v4.00 Software review - Page 2
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The application can be opened from the start menu
as every other Windows application. The first and basically the main screen
of the software is the window where the user creates the compilation. A horizontal-like
line in the middle divides the window. In the upper part of the window the contents
of the hard disk can be seen. The bottom part of the screen is still intentionally
blank. This part is used in order to show the contents of the CD to be done.
Using Drag and Drop technique one can make the compilation of the
CD with MP3 files. We need to make clear that the user can only see the contents
of a folder that contains mp3 files. Any other files that are contained in those
folders cannot be seen since the software obviously cannot handle these files.
A limitation of the registered version is that it limits the CD
to 48 tracks maximum seems to be a problem for users that have to write many
short-duration tracks. We need to mention that this extension of up to 48 tracks
took place after user requested this. Also we did not like the problem with
the resize option of the main window. The window itself seems to have the same
size whether or not the user presses the button for the resize option to take
place. A very positive verdict was taken in the case where a compilation is
longer than 74 minutes where the user will be alerted. It seems that it supports
the overburning feature depending on the recorder.
This version supports the BURN-Proof function for recorders of
up to 12X speed. MP3 Net Burner does not allow any edit between the pause
in each track. This may lead to a non-widely acceptable result, since a lot
of audio compilations require the use of zero seconds pause between tracks.
However a positive step was made when the authors improved the decoding process,
so this can be more vigorous to mp3 files that are poor for whatever
reason. If the user wants to proceed and presses the Burn CD Now
button the program starts the decoding of the files and then the immediate burning
of the files to the CD.
PHOTO 4: Decoding Process Screen
Progress Window while Burning
One of the last windows the user can see is the window informing
that the CD was completed successfully. Hopefully we did not manage to force
the program informing us any different, unsatisfactory, result.
Successful completion of the CD.
When the user presses the OK button an Internet browser
window opens to inform him/her for the tracks that are written on the CD. The
fonts can be altered to the desired ones, and the web page can be printed and
then the frame can be cut to set it on a CD case. In case the user wants to
add a picture instead, an upgrade to the Music Net-Burner is needed
A known bug is that Adaptec's DirectCD can cause the
recording to fail. A temporary work around is to disable Auto Insert Notification.
A final solution will be available in a future update. This program however
is a very useful tool for non-experienced users since it allows the decoding
of mp3 tracks to wav without the need of using multiple
programs to achieve the desired result.