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ONES Software

1. Introduction

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How many of you remember Prassi? The name should sound familiar but Prassi has been away for quite sometime now. For all the new CD/DVD recording enthusiasts, Prassi was once known as the creator of the leading recording software. In 2001, Prassi was sold to Veritas, and the recording software was sold to Sonic in 2002. Although Prassi was not developing any software, its recording engine was always around, in RecordNow software. The bottom line is that the beast was never dead, it was just asleep. And now, it's awake again!

The new Prassi burning engine will be present in the ONES Recording and Authoring software. ONES stands for Optical New Edge Storage, and can offer everything users will need for their recording needs. It introduces a new "option checker" engine called Fuzzy Logic. What Fuzzy Logic does is check all options and settings that users input, and reports problems that might occur if burning proceeds. This reduces the chance of making mistakes, since users are protected against making unreasonable settings. It solves problems, and analyzes users inputs, covering both advanced and novice users.

- Features

As the developers of ONES state: "...because of the Fuzzy Logic it embeds and the years of experience on which it is based. ONES carries with him a new and unique burning concept for DVD and CD. Virtually any brand and any type of CD or DVD recorder produced after the year 2000 are supported. Few exceptions could still happen, in case of drives with an implementation of the recording command set that is too distant from the international MMC specifications. Burning DVD and CD has never been as easy...".

Below you will find ONES' main features:

We used the updated 2.0.285 version of ONES for this review.

- Minimum Requirements

Let's not waste any time and put the software to the test...

2. Usefull Wizards

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Usefull Wizards

- Copy CD/DVD

After installing the program, two new icons are created on the desktop. The "Wizard" icon can be used to launch a user friendly wizard. This is very helpful for users new to CD/DVD recording that don't want to mess around with several advanced options. The wizard will guide you through the entire process and will close automatically when the burning process is complete.

You can copy directly from one disc to another, make Audio CD compilations or burn Data CD/DVD.

First off, we tried to copy a DVD Video disc to a blank DVD media. The software prompts you to choose the source drive, where the original media is inserted (the software lets you use the same "source" and "target" drive in cases for example where only one drive is available). To ensure a faster data transfer rate during the burning process, the wizard creates a temporary image file and then burns this file to the blank media. Of course, this image file is automatically erased when burning is complete.

When the temporary image file is created, you are free to choose your recorder where the blank media is inserted. You also can use the "overburning CD" option if you are copying CD media, or "Erase before RW" option if you are using DVD+RW, DVD-RW or CD-RW media.

- Audio-Data Compilations

We also used this helpful wizard to create simple audio or data compilations. The basic procedure is the same, with the wizard prompting the user to select the data to be written (or audio files to be compiled), and then burn them without any delay.

You can always use the "Add audio files" button which is located at the bottom left corner of the window, but you can also drag and drop all the audio files that you want to burn. Same thing applies when creating a Data compilation.

Remember that this wizard is intended for novice users, but more advanced users might find it too simple. On the following pages we will investigate further other uses and benefits of ONES.

3. Program Layout

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Program Layout

As soon as the program launches, you will see the following window. All the available drives are listed, along with some information about supported media for each recorder and disc content (if there is any media inserted).

You can choose more than one recorder to perform a selected action. You may also want to choose to have more information available in this screen for each drive, such as physical address, firmware versions, bus type, etc.

The program has several features that are not easily found in other recording software, like the ability to lock/unlock the tray of a drive, or even stop drive activity. It can also provide more information about any drive, like the snapshot below indicates...

... or maybe show a brief description for every action the software can perform at this point:

Using the "Options" menu tab, you can change several settings in order to change the behaviour of the program. Remember that Fuzzy Logic is always enabled but will not warn you if you mess things up at this point. However, it will check all settings prior to burning any media.

4. Disc Copy - Audio Compilation - Data Mastering

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Disc Copy - Audio Compilation - Data Mastering

- Disk Copy

With ONES, you can make a duplicate of a CD or DVD disc. Simply double-click on the appropriate icon and the following dialog box will appear.

ONES automatically checks the available reading and writing speeds. RAW mode can be selected as well.

You can also select multiple recorders to perform writing.

After making the "Source" and "Target" drives selection and have dealt with the copying details (Erase an RW disc before writing, Test, Record, verify, overburn and the number of copies), you can then start burning. You will then see one of the Fuzzy Logic functions.

