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Roxio Creator 2009
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Product Description

Everything you need to create and share the stories of your life is in Roxio Creator 2009. Beginners will find it easy to burn and copy discs, edit photos, video, and music and create memorable movies, slideshows, and photo projects. It provides streamlined access to tips, tutorials, and tools. Experienced users will enjoy advanced disc authoring and copying capabilities; professional-quality AVCHD video editing tools; complete photo management and editing tools; DJ-quality audio features; and audiobook transfers to portable devices.

Import video from high-def AVCHD camcorders Fix video color, contrast and brightness Capture and edit HD video Upload video to YouTube Burn up to 60 minutes of high-def video on standard DVDs Convert audiobook CDs for playback on iPods and other portable devices complete with chapters and bookmarks Create party mixes with synchronized beat matching Auto-trim silence in recorded music tracks to eliminate gaps Import or capture music from virtually any source - CDs, LPs, tapes, the internet Use AutoMix to create a playlist based on a single song Digitize your analog LPs and cassettes Organize thousands of photos & create custom views to find photos quickly Correct color and exposure Fix red eye, erase wrinkles and blemishes Calibrate your printer to take the guesswork out of printing disc labelsMinimum System Requirements Windows Vista Home Basic, XP SP2 (32- or 64- bit), 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM 1024x768 DirectX 9 compatible graphics card with at least 16-bit color setting, sound card, DVD-ROM drive Hard drive with at least 3 GB free space for installation

New Roxio Creator 2009 makes it easy for family members of every age and experience level to transform photos and video from digital cameras, camcorders, and camera phones into awesome photo and video stories to share with family and friends--safely online on your personal Roxio web page, on DVD or Blu-ray Disc, or on-the-go--on an iPod, mobile phone or another portable player.

New Design
Innovative design provides one-click access to frequent projects and tools. Get inspired and optimize your 'digital life', read "how-to" articles on key features, or view video tutorials that will lead you step-by-step through your projects. Click to enlarge.

Burning
Roxio delivers the industry's best and easiest burning and copying tools for protecting your life's stories, digital media and files. Creator includes enhanced multi-core processor support for the latest CPUs. Click to enlarge.

Video
Capture your special moments with your standard definition, HD or AVCHD camcorder. Then easily create engaging stories using your photos, video and music. Creator supports standard and HD video in the most popular formats. Click to enlarge.

Keep your precious memories safe

Roxio delivers the industry's best and easiest burning and copying tools for protecting your life stories, digital media and files

Easily protect what you can't replace
Quickly back up your photos, video, music and irreplaceable data to CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Disc, and even networked volumes/disks. Schedule unattended backups and secure your data with encryption and password protection

Copy everything, copy faster
Easily copy* data, audio, photo or video CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. Copy an entire 9 GB DVD movie onto a standard 4.7 GB DVD up to 60% faster.

Find disc files...even without the disc
Creator 2009 keeps you organized by automatically cataloging disc contents. Search for contents even when the discs are not in the drive.

Burn with confidence and ease
Roxio delivers the industry's best and easiest burning and copying tools for protecting your life's stories, digital media and files.

Edit movies and burn DVDs like a pro

Capture all the excitement and vivid colors of your videos shot with your standard, HD or AVCHD camcorder. Then, transform your footage into a splashy movie using Creator 2009's flexible video editing tools, perfect for all levels of ability and interest.

Movies magic--easy as 1-2-3
Create fun movies from your photos and videos automatically. Just pick the clips and pictures you want to use, select a theme and music, and let Creator assemble and produce a finished movie in minutes.

High definition without the high price
Burn up to 60 minutes* of HD video using your existing DVD burner and then play it on your HDTV using a Playstation: 3 and other Blu-ray players. Choose from dozens of standard and high-resolution menu styles, covering a wide range of themes from family activities to sports and more.

