The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 April 2006

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I have ordered Photoshop Elements 4.0, boxed with Premiere Elements 2.0, direct from Adobe. The price was about the same as it was at local retailers; there had been a rebate at one time, but apparently it's expired.

The trial version of Nero does indeed have the one feature of the old version I was using that I missed: the wave-file editor. However, attempting to bring it up outside the regular Nero interface brings chastisement for not having paid the long dollar for the full package. I think, though, I can learn to work Audacity at least as well, and though it doesn't interface directly with Nero, that's a small price to pay for not having a large price to pay.

I have postponed my search for a new scanner, inasmuch as a legal-size flatbed now sells for upward of $300. My old one still works, but it's connected through the parallel port, and as such is slower than Christmas to a four-year-old, with the added annoyance of having to daisy-chain it off the printer cable like some sort of Commodore 64 device.

And I'm getting used to CyberLink, which does decent screen captures but which has what I consider somewhat wacky controls. I suppose the next step is to try to figure out the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R.

Posted at 12:03 AM to PEBKAC


I think my Epson Perfection 2400 handles US legal paper, and it was $200 well over a year ago. (What's Nero?)

Posted by: Matt at 2:09 AM on 30 April 2006

Nero is a CD/DVD-burning suite of stuff produced by Ahead Software in Germany. (Earlier versions were called "Nero Burning ROM," which explains why it's simply referred to as Nero today.)

The Epson, discontinued (according to Amazon) but indeed priced at $200, is claimed (by Amazon) to have an 8.5-by-11.7 inch scanning bed.

Actually, I don't expect to scan much in the way of legal documents, but LP record jackets, at around 12.5 inches square, are a lot easier to do in two sections than in four.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:02 AM on 30 April 2006

I still have Nero Burning ROM. It works okay, but I don't burn many cds. I have a USB port scanner too, which works fine, but it's not legal sized.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 9:22 AM on 30 April 2006

(The last time this happened, I ended up with two copies of the same comment. Sorry, Chaz.)

Nero is the CD/DVD-burning software that came OEM with my Media Center eMachines PC.

It burns so fast that I barely have time even to tune up the dang fiddle, let alone play it.

Posted by: McGehee at 3:45 PM on 1 May 2006

I did one test audio CD with the New Nero at the astonishing (to me, anyway) speed of 16x. Seems to be okay.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:51 PM on 1 May 2006