Nero 11 multimedia suite does it all

Released today, version 11 of Nero's one-stop multimedia suite adds a more integrated interface, photobook printing, picture-in-picture video effects, and so much more to what was already an impressive list of editing, burning, backup, and organization tools.

Released today, version 11 of Nero's one-stop multimedia suite adds a more integrated interface, photobook printing, picture-in-picture video support, and so much more to what was already an impressive list of editing, burning, backup, and organization tools. With its solid basic features and its new higher-level additions, it appears to be a potential workflow solution for casual media enthusiasts and prosumers alike.

With an improved user experience in mind, Nero's developers have reconstructed the suite with each of its main application's interfaces looking and feeling more consistent throughout. There's also a convenient new MediaBrowser, which gives users easy access to their libraries, as well as the now-included Nero Kwik Media, which acts as a sort of launchpad into any of the suite's 11 included programs.

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Users of Nero's previous versions should find many of this suite's basic functions familiar. From editing to burning to sharing media, Nero can still do it all. But lucky for us, this newest release goes even further.

For instance, Nero Video now includes an Express Editing mode as well as more advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays. There's also LiveBackup, which provides automatic and continuous backup security with a single click. And now, with Kwik Media joining the suite, users can even create and order nifty photobooks right through the application.

Nero has also gone to great lengths to improve file conversion and sharing capabilities. With the much-improved Nero Recode, it's easier than ever to convert media between virtually any file formats and to output to virtually any device. There are also built-in tools for sharing to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, and for burning high-quality Blu-ray and DVD discs. Considering the increasing importance of mobility these days, these improvements are arriving just in time.

From what we've seen so far, Nero 11 appears to be a winner. It packs some huge features on top of the bread-and-butter functionality that made Nero 10 such a popular download. Plus, it comes completely reconstructed for improved performance and a more streamlined user interface. If you're in the market for a powerful multimedia suite, and you don't want to pay an arm and a leg, this might be what you're looking for.

Nero 11 Platinum is available for $129.99, while the slightly less feature-rich Nero 11 is available for $99.99 both online and in-store.

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