High definition without the high price
Burn up to 60 minutes* of HD video using your existing DVD burner and then play it on your HDTV using a Playstation: 3 and other Blu-ray players. Choose from dozens of standard and high-resolution menu styles, covering a wide range of themes from family activities to sports and more.

Free your HD videos from your camcorder
Capture your special moments with your standard, HD or AVCHD camcorder, then easily create engaging stories using your photos, video and music.

Give your life the soundtrack it deserves

Make the most of your digital music with hot playlists for any occasion. And, to keep everybody dancing, Creator's 2009 new beat matching feature will automatically synchronize the rhythm from song to song.

Enjoy CD audiobooks without the CDs
Convert audiobook CDs, complete with chapters and bookmarks, for easy playback on iTunes, iPod, iPhone and other portable players.

Create playlists to match any mood
Create hot music playlists for any mood or occasion. And, to keep everybody dancing, Creator's 2009 new beat matching feature will automatically synchronizes the rhythm from song to song.

Still love that old time rock and roll?
Digitize your classic analog LPs and tapes, and then automatically convert into a preferred file format for sending to your iPod or other mobile devices.

Name that tune...automatically
Creator automatically adds title, artist and genre information to your audio files-even those captured from Internet radio, LPs, tapes or streaming music services.

Music
Give your life the soundtrack it deserves with hot playlists for any occasion. And, to keep everybody dancing, Creator's 2009 new beat matching technology will automatically synchronize cross fades and transitions to be perfectly in sync from song to song. Click to enlarge.

Photo
Combine today's photos and yesterday's memories into impressive gifts using your own photos. Create fun calendars, greeting cards, collages and other digital stories to share and enjoy with family and friends. Click to enlarge.

Sharing
Easily share the stories of your life with relatives and close friends. Relive those special moments on DVD in the comfort of your living room, transfer to iPod or other portable player for on-the-go enjoyment, or share with the world on YouTube or other popular sharing destinations. Click to enlarge.

Turn snapshots into fun keepsakes

Make every picture perfect with Creator's touch-up tools and effects. Combine today's photos and yesterday's memories into fun cards, calendars and other digital stories to share and enjoy with family and friends.

Unforgettable cards and calendars made easy
Turn today's photos and yesterday's memories into one-of-a-kind greeting cards, calendars, collages and more.

Create your stories online in minutes
Simply select your photos and add professionally-designed styles, themes, fun effects, animated graphics, and a musical soundtrack. Securely share your online stories on Roxio private web page.

Make every picture perfect
Make the most of every picture with Creator's touch-up tools and effects. Correct color and exposure, fix red-eye, erase wrinkles and blemishes, crop and straighten photos.

Put every photo at your fingertips
A picture is worth a thousand words, if you can find it. Tag, assign keywords and instantly find your favorite photos.

Share a lifetime of memories

Easily share the stories of your life with relatives and friends both near and far. Relive memories in the comfort of your living room, on DVD, on-the-go, or share with the world on YouTube or other popular destinations. The new Roxio Online service is now integrated into Creator 2009, so you can create and share basic photo stories right within the application!

Enjoy in the comfort of your living room
Relive your favorite events and travels with family and friends from the comfort of your living room. Create DVDs and Blu-ray Discs*, or, get your online photo stories on professional-quality DVDs.

Take your shows on the road
View your special events and memories on your iPod, iPhone or other portable player to enjoy virtually anywhere.

Share online with privacy and security
Choose from public or private sharing options on your FREE Roxio web page and only share your photos with the people you invite to see them.

Share with the world
What have you been up to lately? Let the whole world know by posting your photo diary to YouTube or other popular online sharing destinations.

