NewTech Infosystems has released CD-Maker 5.0 Professional Edition, the newest
version of its award-winning CD-R/RW software that records data, audio and
Concurrently, NTI released FileCD 2.0, the latest version of its
high-performance packet-writing software. CD-Maker Professional 5.0 comes
bundled with FileCD 2.0 and, together, they turn a desktop PC and a CD-R/RW
drive into a high-capacity storage device -- and a virtual recording studio.
New Features Include:
• FileCD 2.0 offers reliable support for UDF (an emerging standard for
optical media drives), as well as ISO formats. In either format, FileCD does
not conflict with Windows file system drivers.
• FileCD 2.0 provides the option of recording files to CD-R/RW by using
the Windows ``Send To'' function -- or by dragging and dropping from Windows
Explorer or the FileCD window.
• CD-Maker 5.0 supports the ``overburn'' feature provided in new CD-R/RW
drives that allows extra information (beyond standard media specifications) to
be burned onto a CD.
• CD-Maker 5.0 supports Super Video CD (SVCD), which utilizes the
higher-quality MPEG-2 format (instead of MPEG-1) for recording videodiscs.
• CD-Maker 5.0 has an advanced cache buffering algorithm that minimizes
data buffer under-run errors (which produce unusable CDs). Advanced caching is
particularly useful when a high-speed recorder is added to a low-speed PC, or
when many background system functions are running during the recording process,
stressing system resources and CPU cycles.
• CD-Maker 5.0 allows recording ``Live Audio'' directly to a hard drive
in WAV format. This enhancement lets the user review the audio, before
recording, and ``condition'' it with CD-Maker's pop/click and hiss filtering
features. It also allows a user to store audio on a hard drive before recording
it at the rated speed of the CD-R/RW drive. This is important for users of
CD-R/RW drives that do not support 1x recording and/or do not have
• CD-Maker 5.0 supports playlists (M3U files). This allows users to burn
their favorite music selections onto a CD by dragging and dropping the playlist
file onto the audio layout. This feature provides fast, easy, convenient
recording of groups of music selections.
• CD-Maker 5.0 integrates an enhanced version of JewelCase Maker, which
now takes CD layout information including CD Text, as input in the design of CD
jewel cases and labels. This desirable new feature streamlines the design
process, making it easier to create labels based on CD contents.
NTI CD-Maker 5.0 Professional Edition operates in Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
environments. System requirements are Pentium II, 200Mhz with 32MB of memory
and 20MB of hard disk space -- and an NTI supported CD-R/RW drive.
NTI CD-Maker 5.0 Professional Edition is available in retail stores at an MSRP
Soon we’ll have the chance to test the new software in our labs.