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ImgBurn gets even better with new v2.0.0.0

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 05 Aug 2006 7:30 User comments (35)

ImgBurn gets even better with new v2.0.0.0 Lightning_UK's ImgBurn software has been updated to v2.0.0.0. This excellent freeware DVD burning software has been downloaded from AfterDawn's download section over 200,000 times since its release last year. This new version has a gift for all of us, a new "Build" mode that enables us to use ImgBurn to create ISO images from files on our HDD, or burn them directly to a DVD disc (single or dual layer).
As with the past few releases, this one comes with a whole host of additions and fixes. If you have never used ImgBurn, it is a tool from the same guy who brought us DVD Decrypter until that tool's development stopped. ImgBurn picks up (and surpasses) where the burning part of DVD Decrypter left off. ImgBurn can write most types of CD / DVD images and it supports all the latest writers (including booktype / bitsetting on many of the major ones - i.e. BenQ, LiteOn, NEC, Plextor, Sony). You can even use ImgBurn to erase / format your rewritable media

Just as a note for the regular users of ImgBurn, just a $2 donation (or more if you can spare it) can help LUK and everyone else who works on ImgBurn get more drives working, test with more types of media and add more exciting new features. Just a thought for you. If you want to donate to help development of this freeware tool that can do what expensive commercial software can, then visit the ImgBurn homepage.

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Please Note: You may get a 'PECompact' virus warning from your AntiVirus software. This is a false alarm and will hopefully be fixed when they update their definition files. 'PECompact' is merely a compression program.

