by R. F. Mariano
CDRWIN.... What a concept!!
While running the latest and greatest means
_some_ driver problems and certain anomalies with obscure
programs; It certainly does not mean that if one is running
Windows 2000 or Windows XP Professional that one should encounter the Walls of
Jericho without the company and help of Joshua. Such is the
case with the use of a CDRom Burner... the
"popular" bundled program is written and supplied by the
best SCSI hardware manufacturer out there but when it comes to
their support and updates for their software products... a month
of Sundays is a quicker happening.
Then comes CDRWIN... this puppy is right there
for ALL the major Windows products. It is fast, well written
and simply put; does the job. No excuses, no "we'll
have a driver or new version after Win2k is released"
malarkey... Simply positive results! That's what CDRWIN is
Can you tell the BS excuse certain companies
are blathering about when Win XP is released is truly dissing the
users?? Sure it is... Oct 25 2001 is the Official
release date. Windows XP has been in use for at least three
months by tens of thousands around the world and shortly, will be in "oem release."
OEM release.. what does that mean?
Simply put it means the entire product "went gold" and
was [RTM'ed], Released to Manufacturing and more importantly, to
the Original Equipment Manufacturers. Thus, the actual
product is already in the pipelines. Packaged computer makers are
already shipping complete systems with Win XP installed. Why are tardy update and driver
providers offering excuses instead of the goods? Who knows..
one thing is for certain; they've chased many loyal users of their
products to competitors who are supporting Win XP NOW.
Golden Hawk is one of them.. their CDRWIN
program is top notch. Don't hesitate just go get it and pay
them the bux. Its worth every penny. I might add it is also
quite affordable. Go for it! ....rfm
Version 4.0A BETA
Multi-Recorder support is the first new feature to be added
to version 4.0A. Now you can record on a maximum of 32 recorders
simultaneously (depending on system speed). At this time, only
MMC compliant drives are supported (almost all recorders made in
the last two years are MMC compliant). Only SCSI based recorders
have been tested so far, but many IDE recorders should work as
We will be adding many more features to this version in the
What's new in version 3.8?
Support for many new recorders has been added. Please see Supported
Devices for a complete list of new recorder models.
Surprise feature... MP3 file support!! You can now record
MP3 files directly to an audio disc without converting them to
WAV files first (they will be decoded "on the fly"
automatically). The files can be recorded by either specifying
them in a cuesheet or by using the "Load Tracks"
feature. The MP3 decoding library was licensed from Xaudio
Inc. Note: This feature is not available in the DOS version.
File backup operations on the "File Backup and
Tools" screen has been greatly enhanced. You can now
specify directory names, file names, or wildcards (such as
C:\TEST\*.EXE). You can also save a list of names to a project
file and then reload them at a later date.
Support for the "Discmatic AD1050" disc
transporter has been added. This is a very nice unit that can
automatically make 50 copies of a single disc without user
intervention (full information on this device can be found at www.discmatic.com).
What's new in version 3.7?
Support for the following recorders/drives has be added:
Acer 4232A / 4432A / 6232A
Creative 2224 / 4224
Hewlett Packard 7500 / 7570 / 8200 / 8210
Imation 4x4x20 and 8x2x20
JVC 2080 / 4080
LG/Goldstar CED-8041B / 8042B / 8043B / 8045B
Memorex 2216 / 4224 / 4420 / 6424 / 8220S
Panasonic 7582 / 7503
Pioneer DVD-303S (reader)
Plextor 40Plex (reader)
Plextor PX-R820T / PX-W4220T / PX-W8220T
Ricoh 7040A / 7040S / 7060A / 7060S
Smart & Friendly 2224 Racer
Smart & Friendly "Speedwriter Plus"
Teac CD-R56S / CD-R58S
Toshiba 6401TA (reader)
Traxdata 2224 Plus
The CDROM "backup engine" has been completely
rewritten. It will backup discs with the data/audio tracks in
any order (previous versions would not backup discs that had
data tracks after the audio tracks). NOTE: This does not
include multisession discs or discs that use some form of
advanced copy protection.
Surprise Feature! The writing of CD-TEXT is now supported...
Please read "Frequently Asked Questions" for a list
of supported models. You can either backup an existing disc or
create your own from scratch with custom text for the disc and
individual tracks. A complete graphical CD-TEXT editor is also
included, which gives CDRWIN the most advanced CD-TEXT support
Multiple directory selection is now supported on the
"File Backup and Tools" screen. You can now backup
files from multiple directories (even if the directories are
on different harddrives). Note: This feature was added in
A new icon on the main toolbar activates the "Sector
Viewer" feature. This allows you to view the low-level
details of any data sector on the disc.
Direct disc-to-disc copying is now supported for the
Panasonic 7502 and 7582 recorders (Panasonic finally fixed the
firmware restriction). If you have the the 7502 recorder, then
you must upgrade your firmware to version 1.17, 3.17, or 4.17.
Make sure that you upgrade your recorder with the correct
firmware. Panasonic made three different versions of the 7502
recorder, each requiring a different firmware upgrade. Direct
copying is still not supported for the 7501 recorder and never
will be unless Panasonic fixes this firmware too (which is not
What's new in version 3.6 ?
Support for the following recorders has been added:
Hewlett Packard 8100 / 8110
Smart & Friendly 8020 (fast 8x speed recording!)
Sony CRX100E / CRX110E
Yamaha 4261 / 2216 / 4416
Completely new "Backup Disc" screen. A simple to
use backup utility with all options on a single screen. Just
select your devices and click START...
Redesigned "Extract Disc" screen for making image
files of discs, tracks, and sectors.
Support for "importing" previous sessions from an
ISO9660 disc (for creating true multisession discs).
Drag and drop "Load Tracks" option. This feature
makes it simple to create audio or CD+G compilation discs
without having to write a cuesheet file.
Support for viewing the text strings on a CD-TEXT compatible
disc (on the "Table of Contents" screen).
New "Disc Transporter" options (on the
"Backup Disc" screen).
Settings screen has a new tab for displaying information
about the hard drives on your system.