Nero 2017 was released in Classic and Platinum versions and it comes with plenty of tools to help you manage your digital life. This review of Nero 2017 is based on the Nero Platinum version that can be purchased for $129.99. The Classic version costs $30 less and you can upgrade to either version for half the price if upgrading from a previous version.
When you install the product you have the chance to perform separate routines for the main suite and content pack bundles that include creative effects, menus, movie themes and sample clips. There is a handy wizard to guide you through the processes as you add and remove elements. You may need to reboot your computer during the installation and it continues automatically after rebooting. During the installation you will be asked to enter the 39-character serial number you can find in the packaging of the product. You also have the opportunity to change the drive or folder the product is installed in.
When you open up Nero 2017 you’re taken to a QuickStart menu. The menu is made up of coloured tiles that are themselves grouped into distinct categories. The five categories are Manage and Play, Rip and Burn, Edit and Convert, Backup and Restore, and Extras. You have no control over how these categories and the tools in them are arranged. Evidently Nero feel that they know best and that they don’t want users to mess up the arrangement they decided on.
You can find two things in Manage and Play category. There is the Nero Media Home and the Nero Media Browser. In Nero Media Home you can perform management tasks including finding, browsing, and playing items. The content is shown under the headings of Photos and Videos, Music, and Slide Shows. While you have the option of customising display settings to make the window look how you want, I couldn’t find a way to separate videos and photos into different groups. You can stream media from this window through DNLA and other appropriate devices. The Nero Media Browser is all about giving you access to different video tutorials.
From the Edit and Convert section you can open up Nero Video, Nero Content and Nero Recode. From here you can import video and capture new video from devices including in the HEVC (H.256) format when editing, burning, creating, and exporting video to the right media. You can give videos subtitles and play the new video files. There is also support for 4K/Ultra HD videos. Nero Recode allows you to rip and convert videos to use them on other devices or convert them into SD and HD format including audio as well as video.
The Rip and Burn category contains four different tools including Nero’s proprietary software for burning ROMs with SecurDisc 4.0, which you can use to burn private and non-copyrighted content. Disks can be burned with data and media content and you can also put together compilatios to put together media discs, copy discs, and rip audio on to CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays. Disc to Devices, much like the name implies, allows you to rip video and audio content from a disc to your computer to transfer it to a connected device or iTunes to store it online or on your computer. There is also a tool for creating and printing labels for the projects you put together.
Despite the name “Backup and Restore” the category actually contains no tools for backing up and restoring data. Instead of this you have a link to a web page where you can purchase this additional tool. There is also the Nero Rescue Agent here, which you can use to get files out of damaged discs or get access to files that have been damaged.
Nero decided to give each tool their own specific interface rather than giving each tool a uniform appearance. It might take you some time to get used to this way of presenting everything. It feels like a collection of separate tools rather than a complete suite. After you get used to it though you’ll see the positives of giving each tool their own environment.
The front-end of the product also makes it feel like a collection of different tools rather than a complete package. When you’re using a tool the front-end closes down rather than just fading into the background. To get access to a different tool you need to open up the front-end again. It can be irksome, even if it doesn’t truly handicap the program.
All the tools come with a link to narrated video tools that explain how to make the most out of each tool. Nero also have their own built-in KnowHow feature that gives you access to a digital learning guide. The guide has content similar to the video tutorials. The digital learning guide is also available as a separate app.
While there are some small problems with Nero 2017 Platinum it’s still worth taking a look at. The minimum system requirements for Nero 2017 are having a 2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 5GB of space on the hard disk on a computer running Windows 7 SP1 or later.