ImgBurn gives us "Build" Mode

Here is the changelog...
  • Added: 'Build' mode for creating ISO's from files on your hard disk, or burning them direct to a disc.
  • Added: Capturing Processor usage is now optional.
  • Added: Option to change the thread priority of the 'Graph Data' thread. Might give more accurate results on some PC's.
  • Added: Workaround for Windows Vista where the system tray icon wouldn't display the initial (top most) 'Restore ImgBurn' item because it had the 'Default' flag set.
  • Added: Additional variations of the 'Send Cue Sheet' command when the initial attempt fails.
  • Added: If 'Send Cue Sheet' now fails because the drive is sooooo old it doesn't support SAO burning, the program will revert to TAO.
  • Added: Option to make Verify mode just test readability of the disc itself and not verify against an image file.
  • Added: Verify mode now reports (for all modes) the file mapped to any unreadable sector at a given LBA address.
  • Added: Buffer Recovery (+ user configurable threshold settings) for times when burning and hdd goes mental, meaning device buffer empties. This means less start / stopping for the drive.
  • Added: Option to set read speed for Verify mode (any type of verify, in the case where it's being done after burn etc).
  • Added: 32bit colour Icons to the icon used for 'default' file associations.
  • Added: When the program needs another disc as part of queued burns (and it's not the foreground window), it now flashes the taskbar button.
  • Added: A rating system to the layerbreak positions/screens. Should make it easier to pick the best one.
  • Added/Changed: The 'Wait For +RW Background Format' option into a 'Prefer Properly Formatted +RW' option. When checked, the program waits for background format to finish and will also prompt to format (before writing) any disc that's in the 'Formatted: No' or 'Formatted: No (Started)' states. When unchecked, it will only prompt when in the 'Formatted: No' state (i.e. when it really has to format).
  • Added: 'Mark as Burnt' to the Queue window context menu.
  • Added: New startup screen on OS's supporting layered windows.
  • Added: A new item to the main menu called 'Output'. This is visible in ISO Build mode and lets you switch between building to an image file or doing on-the-fly to a device (drive).
  • Added: '/VOLUMELABEL' CLI parameter for ISO Build mode.
  • Added: '/NOIMAGEDETAILS' CLI parameter for use in ISO Build mode. Does the same thing at ticking 'Don't Prompt Image Details' in the settings.
  • Added: '/OVERWRITE' CLI parameter for use in ISO Build mode.
  • Added: Support for detecting device arrival / removal.
  • Added: 'Copies' to the main window - as such, logic behind queue has had to change (as has the Queue window).
  • Added: '/COPIES' CLI command for use in ISOWRITE mode.
  • Added: Ability to load/save settings to a '.ini' file. File name passed via '/SETTINGS' CLI command or will default to 'ImgBurn.ini' in the exe's directory.
  • Added: 'Eject Tray' checkbox to all the transfer screens. Whatever that box is set to is now what the program does at the end of the burn (or burn + verify).
  • Added: Additional MD5 calculations to Build/Write/Verify modes where I thought they'd be handy - logged when operation completes successfully.
  • Added: Ability to eject the tray after write ONLY when there are additional images in the queue.
  • Added: Copies + speed info to the burn progress screen.
  • Added: Support for '.IBB' files - these are plain text backup project files. See 'ReadMe.txt' for additional information.
  • Added: Support for '/FILESYSTEM' CLI command for use in ISOBUILD mode.
  • Added: Support for CloneCD's updated version of my old '.dvd' file (from DVD Dec days) where it also contains layerbreak information.
  • Added: More image info to verify / write main screens (to fill empty space!) - due to additional real estate needed for 'Build' mode.
  • Added: Files > 1GB and that have sizes divisible (exactly) by 2048 are now just always accepted for burning - regardless of presence of 'supported' filesystems in the image.
  • Added: 'ImgBurn Statistics' to the 'Help' menu.
  • Added: '/LOG' CLI switch to auto save the log to specified file (overrides setting / filename in settings window).
  • Added: '/INFO' CLI switch to save Info panel information to specified file the first time a disc is fully recognised / checked.
  • Added: The installer now writes out the options (Desktop/Quick Launch icon etc) to the registry so those options are preserved if you install again.
  • Added: Ability to Load/Eject disc from Queue window.
  • Added: Improved file association removal code within the uninstaller.
  • Added: List of (supported!) file systems used within an image to the log and to the tooltip on the volume label.
  • Added: Ability to sort the queue asc/desc by clicking on the column header.
  • Added: Workaround for some old drives that wouldn't report a disc as being erasable.
  • Added: Option to ignore IFO/Filesystem layerbreak positions and revert to VOBU/ECC scanning.
  • Added: Option to set the chosen layerbreak position as 'seamless' via a checkbox in the 'select layer break position' / 'create layer break position' dialog boxes.
  • Added: Option to tell the program NOT to update the IFO/BUP files.
  • Added: Verify mode can now collect data / produce IBG files in its own right.
  • Added/Changed: Use of ComboBoxEx for device dropdown lists when running under Vista. The standard customdraw ComboBox didn't theme properly.
  • Changed: Processor performance counters are now initialised earlier to reduce the delay when the 'GraphData' thread starts.
  • Changed: Even when you load the ISO rather than the MDS file, the MDS (with the same name) will still be deleted if you opt to delete the image.
  • Changed: IBG files are now made to version 2 specs. You'll need an updated DVDInfoPro to view them.
  • Changed: Max speed can now be 33% larger than the average value (was 20%) - otherwise it's ignored - probably a spike.
  • Changed: Shortcut keys for modes/log window/queue window have been changed - forced due to nature of keypressing in new 'Build' mode. Old shortcuts do still work for Write/Verify/Discovery modes though.
  • Changed: 'L' and 'E' on Load/Eject buttons have been replaced by some pictures.
  • Changed: Updated 'ReadMe.txt' file with new CLI stuff.
  • Changed: The little picture of the drive in the device dropdown boxes is now greyed out for all devices except the active one.
  • Fixed: Drag + Drop of some items could look like it was going to work (going by the mouse cursor) but then didn't actually do anything (Effected Build mode's 'Source' box, the 'Queue' window and the 'Create DVD MDS File' window).
  • Fixed: When setting SPLIP flag in IFO/BUP files as a result of layerbreak stuff, it now checks the previous cell doesn't have a cell command before doing so.
  • Fixed: MSF values found in the 16 byte header of some CD sectors sizes (as part of internal conversion routines) were being calculated/stored in normal decimal format, not BCD (binary coded decimal).
  • Fixed: Selecting 'Incremental' and burning a CD meant all kinds of weird things happened. As Incremental doesn't work on CD (or at least not in ImgBurn), it'll always force SAO mode burning.
  • Fixed: Transparency problem with the 48x48x32 program icon.
  • Fixed: Unfinalised multisession discs where last session was empty were reported as being totally empty - meaning the program didn't prompt to erase them - meaning the burn then failed.
  • Fixed: Couldn't open read-only files (via the 'Open' dialog box) using Windows 98.
  • Fixed: Problem with non all-numeric OS 'short dates' in IBG files. The export function would bomb out because Borland's Date/Time functions wouldn't convert the string (taken from the IBG) back into a 'TDateTime' object. i.e. '2/July/2006 12:00:00' would fail where '2/7/2006 12:00:00' would work fine.
  • Fixed: Error message boxes shown from within threads did not stop other windows from becoming inactive.
  • Fixed: Problem where freshly formatted +RW media with unreadable sectors (not normal! - probably means burn will fail anyway) was not considered as writable.
  • Fixed: (Workaround) For a problem with Borlands resource compiler where icons have their index's messed up - this stopped the icon for file associations from working properly.
  • Fixed: Problem with Queue sort order not resetting when going between 'sort by name' and 'sort by name (ignore path)'.
  • Fixed: Unnecessary creation of reg keys for file types where association was disabled.
  • Fixed: 'Standard' user accounts got errors when closing the program down (failing to set file associations) - Maybe it is just visible in Vista?
  • Fixed: Problem updating volume labels in UDF filesystem if previously there was no volume label at all.
  • Fixed: Acceleration character (an '_') was shown in the Queue window for images containing an '&' in the volume label or file name.
  • Fixed: IBG CPU % usage stats on non English PC's.
  • Fixed: Incorrect 'Start In' property for shortcuts/icons created by the installer.
  • Fixed: Incorrect conversion of UDF revision field resulted in some weird values being reported.
  • Fixed: Problem where displaying IBG file with minimum required version of DVDInfoPro would show an error.
  • Fixed: IBQ files couldn't be loaded from the CLI and still keep all the correct settings - selected device info was lost.
  • Fixed: The Log window's open/save dialog boxes used the 'filename' path (part of internal structure) as the default folder, rather than the 'initialdir' path - so they didn't default to the correct 'Most Recently Used' folder.
  • Fixed: Compressing the exe with PECompact meant the 2nd application icon was compressed and so didn't show up for associated file extensions.
  • Fixed: Deferred errors caught by the 'WaitImmediateIO' function were not being correctly copied to the parent function - this could cause a crash.
  • Fixed: File Association code wasn't clearing up the registry properly.
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35 user comments