Key Features

Burning & Copying

  • New! Up to 60% faster DVD conversion; compress an entire 9 GB DVD video to fit on a standard 4.7 GB DVD disc
  • Burn up to 50 GB of content on to one Blu-ray Disc
  • Quickly back up to CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Disc, even networked volumes/disks
  • Schedule unattended backups, and even secure your discs with encryption and password protection
  • Copy discs in a few clicks, including the latest Blu-ray discs
  • Create virtual disc drives and load disc images
  • Stay organized by cataloging disc contents--search for disc content even when the discs are not in the drive
  • Span large files and projects across multiple CDs or DVDs
  • Burn a disc and create a disc image file at the same time
  • Backup your favorite audio, movies or TV shows from any iPod: to your PC

Video

  • New! Import video from high-def AVCHD camcorders
  • New! Easily convert video, audio and now photos to your preferred formats right from your desktop, and send to portable devices
  • Automatically create fun video stories from your photos, videos and music
  • Add titles and scrolling credits to your video production
  • Trim and cut video clips
  • Timeline and storyboard views help you lay out your project
  • Automatically fix video color, contrast and brightness
  • Overlay multiple images, text or video clips; create picture-in-picture effects
  • Capture and edit HD video
  • Quickly and easily upload video to YouTube

DVD Creation

  • New! Burn up to 60 minutes* of high-def video on standard DVDs using your existing DVD burner
  • Turn your home videos into striking DVDs complete with animated menus and fully orchestrated music
  • Create compilation DVDs from DVD-Video, DivX and WMV files
  • Produce Hollywood-style DVDs with motion menus and resizable buttons
  • Enjoy stunning new standard and high-def DVD menu styles for all occasions
  • Exercise full creative control over DVD menu options
  • Go from camera to DVD in a few clicks with Plug & Burn--the fastest way to create a DVD from your camcorder video
  • Control end-of-play action and link menu elements to specific files
  • Add a menu overlay--change size, orientation, transparency and more
  • Play any VCD, SVC or DVD-Video disc including Hollywood DVDs
    *Actual recording time varies depending on video content and DVD capacity.

Music

  • New! Easily convert audiobook CDs for convenient playback on iPods: and other portable devices complete with chapters and bookmarks
  • New! Create smooth party mixes with synchronized beat matching between tracks
  • New! Auto-trim silence in recorded music tracks to eliminate annoying gaps
  • Create music playlists with cross-fades and export to portable devices
  • Import or capture music from virtually any source, including CDs, LPs, tapes, and the internet
  • Convert multiple audio tracks into a different format for payback on a broad variety of devices, in one step
  • Simultaneously rip CDs from multiple drives
  • Build an audio library by capturing Internet radio or any PC-based audio source directly from your desktop
  • Convert audio and video files to your preferred format with the desktop gadget
  • Rip music from CDs or concert DVDs*
  • Use AutoMix to create the perfect playlist based on a single "seed" song
  • Digitize your analog LPs and cassettes to add them to your MP3 player
  • Automatically add title, artist and genre information to your music tracks--even those captured from Internet radio or streaming music services
  • Span dozens of songs and compilations across multiple audio CDs
    *Does not rip or copy encrypted or copy protected content

Photo

  • Organize thousands of photos & create custom views to find photos quickly
  • Turn your photos into one-of-a-kind calendars, greeting cards, collages, and more
  • Create dazzling standard or high definition slideshow photo stories
  • Add a royalty-free soundtrack to your slideshows
  • Easily correct color and exposure
  • Fix red eye, erase wrinkles and blemishes, crop and straighten photos
  • Use powerful editing brushes
  • Edit multiple images and layers at the same time
  • Adjust photos to match your mobile device's screen resolution
  • Add effects like transparency and edge fading, and change color tone
  • Add attractive mats and frames to photos
  • Auto-fix your camera phone photos
  • Show off any picture on your mobile phone, full screen, without borders or bars

Mobile

  • Synchronize digital media from your PC to your mobile device
  • Queue up files to transfer to your mobile device even if it's not connected to your PC
  • Create a custom profile for your mobile phone
  • Seamlessly integrate with Windows Vista media folders
  • Easily transfer digital media from camera phone to PC via Bluetooth: or USB cable
  • Send audio mixes to iPod, PSP and other players to enjoy on the go
  • Convert audio and video files to popular formats to play on most popular mobile devices

