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Complex Evolution Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Complex Evolution

Complex Evolution is a small, lightweight and powerful portable burning software.
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 629 (64%) 348 (36%) 71 comments

Complex Evolution was available as a giveaway on April 25, 2009!

Today Giveaway of the Day
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An all-inclusive package for the file management!

Complex Evolution supports all popular disc burning devices: CD burners, DVD burners, Blu-Ray burners and HD-DVD burners. All above is easy to make. It's really worth trying. To burn a disc by virtue of Complex Evolution simply add files to the required project (Data disc, Audio disc, DVD disc, UDF disc), press 'Burn' button and you'll get a recorded disc with photos, music, video, data or bootable disc of your choice in a few minutes. You can easily burn an iso image, copy disc or save disc image to burn it later, to create an iso image from your files and many more.

System Requirements:

Windows 95/98/2000/NT/ME/XP/2003


Complex New Technologies



File Size:

3.87 MB



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Greetings from Germany!

ComplexEvolution is portable, if the evo.key is ANSI formatted!!!


So, don't export the regkey and then rename the regfile to evo.key.
Instead create a new file called evo.key in the programfolder.

Then (with copy & paste) write the information of the regkey into the evo.key.
It doesn't matter if it's only the registration-number or the complete regkey.

Reply   |   Comment by foxuser  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

My firewall has identified this program as a keylogger.

I am uneasy about that, especially since this was not noticed before the install.

Is there a benign explanation?

Reply   |   Comment by James Townsend  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Would not work on Vista 32.

Reply   |   Comment by Harry Palm  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

This was the reply I got from their Support about the difference between the three types of burning software at their site:-

JetBee=Complex Evolution without skins support.
JetBee Free=JetBee without 'Extras' menu (not work with iso images, no VideoCD, SuperVideoCD, Alcohol images support, no copy functions). JetBee Free also have no support and no future upgrades.

Best Regards,
Andrei Dubouski, Mr.
Project Supervisor
Complex New Technologies

The question remains as to why this information is not supplied at the site - I am getting really sick of incompetent and disorganized web companies that do not seem to have the slightest idea about the information customers OBVIOUSLY need. Look at the similar problem about the question of portability!! Are Evolution trying to make a reputataion as a quiz site or offering an IQ Test in the guise of a software company?

Reply   |   Comment by Craig  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

This is kind of silly in a way.

If I want to run the program from my USB drive then I have to incorporate keys into the registry of the computer host where I am running it?

It is silly because portable software such as this should be designed not to care where the registry keys are located. They are made so they carry their reg values with them, so, why must it be added to the host reg?

It is kind of silly because in many cases the host OS is not going to let you copy the data to the registry without privileges, but that is exactly what they do!

Registry integrity protection is (or should be) essential for software like antiviruses, malwares, firewalls,...

And it would have been so easy to implement, pity pity.

I am probably talking with my toes between my teeth because there is an easy solution (if your windows OS knowledge is advanced enough), but I don't think so.


Reply   |   Comment by AxCut  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Thank You GAOTD! I finally got it to install and registered it took a while (kept saying you have 29 days left) but now it says giveawayoftoday!! I am so happy!! now i can go and do some cool things

Reply   |   Comment by solipor  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

help where is the evolution. I downloaded set up and it disappeared. I can't find it anywhere. I am using Xp

Reply   |   Comment by Catherine  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I can't get it to burn a simple audio CD from MP3s. I simple pick a couple of MP3s and drag them down into the new audio project, it appears to burn the disc, but the the result is a disc that nothing can read (including this app.) On the same computer I can burn a fine audio disc from the same MP3s using Nero, iTunes, and several other apps.

Can't seem to find any options that I've got set wrong....

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

It works OK and the interface is nice and well organized, but i'll stay with Roxio easy media creator 10.1 that is superior the best thing ever created as burning softwarez - no other burning software can touch it. Thanks though Gaotd!

Reply   |   Comment by seijuska  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Complex Evolution is a decent app, but there's some confusion re: whether it is portable or not... *Very Strictly* speaking, the answer is Not. A true portable app will not alter the registry, so it works for example if you run it from a USB stick on a PC without permissions to write to the registry, or if you didn't want to leave a trace behind. Running evo.exe writes to the registry. You can come close using Portable App Creator (you can find it in the forums at portablapps.com), & at the same time solve the problem of the registration key. Regardless running Complex Evolution without prior installation means you'll not be able to use the included StarBurn driver, so some features will be missing.

On the driver itself, some folks, myself included, have problems with it -- it's just not 100% compatible with everything... very little in the way of software is. If you have system problems after installation, start there. On the mysterious key file -- may work for some versions or some people, but it doesn't for me... bear in mind that the GOTD version is slightly different, that the only way to really test it is without the key in the registry (delete it), & it may work on PCs where the .key file isn't defined already [I have no idea when/where it became defined as a reg key, but that might short-cut evo.exe when looking for it]. Also bear in mind, I had trouble getting Complex Evolution to recognize the key in the registry once or twice until I deleted evo.ini.

