While the Pro iteration of the software adds some very interesting new elements for editing, converting or even creating disc image files, the Ultra version does not manage to live up to the same technology leap. Even its interface is different from the Pro version and emphasizing on looks more than the things that really matter is somewhat of a Windows 8 approach, which clearly does not add value to the whole concept.
Moreover, DAEMON Tools Ultra’s GUI holds a new panel for News, Top Rated or Most Played dynamic sections. You can learn various interesting stuff by browsing the News area, but things just go wrong when switching to the other two categories. The installation kit of the installation offers you to install MountSpace, a tool that allows some game-related website to collect information regarding your disc image files that you store within the program’s catalog.
The gathered data is centralized and the Top Rated section displays various games sorted by the ratings they achieve on the MountSpace website. Once you click one of them, your default browser access the dedicated MountSpace web page that also presents a buy option that redirects you to numerous websites that sell that particular game. The disturbing fact here is that no buy link ever refers to the game developers website, but to other online stores such as Amazon.
This can only pale in comparison to the next section, the Most Played, where things just turn ugly. This peculiar area holds the accumulated data taken from users (without their real consent for the most of times as many of them blindly install third-party components) and offers it to everyone installing DAEMON Tools Ultra. Accessing one of these items, you are rapidly taken to the MountSpace website once again.
Besides various ads portrayed as big download buttons and explicit, unfiltered messages from other users, the web page delivers the titles of the disc images associated to the game. It does not take a genius to figure out the piracy degree of these titles and together with comments like “Where the hell is the download button?”, DAEMON Tools Ultra achieves nothing but a very low level of self-esteem.
Furthermore, the program does not really add much value for money through features such as VHD creation and mounting or iSCSI Initiator. DAEMON Tools Ultra tries too hard to top its already established Lite and Pro versions of the main and long lasting framework. In the end, DAEMON Tools Ultra can be viewed as just being an attempt of its developer to gain more funds from advertising and affiliation rather than pure product quality.