Ashampoo Burning Studio 14 is a lightweight disc burning suite which is easy to use, yet also manages to include many unusual and powerful features which you might not expect.
Burning regular data discs, for example, is a very simple and straightforward process. Click Burn Data > New Disc from the front-end menu, drag and drop your files onto the interface, and you can be burning your CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc in a couple of clicks.
But the program also create Autostart discs, which display interactive menus that appear when the disc is inserted. These can launch files or documents, open a folder, link to a web page and more, and are a great way to properly present information to the recipient of your disc.
It's a similar story when you need to create video DVDs. Just like the competition, you're able to drag and drop in a few source videos and burn them to a PAL or NTSC video. But that's just the start. Burning Studio 14 can also trim, cut or split your videos; add soundtracks to a movie; create video slideshows from your images, with custom transitions and subtitles, and more.
And there's plenty of power elsewhere. You can easily create or rip audio CDs, for instance. You're able to burn, create or browse disc images (ASHDISC, CUE/ BIN, ISO, IMG). And there are tools to run simple file backups, copy discs, edit labels and covers, and the list goes on.
What's new? Ashampoo Burning Studio 14 now supports burning encrypted CDs, DVDs or Blu-rays - only someone who knows the password you've chosen will be able to access your data.
There's easy backup of mobile devices. Connect a phone or tablet to your PC and you can use the "Backup external device" function to copy its music, pictures, videos or documents.
Rip a CD and the program now does a good job of finding the best cover art for you (but if it fails, there's a built-in web search tool, and the option to use a local file).
And the interface has been tweaked here and there to speed up operations and generally make it easier to use.
Please note, this build will by default install as a 10 day trial only, but you can extend this to 30 days if you register with Ashampoo. Click "Get extended free trial license now" after installation, if you're interested.