The program checks to see if there is any problem in the settings we set previously which could produce an unreadable disc or a writing failure and proceeds to inform us with warning and error messages. The burn process started and finished without any errors.

-Audio Compilation

Using Audio Compilation, you could create an Audio CD compilation from audio files. It would be a standard audio CD that will play on all CD Players. You could make a compilation from music files which are on your hard drive. Mp3s and WMAs will be automatically converted to audio CD format during the burn process.

The supported audio files are wav , mp3 and wma. You can choose the "Recording Mode", enter the "Album title" by clicking "Options''. You should then put a blank CD in "Target drive". You can also choose and set other options such as test, overburn, number of copies and writing speed.

- Data Mastering

Using Data Mastering you can record data files to a CD or DVD disc, multisession or at once. Shown below is the Data Mastering window.

Originally, the Data Mastering window displays as far as the "Options" button shown above. By clicking on the "Options" button, the window opens further and reveals the two tab selections, Recording mode for CD and Recording mode for DVD. Here too there is a comprehensive and large array of options to set before burning. Again, ONES did not return any burning problems.

5. Handling Image Files - Record Video_TS

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Handling Image Files - Record Video_TS

ONES can handle a large variety of disc image file types. Using Record DiscImage, you can write an image which you have previously created with ONES.

The use of Record Bin/Cue Image is similar to "Record Disc Image". Images that have already been edited or created using other programs can be written. It's a two-step process. Just choose the image from your drive Then click on "Record" and your CD/DVD will be ready in few minutes.

Record Generic Image provides you with the option of recording other types of images such as : *.ISO , *.BIN , *.IMA , *.UDI and *.UDF.

With Record Video_TS, you can record a compatible DVD Video disc from a VIDEO_TS folder, as long as you have ripped the DVD to your drive with the aim of writing it. Of course, it cannot be larger than 4,7GB, or alternatively there is the option to use a dual layer disc.

-Erasing Media

We found a small bug at the "Disc Erase" function of the software. Although it can erase CD-RW media with no problem, it cannot erase +RW media that has DVD-ROM booktype, giving the following error. We contacted TX about this problem, and they replied that this bug will be fixed in the upcoming 2.0286 version.

6. Extraction and Tools

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Extraction and Tools

- Rip Audio

Clicking on "RipAudio" and as soon as the following window appears, you are able to rip an Audio CD as wav or wma files, which can later be used as items to be written onto a blank CD or simply stored on your hard disc.

If you want all tracks to be ripped, you can simply right-click and then choose "check all", otherwise, you can just check on the specific tracks you want to rip.

- Extract DiscImage

"Extract disc Image" gives you the ability to create an image from a multimedia, Audio CD and keep it on your hard disc drive. To start with, you should click on "Extract Disc Image" as well as "Options" in order to see all the options available.

- Manage DiscImage

ONES can manage image files with this small tool. You can view, copy, rename or explore disc images easily.

7. Conclusion

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Prassi Tech introduces ONES, the new CD/DVD recording software that uses the Prassi burning engine. Our first impression of the program was that it was very good. During our tests, we were pleasantly surprised, with ONES offering features that cannot be found in any other, similar software.

You can do practically anything with this software, from copying media to ripping music or even managing image files stored on your hard disc. Fuzzy Logic will make things easier since it will shield you from any errors.

ONES offers a helpful wizard to perform simple tasks, like making CD/DVD copies or creating standard Audio CDs. This wizard provides the simplest procedure we have ever seen. Unfortunately, while the wizard is simpler than ever, only simple tasks are supported through the wizard. For example, you cannot make mixed mode CDs or CD Extra with this wizard.

ONES does not use any drivers and supports all drives produced after the year 2000. There may be a few exceptions especially in the case of drives with an out of date implementation of the recording command set as set out in the international MMC specifications. Since the program is still under heavy development, you should report any bugs or comments to info.ones@traxdata.fr.

We are used to seeing new recording software in the early stages being full of bugs and limitations. As bug fixes are released, programs then get better day by day. The problem is that these programs cannot compete with leading software packages already on the market. But this time, ONES can compete in some areas with the leading recording software available on the market today and in some cases perform even better. Of course, in these tests we investigated the functionality and the features of the software. Further tests will be made in the near future to investigate its true reading and writing performance, measuring real burning times at different speeds etc. You can always check back for an updated release of this review.


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