"Nero 7 is the culmination of innovative engineering, end-user requests and demands, and industry direction and convergence," said Richard Lesser, CEO Nero AG, "We have hit the nail on the head with the addition of Nero Home to Nero 7: users no longer need to be in front of their PCs to view and listen to their media files; they can access their entire libraries in front of the TV."
In addition, Nero 7 includes a number of enhancements and interface redesigns to familiar and popular Nero applications. Users now have the option of customized installation, meaning they can decide to install or not to install each application courtesy of Windows Installer Technology.
Nero Home is a new media manager that provides fast access to the user's entire digital media library via remote control in the designated home entertainment room. Content can be viewed on a plasma, LCD or CRT TV. Nero Home integrates TV time-shifting, DVD playback, music playback and video playback, and has a simplified interface and a TV wizard to walk users through a simple setup.
An optimized media database provides instant access to the user's library of media files of all types from any Nero application and Windows Explorer.
The new and enhanced Nero BackItUp 2 allows users to run scheduled full or incremental backups, back up files directly from Windows Explorer, back up upon login or without logging in, create shadow copies, back up to disc images and perform FTP backup.
Additionally, Nero Burning ROM 7 and Nero Express 7 have been radically redesigned. Nero 7 has a project launcher with a new user interface that can access all 18 applications, and has been enhanced to guide users of any skill level through simple or advanced digital media projects. Users will have the ability to view, edit and improve their favorite digital photos.
Nero 7 also offers playback software offers vibrant picture quality for all DVD formats and is compatible with Nero Digital (MPEG-4), which enables the user to recode non-copy protected movies (DVD-9 to DVD-5) to a CDR/RW, DVD+/-R or a single DVD+R DL disc in DVD-Video format (DVD-9 to DVD-9). In addition, a standard drag-and-drop packet writing application, that supports BD-RE/R (Blu-ray) is included and full 5.1 capturing, editing, mixing, recording and menu creation options and DVD+VR and DVD-VR advanced recording abilities.
New features and applications now support 5.1 and 7.1 audio recording, editing and mixing, along with 32-bit audio and a professional program with the ability to mix and edit for the production of audio CDs and CD compilations. Audio enthusiasts will now be able to incorporate beats, sound sequences and melodies into audio projects, with surround sound mixing.
Nero 7 retail box will be available at participating retailers on October 10, worldwide. Customers can order online at www.nero.com starting on October 24 for $99.99 and downloadable version for $79.99. Current Nero 6 users can Upgrade to Nero 7 online at a special discounted price on October 24.