Companies install the trial version of the disk burning programs in a new notebook or desktop computers. Once the trial period expires, the program is of no use to the user.
Unfortunately, the feature packed commercial disc burning applications for Windows are expensive. For example, Nero, the most popular software writing files to a DVD or CD disk costs 54 Euros.
If you would be using the program once in a blue moon, you can consider using a freeware application that enables you to create various types of discs.
Last year, we’ve shared the list of best DVD burning software. While compiling the list, we learned that the free applications aren’t bad.
Today, we’ll share with you the review of the latest edition of a free file burning software program called BurnAware. The latest version of BA is 10. The new features of the BurnAware 10 make it a good alternative to the programs mentioned on our list of top DVD writing applications.
BA is a small application. It takes about 27 megabytes storage space. The first thing you see after starting the BurnAware 10 program is its clean wizard-based interface called the Welcome Screen.
On this screen, you’ll see a menu bar, a sidebar with 4 options, and a panel which gets updated with new options each time you click on an item in the sidebar.
The sidebar comes with the following options:
|No||Name||What it does?|
|1||Data||Allows you to create a data and bootable discs.|
|2||Multimedia||Lets you burn an MP3/audio/DVD or AVCHD discs.|
|3||Disc images||Allows users to burn images of Linux or Windows OS to the disk.|
|4||Utilities||Lets you erase a rewritable disc/verify its content or see information of the disk.|
If you click on any of the options mentioned above, BurnAware will open its main window.
The window has a toolbar that allows you to select a DVD writer hardware, define the disc writing speed, eject or erase the disc, add files you want to write on the disc, and remove files which you’ve selected accidentally. It has a button to open the settings interface, and a button to begin writing files to the disc.
Below the toolbar, you’ll find a textbox. Enter the name you want to give to the disc in the text field.
Below the text field, you’ll find a table interface.
The table is blank. When you add files, the BurnAware 10 program will populate the table with the files you select.
If you don’t want to add files manually, you can copy-paste it from the folders on the hard disk drive.
The table shows the following information of the files.
- Name, size.
- Type, date modified.
The main window of BurnAware 10 flaunts a status bar where you’ll see the total size of the selected files and the disc capacity.
Once you’ve selected the files, click on burn button. The program will now begin to write the files to the disc.
Once the CD or DVD writing operation completes, BurnAware will display a success/failure message.
Conclusion: This was my first encounter with BurnAware program. I’m impressed with the application. BurnAware has a simple wizard-based UI. It’s a perfect tool for newbies.