Roxio today unveiled the latest version of Toast for Mac OS X. Toast 9 features a variety of new enhancements and features including Blu-Ray support, video streaming for the web and iPhone, and much more.
Blu-Ray support comes to Toast 9 in the form of a $19.95 plugin that allows you to burn HD TV shows or AVCHD camcorder content, it also includes 15 new widescreen HD menu themes for spicing up your Blu-Ray Discs.
You can burn HD content to Blu-Ray or DVD discs for playback on the PS3 or Blu-Ray players.
It supports BD-R/RE and DL formats as well as the popular DVD formats.
Blu-Ray is not the coolest new feature of Toast 9, however, as it also introduces the Roxio Streamer – a new free service that allows you to Stream TV shows to your iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac or PC. If you have a TiVo it even has an automatic end-to-end recording and serving solution built right in.
In addition to streaming you also have some basic editing functions, allowing you to edit out unwanted sections of the video. Quicktime, DivX, TiVo, and Eye TV formats are supported.
There is also improved Audio Capture and Tagging, and Media Copy and Conversion (making it easier than ever to move your DVDs to your AppleTV or other device with Toast).
The UI has also been given a face lift, allowing for a much sleeker look.
Toast 9 is available for $99.99. The Blu-Ray plugin normally cost $19.99, but will be available for free until March 31st. Existing users can upgrade for $59.95, with the Blu-Ray plugin included.
You can check out more info at Roxio.com.
Man, Toast has to be the only app that raises the price with each release. Toast 8 was $79.99 and it had Blue Ray support built in. Now it’s $20 more for the app and another $20 for BR! Looks like I’ll be sticking with Toast 8 for a while.
Yeah, but man you have think about what you’re getting for that money. The streaming feature alone is worth $99.
Of course, since you already have Toast – you don’t have to pay $99.
I don’t see any info about version 9 on Roxio’s web site. Where did you find the news about the new release?
Directly from Roxio Dan. I’m not sure why they haven’t updated the info on their site yet either.
Does this BD plugin allow you to play Blueray disks? What’s the point of being able to burn but not play back on your media centre? I got a Line-On BD burner and player for under $400 just waiting for playback support for the Mac.