Is Nero’s latest upgrade worth the cash? We are leaning towards yes. With 8, Nero have shown renewed focus on what it is consumers are most interested in, and as a result, have made the application much easier to use. Read on as we explore all that’s new and notable.
One of Nero’s best features is BackItUp, a program used to automatically create backups of your computer (including partitions) and files, encrypt/decrypt them, and restore them in case of emergency. While the core BackItUp functionality hasn’t changed with this release, there is a new feature called ImageTool, which allows users to create a boot disk (CD or DVD) that will enable the restoration of backed up files in case that the OS partition fails.
ImageTool is a utility that creates a bootable Linux CD that will allow users to restore backed up files without needing to boot from a hard drive. Creating the boot disc is incredibly easy, however, when I tried to boot from it, the system hung at the loading screen. This isn’t the first Linux boot CD that has failed to load on my PC, and I suspect that my SATA optical drive and ICH9R southbridge may be the cause of the problem.
Editor Note: Rob tried out the boot disc on similar hardware and it booted/functioned fine, so this might be an isolated case. If you have the opportunity to try ImageTool and it doesn’t boot, please let us know in our forums.
These types of compatibility issues are exactly the kind of thing that will anger customers in the event that ImageTool is truly needed; there needs to be more effort invested in ensuring that the boot disc will load in a wide variety of circumstances.
BackItUp is another Nero program that hasn’t changed much with this new release, but considering how useful and convenient it already was, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Users can use BackItUp to create any backup routines they please, from selecting only certain files/folders to entire partitions.
Backups can be automatically scanned for viruses prior to being backed up, verified for correctness after backup, compressed, and can also be encrypted for increased security. Users can create and save as many backup routines as they want, and can schedule them to occur automatically as long as the PC is powered on. The interface is very user friendly with wizards to help with any of the functions, and the large degree of flexibility makes BackItUp one of the best backup tools out there.
There’s a reason that the Nero software suite has been so successful up to this point. Nero’s software has always been reliable, easy to use and up to date with current technology. With a few very small exceptions, Nero 8 maintains the great track record that Nero has created, and delivers a very powerful and worthwhile package.
The amount of functionality Nero 8 brings to the table inside a single application suite is fantastic, and well worth the $100 price tag. Comparing the huge number of things that Nero 8 does right with the few issues that I experienced, a 9/10 rating is definitely in order.
Addendum: Nero are currently offering the downloadable version of Ultra Edition with Photoshow Deluxe 5 together for $59.99USD! (Link)
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