Download Ashampoo Burning Studio and other Ashampoo software for free

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  1. Marc Berman

    Ashampoo are better well known for email spam than producing decent applications. It’s best to use a disposable email address when requesting licenses, etc.

  2. @Marc Berman: Yes, you’re right, except that there’s a fix for it (although it’s an irritating one). Basically, all one has to remember to do is once one has registered for one’s freeware (or commercial, if they pay for an Ashampoo product) serial number is login to their account and manually disable/turn-off/opt-out-of (however you want to word it) all emails. And Ashampoo makes that as confusing as possible, believe me. But if one slows down and really reads the words on the page, and kind of inuits what the heck is going on, one can, indeed, stop ALL emails from Ashampoo. And one must turn them ALL off. If one allows (says “yes” to) a single email or type of email, Ashampoo will abuse the privilege and send all kinds of other stuff… sometimes multiple times daily. It’s unforgivable, and I’ve MANY times complained about it… even made an International call to speak with the President about it once. It’s simply a diifferent culture (Germany) which seems to think it’s okay to pester the hell out of their clients with (usually multiple) daily emails. But it can, indeed, be turned off… really… it can.

    Also — and this is TERRIBLY important to remember — Ashampoo automatically resets email preferences back to sending you tons of stuff every day each time you register for a new product… either free or commercial. So, for example, if someone avails oneself of three of the new free products which this page’s article-in-chief talks about; and asks for a new free serial number for it as part of the installation, Ashampoo will treat it as three new reasons to reset all emailing preferences to where the user gets pestered to death multiple times daily. Even if the user goes in to his email preferences on the Ashampoo site and turns off all emails, the very next thing which s/he installs, even only two minutes later, will reset email preferences back to where the pestering begins again. So, the solution is to simply remember to login to one’s Ashampoo account (which one gets for free whenever one gets a serial number from them) and turn off all emails after ever new Ashampoo product one gets. If one downloads a group of products, then install them all first (getting a new serial for each), and then, when all are installed, login and turn off all email newsletters of any kind… every last one. Ashampoo will respect that setting and never send another email…

    …that is, unless another product is registered, then it starts all over again, and must be manually turned off again. Again, different culture, I guess. No reputable US software maker would ever so behave! But at least there’s a fix for it so that a temporary email address does not, in fact, need to be used.

    Ashampoo, for the reader’s benefit, does, indeed, make good software (although, like any software maker, it has a few lame products); and its Burning Studio, most people don’t realize, is actually WAY better than at least the bloatware versions of Roxio and Nero which come, for free, on new PCs from the likes of Dell, HP, Gateway, etc.; and, truth be known, the FULL (commercial) version (as opposed to the freeware 2009 or 2010 versions) is actually every bit as good as the full commercial versions of either Roxio or Nero… I kid you not.

    In fact, I’ve been asking, in places like this, for about five years, now, why Ashampoo hasn’t offered its Burning Studio 2009 or 2010 to all the big PC makers entirely for free as a replacement for the slow, feature-crippled Roxio or Nero bloatware. It’s an opportunity missed, in my opinion. I may hate the spam from Ashampoo (though I do know how to fix that), but I LOVE (and I’ve been at this for 35 years, so I know a good software product when I see one) Burning Studio. It’s almost best-of-breed. Neither Roxio nor Nero are required when one has the latest full version of Burning Studio on one’s system. Seriously.

    Which brings us to version 2009…

    It’s important to remember that no version of Burning Studio which is numbered “2xxx” (rather than just “version 8” or “version 9” etc.) was EVER a commercial version which is now being offered for free. This is terribly important because some articles about 2009 (or 2010, or even the earlier version 2008) confuse people by suggesting that it’s a commercial product now suddenly offered for free. Only versions numbered with single digits (6, 7, 8, 9, etc.) were ever full commercial products. And only old version 6 is being offered for free on Ashampoo’s web site as a previously-commercial version which is now free.

    Version 2009 (or 2008 before it; or 2010 after it) are SPECIAL versions which are used solely for promotional purposes. Oh, don’t get me wrong: They’re POTENT products, indeed… based on the commercial versions, but with a feature or two left out. To Ashampoo’s credit, it actually leaves out the features rather than leaving them on the menus, but grayed-out, just to tease/induce the person into upgrading to a commercial version. The 20xx versions are complete products in their own right; based on the previous commercial version, and feature rich except for just the two or maybe three (usually minor) features that were simply left out of the 20xx version.

