Chances are, when you buy a CD-RW drive it will come with a suite of software for handling everything from copying CDs to arranging data for burning. Adaptec's Easy CD Creator (for PCs) and Adaptec's Toast (for Macs) are two of the most commonly bundled programs. The TDK veloCD ReWriter comes with one of the most compre-hensive sets of software. Included in the package are Adaptec Easy CD Creator, Adaptec Direct CD for drag-and-drop writing, TDK Pure-Dupe for copying, TDK Digital MixMaster for organizing audio, MusicMatch Jukebox for creating MP3s and Adobe ActiveShare for arranging digital photos.
Other programs are available to make your CD-burning experience more productive. CD-R Diagnostic from CD-ROM Productions (www.cdrom-prod.com) lets you test CDs and recover data. This can be helpful for tracking down mysterious problems and sources of error messages. While the occasional coaster is inevitable, you can at least cut down on their numbers.