On Tuesday, November 28th, Ashampoo released a free version of its Burning Studio 2007 (link). This is a limited time offer which will end after December 13th 2006. To get your free copy of Burning Studios 2007, download the software package and install it. During the installation process, you will be prompted to register it. Be sure to select “free full version key.” Next, the software will open your default web browser and load Ashampoo’s registration website. You need to provide a valid e-mail address to receive an activation e-mail from Ashampoo. Once you have received the e-mail, click on the link found within the e-mail. A new window will open. Copy the free license key which appears and paste it on to the installation dialog box. Continue the installation process. Viola, you have now installed Ashampoo’s Burning Studios 2007.
Of course, there is no such thing as a free lunch. By default, Ashampoo will send their newsletter to the e-mail address you provided. You can cancel the newsletter by clicking on the opted out link found on any of their e-mail messages. If you want to play it safe, you can choose to use a disposable e-mail address (e.g. jetable disposable e-mail addresses).
Ashampoo’s Burning Studio 2007 is a decent multimedia suite. Some of its features include: copying data files and folders on to CD/DVD/Blu-ray Discs, ripping and burning audio files to CD/DVD/Blu-ray, copying non copy protected CD/DVD/Blu-ray Discs, creating and burning image files (i.e. iso,cue and bin) to CD/DVD/Blu-ray and erasing rewriteable media (i.e CD-RW and DVD-RW). For copying video files off a CD/DVD/Blu-ray Discs, the program gives you the option of burning it on the fly – provided that you have 2 or more DVD drives – or first copying it on to the hard drive and then duplicate CD/DVD/Blu-ray Discs.
It is a solid package for those you don’t want to spend money on commercial multimedia suites like Nero 7 Ultra Edition or Roxio Creator. Ashampoo’s Burning Studio 2007 is a great alternative. So, hurry up and get your free copy today (link).
Con's: Video authoring is limited. Unlike Nero's Recode and DVDShrink, it can not "shrink" video files. As mentioned before, there is no such thing as a free lunch. For a free license key, you have to provide a valid e-mail address, which Ashampoo will most likely used to flood you with spam about their other products.