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FireStarter is a pure Cocoa, Mac OS X only burning application which will allow you to duplicate all kind of CDs (even those that other Mac OS X applications won’t), burn VCDs and SVCDs, and have access to unique features such as overburning and CDDB access. It’s also a very easy way of burning disc images from the PC world: It handles perfectly well cue/bin files, which are so common on Windows, and which were very hard to burn with other tools.

Some of the reasons to use FireStarter FX are:

  • It allows you to easily backup CDs that Apple’s Disc-Copy nor Roxio Toast can backup.
  • It allows you to burn iso and cue/bin files from the PC world, which makes FireStarter FX unique on Mac OS X.
  • It brings overburning feature to Mac OS X in an easy and neat interface. (‘overburning’ is a cool feature which allows you to burn more data than originally allowed on a CD. Hence you can burn for example a 704MB file on your 701MB CD-R).
  • It allows you to create iso and cue/bin files for burning later, or share with your (god forgive me) PC friends.
  • You can back-up a folder with only two clicks, which makes it very convenient and more powerful than the Finder burning.
  • You can erase a CD-RW with two clicks too, which again makes it a lot more convenient than what is currently done in Mac OS X.
  • FireStarter FX sports all the features you want to see in a commercial grade burning application:
    -Simulation
    -Customizable RAM cache
    -High speed burning
    -Buffer under-run technology to prevent wasting your media
    -Multi-session burning (please read the “known issues and limitations” section)
    -Paranoia audio-cd ripping, for best error protection copy
    -CDDB access to automatically create CD-TEXT data
    -CD-TEXT reading and writing with drives that support it

The latest features of the FireStarter FX are:

  • Fixed an issue where some users where not able to burn at all.
  • Finally, the auto-detect driver! Check the preferences. Hopefully, it will work with your drive, otherwise you will have to select it manually
  • Added the ability to burn 90, 99 and 100 minute CDs! (one of the most requested features).
  • Feedback is welcome on both the features (which have been made possible thanks to the great job of the good people of cdrdao).
  • Cleaned the code. Fixed some small bugs.
  • Extended the beta period to the 2nd of June 2006.
  • Operates on the latest version of Mac OS X
Review by Jared Moya

FireStarter FX has an average rating 3.5 out of 5 based on 4 user ratings.

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