and Panasonic today announced that Roxio’s popular Mac CD mastering software, Toast 5 Titanium, supports Panasonic’s new DVD-RAM/R drive. The combination enables MAc users to record to rewritable DVD discs and DVD-R discs as well.
Unlike Apple’s Pioneer-built “SuperDrive,” the new Panasonic mechanism is a dual-technology drive. It supports DVD-R media, which can then be used for playback in most DVD players, but it also uses DVD-RAM media, which can be used and reused for general storage purposes.
Roxio indicates that Toast 5 Titanium includes the necessary software to edit and store video and digital photos on DVD-R discs, which can then be played back on consumer DVD decks.
Roxio COO Tom Shea said that Roxio considers DVD drives an important development for their customers, and the company is pleased to work with Panasonic.
“It’s an interchangeable solution for home video, personal computing, business storage/archiving as well as master DVD development and testing. Toast 5 Titanium optimizes the drives’ versatility by giving users the tools they need to create, store, organize, and share all of their digital content on DVDs,” said Shea.
Toast 5 Titanium is already shipping, and carries a suggested retail price of $99.95. Panasonic said the DVD-RAM/R drive will begin shipping to OEMs and channel partners in the second quarter. The suggested retail price is less than $1000.