be good if developer can add disk format choosin on some menu instead under Prefs window only and that would be all Im asking for...
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Version 1.0b4
Dwt
08 November 2006
Very easy to use, though the author has gone way overboard with his styliness. For example the whole black theme in the preference window only makes it harder to read. However I like the uncluttered main interface, and I also really like the nice little features: The motion sensor use that tells me that I move my computer too much (so my burn is endangered), the use of smoke as a different feedback mechanism (thoug it is moved around with the window, which kinda destroys the simulation). And I really like the idea to use the graphics (and other) power of OS X to achieve new forms of feedback from the computer to me. Why not having smoke coming off the window, or off the part of the screen where the Disc-Drive is below? (or from the dock icon?) Why not indicating the burning by a soft fire-sound (with cracking here and then)? That are awesome Ideas that go right into my peripheral vision and clear up my main communication channels to work on the task at hand. So, this app recieves mixed feelings, 17 bucks for something that I can achieve completely with the free tools from apple is a bit hefty, however I really like the ideas that got into this product. Then again, the author goes way overboard in some parts of the execution.
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Version 1.0b4
Ola
07 November 2006
Why pay for a program that not comes with a manual?
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Version 1.0b4
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Pluto198
Pluto198
07 November 2006
First of all, it's not finished yet, it's a public beta. When it's finished, it will come with a help system like all Mac apps should. Second, being a Mac user, I rather use the simple app that doesn't need a manual.
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Version 1.0b4
Espiridion
Espiridion
08 November 2006
Well pluto198, I'm also a Mac user, and I certainly appreciate that most of the programs I use include a manual. As a matter of fact, it is common to have a pdf manual, a help file, and additional resources such as movies and tutorials. Just look at Daylite, Devon, OMNI, Notebook, Curio, etc. And Toast comes with a printed manual.
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Version 1.0b4
Orion-Mk-V
07 November 2006
Not complicated AT ALL to use, however it's still a very young beta and many features don't work or are buggy. I'm eager to see how disco evolves though.
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Version 1.0b4
Cpx
04 November 2006
Disco is what it seems to be: Smoke. Vaporware. Unstable. Complicated and strange to use. Custom controls even though they look kind of nice are not everything you need for a good UI. Good friends for free hyper-marketing is not all you need to do a good app. Make good for a suprize zot.
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Version 1.0b3
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Xboxdruggie
Xboxdruggie
08 November 2006
How can you logically rate this application yet? It's in PUBLIC BETA? Features won't work, issues will be encountered, discs will coaster... It does pack a hard punch for simplistic tasks... that is what it was designed for! It is vaporware nor smoke. The BETA is only what, 2 weeks, old? Get real...
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Version 1.0b4
Tim-Swan
02 November 2006
Well, the interface sure is...different. Oh yeah, and there's SMOKE. Wow. Unfortunately, the software has several functional shortcomings that are hard to explain in software that is being sold, beta or not. For example, read the fine print about the ability to split files across multiple disks -- this is only true if the files/folders are smaller that what can fit on one of the disks. And if you need any documentation to help you through any of the problems introduced by an application with such a...unique... interface, yu're out of luck for now. Finally, when I tried to post these problems on their blog they never approved my comments. Show promise, but a *long* way to go to replace Toast.
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Version 1.0b3
Vobbler
01 November 2006
Wow... so incredibly underwhelming considering all the hype. This company needs to seriously rethink their claim about eating toast for breakfast and focus on just getting the very basics right... which most don't work... You figure that any high school scripter can write a pretty Ui on top of the burning APIs Apple ships with the dev kits... but I guess not. Take a chill on your bravado and maybe you'll have a chance... if not... disco will be so dead, again.
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Version 1.0b3