Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 Free
by Alan German
publisher of this software says: "Ashampoo Burning
Studio 6 FREE focuses on what you want: To burn discs
quickly, easily, with maximum quality and minimum hassle.
It includes everything you need to be able to do that.
And it excludes everything that could get in the
way." Can it really be this good - and free? Well,
yes it can. Ashampoo lets you burn files to a CD in
literally just a few mouse clicks.
As indicated on the screen shot, Ashampoo has many
features including burning data, audio and video files to
disk, copying entire disks, burning ISO files, and
erasing the contents of re-writable disks.
To burn files to a CD, select
"Burn Files and Folders", and then choose
either to create a CD, DVD or Blu-ray disk, or to update
an existing (multi-session) disk.
The program takes a little time to check the disk in the
burner and then indicates, with a green check mark, that
you should click on "Next" to proceed. This
part of the process is essentially foolproof since the
alternative is a large red "X" overlaid on the
disk icon, and a message indicating that "The CD-R
is not writable".
Selecting the files and/or folders to be copied to the
disk is as simple as dragging and dropping the items from
Windows Explorer into Ashampoo's window, or pressing the
"Add" button and browsing through the file
system to locate the desired items. A capacity gauge
along the bottom of the program window indicates how much
space on the disk will be taken up by the files, and how
much free space will remain.
Once the file selection has been made, pressing the
"Next" button displays the currently selected
burning options, such as the write speed, whether the
copied files are to be verified after burning, and if the
files are to be buffered to the hard drive prior to
burning. This display is a very handy feature since,
should you leave the burning program set to finalize
(close) the disk, one of the displayed items indicates
"After recording the CD can't be changed
anymore". A "Change Options" button allows
any of several burning options to be modified prior to
burning the CD.
The actual burning process is accompanied by a scrolling
progress report and terminated by a message indicating:
"Data CD recorded and verified successfully".
What could be simpler? Drop a CD in the burner, run
Ashampoo, a few mouse clicks, and your files have been
copied to disk. And, this version of the software is
indeed completely free.
Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 (Freeware)
Ashampoo GmbH & Co. KG Oldenburg, Germany
Originally published: June, 2012
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