Disc Label Creation

  • Create personalized disc labels, DVD case inserts and booklets
  • Choose from professional-quality templates or create your own
  • Add a photo index to your disc label or insert to locate your photos
  • Calibrate your printer to take the guesswork out of printing disc labels
Features:
  • The industry's best and easiest burning and copying tools for protecting your life stories, digital media and files
  • Capture your videos shot with your standard, HD or AVCHD camcorder; transform your footage into a movie using Creator 2009's flexible video editing tools, perfect for all levels of ability and interest
  • Make the most of your digital music with playlists for any occasion; Creator's new beat matching feature will automatically synchronize the rhythm from song to song
  • Make every picture perfect with Creator's touch-up tools and effects; create fun cards, calendars and other digital stories to share and enjoy with family and friends
  • Relive memories on DVD, on-the-go, or share with the world on YouTube or other popular destinations

Customer Reviews:

  • excellent product
    exactly what i ordered, as advertised. quick shipping, ontime, undamaged. vendor service perfect. a fine experience - fit, form, function & value....more info
  • Very disappointing in every regard
    I purchased this software as part of a Roxio retail bundle that included their USB video capture hardware. Unfortunately, the hardware "dongle" turned out to be the best part of the deal.

    INSTALLATION: Torture. Installation on Windows Vista 32bit requires that you have the latest Microsoft .NET Framework and DirectX in place. Roxio's installation will bomb otherwise, leaving all sorts of trashed files on your PC in the process. Once you get the install to work, it runs VERY slowly... possibly >1 hour depending on your system.

    OPERATION: Very spotty. The program's design is very inconsistent: menus for each of the program's components differ from one application to the other and are not very user friendly. Crashes and lockups are frequent. Captures over 1 hour in length suffered from random glitches. A major crash required me to uninstall the software, clean up my PC, and then reinstall. I did this only because I had a pending project to finish.

    BOTTOM LINE: I am very disappointed in this program. It failed all around in installation, useability, and results. I have permanently removed it and will try to find something that does a better job....more info
  • Ships with a bug!
    Roxio Creator 2009 ships with a "bug" that makes the software inoperable.(At least on a Win XP Professional SP2 system) You have to go to Roxio (Sonic's) web site to download the patch (which is a challenge in itself) for the software to work. After downloading the patch the software still can not be "used" until you register the product, with the product key, whether you want to or not. After performing all of these tasks to get the software to work Roxio should be offering a rebate on this software for one's troubles....more info
  • purchased for a gift
    I bought this for a gift for someone else who is into these types of thing... he really likes it...more info
  • Difficult to install and fickle
    I bought this mainly to make slide shows on DVD. It is useless. When it tries to burn the project, it says there is no video. So, I have to export it to another file and then burn it. There is a lot of bugs and things to overcome. It would not import mpeg1 very well and when it did, it was unreliably slow. Frustrating....more info
  • WARNING Will Robinson WARNING
    Stay away from this software. It did not work for me. I am using windows xp with a fast enough computer and could not load this software properly after 4 hours of trying it FAILED. I read many reviews with my same problem but I thought I was more technically savvy than most. NOT. I went to the Roxio forum and followed all of the suggestions for clean installations. I got this as a gold box deal. Its going back good price, [...] and all. Waste of my time.

