CD ROM, Inc., CarSch Management Services Offer Free CD-R/RW Recording Software

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CD ROM, Inc. and CarSch Management Services, Inc. have announced the availability of free CD-R/RW recording software. The software product, OpenDisc Enable Software (ESW), is immediately available via free download from http://www.carsch.com.

OpenDisc ESW is a true 32-bit pre-mastering software program for Windows 95 and 98 that permits recording functions on CD-R and CD-RW discs, utilizing either ISO 9660 formatting or the UDF (Universal Disc Format) recording process. The software also works as-is in Windows 2000.

The announcement is the latest joint effort between CD ROM Inc. and CarSch. The companies previously announced an exclusive agreement for the sales and distribution of the CRIX3 CD/DVD compression software product. CRIX3 enables users to increase a disc's storage capability by 2x, 3x, or more depending on file type and makeup, providing real-time access to compressed information.

"OpenDisc ESW provides all the essential features for average users who want to distribute data, record audio CDs, and use CDs like big floppy discs, but with an extremely simple user interface. We believe consumers should not be burdened with cumbersome, expensive applications just to have basic functionality," said Chuck Schmidt, CEO of CarSch

ESW provides support for many popular CD-Recorders with an upgrade path to many other model offerings. Key features include pre-mastering in ISO 9660 format for mainstream CD-R publishing, the recording of CD-DA Red Book audio discs for music buffs, support for UDF formatting, and error check and defragmentation utilities.

CarSch will provide support and develop specialized features for future versions of ESW, which will be available for minimal upgrade pricing, according to the announcement. …