I am an avid user of Tmpgenc Authoring version 3 and 4. I liked both of them a lot. The flow and reliability were great and you really get control of the options and menus. I have been frustrated by other authoring software that makes me add menus I don't want, or splits a single menu into 10 pages of tracks, when that's nothing like I want. Or won't give me control over text or other objects on the screen. Tmpgenc Authoring 3 and 4 never did that, and gave me full control over quality and tracks and fitting things onto discs, etc.
I think I took the plunge too early with Authoring Works 5. I did so for H.264 capability however the program is as good as 3 and 4 but slicker. The menu options are amazing, the bitrates and formats and control over the output is once again great. But the bugs....omg the bugs. Any little thing will throw this program for a loop, never to return again.
Let's assume for the moment that the errors are justified. One time I had moved some files it needed, some graphics for one of my menus were in the wrong folder. Another time I was missing a codec it needed. And the 100s of other times errors were generated, for who knows what reason. Every single time, the error messages were totally worthless. Every error message said "error 0x0923093 at fff210923" or "the process cannot continue"...but why?!! How can I have a prayer of fixing the error with no explanation as to what the cause is, what type of error. I am a software developer at a tiny company and this would never be acceptable.
So I trudged on and finished my project, analyzed and compressed and 8 hours later, ready for Authoring Works to finish, and with (not kidding) 00:00:01 left on the clock, the program stopped with another useless error message, with codes and numbers that help no one.
While I think the price is fair for what you get, a program with really great features and attention to detail...the unacceptable error messages, or the ability to pass-thru DTS audio, make this an unwise purchase until they can get their act together on version 5, as they had with versions 3 or 4.
Review by kinglerch
Apr 26, 2012 Version: 220.127.116.11
OS: Vista Ease of use: 8/10
Value for money: 8/10