    This is really important to understand so that no one thinks they’re getting a previously-commercial version, but now for free. Only old version 6 is offered that way. Versions 2008, 2009 and 2010 are SPECIAL versions which are ALMOST (and I mean DANGEROUSLY close) to the commercial versions upon which they’re based.

    Freeware (usually used only for time-limited special promotions) version 2008 was based on commercial version 7, but with two or three version 7 features left out.

    Freeware (usually used only for time-limited special promotions) version 2009 was based on commercial version 8, but with two or three version 8 features (I think DVD authoring, slideshow making, and Blue Ray, if I recall) left out.

    Freeware (usually used only for time-limited special promotions) version 2010 was based on commercial version 9, but with two or three version 9 features (definitely DVD authoring and slideshowmaking, but I can’t remember the third thing) left out.

    The current commercial version, for reference, is version 10. No doubt, when commercial version 11 is released, there will also be released a freeware version 2011 which will be based on commercial version 10, but, again, with two or three features missing…

    …and, again, I say “missing,” and not “disabled” or “crippled” because the missing features aren’t even mentioned anywhere in the 20xx software; no grayed-out menu items or other teasers; and on nags to upgrade or anything like that. They’re products in their own right…

    …and they are POTENT! Infinitely better, trust me, than the free bloatware versions of either Roxio or Nero which come on new PCs; and, seriously, almost better (and for most features, definitely better) than even the commercial versions of either Roxio or Nero. I’m not kidding.

    Freeware/promotional version 2010 even does LightScribe! I’m tellin’ ya’, it’s one helluva product! And knowing how to turn off the pestering marketing emails once one has gotten one’s free registration/serial makes it even MORE attractive!

    Version 2010 is (or at least was, ’til relatively recently) difficult to find out there. One usually had to go sign-up for some kind of time-limted special being offered by some British or German computer magazine or something. But I just noticed that Softpedia is offering version 2010 “advanced” for free on its site.


    That’s kinda’ new. I’m glad to finally see that.

    Version 2010 is definitely better than version 2009… and I notice that Softpedia’s “2010 Advanced” is a very recent version: 2010.924.xxxx. The last time I downnloaded 2010 onto anyone’s system, I think it was 2010.910.5956; so the one on Softpedia right now is likely the best and most 20xx version of any kind. I know, for a fact, that there’s no version 2011 yet.

    So good is 2010 Advanced that the bottom line is that anyone who doesn’t need DVD authoring, or slideshow making (or maybe Blue Ray burning, too… can’t remember), would be wise to download “Ashampoo Burning Studio 2010 Advanced” from Softpedia, install it, and never look back. Trust me, you won’t regret it; and it’ll make you want to uninstall the freeware Nero or Roxio that came with your machine so fast that neither of ’em will know what day of the week it is! Version 2010 is VERY capable. The real deal…. pretty much all that most anyone would ever need. It’s that good.

    And if one needs what only the commercial version (10, at this writing) can deliver, then all one need do is go back and login to their Ashampoo account and turn all the marketing emails back on again. Then just endure them for however long it takes for one of them to offer the commercial version (again, that would be version 10, as of this writing) for 50% or even 75% off. In the past, I’ve seen the commercial version offered (after I ignored several days or weeks worth of marketing emails offering it for higher prices) for a lousy ten bucks.

    Patience, then, has it rewards, I guess.

    Anyway, once one has purchased the deeply-discounted commercial version, one can then log back in to one’s Ashampoo account and turn off the pesky marketing emails…

    …er… you know… at least ’til the NEXT time a super deal is needed. [grin]

    Ashampoo usually offers all minor-numbered (to the right of the first decimal point in the version numbrer) upgrades for free, plus one major-numbered upgrade (to the left of the first decimal point in the version number) also for free. If not, then it at least offers all minor-numbers updates free. But, usually, for example, if one purchased commercial version 10 now, then all version 10 updates, the version 11 update/upgrade, and all version 11 updates right up to version 12 (typically), will be free. Only version 12, then, would finally cost anything to upgrade to… and whatever it is will be DEEPLY discounted and affordable, believe me.