    Sorry
    Jeff...more info
  • wasted hours and a LOT of frustration
    I had Creator 7, sitting in its box because it never ran properly on my XP Intel P4 PC. I "upgraded" to Creator 2009; and never could get the program to load. I got a fatal run time error every time I tried to load the program. Roxio "support" gave me cumbersome instructions for wiping the program off my system for a "clean install". They should provide a wipe utility for this purpose, like Norton & McAfee do. The clean install did not work either. After many wasted hours and a LOT of frustration, I invoked Amazon's return policy and sent Creator 2009 back to Amazon for a refund. ...more info
  • Roxio Creator 2009
    Roxio Creator 2009 has all the features I need to manage my sizeable jazz collection (78s, lps, tapes, CDs) but every model of Creator has been very difficult to install. I bought a new computer and tried to install former version 9 but it halted half way through the installation process. So I ordered version 2009 from Amazon.The software did not fully remove prior version 9 and that complicated installing new ones. I finally got the 2009 version installed after lots of contact with Roxio. The process took many, many hours on the phone and the computer. Even though the 2009 version is somewhat installed, i get many confusing messages as I try to use it. I rarely have any problem installing new software but Roxio Creator has been been a real pain with each version. I wish there was an acceptable substitute for Roxio. I must say if and when one gets it working properly, it does its job. I'm not there by any means with version 2009.
    Bill Mossman...more info
  • AVCHD Failure
    Bought this software and then paid the additional fee for the AVCHD plug-in. This would supposedly allow you to make Blu-Ray compatible DVDs out of your HD footage. Initially it worked about 30% of the time and then ceased working altogether, leaving only a cryptic failure message after hideously long (and useless) renders. Online Tech support is pretty much useless, which I understand is a long tradition at Roxio. If they ever get the bugs worked out, it'll be great, but until then, hold onto your money and stay away. ...more info
  • This makes it an even 50 "one-stars" for this [...]!!!
    I have the distinction of being the 50th "one-star" review and like may others would have given this turkey a ZERO. First, I purchased this package mainly for the hardware included to copy VHS in order to burn onto DVD. I have a vast collection of home movies on VHS going back to the 80's and am converting to preserve. I have a spanking new DELL Studio laptop that I had beefed up for video applications. Well, first off, it wouldn't load the program, kept spitting the disk out half way through. It wasn't my laptop- I finally copied the program onto a portable hard drive and it seemed to load okay. This was after HOURS trying to get this thing to work and it took FOREVER to uninstall any or all of this program.

    As for the VHS copy- it seems to be working but my biggest gripe is a TOTAL lack of instructions other than an index card size one-side instruction included with the hardware. Once I was able to stumble onto capturing the VHS video, I am totally mystified as to how to work in the system other than to do a download- enhancements, etc are a mystery.

    I should have read these reviews before purchasing at [...]- this is a WASTE of $$$!!!...more info
  • ROXIO CREATOR 2009 ROCKS FOR ME...........
    Well I have read alot of the reviews of roxio creator 2009 and I must say that I was a bit aprehensive..however I have had good luck in the past with roxio.....and so now that I have a brand new gateway computer with a 64 bit system.........I decided to make the plunge.......
    well I installed it tonight.......it took quite a while to install.........and once it finished.it informed me that their were some important updates from roxio.....so I told it to download them.........Well......So far have burned a data cd............and a music cd...using music from my hard drive ....... the program is extremely fast!!!.......and can do alot more stuff then I will ever need......it has tutorial videos.....for most items.that your not familiar with....very handy....the graphics are quite stunning........all in all.I'm glad I got it.and I reccomend it to you.....it truly is Vista Compatible.and does its job well.............more info
  • Slow and unstable
    I'm using Roxio Creator with XP and sufficient resources, but this program is painfully slow and incredibly unstable. The program frequently crashes during the burn process and on the rare occasion that it doesn't it still produces a bad disc. Seems to produce 1 usable disc out of every 6 attempts. I've used freeware programs that work better. Very Disappointed....more info
  • BUGGY - SLOW - POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
    This product is terrible.

    The installation takes forever even on a very fast machine.

    It then immediately wants to install an urgent patch - never a reassuring feature for a product.

    The product now hangs regularly usually at the worse possible time in working on a production. This should be simple basic stuff and it hangs. Have to kill the application to get it going again, and of course always lose what you are working on.

