There are many programs, both free and paid, that can be used to manage files for CDs, DVDs, and data discs. Express Burn for Mac, while functional, may not justify the price required for the full version.
Express Burn for Mac is available as a free trial version with an upgrade for $69.95. The limitations on the trial version aren't apparent from either the program itself or the developer's Web site. The download was fairly quick, but the installation required careful attention to avoid downloading additional, nonadvertised programs set to be downloaded by default. These included a toolbar and sound-mixing program sponsored by the same company. These additional programs were free, but also could be upgraded for a price. This, combined with the extensive license agreement, would be a problem for beginning computer users. Once installed, the interface appeared dated, but the necessary controls were prominent and easy to recognize. You can use the program to create and burn a new disc, copy an existing disc, or burn DVDs and even Blu-rays. Overall, almost any level of computer user could operate the program, despite the lack of formal instructions. The program advertises faster burning speed, though this was not readily apparent compared with programs like iTunes during testing.
While the program performs its functions well and burns discs quickly, only those who heavily use burning software will benefit enough from the promised faster speed to justify Express Burn for Mac's price.
From NCH Software:
Express Burn Free for Mac is an ultra fast burner to help save you time. Burn audio, video, or files to CD, DVD, or Blu-Ray disc. Express Burn Free includes a user-friendly interface with a handy drag and drop feature. Express Burn Free for OS X can create Mp3 or audio discs to play on any disc-reading device and traditional CD players. This burning software supports a wide range of formats including wav, mp3, wma, ogg, flac, and many more. Normalize audio volume and customize the pause tracks when burning audio discs.
It crashed on the first DVD I tried to burn!
It may be my last DVD!
If it can't burn a simple DVD then it is trash!
Error message said Error burning disc. Really, so what do I do to fix that problem, huh?
Beautiful but useless. Worth what I paid for it - Nothing!
Updated on Apr 9, 2015
I have since tried to burn another disc. Now I have two coasters. Perhaps it does not work with OS 10.9.5.
Hello, Sorry to hear you had a crash issue with Express Burn. I know that can be really frustrating when burning your first disc. Our Support Team can help you solve the problem here:
To me, this is a great product. It does everything I need it to, it's lightweight, and overall it gets the job done. The free version is excellent and if you buy the pro version you won't ever need another product again.
Nothing much to say, except the interface could use some modernization.
Not the best software, but i guess not the worst. I am using a Apple Superdrive with the full version of Express Burn Software sold by NCH Software, Inc.
Selected the option to burn a "audio file" CD, the one that allows CDR to be played on home stereo CD player, or in your car stereo unit. Software was unable to accomplish this task. I received multiple error messages. I paid a discount rate of $39.95 for full version of Express Burn that does not perform the most import task aforementioned, I attempted to contact customer support for them to fix this issue and if it could not be fixed obviously i would want my money back. Well in order to get Customer Technical Support their site states you can't get live customer support without opting in to their Customer Technical Support Plan which is $14.95 Now I'll be dammed if i will pay additional money to buy a tech support plan when the software already has issues. What if i pay the $14.95 and they can't fix the issue? This has been a horrible experience and if your looking to burn audio cdr's as aforementioned, I suggest you steer clear, and buy a Burn Software from a different company.
I don't like the fact of NCH Software, Inc., (aka Express Burn) pushing a customer into buying a Tech Support Package for $14.95, when issues arise with their software packages they sell. I am wondering if they have setup their Express Burn software purposely to ensure that these errors arise, to push customers into spending more money, by encouraging buyers to purchase their $14.95 Tech Support Plan when a customers experience problems with their software. Honestly, i don't know if there doing this. However, i feel reasonable is, if i pay you money for a product, and their are issues i am experiencing with that product, i should be able to get a Tech Support person on the phone to talk about the issue to see if they can be resolved, I should not have to pay $14.95 to get Tech Support Service on a product that is not doing what it suppose to do from the moment i received it.
You can't save a file list. Express Burn seems to be a bit crash prone when dealing with very large folders. There are some annoying limitations. In some circumstances you can end up having to click OK and No a very large number of times.
Usually does what it says on the tin, but the burn folder built in to the MAC is often a much better solution to backup needs.
I have downloaded the software. After the install it keeps on asking me to buy it. I thought it is free. They misrepresent them self and bait me into downloading it. That is bad. I will never buy from them. If it is labeled free, it means free.
Sorry to hear that you had some issues. The free version should continue to be free so not sure what happened on your end. Could you please contact our support team so that we can fix it for you? http://www.nch.com.au/burn/support.html
It appears to have a nice. clean interface. It's free
Appears unstable. I could not stop it (Mac OS X 10.4.11) other than to Force Quit ... not a good sign! S-L-O-W!
"Express?!" I went to burn a data CD to back up some files, and waited, and waited, and waited for Express Burn to finish "adding files" ... whatever that means. (In contrast, Burn 1.72 showed the whole tree of files (total 2.8 GB) to burn after about 5 seconds.) I gave up on Express Burn after about 7 minutes, being less than 1/3 of the way through its "adding" process. Then I pressed the "Cancel" button, repeatedly, but it would not stop. I eventually had to Force Quit it. On the FIRST attempt to use Express Burn, I inadvertently selected "music disk", got an error message about something not available in the free edition ... and was stuck. I had to Force Quit that, after which I tried again (described above).
Really sorry that you had some issues. Thanks to feedback like yours we've been able to update and fix these problems. Pleas contact our support team so that we can get you going- http://www.nch.com.au/burn/support.html