Comparison of disc authoring software

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This comparison of disc authoring software compares different optical disc authoring software.

Application[edit]

General information[edit]

Basic general information about the application.

Application Creator Software license
Ashampoo Burning Studio Ashampoo Software Freemium
Alcohol 120% Alcohol Soft Shareware
CDBurnerXP Stefan Haglund, Fredrik Haglund Freeware [1]
cdrtools Jörg Schilling Open-source (CDDL parts are GPL)
DeepBurner Astonsoft Freemium
ImgBurn LIGHTNING UK! Freeware [2]
InfraRecorder Christian Kindahl Open-source (GPL)
K3b Sebastian Trüg, Christian Kvasny Open-source (GPL)
Nero Burning ROM Ahead Software Shareware
PowerISO PowerISO Computing, Inc. Shareware
UltraISO EZB Systems Shareware
X-CD-Roast T. Niederreiter Open-source (GPL)
Application Creator Software license

Operating system support[edit]

The list is not exhaustive, but rather reflects the most common operating systems.

Application Microsoft Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix
Alcohol 120% Yes No No No No
CDBurnerXP Yes No No No No
cdrtools Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DeepBurner Yes No No No No
ImgBurn Yes No No No No
InfraRecorder Yes No No No No
K3b No No Yes Yes No
Nero Burning ROM Yes No Yes No No
PowerISO Yes No Partial No No
UltraISO Yes No No No No
X-CD-Roast No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Application Microsoft Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix

Optical media support[edit]

Which single-sided optical media types the application supports. The list is not exhaustive, but rather reflects the most common types in use (i.e. not the now defunct HD DVD-R & UDO)

Application CD-R/W DVD-R/RW/RAM DVD+R/RW DVD+R/RW DL DVD-R/RW DL BD-R/RE BD-R/RE DL
Alcohol 120% Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
CDBurnerXP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
cdrtools Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DeepBurner Yes Yes Yes ? ? No No
ImgBurn Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
InfraRecorder Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
K3b Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Nero Burning ROM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PowerISO Yes Yes Yes ? ? No No
UltraISO Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
X-CD-Roast Yes Yes Yes ? ? No No
Application CD-R/W 737MB=702MiB DVD-R/RW/RAM 4.707GB=4.384GiB DVD+R/RW 4.700GB=4.378GiB DVD+R/RW DL 8.548GB=7.961GiB DVD-R/RW DL 8.544GB=7.957GiB BD-R/RE 25GB=23.31GiB BD-R/RE DL 50GB=46.61GiB

Filesystem support[edit]

Which filesystems the application supports.

Application ISO 9660 Joliet Rock Ridge Amiga rock ridge El Torito Apple ISO9660 UDF MRW
Alcohol 120% Yes Yes No No No No No No
CDBurnerXP Yes Yes No No No No Yes No
cdrtools Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
ImgBurn Yes Yes No No No No Yes No
InfraRecorder Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ?
K3b Yes Yes Yes ? Yes No No No
Nero Burning ROM Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
PowerISO Yes ? No No No No No No
UltraISO Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ?
X-CD-Roast Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No
Application ISO 9660 Joliet Rock Ridge Amiga rockridge El Torito Apple ISO9660 UDF MRW

Disk image format support[edit]

Information which Disk image formats an application supports.

Application bin/cue Apple disk image img ISO image Nero CD image Audio file/cue
Alcohol 120% Yes No No Yes Yes No
CDBurnerXP Partial[1] No No Yes Partial[1] Yes
cdrtools Yes ? ? Yes No Yes
DeepBurner ? ? ? Yes ? ?
ImgBurn Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
InfraRecorder Yes No Yes Yes No ?
K3b Yes ? ? Yes Yes Yes
Nero Burning ROM Yes No Partial Yes Yes Yes
PowerISO Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ?
UltraISO Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes
X-CD-Roast ? ? ? Yes ? ?
Application bin/cue Apple disk image img ISO image Nero CD image Audio file/cue

Standards support[edit]

Support for Rainbow book standards:

Application Red (CD-DA) Yellow (CD-ROM) Orange (CD-R/CD-RW) White (VCD/SVCD) Blue (E-CD) Beige (PCD) Green (CD-I) Purple (DDCD) Scarlet (SACD)
Alcohol 120% No Yes Yes No No No No No No
CDBurnerXP Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
cdrtools Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
DeepBurner Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ImgBurn Yes Yes Yes No[2] ? ? Yes No ?
InfraRecorder ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
K3b Yes ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes No ?
Nero Burning ROM Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No
PowerISO ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
UltraISO Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
X-CD-Roast Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
Application Red (CD-DA) Yellow (CD-ROM) Orange (CD-R/CD-RW) White (VCD/SVCD) Blue (E-CD) Beige (PCD) Green (CD-I) Purple (DDCD) Scarlet (SACD)

User interface[edit]

Information which User interfaces an application supports.

Application Command line interface Graphical user interface Text user interface
Alcohol 120% No Yes No
CDBurnerXP Yes Yes No
cdrtools Yes No No
DeepBurner No Yes No
ImgBurn No Yes No
InfraRecorder No Yes No
K3b Yes Yes No
Nero Burning ROM No Yes No
PowerISO No Yes No
UltraISO Yes Yes No
X-CD-Roast No Yes No
Application Command line interface Graphical user interface Text user interface

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Unsupported format can be converted to a supported one.
  2. ^ http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?showtopic=3010