It’s been quite a while since we last took a look at a Nero product – three years if you count NeroLinux or five years for the Windows suite – so it’s about time to end that drought. With Nero 12 set to launch soon, we’ve decided to take it for a spin and see what it brings to the table – is it the ultimate media consumer suite, and is it appropriate for enthusiasts? We’re evaluating both of those things.
I just wrapped up a call with the company, which gave me a nice run-down of Nero 12′s most important features, and I must say I’m impressed. Typically, I put a suite like Nero’s into a category for novice users, but due to some of the added flexibility seen here, Nero 12 could also become a great solution for the enthusiast media-hound, regardless of whether we’re talking about encoding, viewing, cataloging, burning or what-have-you.
Like the previous versions, there will be two flavors available; basic and Platinum. This time around, Platinum is going to be for those who deal a lot with video, Blu-ray included. While its pricing is a fair bit above the non-Platinum (+$30), there are a couple of features that warrant it.
I can’t give pricing, but anyone who owns a previous version of Nero is going to really dig the special upgrade pricing that the company will be offering upon release.
And with that, you can expect our review of the suite pretty soon, so stay tuned.