Any Burn 3.3 Pick
FREEWAREFILES EDITOR'S REVIEW
You may underrate the capabilities of AnyBurn when you consider the size of the installer. However, the lightweight and free burner can easily handle CDs, DVDs and even Blu-ray discs with relative ease.
AnyBurn proved a fast application right from its installation. It gave us the option to create a desktop shortcut and launch it immediately after clicking the “Close” button.
The free disc burner featured a friendly graphical user interface that listed the various tasks it could perform using prominent buttons on the main window. We only needed to click on the appropriate button depending on what we wanted to do. The simple application allowed us to perform 10 different functions.
We started with the first task on the display, which was burning an image file to disc. The software took us to a window where we needed to browse for and select the source image. If your computer has more than one optical disc drive, you need to select the one you want to use for burning.
We also selected our preferred burning speed from a drop-down list. Other things we could configure included verifying written data, ejecting disc after burning and finalizing the disc, which prevented further writing on the disc.
AnyBurn allowed us to perform the reverse by creating an image file from a disc. The simple process required us to select the source drive, file type, filename and its destination before clicking the "Create Now" button. We could create either standard ISO files or BIN/CUE ones.
We could also convert image files from one format to another.
When we wanted to create an audio CD, we added files and the software displayed their respective track numbers, titles, artists, duration, pause, size and path. We could get more information about an audio file by selecting it and clicking the “Properties” button. We could also change the positions of files by moving them either up or down the list before proceeding to the next window where we could select the burn speed and let the application verify written data, finalize disc and eject it after burning.
Instead of selecting to verify data and eject disc after burning for each task, the application allowed us to configure them under settings. We could also specify the buffer size between 8 MB and 128 MB.
If you try to copy audio CDs directly from optical to hard discs, you will end up with useless shortcuts. Thankfully, AnyBurn includes a tool for ripping the CDs to different audio formats like MP3 and FLAC.
Other things we could do with AnyBurn included writing files and folders to disc, erasing rewritable discs, copying discs and viewing either drive or disc information.
AnyBurn is a lightweight and user-friendly burner than anybody with basic computer knowledge can use to burn DVD, CD and Blu-ray discs. The free disc burner works fast and uses minimal system resources. The software is compatible with both 64-bit and 32-bit editions of any Windows OS from Windows 2000.
Reviewer: -Bill Fox
Review Date: 2015-06-23
Pros: Copies some disks well. Easy to use interface.
Cons: Will not copy multi-session disks which I have made myself.
Other Thoughts: Downloaded when Ashampoo (paid for) refused to run on XP without service pack 3. When I install Service pack 3 it locks up my computer and I have to reinstall Windows from scratch.