From Alex Feinman:
ISO Recorder is a tool (power toy) that allows (depending on the Windows version) to burn CD and DVD images (DVD support is only available on Windows Vista), copy disks, make images of the existing data CDs and DVDs and create ISO images from a content of a disk folder. ISO Recorder has been conceived during Windows XP beta program, when Microsoft for the first time started distributing new OS builds as ISO images. Even though the new OS had CD-burning support (by Roxio), it did not have an ability to record an image. ISO Recorder has filled this need and has been one of the poular Windows downloads ever since.
What's new in this version:
This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.
Super easy, just right click on a file, choose "Open With" and then choose "ISO Recorder" from the options. It pops up and will tell you if the disk inserted can be written to. Then you just hit "Write" button and it even open the tray once its done.
It would be nice if it told you the name of the file that it completed burning on the "Done" screen.
Does what Vista should have done (Mac OSX has always had the feature): Make iso images of disks, or copy disk to disk, or burn iso images to disk. Easy to use shell extension.
A bit quirky; I had a CD in one drive, and a blank medium in another. It could not figure out that the copy was supposed to happen from the full disk to the blank disk, and chose the other way as the default! No big deal.
If you are looking to fill the void that Windows has left in terms of being able to copy disks and create iso images, this is the program for you. I have NO idea why Microsoft chose not to implement this as part of the OS, but this little gem fits perfectly as a shell extension (no need to launch a program, just right click on the drive icon in "Computer", and choose copy, burn, etc.). If you need more instructions there is a small tutorial on the developer's site, which comes up when you install the latest version. Otherwise just put ISO Recorder in a search engine to find the web site. BTW, the developer site has a later release 3.1, which adds Windows 7 compatibility, Blu-Ray, etc. Free and easy, this is a no-brainer addition to any XP, Vista or Windows 7 installation.
Simple and easy to use. Installs into context menu (right mouse click menu). Just right click on an object and select the appropriate command, thats it.
Limited functionality , however that is also its strength ie simplicity
It does what it's meant to do. If you want to create an iso image from a cd/dvd that you have or from a file or if you need to burn an iso to a cd/dvd it can do that. Right click an iso, folder or cd & select "create iso image" or "burn iso image."
I have been using Alex Feinman's ISO recorders for years, as an essential add on to windows operating systems.
Small size, easy interface. Runs and uninstalls well.
I tried burning a Knoppix 5.3 DVD from an iso with this program and the disk completed OK, but failed to boot. There is very little documentation, even at the home page, after you find it. Nothing comes with the download.
I have used this program before, and burned bootable CDs with it, as I recall, so it was my first choice when I wanted to make a Knoppix 5.3 DVD from an iso. So, I downloaded ISO Recorder and it made the disk OK, but the disk failed to boot on two different machines. I threw it out.
I then downloaded and used Active@ ISO Burner with the same iso, and that disk booted. I also downloaded and tried Free DVD ISO Burner, and it made a disk that booted.
Maybe it was just bad luck? At any rate none of the programs mention making a bootable disk. They just burn the iso with few options. I can't recall. Maybe the boot option is in the making of the iso. At any rate, this program works and the right click access is OK, but I uninstalled it and will stick to the others.