Alternatives: ImgBurn is the standard, but it's not the most user friendly app on the planet -- I'll recommend it all day long, but I will not put it on a PC nor mention it to someone that can call me for help unless they have semi-advanced skills... If you decide to install Roxio, 2 words: "Good Luck". Research it, especially in Roxio's forums. Research the latest Nero bloatware before taking that plunge as well. The minimal Nero versions still go for a song on-line -- that's what I use 90% of the time without problems -- or there are a few free burning programs with decent reviews at videohelp.com.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Well thank you GAOTD and Complex for this impressive offering. I really don't understand #9's problem with the GUI. This is a skinable product, and a visit to their site will net you 160 skins in addition to those already available under View. They include some skinner Classics such as Longhorn (Microsoft's codename for XP) and Shinobi, and my personal favorite, Ultimus, which is undeniably elegant.

As far a freeware alternatives, this information is always appreciated. But excuse me, Today-this is also free. And yes, I know all too well about possible meltdowns. But since there are freewares in this category, its not such a great loss, now is it? Frankly, I think that $19.95 is a fair price for this software.


Reply   |   Comment by HawkPunk  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

David is right, it works perfectly. you have to paste the serial into a text file and rename it to evo.key.

Reply   |   Comment by soitis  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Tried it and it was so so. A freebie called CDBurnerXP does it all with little memory usage.

Reply   |   Comment by burnbabyburn  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

This experienced user unable to even run this perogram on a VISTA 64 home machine:
Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: evo.exe
Application Version:
Application Timestamp: 2a425e19
Fault Module Name: kernel32.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.0.6001.18000
Fault Module Timestamp: 4791a81d
Exception Code: 0eedfade
Exception Offset: 0002f35f

Too bad...

Reply   |   Comment by stunt1  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

@papar #57:
Talking about the alleged 'evo.key' I quote myself in #21:
"Ofcourse you could keep it as a reg-file, but then you have to register at every different computer."

This is not portability, but ordinary registering at every computer used.

It was not said explicitly, but by now you must have discovered that it is a giveaway for ever.

Reply   |   Comment by ALF  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

this worked on vista ultimate,xp64,xp
ok is this portable i too tried and did as was described above and with no avail, then i double clicked on the registry key that i copied into the evolution folder and the following came up (do you want to copy this to your registry) i clicked yes, then closed the program and reopened it and wow it worked. so is it portable yes but the key needs to be added to the pc you are running the program on. and i copied the key from vista64 and used it on my xp. and i have use of the program w/o installing it on my xp pc. hope this helps!

Reply   |   Comment by papar  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Coming Soon, my website: GAOTDR (Giveaway of the Day Reviews) where you will be able to see screenshots of programs given away on this site. Hopefully I will be done creating the site by the end of this month.

Reply   |   Comment by Computer Whiz  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

#14 - I installed it on my home Vista computer, and I tried running from a 1gb thumb drive on my work XP computer. I exported the reg using tuneup utilities. On the work computer, it seems to acknowledge that this is the registered version, but I am getting an "Access Violation at address 00404EF4 in module 'evo.exe"" error. Any recommendations (since yours is working properly). Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by D  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Works like a champ under XP. I recently gave up on Nero Burning Rom after using it for many years (vers 4-7 registered). This program works nicely and burns quickly on my hardware. I recommend it to anyone willing to read the instructions (if absolutely necessary). Thank you Complex New Technologies for a well designed and executed product.

Reply   |   Comment by Matthew W Seniff  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I cannot get the activation exe to work. I keep getting an error message every time I try it and it shuts down. Can anyone help me before the time is up to use this please? I would really appreciate it. I am using Windows Vista if that helps any.

Reply   |   Comment by Diana  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

Installed and activated fine on 64-bit Windows Server 2008, but program crashes on startup. Is there a known issue with 64-bit OSes or Windows Server?

Reply   |   Comment by Joey  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Complex Evolution. I thought it was a DNA program, not burning software. OK, had to try it based on the name alone.

Installed and activated as usual with no problems on XP sp3 ( I always run activate.exe first ). I didn't try it on Vista or 7 since it doesn't mention Vista or 7 as a system requirement. Smart, huh?

I left the StarOpen option unchecked during installation since I don't want or need anything to override security on its own, I will do that myself if I feel so inclined, thank you very much.

The default options are not what I typically use, so I had to set those for my particular burning needs; more importantly, I had to set those options to actually appear before each type of burn. I always like to look before I leap.

