By Andrew Gould 7 July 2008


The emperor Nero was a power mad dictator who (many say) was responsible for burning down the ­eternal city and then building a palace for himself on its ruins.

Nero 8 is also a bit of a wannabe dictator as it wants to associate every conceivable media file with ­itself, but at least it gives you the option to say no.   

Long gone are the days when Nero was a simple burning application. Nero 8 really does want to do it all, some of which (like burning) it does very well and some it does a so-so job at best. The latest version allows you to capture and edit audio, edit ­images, design disc ­covers, record DVDs, backup your computer, stream media and play back movies and music.

All these tools are available from a start menu, that has had a proper upgrade since Nero 7. Overall Nero 8 is still a good package that does it all.  

New 3D animated menus for disc projects and improved HD authoring support.
The help system is really sub par.

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