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Date: April 22nd, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Stomp Inc.
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PRODUCT TESTING


Seeing that I'm a Nero Burning Rom(R) user, I'm always skeptical as to if a change is needed. So, I uninstalled Nero(r), crossed my fingers and installed RecordNow Max.


Just so everything went smoothly, I visited the Stomp Inc. website and found the latest patch and installed it so that all bugs, if any, would be fixed and updated. Here is a link to the PATCH Section of the main corporate site for all of you proud RecordNow Max owners. Now with everything updated, I fired it up and was greeted by a real easy-to-use interface. Everything is clear, concise and easy to follow. Now the one and only fault with this software, that I found, was the 100% cpu usage if you keep the software idle at the initial wizard screen. My temp's shot through the roof and is a warning to everyone to close the wizard or advance into the software suite to stop the CPU usage, or you will be really stressing those overclocked systems and there temperatures =).



The additional photos from here on in are provided by the Stomp Inc's website, they took some good quality snapshots that I just couldn't duplicate (Ed. :They are not resized as well).



As with allot of burning software suites, you are greeted by a wizard which guides you through the basic, everyday used functions in which we use everyday. Follow the simple to use wizard, and the common chores will be done effortlessly and flawlessly.



Now here is the interface to the easy to use music CD-creation software included in the bundle, nice, clean, and efficient.



Data CD's for that all important backup and/or archiving haven't been this easy. Again everything is automated and fast.



Now one thing that I sometimes found a chore is ripping my favorite CD's to use in my MP3 player. Some programs out there do NOT allow this and the ones who do, I found it a little tedious. But Stomp Inc. has incorporated a nice ripping suite that is really easy to use.

 

CONCLUSIONS AND AFTERTHOUGHTS


Well, needless to say, I was really impressed with Stomp Inc's first real step into the CD Burning ROM software market. The product proved to be quick, efficient, easy to use and install, and had some nice bundled features. If anyone out there is looking for a great, more affordable burning suite than some of the big boys out there, then give this one a try. I haven't even reinstalled Nero(r) due to the fact that I just like this suite TOO much and you will to.


Pro's:


-Easy to Install
-Even Easier to Use
-Great CD Ripping capability
-More Affordable (Shop around a bit)
-Quick & Efficient

Con's:


-100% CPU Usage on main wizard screen causing heat problems.

 

OVERALL SCORE: 8.5/10 (TWEAKNEWS RECOMMENDED!!)

 

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