Both suites feature a task-based interface called PowerStarter. Users can choose functions they need via the interface and CDS will launch the programs necessary to fulfill each function. CDS Gold is a 7-in-1 suite that includes CyberLink's leading PowerDVD 5 Basic, PowerProducer 2 Gold Express, Power2Go 3, MediaShow 3, PhotoNow, PowerBackup and PowerStarter. It provides users with the functions of DVD playback, authoring, burning, slide show creation, photo retouching, and file backup.
CDS Platinum is a 9-in-1 suite that includes everything in the Gold version plus PowerDirector 3 and PowerDVD Copy, providing video editing and DVD-to-DVD copying functions. PowerDVD Express provides richer audio playback than PowerDVD Basic.
Playback technologies include CLEV and CLVP to provide brighter colors and non-distorted images on wide-screen monitors. Burning technologies include Right-to-Disc QuickBurn and Double-Layer disc support, offering quick burning functions. Video editing technologies include Smart Video Rendering Technology II and Buffered Capture delivering speedier, easier, and higher-quality editing functions.