Help! I need a free app to convert DAA and UIF files!
"I've been looking through the web for some free program to do this for me and I haven't had any luck. UltraISO and MagicISO are great programs, but I just don't have the money to dish 30 bucks on each [one]."
First off, let's be honest. If you're dealing with a UIF or DAA, it's very likely a disc image of a program or game you torrented (this may or may not have been my own experience). If you're extracting, mounting, or burning something like that, you may as well just torrent MagicISO or UltraISO too and be done with it. I'm certainly not going to judge anyone for doing that.
If you're working with completely legitimate files and would prefer to keep things on the up-and-up, there is a free solution.
Developer Luigi Auriemma is on your side, David. He's got two apps for download from his site - DAA2ISO and UIF2ISO. Both apps work well, and do exactly what they say. He's also got an interesting text file detailing how MagicISO improperly "borrowed" his DAA conversion code.
All you'll need then is a good app to mount or burn the iso file, and there are plenty to choose from. For burning, I like ImgBurn and CDBurnerXP. To mount the image, try Daemon Tools (watch out for the toolbar during install), Slysoft's Virtual CloneDrive, or Phantom CD.
Good luck, David - I hope this helps!