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Four New GEAR 7.0 Releases Offer DVD & CD Ripping & Burning For Pro's and Consumers

Jupiter, FL (2005-03-17) – GEAR® Software today announced the release of four new CD and DVD "ripping and burning" software products for professionals and home users alike. The GEAR for Windows product line includes two consumer products, GEAR CD-RW 7.0 and GEAR DVD 7.0; a business user product for backup and data distribution, GEAR PRO Professional Edition 7.0; and a disc authoring solution for CD and DVD publishing, GEAR PRO Mastering Edition 7.0 for DVD/CD-RW/Tape.

The new line of GEAR 7.0 releases for Windows offers four thresholds of functions and support for a range of home users and business customers.

"With the release of our GEAR 7.0 line, we are offering a set of features and price points that is unprecedented," said Sam Plummer, Senior Vice President of GEAR Software. "We over-delivered on the feature sets and then aggressively priced the products. GEAR 7.0 represents our most powerful solutions at the best price point we have offered in our 19 years as an industry leader," said Plummer.

GEAR's most popular solution is GEAR PRO Professional Edition, the industry standard for disc formatting and burning software. GEAR PRO Professional is used by IT and computer industry professionals worldwide. GEAR's new Professional Edition 7.0 release extends an already well-established feature set to include numerous new functions for power users. These include support for Windows WMV-HD (High Definition) titles, the ability to burn a DVD or CD project to several recorders while simultaneously working on another project file, doing automated backups using scheduled batch commands, and managing the DVD-9 layer break setting. GEAR PRO Professional Edition 7.0 includes one full year of free updates and technical support through the web and e-mail support services.

The second product, GEAR DVD 7.0 is an affordable, easy-to-use recording solution for creating DVD and CD projects, including format support for DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, CD-ROM and CD-Audio. GEAR DVD supports all the major CD and DVD disc formats and media types, including the ability to burn to dual-layer drives and DVD-R/+R/-RW/+RW/DVD-RAM and CD-R(W) devices.

As an audio burning tool, GEAR DVD 7.0 includes support for adding CD-text to audio tracks, as well as an audio editor to view or modify audio tracks. Users can import and burn DVD-Audio titles, too. GEAR's improved CD-Audio ripping function automatically identifies artists and titles, and allows you to quickly and reliably convert CD audio tracks to wav files, MP3, WMA, OGG, or MPEG Audio with full control over bitrate, bit depth, and sampling frequencies.

GEAR CD-RW enables users to copy and create audio and data CD's on any Windows PC using any CD recorder with CD-RW and CD-R media. A simple drag-and-drop interface, coupled with icon wizards for routine projects like "Copy CD" gives beginners the ability to easily create virtually any type of CD. GEAR CD-RW is available as an electronic trial download at www.gearsoftware.com.

GEAR Software's flagship product, GEAR PRO Mastering Edition 7.0, is a complete tool for the premastering trade. Among its many features, Mastering Edition provides professional-level control for disc image creation, converts CD and DVD titles to DDP images for real-time electronic transfer, and uses a new multi-threaded design that enables simultaneous control over multiple DVD and CD recorders as the user creates new projects in the offline mode.

Pricing & Availability

GEAR PRO Professional Edition $99.95
GEAR DVD $49.95
GEAR CD-RW $29.95
GEAR PRO Mastering Edition for DVD/CD-RW/Tape: $399.00

Available immediately with a 30 day, full featured trial for download from www.gearsoftware.com.

About GEAR

GEAR Software (www.gearsoftware.com) has developed standard setting CD and DVD recording software for more than a decade. Its robust, reliable multi-platform recording solutions support UNIX, Windows and Linux operating systems. GEAR also licenses its Windows, Linux and UNIX SDK (GEARWorks) to enable other software development companies to integrate optical recording excellence into their software products. GEAR maintains offices in the Netherlands and the United States.