ISO is a popular format for disc image files. These files act like an actual CD/DVD when mounted through a virtual drive program. People new to the ISO format often have trouble working with the files. This is mostly because the programs meant to handle ISO files are too complicated for the average computer user. Here to break this trend is a wonderful application called “ISO Workshop”.
ISO Workshop is an extremely user-friendly desktop application for Windows operating systems. The program handles ISO files and performs functions that are typically associated with ISO files. People will find ISO Workshop’s interface to be neat and very simple to use.
Supported operating systems include 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7. The installation setup file of the program is an EXE file sized at nearly 4 MB. Once you have the program installed, this is what the application will look like on the first run.
This screen with four buttons is “Home”. Here is where you can select one of 4 tasks that are outlined below.
Extracting Contents from an ISO File
In addition to being mounted on virtual drives, ISO drives can also be used to compress data in a CD-like format. In such cases the content is simply extracted without the ISO being mounted to a virtual drive. ISO Workshop’s ISO extraction feature lets you easily obtain the contents of an ISO file. All you have to do is point the program to the location on your computer where the ISO file is. Its contents are automatically loaded up.
You can choose to extract all contents in a single go or extract selectively by individually right-clicking on an item and bringing up the “Extract” option.
Backing up to an ISO File
As mentioned before, ISO files are disc image files. They can copy the contents of an optical disc (CD/DVD) exactly as they are. If you have a CD/DVD that needs backing up to an ISO file, all you have to do is specify the CD/DVD-ROM to the app and select an output folder and file.
Converting Other Files to an ISO File
Using ISO Workshop, you can convert a variety of disc image file formats into the ISO file format. Formats that can be converted include ISO, BIN, NRG, CDI, MDF, IMG, GI, PDI, DMG, B5I, and B6i.
Burning ISO Files to Disc
Copying an ISO to an optical disc is supremely easy with ISO workshop. All you have to do is click on the right-most button in the app’s ‘Home’ page. Then you point to your stored ISO file and the select the CD/DVD-ROM your blank optical drive is in. You can then initiate the burn process and see your ISO being copied to a new CD/DVD. Supported optical drives include CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD+R DL, and BD-R/RE.
Many computer users have trouble using ISO files because of the complicated interfaces of ISO-handling applications. ISO Workshop has made things far easier for computer users to fully benefit from ISO files. The only ISO-related feature lacking from the program is the ability to create virtual drives and mount ISO images on them. Hopefully this feature will be incorporated into the program’s future updates.
You can get ISO Workshop from here.