Roxio once again has upgraded their optical media burning app for the Mac, Toast, and added some nifty and useful features in version 17. Obsolete, I hear you say? Not in a million years, at least not when you’re using M-DISCs to record your valuable data. Toast 17 is a 64-bit app and it heavily focuses on what still is a booming market: video.
MultiCam editing is the first and most important new feature you’ll encounter in Toast 17. Multicam editing allows you to edit multicam recordings in the most simple ways, allowing you to easily combine synced videos and select which angle to show as the video plays.
Of course, in addition, Toast lets you capture multicam video as well.
The second new feature is that it’s a 64-bit app, which is needed if you want to keep using Toast on future macOS versions. 64-bit functionality happens behind the scene, and you won’t necessarily notice it, but it makes Toast future-proof.
If you purchased a licence for Toast 17 Pro, you’ll get a plethora of nice tools with the main app. WinZip 6.5 for Mac, for example, enables you to zip, protect, manage and share files in powerful and user-friendly ways. Personally, I took WinZip off my system after a few weeks as I rarely compress files these days and it does take an extra app to enjoy its features. Once in a while, though, I do use it for its extra functionality.
I’m a big fan of Corel Painter, so having Essentials 6 included is great if you want to be introduced to Painter’s powerful creative capabilities. However, if you have Painter on your system, as I have, this one is useless.
The same goes for FotoMagico 5 RE, which turns photos and videos into a HD slideshow with music, transitions, text and more. FotoMagico goes back a long way and it’s a great app to have if you regularly create presentations.
Toast 17 still is a must-have, as older versions of Toast were at the time of their release. Version 17 is needed if you plan to use it on a future macOS system. The multicam video capability justifies the upgrade price.
However, when you’re serious about archiving you’ll make sure you’ll use Toast to burn to M-DISCs. I tested this feature, archiving 96GB worth of video material with Verbatim’s 100GB M-DISC. It worked like a charm. The advantages of M-DISCs is that they’ll last for a very long time and as long as you can buy a Blu-ray reader that reads these large discs, you’ll be able to retrieve your data. Of course, nobody can tell how long the technology will last, but for archival optical technology will not disappear too soon as many libraries have archived their content on optical media…