Mac OS X 10.5 or later
$179 Titanium; $249 Pro
Burning files onto disc seems a bit old hat these days, so Toast is turning into more of a general-purpose tool for converting audio and video files and sharing them online or on mobile devices. To emphasise that new focus, Toast 11 has undergone a bit of a redesign, with a new interface that makes it easier to focus on common tasks.
When you launch Toast 11 you’ll see the new Toast Assistant window, which contains video tutorials and PDF help files for tasks such as sharing video online. Along the top of this window are options such as Audio, Video and Convert. Click the Convert button and you’ll be taken to a new window offering a series of Projects that allow you to convert audio or video files into different formats, or convert an audiobook on CD into files you can listen to in iTunes.
Toast 11 now supports an even wider variety of audio and video formats for different devices, and time-consuming video conversions can be scheduled to take place at a time that suits you. Macs with Nvidia graphics cards can use the graphics card to speed up the conversion process. And, if you buy the Pro version of Toast, you get a copy of Photoshop Elements.
Australian Macworld Buying Advice
Toast isn’t the must-have item it once was, as many Mac users are happy with Apple’s iTunes, iMovie and iPhoto. However, it’s still a valuable tool – a kind of software Swiss Army knife for people who do a lot of work with photos, audio and video files.