Andrew Wedlake
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A Wedlake reviewed on 30 Mar 2012
For someone wanting to just burn discs with a solid program, Toast is pure irritating bloatware. It's a hodgepodge of different lite and full versions of software, trying to pretend to be a solution. Unfortunately it doesn't do any one of them all that well, and some of the software (like Disc Cover 3) are better just to buy the full version elsewhere instead.

Toast hasn't really changed in 5 years. Roxio will re-skin it every year, but the same personality continues on.
- The UI is not helpful, such as the multiple steps just to name a cd, or it's car-radio appearance.
- If I try to rename a disc, sometimes I can just do it in the main window, and sometimes it will open up another drop down window and require me to rename it there.
- Or the fact that Toast can't accurately tell me how much space I have left on the disc that I put in until I manually select cd, dvd, BR. Really? And how much did I pay for this thing?

These programming delights have persisted through at least 3 irritating versions.

But hey, the good news is that since Roxio hasn't actual recoded anything different each time, there are usually only a few updates required for each version before they re-skin the package again and try to get us to upgrade again.

After getting frustrated with how convoluted it is to create a simple disc, I tried a free program called BURN (freeware). I highly recommend it instead (see my other review).
[Version 11.0.5]


A Wedlake reviewed on 30 Mar 2012
A very satisfying piece of software for burning cd's, dvd's (dual and single layer), etc. Easy to label disc, pull data to it, and then create a reliable burn. And moreover it's free.

I was a Toast user for many years. Finally realized that all Roxio did was re-skin the software every year. Yes, Burn won't have all of the other add-on lite versions of stuff you may not want, but it does one thing very well, and does it with grace.

Great job.
[Version 2.5.1]


A Wedlake reviewed on 16 Feb 2012
Since others are conducting reviews for software that they haven't actually experienced, why not me.

This is the most awesome piece of software that I have never seen or experienced in real life. Yes, I have only seen screen shots and a quick 4 minute Apple infomercials like everyone else here, but from that I KNOW what this software is all about and I'm willing to post here and share my ignorant opinion with others.
[Version 10.8]

A Wedlake commented on 18 Dec 2011
I'm new to this software, but I've been running it parallel with Account Edge until the beta expired, then purchased it about a month ago. I like it A LOT! The workflow is much better, with more sophisticated solutions of managing and tracking services. The analysis is more intuitive and clear, easier to setup, and useful (which is the point right?)

I'm VERY disappointed with Account Edge, and the new version for 2012 is just another $159 upgrade that should be free.

I suggest downloading the demo and trying it out first. There is a MYOB migration application on their webpage to help us out, but it wasn't completely useful for me. I was quite taken by the speed, and I'm not feeling that there should be more features missing (like I do with AccountEdge).

Good luck fellow travelers...
[Version 6.0.8]

A Wedlake rated on 19 Nov 2011
[Version 1.0]

A Wedlake commented on 20 Sep 2011
I've watched the videos for this on their web site. Not intended to be a criticism, but more an observation; it seems that it provides similar functionality to Excel using pivot tables. Maybe someone who uses it (or the developer themselves) could post feedback.
[Version 6.0.0]

A Wedlake commented on 16 Jul 2011
For $2,000 for just the "Studio" option (smaller team), I don't think we're going to see too many reviews here.
[Version 10.0.0]

A Wedlake commented on 13 Jan 2011
Now that Google has decided to part ways with H.264, so do I with Google.

It is now apparent that Google writes software that is intended to force their customers to serve Google's best interests, rather than the other way around.

I assume that this issue stems from their intense "Apple-envy", and that over time, those of us who own Apple products will find it increasingly difficult to exist in poor old Google land.

Funny, because at one time I thought that were great collaborators.
[Version 8.0.552.237]

A Wedlake rated on 18 Dec 2010
[Version 4.1.1]

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