PowerISO lets you perform multiple tasks related to disc images, also known as ISO files. The application has a nice interface; however, you will probably need to explore it and read the accompanying help file before you can exploit all the available features. Fortunately, the tool can deal with a very long list of types of disc image files.
In terms of manipulating disc images, the application can open them with a single click or mount them to a virtual drive. Moreover, you can not only extract their contents but also edit them. In addition, you can create an ISO file from scratch by adding files directly from your hard disk or other storage device. Besides, the tool may be used to convert image files between the multiple formats supported.
The program can also burn different kinds of discs, including various CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs. In this regard, to ensure compatibility with most disc readers, you can create a music CD from files in various audio formats. Reversely, it can also extract CD tracks as audio files.
The application comes in handy when you are creating bootable ISO files and discs. However, a special mention is deserved by its ability to create bootable USB flash drives, which allows installing Windows without the need of disc-reading hardware.
All in all, PowerISO can help you carry out so many operations involving disc images that you would otherwise need various utilities to do the same. However, for some of these operations you are likely to prefer using tools that allow more customization.
- Is very versatile
- Supports multiple disc image formats
- Can edit image files
- Can create bootable flash drives
- Can burn discs
- Can convert between formats
- May be difficult to use at first
- Doesn’t allow much customization