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  1. Escott N

    SUCCESS! CUSTOM MENUS IN TOAST 18!

    Hi Mary, the red button means it was not dragged over to the menu yet. I'm not sure how you are seeing the menu with chapters unless you dragged them over, so I am not sure. I guess if you have the chapters in the menu it doesn't really matter! As far as video quality, I noticed some of my older clips were lower quality than my newer camera. My gopher footage was the newest and was really sharp. Hope that helps.
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    SUCCESS! CUSTOM MENUS IN TOAST 18!

    Hi Mary, I asked the app developer and they said that they are similar but "DVD Creator-Burn Video Maker" is the better one.
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    SUCCESS! CUSTOM MENUS IN TOAST 18!

    Matt, if you see this, I just got a response from the maker of DVD Creator, they said the next version will also make BluRays. No idea on when though. Totally agree with you on "iBluRay" but I don't expect Apple to backpedal now. Stranger things have happened though!
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    SUCCESS! CUSTOM MENUS IN TOAST 18!

    Hi Mary, Lets see if they let me help you on a competitors product without deleting my message! Its really pretty easy, when you add the video it will appear on a sidebar, and also as a little frame on the menu. Select the movie in the sidebar, then click the "Video Chapter" button at the top. This opens a. new viewer window. Your movie will start playing, and every where you want a chapter to start, click the "add Chapter" button. You can adjust the exact start and stop later, or erase a chapter and reset it. When you have made all the chapters you want, click "Add Chapters on Menu" at the bottom. That will automatically break your movie into chapters, that you can drag from the sidebar to the menu. Be careful because they will all say the same title, but they are the different parts. They are listed in order so if you drag them in order you should be fine. I've written the app author about being able to change the chapter names and it is not possible at this time, so if you are not sure which is which, you can click the little pencil on each chapter and it will open a window that shows the whole movie with the chapter identified. If you want to see just the chapter, press the button that looks like a little black box in a tray. You can adjust the chapter by drawing the little indicators left or right. Then click done. In the menu window you can have little clips for each chapter, or edit the frame by selecting the frame, and clicking "edit frame" below it. You can change it to a text title instead of the movie frame, or select a static image from the chapter. You can also resize and change the frame style here, or in the menu. One thing I have not figured out is how to have a frame and text for each chapter, so what I did was just added my own text box by clicking Add Text. You can make a different text box for each chapter, then select it and click "edit text" below. That way you can chance font, colors, size, outlines, shadows, etc. Hope that helps. They do ache a support email, and some youtube videos that might help too. Good luck!
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    SUCCESS! CUSTOM MENUS IN TOAST 18!

    Hi Matt, thanks to your suggestion. I did try the Photoshop workaround which worked but was labor intensive for something that should be a lot easier. If, for example, I had a long sentence and had to reduce the font size I would have to go build a new template every time. With the other app I just edit it as I am going, or move it slightly to fit around my background image. SO much easier. There should be an easy way to adapt font color, size, and position like iDVD did 10 years ago, but I couldn't find it. Your way, which is very clever, would eventually run out of templates since you can't add new templates, just rename them. In DVD Creator I just customize as I am going. I don't honestly know about BlueRay or DolbyDigital, my guess is for $15 probably not, but that was OK for my needs. I also really wanted to create my own sub menus which for some reason is not possible on Toast 18 templates where your workaround works, but I bought Toast 19. I could do the submenus, but not customize the templates. Also, your creative workaround requires Photoshop which not everyone has. Seems like if you pay $90 for an app you should have to acquire another more expense app to get full use of the first one!
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    Is Toast 19.2 working for ANYONE using Mojave?

    This will probably be my last post here. I gave Toast a good try based on reputation and reviews, but it NEVER worked. No real menu customization and it never completed a burn, not once, and I tried it on 2 computers. Very disappointing. I returned Toast19 and they did give me a refund as promised, so they did live up to that expectation, but the app itself was a complete failure. iDVD did way more 10 years ago than Toast19 does now, which is really surprising. How can they charge $90 for an app that doesn't do much of anything? After doing a bit more research I bought "DVD Creator-Burn Video Maker" by Peng Guiping on the Apple App Store. it is FULLY customizable, any font, size or color, different frames, music, you can drag menu items wherever you want, basically is it what iDVD was and what Toast should be, but isn't. And it only cost me $15. I was able to burn multiple DVDs on the first try, and even when I push it to its limits it has worked well. It's not perfect, there are a couple of improvements that I would hope for, but really it is so much better than Toast as far as customization, speed, and versatility. Best of luck to anyone sticking with Toast. My recommendation, give this other app a try and save yourself some headaches! Happy New Year!
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    SUCCESS! CUSTOM MENUS IN TOAST 18!

    Hi Mary, I couldn't get Toast 19 to do any menu customization other than changing the image and adding music. The fonts are locked in, you can't change positions or even change the color or size. Very disappointing. I returned Toast19 and got a refund, and bought DVD Creator-Burn Video Maker by Peng Guiping on the Apple App Store. it is FULLY customizable, any font or color, different frames, music, you can drag menu items wherever you want, basically is it what iDVD was and what Toast should be, but isn't. And it only cost me $15.
  8. I just bought Toast19 Titanium as it seemed the best alternative out there. I used to do a lot of dvds with iDVD which worked great a decade ago, and am surprised that there aren't even better options now. So far I have been disappointed that the only menu customization is backgrounds and music, and something seemingly simple like changing fonts, colors and sizes is not possible in the newest version. I settled or using one of the standard menus and build my dvd, but now it fails at the end of a burning session, whether I burn to my internal drive, a brand new external drive, or a disc image. Based on the comments in this group it seems like there is no point in talking to Roxio support, which is disappointing. I am trying one more burn then will contact support, and probably give up and get a refund. I know, I know, DVDs are supposed to be an antiquated delivery system, but it is a really easy low tech way to share with people who might not have the latest hardware or tech savvy, like my parents. Please, let me know if anyone has any tricks to getting Toast 19 to work! OK, in the time it took me to write this, Toast crashed again at the end of a burn, so, any alternate apps you would recommend? Yikes!
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    PREVIEW

    Wow, really? I'm very new to Toast but I am surprised there is preview button like just about every other app I have. I just bought Toast 19 and in the upgrade there is a preview button, but not in Clasic mode. At least that I can find.
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    SUCCESS! CUSTOM MENUS IN TOAST 18!

    Hi Matt, I just bought Toast 19 and completely surprised that I couldn't customize fonts etc as easily as I could in iDVD 8 years ago, so your workaround is extremely good news .I am also new to this discussion group so I might find the answer further down. Here is my wquestion: Using your method I am only able to modify themes in classic mode, I can't find any of the upgraded themes. This means, (I think) that I can't do sub menus, etc that are to part of Classic mode. Have you figured out how to modify the newer themes? Thanks!
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