15.8.2006 7:56

This is the best version yet. The build feature now allows one to "build" a folder that can then be burnt to DVD. With as many updates as UK Lightning is giving us, Nero is starting to look excruciatingly old! Combine the build feature with AnyDVD and one can do anything they want with New releases. It's almost like he's rebuilding DVD Decrypter (except it can't decrypt anything now)! Way to go UK Lightning!

25.8.2006 8:08

The only problem is that you can't set Shrink to burn with this program. The way I have it set up, for example, is after Shrink compresses the files, Decryptor opens up automatically and burns. With that said, this version sounds great. Look at all the stuff that was added! The build feature sounds great too because I was never that big a fan of img tool.

35.8.2006 9:33

If you can't get shrink to work with this program then tell it not to burn just to save the file to the computer. After that im sure you can use this program to burn it....

45.8.2006 9:47

Deffinately gonna give this program ago. If its better than decypter than maybe its better for my PS2 games which would be nice :)

55.8.2006 10:44

I found a virus on the version available from AfterDawn. Best to get it from the home page. (that one is safe)

65.8.2006 11:00

Please Note: You may get a 'PECompact' virus warning from your AntiVirus software. This is a false alarm and will hopefully be fixed when they update their definition files. 'PECompact' is merely a compression program. per here and image web site

75.8.2006 11:11

I got the virus warning from the aD download but not from the ImgBurn web site download. The warning occurs during installation.

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85.8.2006 11:36

dolphin2 I did not get the virus warning as you,as i also used imgburn web site to download.. i wonder why that was so to get the warning of a virus if download from afterdawn ?.. lets see if we get more feedback on the virus warning... edit spelling

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95.8.2006 12:17

No virus from AfterDawn download, MD5 from download from homepage is exact same as download from AfterDawn.

105.8.2006 12:47

edited article to add the part about possible false alerts you will get from ImgBurn downloads from "anywhere". AfterDawn has NEVER packed a virus with a download and never will.

115.8.2006 17:22

Another great update to a superb program. Lightning UK keep up the good work. (And thanks again for all your hard work from dvd-d to the current software IMGBURN.) As far as viruses everything was clean and fine, (As is everything I have downloaded from A/d or filepedia.)

125.8.2006 19:03

FYI I ran across a version of Shrink that HAS been modded to Burn with ImgBurn rather than Decrypter. Unfortunately, I don't remember where that was posted for download. Perhaps a Search for Modded Shrink or similiar term will find it. ImgBurn is Great!