I had to resize the program after adding files for a data build, and found no diagonal resize, only vertical and horizontal, which I thought was strange. Or maybe that's just me, I tend to go off on a tangent. The interface is rather clunky looking as others have said, so I guess that's why there are skins, although if it was pretty to begin with you wouldn't need to dress it up.

Anyway Complex Evolution ( sounds like it belongs on GGOTD, doesn't it? ) burned a data disc in about the same time as Imgburn, which I have been using for so long I forgot how to use anything else, so the freeware alternatives noted in other comments are, as always, invaluable.

Bottom line, even though all I did was burn some data discs, CE ( that sounds better ) does what it says it does, as long as you set it up before use. Which you should always do anyway. The regular price of $19.95 seems very reasonable considering CE's other uses, and if I ever get it to work as a portable, since I could find no info on Complexnt's website beyond "It is portable", I would consider it a keeper.

Reply   |   Comment by gmon  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Installed and activated as admisistrator as usual but crashes as it tries to open on Vista HP 32 bit. Not for Vista even though tried to open as administrator as well.

Reply   |   Comment by Spacepixie  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

You're just guessing aren't you? But a good suggestion is okay I think, but please make clear it is a suggestion.

The thing is I already tried all of that, but it 'll just not register as a portable app. Just try it for yourself and you'll see (others did in te mean time, see the comments #28, #30).

Keep in mind that an app. has to be written as a portable app.
It has to be enabled to write and read data from a file, replacing the registry. This is not a common general thing.
@#11 I wrote: "In order to have a fully enabled portable burner the reg.data should be in a file in the install-folder."
I thought it was obvious that only exporting these data to the install-folder is not enough, what ever name the file gets, even being it "evo.key".

I wonder where #14 'Portable' got his information and why he shares this with us. I also wonder why ComplexNT claims the app. as being portable, where it evidently is not.

Reply   |   Comment by ALF  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

#22 Losing colour information when burning image files? You must be kidding, seriously! Never heard such nonsense.

Reply   |   Comment by just_droppiing_by  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

it dosent seem to work with windows 95 i guess i should get 98

Reply   |   Comment by solipor  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

Installed on windows 95, works great, installed on windows 98, xp and vista, works great. Not sure why so many people have problems installing this or making it portable. A little thinking goes a l-o-n-g way.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom Parker  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Installed and activated perfectly on XP sp3.
Nice looking program and I look forward to trying it as I do a lot of burning and use many different programs. All programs usually lack one thing or another so it never hurts to have a few different burning programs available to you.
This one burns ISO files mainly which I find very useful as other programs sometimes have so many different options that they screw up.
Also as mentioned in another comment #10 there are different skins available to dl for free with this program 160 of them.
Also during setup you are given the option for those using vista and other operating systems that have higher security that you can authorize other users of your puter to be able to also use this program.
So I'm going to give this a thumbs up after doing a little research and reading other comments. Thanks again GOTD another great program offered by you!
Also folks today is a great looking day, warm sunny and a great day to get outside after a long cold winter so make sure you get out and get some fresh air after being hostage to your home most of the winter! (that's for all of those like myself that doesn't like winter lol) Have a great day all!

Reply   |   Comment by Wolf  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

works for me! installs, registers and runs on vista home prem.nice ui. easy to use. I like the skinable option. the software takes abit more than 5 megs on disk which is fine for USB Flash drive. I don't believe it says the software is portable only that it will run from a USB Flash drive which it does do.
Keeper for me! Thumbs up!

Thanks GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Great program! Been looking for a dvd burner for a while, thanks! works well on vista 32 bit basic, awesome program.

Reply   |   Comment by Hunter  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Brenda (#29), DVDFlick is the program you're looking for, and it is freeware.

Reply   |   Comment by Blackstickman  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Does anyone know of a free software to burn XBox 360 games?


Reply   |   Comment by Ronfoundit  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

So I take it that if you have Starburn (previous GAOTD), you would not need this as the two are essentially similar??

Reply   |   Comment by John C  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

to #21 and #28

you need to keep only the key information in the "evo.key" file

delete all other information.

or just open the registry edit the key and copy and paste just the key info, for example if you have the following:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


where "SearchLocation" is the key you would need to delete all but the SearchLocation information, leaving only what was in quotes

hope this helps

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

#31, Renegade, Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, and Vista support have been around since way back at version 4.0.5 (build 314). It shows my LG combo Blu-Ray/HD-DVD/DVD-RAM/DVD/CD drive capabilities fine. Many burning packages use RocketDivision (StarBurn) software.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

"Windows 95/98/2000/NT/ME/XP/2003" Doesn't look like it was meant to support Vista :(

Reply   |   Comment by glucymucy23  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Very good program !

