Toast 18 Titanium and Toast 18 Pro
Roxio, now owned by Corel, has released Toast 18 Titanium and Toast 18 Pro, a major update for the venerable digital media suite that adds the Roxio Akrilic digital art app to its CD and DVD authoring arsenal. Toast Titanium’s core features have remained intact since we last covered the app (see “Toast 14 Titanium and Toast 14 Pro,” 29 June 2015), including burning music and encrypted data to CDs and DVDs, ripping and copying media from discs, and converting video and audio to a variety of popular formats. The MultiCam Capture feature—available since Toast 16—enables you to record your screen and webcam simultaneously, while the newly added Roxio Akrilic app leverages artificial intelligence to help you stylize images and transform pictures into paintings.
Toast 18 Pro includes all the features of Toast Titanium and adds WinZip Mac 7 for compressing and sharing files directly to cloud-based services; additional Toast MyDVD templates with creative titles, menus, and chapters; and a Blu-ray disc authoring feature. Additionally, Toast 18 Pro bundles Corel’s AfterShot 3 photo enhancement tool and Painter Essentials 6 drawing app. Roxio has a chart outlining the differences between the Titanium and Pro versions. ($99.99/$149.99 new, $59.99/$99.99 upgrade, 270 MB, macOS 10.11+)
There’s been very little reason to upgrade Toast for the last several versions, unless you want the shovelware that they bundle with it! The basic disk burning functions haven’t really changed much for a very long time!
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