    And Customer Service at Roxio is absolutely abysmal. I ordered another of their products earlier this week for overnight delivery. Paid $18 for overnight delivery. On the third day without it I called and was told, oh no they don't ship overnight, they just throw it in regular mail and it will take 14 days to get to me? That isn't even regular mail that is slower than slow. They promised to see what they could do and would email me.

    Next day, no email, so called and Supervisor saw that an order was present (couldn't see it on the internet website). But he had no idea when it would ship. Unbelievable.

    Time to use a competitor's product!...more info
  • No technical support!
    I installed Roxio Creator 2009 on my PC, and the media manager component does not work, giving a run time error. I submitted a support ticket, and received a query back from a Roxio agent about the computer's system information. After supplying that information, I have been waiting now for over ONE MONTH for a resolution to the problem. The ticket is still open at the Roxio support site.

    I contacted Roxio customer service about this lack of response, and they just said to "be patient."

    Why buy a product that doesn't work, and that is supported by silence?...more info
  • The Absolute Worst Roxio Has Ever Released!
    I bought this as an upgrade to Media Creator 10. I thought it would be an improvement over the older release, boy I was wrong. I managed to install the thing, but when I try to burn a MP3 disc, the program always crashes. So I had to go through the painstaking task of downgrading to MC 10. Which for the most part works (after a patch to version 10.1).

    I cannot recommend this product at all. Until Roxio fixes these problems, this software upgrade is a total downgrade, because that's what you'll have to do to use it....more info
  • Never got it to work!
    I bought Roxio Creator 2009 when I bought my new computer, which runs Windows Vista 64 bit. I had used a previous version and was happy with it, so I figured I would give the new version a shot.

    The first time I tried to install the program, the installation failed. I called customer support (I did have a number for free support) and they had me do a "clean install," which required that I remove my other Roxio program, Back Up My PC, from my computer. After that, as well as several other steps which they e-mailed to me, the program finally installed.

    I was excited to finally start using it, but when I tried to convert and copy a DVD, the program crashed. Over and over and over it crashed. Again with the customer support. They e-mailed me "fixes," I tried them, they didn't work. I called again. (Each call requires lots of time on hold before the call gets answered.) I was instructed to do yet another "clean install."

    I'm not going to do this last clean install. I'm way too annoyed. I'm done messing with this program. Apparently HP is done with Roxio as well. The Roxio Backup My PC program that I had to remove in order to install Creator had come bundled with my new PC. So in order to reinstall it, I had to contact HP to get a disc. They informed me that they no longer deal with that program because they had too many problems with it.

