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Have you ever felt that although Mac OS X's built-in disc authoring is nice, it is at times rather limiting? Have you ever wondered what to do when a client requested a custom hybrid CD that required all the Mac-specific files to be hidden on the disc when viewed on a Windows PC? Enter shadowBurn, the painless CD/DVD authoring solution that is as straightforward as anything on Mac OS X.

shadowBurn is a CD/DVD authoring solution for Mac OS X 10.4 and later that uses Apple's powerful DiscBurning APIs to ensure all disc authoring functionality provided by your system are handled perfectly and adds such much sought-after features like custom hybrid disc creation and disc overburning support for projects that just might fit on a disc, even though the official disc size does not allow the project to fit on it.

The power of shadowBurn lies in its simplicity and straightforwardness. Easily accessible when placed in the Dock, shadowBurn allows you to drag and drop items you want to burn onto its icon or the project window once shadowBurn is open. You can even optionally install the shadowBurn Finder plug-in which allows you to add items to your burn project from the Finder's contextual menu, this way you don't even have to keep shadowBurn in the Dock. This can be useful when your Dock is already overcrowded with valuable applications in the first place or your screen is too small and you would like to keep your Dock nice and clean.
Project Type

shadowBurn supports virtual filesystems, meaning you can create your disc layout the way you want it, you don't have to arrange your files in the Finder prior to burning them. Just drag and drop them into the shadowBurn project window there you can set up new folders to place the files in, and you can even rename the files and folders in the project window without worrying about name differences in the Finder. shadowBurn automatically handles this for you. Files and folders can be moved around in the project and grouped in all possible ways. When you have the layout you desired ready, simply push the Burn button, choose your disc burner and your burn speed and let shadowBurn do what it does best: author your disc for you.
shadowBurn Preferences
shadowBurn needs absolutely no configuration to run, but it can be customized to better suit your needs. The preferences offers settings to disable project size warnings and set the default project type (CD/DVD) and the respective project sizes.
Multiple Burners
shadowBurn supports multiple disc burners, so if you want to burn your first project on your fast CD burner and the second on your great Superdrive, there's nothing that can stop you. Simply set up your project, push the Burn button and select the burner you want to use from the pop-up button. It's that easy.

shadowBurn offers a number of predefined project types, such as Mac only (HFS+), PC (Joliet), ISO9660, UDF, Mac and PC hybrid and MP3. You can even create your custom format discs by mixing the available filesystems to your liking. What's more, you can even change the project type on-the-fly. If you set up your project in Mac Only format and later realize you wanted to create an MP3 disc to play in your car stereo, you can always change the project type using the handy project type pop-up button on the project window. Switching to MP3 disc format will also throw out all files that are in your project and are not MP3 files. This also counts empty folders. But you can of course create folder based MP3 discs so you can easier navigate your music collection on your car stereo.

Disc Info
With shadowBurn's handy Disc Info function you can inspect discs you insert into your burner. It allows you to display such information as available sessions on the disc, their respective sizes and starting blocks, available burn speeds, overwritability and available free space.
Project Window Title
To get less detailed information of the inserted disc with just a glimpse simply take a look at the project window's title bar. shadowBurn displays all disc related information there, such as disc type, max. burn speed, available free space in MB and burning status (if a burn is in progress).
shadowBurn project

shadowBurn offers a real alternative to Mac OS X's built-in disc authoring support and can be a good choice if you do not need the extra functions more expensive solutions offer and thus do not require the added price. shadowBurn is a lightweight and simple disc authoring solution for the rest of us.


User's Manual

Download the latest version of the shadowBurn 1 user's manual in PDF format.

custom hybrid content
To create custom Mac and PC hybrid discs, simply select the Mac & PC Hybrid option from the Project Type pop-up button. Then if you select a file you can change its visibility on certain systems. This way you can exclude certain files from appearing on other systems. This can be helpful if you don't want any exe or other files to appear when the disc is inserted into a Mac or that Mac-specific data is displayed on Windows PCs.

Mac on Intel
shadowBurn was designed to be future proof. This required that shadowBurn is only available for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and higher. But it also means, that shadowBurn is also available on Intel-based Macintosh computers.

shadowBurn Finder plug-in
The optional shadowBurn Finder plug-in enables you to add files from the Finder directly to your existing shadowBurn project or create one for you. Just select the Burn with shadowBurn option from the Finder's contextual menu and the files show up in the project.

With shadowBurn, you can
author Mac only, PC, ISO9660, UDF, MP3 and Mac & PC Hybrid discs
author CD-R/CD-RW discs
author DVD+/-R riscs
author DVD+/-RW discs
author DVD DL discs
customize hybrid disc content
drag and drop burn from the Finder
overburn discs

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Softpedia guarantees that shadowBurn 1.0 is 100% CLEAN, which means it does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to: spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors.

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