One could say that here at Computer Shopper, we're often guilty of buttering up Toast. After all, a review of this venerable Mac disc-creation suite usually amounts to something of a rubber stamp. The software is simple to use, comes packed with features, and has no real competition, apart from the functionality that Apple builds into the operating system of its laptops and desktops.
While the latest version continues that tradition, those who already own Toast 10 should pause before considering an upgrade. The new features in Toast 11 are scarce and a bit secondary. Plus, we encountered a few hiccups in our testing. If you're one of the many recently converted Mac users, however, Toast 11 is a nice place to start if your media-manipulation needs go beyond what is built into the Mac operating system and Apple's iLife suite.
A little background: The Toast suite is nothing if not a survivor. Originally produced by Adaptec, Toast was later a product of Roxio, spun off from Adaptec. Roxio was then acquired by Sonic Solutions, and Sonic was in turn acquired by Rovi Corporation. As the product’s name suggests, its roots are in a time not so long ago when disc burning was a crucial computer function, and buyers cared about the speed rating of their computer’s CD/DVD drive. Over the years it, like the other major disc-burning suites, have evolved well beyond that. In addition to acting as a disc-burning app, Toast can also copy discs and convert audio and video files. Plus, it comes with a host of utilities that let users create disc labels, record audio, and more.
The media browser lets users select music tracks, photos, and videos for their projects.