Freemium app for mounting image files
Daemon Tools Lite is mounting and imaging software that will let you mount image files and VHDs, along with a few other features. Big brother Daemon Tools is a much broader program, and Daemon Tools Lite will allow you to try some of the features, but not all. In terms of features that you have free access to, Daemon Tools Lite seems a little limited in comparison.
Daemon Tools Lite download and install
Daemon Tools Lite downloads smoothly but the installation process took a little longer than we were expecting. One thing that caught our eye: it claims that Daemon Tools Lite - as opposed to Daemon Tools Pro - is the same program, but with ads and no guaranteed support. As we’ll soon see, that’s not exactly true.
Getting started with Daemon Tools Lite
Daemon Tools Lite looks pretty good for an iso mount, with a light modern interface that you’ll feel comfortable using. It also offers a use tutorial on start-up, which is very welcome. At first it can feel like the program offers a lot of complicated options. It’s also worth pointing out that the mounting software has companion Android and iPhone apps, for use with the Catch! Feature.
Daemon Tools Lite: the features
Getting to grips with the tools provided with Daemon Tools Lite is by far the most challenging part of the app. Once you open up the interface, you’ll see a number of symbols running down the left-hand side. Each symbol is a separate feature of the program, apart from the last symbol, which houses the program’s extensive settings. If you’re the type of user who enjoys personalizing your app feature, this one’s for you. Daemon Tools Lite’s settings include the opportunity to use a proxy, the (long list of associated file types, and the options for Catch!, the local sharing feature.
So, what can Daemon Tools Lite actually do?
That’s a bit of a tough question. Although Daemon Tools Lite has a long list of feature areas, when you click into each of them you’ll see exactly what you can or can’t access. You can also access the information via the license icon which is second from the bottom. It provides a slightly easier-to-view summary of what tools you do or don’t have access to.
This list is disappointingly long. There are two main things that you cannot do with the tool - burn ISO images to disc or create a bootable USB drive. Beyond that, there's a long list of things that are available on a 3-day trial basis only:
So, what’s left? Well, you can use Daemon Tools Lite to play FLAC or APE Audio images, work with VHD, unzip archives and mount from ISO to BIN. Arguably, the most popular feature of Daemon Tools Lite is the mount ISO files and this you’ll be able to do without restriction. When it comes to burning discs, you won’t be so lucky - that’s not available with Daemon Tools Lite, but can be done with sister app, Daemon Tools.
The perfect app for mounting image files
Daemon Tools Lite looks like a sure bet - it looks good, has a kaleidoscope of interesting features, and helps new users with a useful tutorial. It’s a little disappointing, then, to realize the program is actually so limited once you start using it. It’s understandable that a company needs to differentiate its premium products from the free, but Daemon Tools Lite seems to leave it just a little bit late to let us know.
That said, if your main use of mounting and imaging software is to mount image drives, then this app is perfect. If you don’t need the bells and whistles, it’s a great app. Just make sure you double-check before you download so you don’t end up disappointed later. If you are looking to burn ISO images, you’ll do better by looking at Virtual CloneDrive or UltraISO.
The latest version of Daemon Tools Lite added Mount and add BIN, DAA and WIM files to Images, Mount FLAC, WAV, and APE tracks and Choose the folders to share with Ultra. It also fixed some minor bugs.