GEAR was one of the pioneers in the development of CD and DVD burning software, beginning in 1986 with a grant from the European Commission. GEAR's products include GEAR Video, GEAR PRO Linux, and GEAR PRO Unix.
GEAR licenses its API to many companies, such as Apple and Symantec. The GEAR drivers are used programs such as iTunes. Known as "GEARWorks", the GEARWorks SDK provides high-level functionality to applications, allowing them to format data using optical storage standards such as CD Digital Audio, CD-ROM, Video-CD, DVD-Video, DVD-ROM and DDP. Its powerful set of functions allow you to seamlessly integrate the authoring, reading, and recording capabilities that you desire for an application.