www.roxio.com ¦ Retail price: Toast 11 Titanium, $80 single copy (after $20 mailin
rebate); Toast 11 Pro, $130 single copy (after $20 mail-in rebate)
By Carol S. Holzberg
Roxio Toast 11 is a multipurpose software
application for Macs that burns audio and
data CDs, converts audio files from one
format to another, publishes video clips
online for sharing, and exports video in a
variety of formats for playback on iPad,
iPhone, iPod Apple TV, and Android
Quality and Effectiveness:
Toast 11 Titanium captures
streaming video from the Web.
It also imports video from
FlipVideo camcorders, EyeTV
tuners, and TiVo DVRs. Its Spin
Doctor companion captures
streaming media from analog
or digital (e.g., Internet radio)
sources. Its export formats facilitate
playback on mobile devices,
such as Apple’s collection
of i-device handhelds; Blackberry, Android, and Palm Pre
and 3G smartphones; and on video-game systems, such as
PlayStation 3, Sony PSP, Xbox 360, and Wii.
Ease of Use: This version of Toast 11 Titanium has a friendlier
look and feel than previous editions. Roxio modified
the application’s user interface to make the program easier
to install. At start-up, the Toast 11 Titanium’s main window
presents tools as big, bold categories and tab options. The
ability to choose between “common” and “advanced” projects
makes for a user-friendly environment.
Creative Use of Technology: Toast 11 Titanium does
not rip or copy encrypted or copy-protected data. It does,
however, let you convert Flash-based videos that have
played in a Web browser while Toast is open. This works
for videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and similar sites. If the
selected clip is compatible with Roxio, it will display in the
Media Browser window. Video that shows up in the Media
Browser can be dragged to the Toast 11 Titanium Content
Area for burning, copying, or format conversion using dragand-
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: Toast
11 Titanium does much more than just create disc images or
burn content to disc. It enables users to personalize teaching
by making analog and digital content more accessible.
Another notable feature is the program’s tie-in with iTunes
as a destination. Users can save video clips directly to the
iTunes library for playback on iPad, iPod, and Apple TV. If
you have an account on YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook, you
can publish your videos directly to these sites.
¦ Toast 11 makes analog and digital
content more accessible.
¦ Its friendly user-interface organizes
projects into categories, and it has howto
tutorials and a helpful User Guide.
¦ You can easily select audio and video
files by dragging and dropping them
into the Content Area from your hard
disk or the Media Browser.