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Sunday, February 17, 2002
Iomega Predator USB CD-RW

2. The Package

Iomega Predator USB CDR-W - Page 2

Software Package:
Iomega PredatorThe package included a CD called "CD-WARE" (2 CDs actually - one for Macintosh and one for the PC platform), which includes all the CD-Recording software which you may need. The CD-Ware install process has something remarkable: It 'speaks' 12 (!) languages!

It's extra easy to follow even if you have absolutely no experience in computers. This is what the manual describes:

"...The CD-Ware software package contains all of the system software necessary to operate your Iomega CD-RW drive. It also contains the software needed to create CDs. The primary applications are described below:

IomegawareToast (Mac only) -Create audio CDs that can be played on your home or car stereo CD player, or create data CDs to store files and folders copied from your hard drive.
Adaptec Easy CD Creator (PC only) -Create audio CDs that can be played on your home or car stereo CD player, or create data CDs to store files and folders copied from your hard drive.
Adaptec DirectCD (PC only)-Copy files directly to your Iomega CD- RW drive the same way that you copy files to and from your hard drive. You can save files directly to CD-RW discs from within programs, such as Microsoft" Word. You can also use Windows Explorer to drag and drop files to CD-RW discs.
Iomega Quik Sync 2 software (Mac and PC) -Every time you save a file to your hard drive or a network drive, Quik Sync 2 software can automatically make a copy of that file to your CD-RW discs. Support for any of these applications can be found at http://www.iomega.com/support ...
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Nero Drive Properties

Our tests done mainly with firmware P1.9. After a while Iomega has released a newer firmware version (2.0) which improves compatibility with CDR media.

System Requirements
Your system must meet the minimum requirements below to support the Iomega Predator CD-RW drive with USB adapter.

PC Users:
Pentium 166 or higher with built-in USB controller (some USB controllers or motherboards may not support all types of USB devices)
Microsoft Windows 98/98SE/2000/ME
Recommended RAM requirements for your operating system (see your OS manual for details)
CD-ROM drive or 740 hard drive space to copy CDs
CD-ROM drive (for software installation)
Sound Blaster-compatible sound card for audio playback
Hard drive space for Adaptec software (32 MB), Iomega Quik Sync 2 software 30-day trial version (8 MB), MusicMatch Jukebox Plus (30 MB), and Adobe ActiveShare (40 MB)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher or Netscape Navigator 4.5 or higher (to view user’s manual)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher required for Adaptec software

Mac OS Users:
Power Macintosh G4 or G3 (blue and white G3 only) or iMac computer with built-in USB connection
Mac OS 8.6, 9.0, 9.03 or 9.04
CD-ROM drive or 740 hard drive space to copy CDs
CD-ROM drive (for software installation)
Hard drive space for Adaptec software (14 MB), MusicMatch Jukebox Plus (30 MB), and MGI PhotoSuite software (54 MB)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher or Netscape Navigator 4.5 or higher (to view user’s manual)

Installing the software:
The CD-Ware installer application - Click to enlarge
As we have stated before, it's a piece of cake to install the software bundle that comes with the Iomega Predator CD-RW drive. Congratulations to Iomega for the great installer application.

We expected though, newer versions of the programs that they are included (for instance Easy CD Creator is version 4.01). Even though, they worked perfectly with whatever task we tried (CD-Recording, AudioCD Creation, PacketCD Format/ Recording, CD-RW writing/erasing etc).

Something we have to state here, is the state-of-the-art HTML manual that's included into the CD-Ware CD-ROM. It contains information for just about everything you might want to ask and certainly will answer any questions you might have -if not, you can always try at the support page of Iomega on the web: http://www.iomega.com/support.




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