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ImgBurn

ImgBurn is a freeware CD, DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray burning application and it was recently updated to version 2.5. The program stays the same at its core which means it is still the lightweight DVD burning software that can be installed or used as a (unofficial) portable version instead. You'll notice all kinds of added support for file types and error handling, slightly tweaked or improved features, and a handful of fixed bugs. We already love ImgBurn as is, and while this update isn't boasting any terribly sexy new features, it's great to see that the freeware favorite is still under active development.

Below are some of the more important changes introduced in this version of ImgBurn:

  • An ‘Advanced’ input mode to build mode where you have total control over the layout of the disc and can add new folders, change names etc. (i.e. you’re no longer limited to burning an existing folder structure on your hard disc as-is)
  • ImgBurn now adds itself to the context menu’s ‘Open With’ submenu for files it’s associated with.
  • Support for burning CCD files.
  • Support for building images using the ‘MODE2/FORM1/2352′ data type. (previously it only supported ‘MODE1/2048′)
  • A check to ensure all the DVD Video files in a sequence are present. (i.e. it’ll prompt if VTS_XX_1.VOB and VTS_XX_3.VOB are present but VTS_XX_2.VOB isn’t)
  • Detection of attempts to build Vista style OS installation discs (via the ’sources\install.wim’ file) and the relevant prompting for conflicting settings, failing to make it bootable etc (same as an ‘I386′ install disc).

ImgBurn can also run as a portable app, perfect for carrying on your USB flash drive for burning on the go. Portable Freeware offers the following easy steps to convert the installer:
Download the installer and extract (using 7zip or similar) to a folder of your choice. Remove $PLUGINSDIR and [NSIS].nsi. Create an empty file called ImgBurn.ini in the same folder. Launch using "ImgBurn.exe /portable".

ImgBurn is freeware, works on Windows and Linux (using Wine).