I tried the Nero 9 demo and it worked better than 8 ever did, although I still don’t like the Vista-ish look for the DVD menus. I will probably keep using 7 for my ‘everyday’ stuff, but I found recently that 7 wouldn’t do format conversions (NSTC/PAL) for my projects. So I may have to use 9 for situations where a format change is required, but will stick with 7 for everything else.
Nero 8 went overboard on the Vista-ish look and effects which make me gag, plus it simply didn’t function for many of my video files. I would start a file processing and after a few minutes Nero 8 would simply quit and go back to the “menu” screen with no message or explanation of any kind.
7 has been the most stable and usable for me for some time now. I first tried the Nero 6 suite that came with my Memorex dvd burner several years ago, and found it to be totally non-functional for making actual dvds that would play in regular dvd players. The discs it produced were not recognized by dvd players at all, not even coming up with a menu screen.
I then purchased the full boxed version so I could get online updates/upgrades. The boxed version at first made discs that would come up with a menu screen but the video would not play. Later on they got it to where the videos would play, but there were occasional problems with sound/picture sync.
Version 7 cleared up basically all of those problems, and at first it worked for the format conversions too. I’m not sure exactly which upgrade “broke” that function, because I hadn’t needed to use it for some time. But I have the latest upgrade of 7 available from Nero, and in that version it doesn’t work.