Reply   |   Comment by Adolf Hitler  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)

At the authors' website, they mention one of their applications, JetBeeFree, which is a freeware burning application which seems to mirror much of the functionality of today's GAOTD offering.

Has anyone tried JetBeeFree? How does it compare to today's offering?

thanx, Matt

Reply   |   Comment by Matt  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)


You obviously stopped looking after the first link Google gave you

If you had gone to the second one


You would have found what it is. Looks like this program is built off of the Starburn SDK

Confirmed at





among others

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

You CAN EDIT ISO's with this software!

Give me one freeware title that can do that!


Reply   |   Comment by me  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Can I say that I like this program? The interface is “skinable” so if someone doesn’t find one among the 24 built-in themes that suits them, at the developers website are 160 more available. The Help file is very good, and the interface is well organized leaving the user exactly what one may need; Including write method, speed options, and custom cache sizes between 4 and 160MB.

This program can also save your discs to ISO and MDS images, as well as add individual tracks to such images. The tools available in this menu include VideoCD, SuperVideoCD burning, as well as Data CD/DVD, Audio CD, and RAW CD copy. I was surprised the program doesn’t have Blu-Ray support since competing programs already have it (agony is only one feature away from ecstasy). It was even more surprising when I learn of the association between this developer and RocketDivision Software (the makers of StarBurn).

So overall, nice isn't it?

Reply   |   Comment by Renegade  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Checked the files that are installed and two of the main DLL's required to run this software comes from Rocket Software who makes StarBurn. Interesting!

I also tried using the evo.key to register on a thumb drive. The application runs, but the registration fails. I tried the evo.key file as an exported .reg file with the name changed and I also tried it by removing the registry entries in the file. No change.

I also noticed that when running on a USB drive, it hangs for quite some time when exiting. I might play around with this a bit more and see if I can get it to register on a USB drive. Would be nice to have portable burning software.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike Johnson  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

PLEASE... can someoone tell me a software easy to use that I can save youtube type videos to dvd FOR TELEVISION? I am not real literate on terms and when I read data don't get it if will do what I want or not. Is this software such or just a burner? PLEASE>>> A response!!

Reply   |   Comment by Brenda  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)

Export the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Complex registry key to a file named ‘evo.key’.
Place this file in the Complex Evolution directory.

This doesn't seem to work in XP. Whenever I try it, it reverts to a 30 day trial version.

Reply   |   Comment by Bootface  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Thank you - I love this tool!

I was testing it weeks before as a shareware from


and now I can use it for FREE!

Thanks a lot, GAOTD!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Andreas  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Nice upload. Complex Evolution is actually my favourite CD/DVD writing software. Small, light, fast, easy to use. I've been using an ancient copy I picked up somewhere, so it's nice to have the latest, greatest version.

Two thumbs up.

Reply   |   Comment by Bootface  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

@ArahMan7 #16:
StarOpen-driver: a StarBurn related propriety driver from ComplexNT.
This driver provides CD/DVD access for any user regardless of Security Policies.
Becuase of the last part involving the security policies, some virus scanner report StarOpen.sys as trojan TR/Rootkit.Gen


Nothing wrong though!

Reply   |   Comment by ALF  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

The website has a Features list (the Help file is newer), the Discography feature (missing from the Help file), the Project options, showing support for variables and boot images, the Burn/Erase options (dependent upon project and media type), and Advanced options.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

It seems just good enough. I have to try it a bit more to tell for sure. Note that it can't even erase rewritable CD/DVDs decently... nbxsoft.com's CreateBurnISO beats it in this regard, but it's FREE!

Thanks anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by MCHAL  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)

#8 No lag in the interface here, might be your system. As far as your "Bad" goes, does the introduction state it can burn/create anything other an ISO image? Heck it can't make me a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwhich (Which I'd like) but then again it doesn't claim to so why state that its "Bad" if it doesn't?

When looking for a burning program yes there are many "Free" programs out there, but who ever mentions the quality and speed of such programs? I've tried some of the "Freebies" you mention and find flaws in all of them. Some of them take songs with equal volume levels and when burned to disk you have to constantly adjust the volume for some of the songs because the burning program failed to create an equalized volume output for all of the songs on the disk. Some even fail at burning quality images from file, and you lose color in the process.

The only three burning programs that I've found that have speed and quality embedded in their programs is Nero6, Sonic and Deep Burner (Which is free). Yes I'm only interested in burning data, music and ISO's, so I could care less about anything other than speed and quality.

I'll give this little program a full workout later and if it passes the grade I'll make a keeper out of it. I suggest others give it a try to see how it performs on their own computers for several reasons. A- their computers may have more power, B- They maintain their systems, and finally C- The program may do everything they need without loss of quality or speed.

Thanks GOTD for the offer.

Reply   |   Comment by Phil  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
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