"Gordon B. Alley" <galleytexas.net> writes:OS X supports DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW just fine, if you have such a>
> IIRC, OS X technically doesn't support DVD-RW discs for burning. But
> I believe Toast will let you burn them in the SuperDrive.
drive. Application support, however is something else.
In 10.1 (never used 10.0), none of the Apple-provided programs would
burn a DVD-RW, although several third-party programs would (I have
personal experience using Toast and Retrospect with DVD-RW in my
In 10.2, the Finder will burn a DVD-RW and the Disk Utility program
will erase a DVD-RW, even in a SuperDrive. So Apple does support
these kinds of drives today.
That's the technical side of things. On the political side, Apple
will not admit that a SuperDrive (at least most of the versions of
it) has DVD-RW capabilities. But this just means you won't get tech
support out of them if you use it in that capacity.
I've heard about this.> Also, I've seen reports of a way to trick iDVD into burning a DVD-RW
> disc. IIRC, you insert a DVD-R when it asks for one, and then after
> it has seen the DVD-R and starts preparing to record, you eject the
> DVD-R and replace it with a DVD-RW.
This is an explicit hack around a deliberate "feature" of iDVD. The
program itself is theoretically capable of burning to anything, but
Apple doesn't want to let you use it in anything other than a
SuperDrive, which (officially, anyway) isn't supposed to support
FWIW, I'm told that DVD Studio Pro will burn to DVD-RW, DVD+R and
DVD+RW and will support non-Apple drives. Of course, that would be
expected for a $1000 product.