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Optical disc authoring software is computer software for authoring optical discs including CD-ROMs and DVDs. They are also known by synonyms such as CD burning application or DVD authoring software. Such software is required to use a optical disc recorder.
Creating an optical disc usually involves first creating a disk image with a full file system designed for the optical disc, and then actually burning the image to the disc. Disk file systems include ISO-9660 (often known simply as "ISO") and Universal
The results from this years poll indicated that members use both free and paid versions from a variety of providers.
This years [POLL] was multiple choice, where users could select the programs they use.
The clear winner with half the votes,and 146/289 votes was Ahead Nero Burning Rom / Express.
Nero Burning ROM / Express are distributed both at retail, and with various CD / DVD Burners.
In a distant second, with nearly 11%,and 31/289 votes was Alcohol 120%.
Following in third, with 10%, and 30/289 votes was Roxio Easy CD Creator.
The rest of the software included in the poll,by rank:
• CD Burner XP Pro
• Other: Not on list, see "Additional Software" section below.
• SlySoft: Clone CD/DVD
• Sonic Record Now
• Burn At Once
• NTI CD & DVD-Maker
• AVS Disc Creator FREE
Additional software mentioned by users, but not included in the poll:
• B's Recorder Gold
• Drag'n Drop
• K3b A front end for *nix based CD-r tools.
• Padus Discjuggler
• Plexar Tools
• Roxio Easy Media Creator
• Roxio Toast Macintosh equivalent of Easy CD Creator.
• XP Built-in CD recording
• Sonic DigitalMedia LE
• Sony Click to DVD
Links verified as of 6/30/06