gBurner

gBurner 4.7

Create and burn all kinds of data, multimedia, and ISO-based discs
4.1  (28 votes)
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gBurner is a straightforward software tool to create and burn all kinds of discs, old and new. It still supports disc types that are not as widely used as they were, such as Mixed Mode discs, and VCD and SVCD video discs. Besides, you will find a set of useful tools to erase writable discs, create USB drives using a disc image, and even an image converter to transform a wide range of disc image file types to ISO, CUE/BIN, or GBI, gBurner’s proprietary format.

The program’s entire functionality has been distributed in five clear sections – Data, Audio, Video, Copy, and Tools. If you browse them all quickly just to see what’s there, it may give you the false impression that there are some usual suspects that seem to be missing, such as bootable discs or MP3 discs. On the contrary, you will find disc types that you thought lost forever, such as video CDs and hybrid discs, containing both audio and non-audio files. Well, actually, an MP3 disc is a data disc containing MP3 files, and a bootable disc is nothing but a data disc with all the files required to boot up your computer, so I don’t really see the need to have separate sections for those, other than to give the impression that the program is more comprehensive than it really is. On the other hand, discs like VCDs or SVCDs and mixed discs require a specific structure to work, just like video DVDs or Blu-ray discs, for instance. Thus, even though those disc types may look obsolete or old-school to you, there’s always someone that will surely benefit from having them there.

All tools to burn different types of discs work in a similar way, and it is usually the amount and pertinence of the extra tools that go with them that makes all the difference. gBurner comes with enough extra utilities to make you want to try it, if you can spot them. First, hidden in the Audio menu, you’ll find an always useful CD Ripper. In the Copy menu you’ll see a Make Image option and a Burn Image option, that may or may not belong there, but that will allow you to clone and/or archive entire discs efficiently. In the Tools section proper, you’ll also find a very convenient image converter. As mentioned above, the output formats supported could benefit from some widely used additions, such as DMG, NRG, or IMG, to name but three well-known types. A Write USB feature and an Erase Disc option close the list, as the few remaining ones are merely informative.

Among the extensive range of disc burning tools available out there, gBurner is a rare breed that still supports long-forgotten disc types and that offers some interesting extras that not many of their competitors include. It has all the disc burning features you would expect from similar tools plus one or two nice surprises.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Allows you to create new folders in data discs
  • Creates old mixed mode CDs, VCDs, SVCDs
  • Rips tracks from audio CDs
  • Includes an image conversion tool

Cons

  • Lacks basic video authoring tools
  • Output image disc formats are limited to ISO, CUE/BIN, and GBI
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