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Open Source Disc Burning Mac

So, it's getting close to midnight and I have 8 DVD's to duplicate for the next day. My arsenal comprised of a Mac equipped with a superdrive, a PC with a multi-format DVD burner and a PC with a DVD+RW drive. The blank discs were DVD-R and so beads of sweat were streaming down like a waterfall and I was didn't want to touch the Discs for fear of wiping out the data with my acids.

Making things worse was that the version of Mac OS X that I had did not have any CD/DVD Burning software. No internet connection existed for the necessary update:

Why did Apple leave out this ability in the first release? An answer has not been given but they did release an update for this (above link). Even so, with the update you are not provided with an effective solution.

This works when you insert a blank disc and asked by the Operating System what you want to do with it. Selecting "Launch Finder" will present you with a new Finder window that has an additional button to burn files that you drag into it onto the disc. You are limited to only specifying the name of the disc and the speed which to burn.

Fortunately, while I went through a phase of being an Open Source freak I identified an application called Burn ( and tried it, the program still exists on the Mac. Whoope woo, it actually worked like a charm and recommend it without hesitation.

Looking for any others that may exist is a bit of a tough one, but have so far found:
* YuBurner ( which is just a straightforward data disc burner.
* BurnX Free ( which is similar to Burn but also allows you to erase CD-RWs

So far Burn is the most impressive of the group as it allows for disc duplication (didn't find it straightforward though) as well as the creation of data and audio discs.

All in all my evening of Friday 15th did work out but ended up feeling like a wet rag after it has been twisted endlessly to get rid of the water.


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