    Ashampoo is definitely a company whose stupid name (I’ve always assumed that it meant something less stupid in German… at least I HOPE so) is worth getting over; and whose pesky marketing emails can, indeed, with perserverance and tenacity, be stopped as explained earlier herein.

    Hope that helps!

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

    DISCLAIMER: Though it seems to me it should go without saying, I have NO affiliation of any kind with Ashampoo (or any other software or hardware company). I get nothing, whatsoever, from recommending it (or anything else) here (or anywhere else). I’m simply an IT pro in his mid-fifties who’s been at it for 35 years and has seen it all; and who knows a helluva’ good product when he sees one; and who wants to share and help people. Simple as that.

  3. I agree – one should take care and not use you main email ID and un-check all check-boxes to receive email notifications. This has been my personal experience too.

  4. Thanks Gregg! Always something to learn from your comments.

  5. Joeschmoe2008

    Softpedia also has Ashampoo Photo Commander 7.60 for free. I used this version on Windows 7 for a long time before upgrading to the most recent version.

    I’d stay away from their free offer of Anti-Malware. It includes an older scanning engine of EmsiSoft, which is normally a great product. The the engine included in Ashampoo is heavy and does not include the Emsi behavior blocker. Some in-house behavior blocker is used instead and is much less effective at fighting malware.

  6. @Joeschmoe2008: I agree that Ashampoo’s anti-malware isn’t great. Neither are several of its programs. But its Burning Studio (for which it’s actually the most famous) is a winner.

    A friend of mine decided to get really serious about its music software and she said it wasn’t half bad… actually good, even. It’ a small thing, I know, but she especially liked its feature which allowed her to create music CDs which crossfade from song to song. I was surprised to learn how rare that is. I’ve heard that commercial Nero can do it; and I think one or two of the commercial Acoustica products can do it. But apparently it’s unusual (which, as far as I’m concerned is a good thing… I HATE cross-faded music… but that’s just me).

    The also say that the higher-end Ashampoo photo software is good.

    There’s a video touch-up utility that I guess people say is just plain dumb.

    The little “snap” software thingy that does screen capturing is, they say, odd in terms of interface, but I guess can create some REALLY nice screenshots, with drop shadows and whatever else.

    The Ashampoo backup software is nice if you like that kind that takes a snapshot of the system before an app is installed; then takes another aftware; and then if it ever uninstalls, it just reverses what the installer did, based on the comparative snapshots… kinda’ like what zSoft Uninstaller does (and, now, Revo Uninstaller Pro does… and some others). The Ashampoo uninstaller is nice because it sits, constantly in the system tray and monitors ALL installations. That may or may not actually be a good thing, though. I can argue both sides. I, personally, use Revo Pro (augmented by Glary’s Absolute Uninstaller), and that’s the end of it… but that’s just me.

    And apparently the CAD software, from what I’m told, is a reasonable way for someone to do real CAD work, and read/create auto-cad-compatible files, without having to mortgage the house. I’m told it’s above-average, but not great CAD software. Worth the money, though, apparently, I’m told.

    And there’s other stuff, both good and bad. Pretty much none of it is worth really writing home about other than Buring Studio; though some of it is sufficiently good, for the money, that it’s well worth owning. Other of it is… well… like I said: Dumb.

    As I earlier wrote, like any software company, it has a few duds… er… I think I used the word “lame” to describe some of Ashampoo’s stuff. There’s no question that some of it is just lame.

    And there’s no question that if a company being ethical matters, then Ashampoo’s torrent of spammish marketing emails, and it’s sneaky way of doing it, is worthy of consideration. A company that will treat it clients so badly on the emailing front may well not be trustworthy in other areas. I, personally, haven’t observed that Ashampoo is that way, but it most certainly deserves to be suspected, given how it handles emailings. It would be a terrific wake-up call if it began to realize it was losing business because of its marketing emailing abus.. er… I mean… policies.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

  7. Crisderaud

    The Software Store has been offering for free Burning Suite 2010 for most of this year. You can find it here:

  8. Juan Figueroa

    I downloaded it and i’m happy with it. Is really simply to use and load. The best part is that it can rips music CD’s and can create ISO’s and it read previous sessions created in Nero, i think i will ditch Nero for a while.

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