    So now I'm out a backup program and a DVD burning program. I will never buy another Roxio program again....more info
  • Works smoothly in Vista
    This program gives me hope that all is not lost with Vista. Seriously, I've had compatiblity problems with devices and programs but not with this suite.. I guess it loads a lot of drivers because it detected all my devices including my iPhone. It installed all components without stopping. I also checked the Roxio Website for updates, any known problems and found there were a lot of answers.
    Since I have a new pc with Vista I didn't have much software which I could use without upgrading. I never find the freebie programs on the pc to be sufficient, including the disc burning. The 2009 program burns many types of discs. I have a better burner than before and the discs burn at least 10 times faster. The specs say that the software also makes the burning time faster, although I don't know how much is the burner itself, the program, or both. I'm just happy that it's faster.
    ...more info
  • Still Unstable!
    I own Roxio 7,8,9,10 and 2009. Roxio 7 is more stable than all of the rest. I mainly use Roxio for burning cd's(with text on them), making home dvd movies and creating mp3 files for my I pod. I liked roxio 7 so much that I kept re-investing in Roxio products, all the while thinking that I was upgrading to a better product. Boy, was I wrong. There actually were moments when I was able to get each one of the Roxio's to work, but not for long with any of them. Crashes, error messages and malfunctions, one after another plagued my efforts. After restoring my Media center HP computer with Windows XP to factory spec's, I installed Roxio 2009 before installing any other programs and it worked beautifully. This is when I saw what wonderful audio and video applications that were in this program. But, as soon as I installed a couple of other programs, Roxio 2009 stopped working. Now I have a new laptop running Windows Vista and Roxio 2007 malfunctioned on it. When in doubt, I install Roxio 7 and it burns my cd's pretty well. I can't say that for the video applications though. Roxio needs to get their act together because, on Amazon there are many more unfavorable reviews than positive ones. Roxio is surely in decline and their name is soon to be mud. ...more info
  • A mixed bag: Use with patience and a lot of spare memory on computer
    It's hit or miss with this software. When it works, it can be very useful and create great productions, like I did. But it took me many hours of anguish and wasted time. Everytime I want to create a new project, the software will have some sort of error and crash on me a few times before the final product...and many times that means all work will be lost with the photos (so, you need to constantly save after every 3 minutes or so).
    I spent 2 hours organizing pics onto the project and then it just crashed and I lost everything (except for the fact that my pics are also saved on another portable drive). I created two decent productions with this but have also given up on some others as I didn't want to waste more time on crashes. Maybe my computer needs more RAM...but I think there is a bug with the program too....more info
  • roxio creator 2009
    Product was as I expected, since this is an upgrade to an old version I already use. However, I had to download three updates before I could use the new software....more info
  • VHS to DVD add on for Creator 2009
    I had high hopes for this add on device since I already had Creator 2009 on my system. Couldn't have been more disappointed. If you already have the Creator 2009 installed, the errata sheet which is included along with the DVD and hardware directs you not to install the DVD and directs you to another site for the capture device driver. Doesn't work. In addition, if you go to their help section, they tell you to download the driver, but it is a different one! This one also didn't work. I submitted three tech support requests to which they acknowledged receipt, but after 10 days, they still didn't reply. I contacted their on-line store and requested a refund. I would not recommend the VHS to DVD add on to anyone....more info
  • Roxio - The new Myst!!!
    While I must agree with the one-star rating of many other reviewers based upon my experience of trying to use Roxio Creator 2009 as a tool to work with audio and video files, I must take exception to the sourpuss tenor of their posts. I cannot help but believe that their lives would be happier, if not more interesting, if they would simply treat the Roxio installation/user experience as nothing more than an elaborate puzzle-type game for which there may or may not be a solution.

    For those who have ever enjoyed the maddeningly arcane puzzles in the various iterations of the Myst series, the labyrinthine experience of trying to use Roxio Creator 2009 should inspire a masochistic wave of nostalgia as you work late, night after night, driven by an ever-increasing obsession to get this buggy piece of software to work properly. Unlike the Myst gaming experience that involves running back and forth across a virtual island pressing buttons, spinning wheels, and flipping levers in order to unravel the frustratingly arbitrary puzzles of the game, the puzzles you will try and solve with Roxio take place in the real world. This immediacy of experience adds an element of thrill to the Roxio game that is missing in the fantasy world of Myst. The carrot at the end of the stick that keeps me playing the Roxio game is the prospect of actually being able to do something useful with it.

    From the moment you pop the DVD into your computer you will be magically transported to puzzle-solving Nirvana where you will encounter endless challenges to your patience and sanity. You will scratch your head in wonder as the installation appears to go perfectly smoothly only to result in an error every time you launch the program. You will feel a sense of accomplishment and exhilaration when, after manually deleting the several-hundred registry entries having to do with anything "Roxio" or "Sonic" as per the instructions of tech support, you are able to finally launch the software. And, if you patient enough to make it this far, you will be gripped in maniacal laughter when seemingly random errors occur as you try and accomplish even the most basic tasks.

    If you, like me, crave the cranial-expanding experience of problem-solving games such as Myst, you just might be the sort of person who could really appreciate an application like Roxio Creator 2009. However, if you are the sort of lazy spoilsport who expects software to function upon installation without having to spend untold hours away from family and REM sleep, I respectfully suggest that you look elsewhere.
    ...more info