Yes, Nero Image Recorder can make ISO images. Nero's preferences do not allow you to specify default parameters that are critical to ISO images . Do it this way to fix Nero Express and Nero Burning ROM:
- Start Nero Burning ROM
- Select FILE, NEW
- Select a CD compilation (in Nero 7 this is a picture of a CD in the upper left corner)
- Below that select you want to create a "CD-ROM (ISO)
- Select the TAB labeled ISO
- Set Data Mode to "Mode 1"
- Set Filesystem to "ISO 9660 + Joliet"
- Set File Name Length to "Max of 31 characters"
- Set Character set to ISO 9660
- Under RELAX RESTRICTIONS, uncheck (DO NOT SELECT) "Allow path depth of more than 8 directories"
The problem you are seeing is if you relax the ISO restrictions on the path depth (which is unique to NERO filetype .NRG), then you cannot burn an ISO image and therefore you will only be presented with the option to burn filetype .NRG.
Now I'm guessing ... because you want these selections to hold for all images you burn using Image Recorder, and the idiots at Nero do not allow you to set these as defaults for all images you burn. What I have found, it seems to work, is that Nero remembers what you did when you burned your last image and default to it again. So:
- At the bottom of this New Compilation window, click "NEW"
- Add a junk file (whatever you having around) to this dummy image we're going to create (find a .txt file or something)
- Select to BURN this as an image (on Nero 7 it is RECORDER, BURN COMPILATION)
- When the window "Burn Compilation" pops up, push the button at the bottom "BURN"
- Now filetype .ISO is available.
What I have found is that from now on, when I burn an image using Nero Express or Nero Burning ROM, Nero seems to remember these settings, and I am always allowed to select creating an image of filetype .ISO.
So now, how hard would it have been for the Germans to allow us to set our default preferences, rather than have to find a way to get around their poor design?