Thanks for your input. Both of your respective methods work. Unfortunately these are not entirely satisfactory solutions, but I need to move on.
I buy Roxio each year purely for Videowave as this is the module that I find most useful. We travel for our vacations and when we return I compile a 20-25min movie/slide show on blu-ray DVD for family/friends. This both limits and reduces the pain inflicted on them by watching our vacation experiences.
Videowave is intuitive and easy to use if you want to do something more sophisticated than a vanilla slide show. I have great fun with it. But the app has its quirks and idiosyncrasies which persist version after version.
Each year with each new version I hope there has been some visible/tangible upgrade other than the supposedly “under the hood” improvements. And, each year, I am disappointed as Videowave does not seem to have been modified/upgraded. And, yes, I am familiar with:
but I am trying to make the distinction between the marketing bumpf and real use.
To further my point, I have tried to use the Music/Audio module, as all the functionality is present for my requirements, but I have given up on it as the user experience is too painful. I buy my music in .wav/flac format for use in my mediaserver. Sometimes the metadata can’t be read by my mediaserver, so I have to redo it; I also convert these downloads to MP3 for travel use. Within this context:
Batch convert and Transfer – Roxio needs something that approximates dbPoweramp (which I have). This is a no contest comparison as dbPoweramp wins hands down.
Edit song information – this module can’t compare to what you get in dbPoweamp and the free MediaMonkey. Roxio’s Gracenote functionality does not work in the batch environment. Even if you try give it a hint (by putting in the album name for instance), its ability to identify the album and correctly name the tracks is hit and miss. And I am not entering metadata by hand.
NXT has the potential to be a great product (even if you have to pay a little more for it) as I would prefer a single product for my multimedia requirements. It is the Swiss Army knife of multimedia applications and in using it I identify the functionality I require, but then I am forced to go elsewhere as NXT does not do them well.
In NXT 3, I would like to see real progress. Maybe Roxio could use the money saved by not giving us $450 in “valuable” extras to fund the move to 64-bit, as this would require a rewrite and maybe we get a really good Swiss Army knife.