135.8.2006 19:53

Move the imgburn.exe file to the dvddecrypter file in program files, change the dvddecrypter.exe file to dvddecrypteractual.exe, change the imgburn.exe to dvddecrypter.exe, then dvddhrink will open imgburn instead of dvddecrypter and if you create new shortcuts everything will work as it did before

145.8.2006 20:14

When The install wizard promps you to install in "program file/Imgburn" , Install it in "program file/DVDDecrypter" instead...This should give you the effect that you want... (To be on the safe side ,I uninstalled the older version of Imgburn before I got started) ;)

155.8.2006 21:03

I didnt get any virus warnings, using AVG 7 fully updated so maybe its fixed. On a side note:AnyDVD can interfere with ImgBurn's ability to verify accurately, please ensure it's disabled! Should i really bother disabling it?

166.8.2006 6:50

I also use AnyDVD and i had no problems installing it with avg

176.8.2006 9:20

I will say this: This is one fine piece of work! I just had it build an ISO file that was nearly 50 GB and it took an unbelievable 45 minutes to write it. DAMN! This is something that should be bought, not given away! God, I love this proggy!

186.8.2006 16:51

Kudos for updating an already excellent free program.There are not many pay for ones that do as great of a job and with such a simple and familiar interface.

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196.8.2006 18:11

It still makes me laugh that I was the one who introduced ImgBurn to AfterDawn when it was first released and I got accused of being a liar, thief, and a impersonator! Everyone thought I was trying to take credit for LUK's work. Heck even the great "ScubaPete" or what ever his nic is, verbally assaulted and made false accusations.

207.8.2006 5:11

here's a concept L.U.K just release DVD Decrypter without a ripper and update the burning engine and features, etc

217.8.2006 12:35

What do ya'll prefer to burn dvds, Imgburn or Nero? I've never tried Imageburn, but have heard Really good things about it.

227.8.2006 13:03

@liquidsli, Hands down ImgBurn is the best,try it

237.8.2006 22:26

Do i need to delete DVD Dcerypter and repalce it with Img burn or what? Imgburn can do everything that DVD Decrypter can do? + more?

248.8.2006 7:51

unreal, absolutely amazing. Now that is dedication by the maker of the software. Good Job...

258.8.2006 8:33

@Mr Pink, yes you can have shrink auto burn with v2.0.0.0 like DVDD does, you need [url=]This version[/url] of shrink to do it. @davidw89, no you keep DVDD,,ImgBurn is ONLY a burning engine.

268.8.2006 22:56

How do i make Imgburn compatiable with AnyDVD v6.0.4.5?

I play mtg :)

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279.8.2006 0:11

W 18:00:57 AnyDVD can interfere with ImgBurn's ability to verify accurately, please ensure it's disabled!

I play mtg :)

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2811.8.2006 13:09

If imgburn is installed properly, a popup will ask you whether you wish to disable the old decryptor burn process and replace it with imgburn burn process

2912.8.2006 7:56

(Quote)I didnt get any virus warnings, using AVG 7 fully updated so maybe its fixed. On a side note:AnyDVD can interfere with ImgBurn's ability to verify accurately, please ensure it's disabled! Should i really bother disabling it? Clarify, does ImgBurn work with AnyDVD or not?

3012.8.2006 12:29

On a side note:AnyDVD can interfere with ImgBurn's ability to verify accurately, please ensure it's disabled! Should i really bother disabling it? Clarify, does ImgBurn work with AnyDVD or not?
If AnyDVD isn't disabled, you may get a bad verification notice. It may not be a bad burn. It only takes a second to disable it. Right click on the red fox in the system tray and click disable when you start ImgBurn. Do it again when completed. It becomes a habit soon.

3119.8.2006 13:10

I had no virus problem. Everything went very smothly. The program fixed some errors in my DVD which DVDShrink had never read before. Now DVDShrink and Nero are reading it. However, the DVD became unreadable by other applications, such as WinDVD and VOBBlanker. I tried it again with the same sucess. I would highly recommend to use VOBBlanker first and ImgBurn second. Certainly, would be great if everything is fixed and works fine, what is not the case now. Roma

3219.8.2006 14:13

Please disregard my previous message. I meant FixVTS. This program caused me some problem. Sorry for confusion. Roma

3319.8.2006 21:15

Can someone please explain what Imgburn does? thanks! --Jozza321--

3419.8.2006 22:06

There's a discribtion of it here:

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3515.11.2006 16:04

Can Imgburn make dvd files from pc movie files such as mpeg?
I've tried and I'm having no luck.

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