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rickyd
7th May 2008, 09:46 PM
I am after a service that will allow me to print labels that will apply onto a CD. Similar ones to those that you might see on the back of an envelope.

Is there a service that does this, or should I just get one of those Dymo things?

Thanks,
Ricky.

mjankor
7th May 2008, 09:49 PM
I'd get a dymo thing. We use one very extensively in our business and keep finding more and more uses for it.

BLINDER
8th May 2008, 11:06 AM
Do not get the Dymo for labelling CD's and DVD's.
I have one but have now read too much to suggest it's a good idea.
Adverse problems inc unbalancing the disc w/ the label - the labelling wears off too readily if it's handled too much.
Instead I use lightscribe and highly recommend it.

Dog Knight
8th May 2008, 11:10 AM
Lightscribe is one method.

Epson and Canon make printers that can print onto printable surface CD's or DVD's

astr0b0y
8th May 2008, 11:25 AM
Blinder is right, any additional weight to a disc spinning at 1000 rpm will cause a lot of judder. Dymo do sell ring style labels that get around (pun intended) this somewhat, but I have had issues with slot loading drives peeling stickers off and depositing them inside the drive mech. Dymo is the best for all other lables, but for DVD/CD printing, you could pick up a nice Epson printer Streetwise Australia: Epson Stylus Photo R390 Inkjet Printer + $50 Cashback! (http://www.streetwise.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=5807) for around the same price as the Dymo 400 Turbo (http://www.streetwise.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=4371).

gtext
8th May 2008, 11:26 AM
Printing directly on the CD/DVD is certainly the way to go.

Just setup a clients HP multifunction printer a couple of days ago with that capacity.
Was only about $140 through Tandy. That was on Windows not sure how it would go on a Mac.
The supplied CD printing software was a bit restrictive though but ok to start with.
Since downloaded another printing program that works much better.

rickyd
8th May 2008, 11:30 AM
Thanks for the replies so far guys.

I am swinging more toward the Lightscribe option, as I already have a fine printer. The LaCie models look good, but does the software itself cost any extra? I can't find anything on their website about pricing.

Thanks again,
Ricky.

astr0b0y
8th May 2008, 11:32 AM
Software is free - discs are expensive.

Dog Knight
8th May 2008, 11:33 AM
Thats the other thing, lightscribe discs arent cheap. However if you take into account ink costs for CD printing, it would probably work out the same easily.

BLINDER
8th May 2008, 11:39 AM
Lightscribe discs ARE cheap it's just that other plain discs are even cheaper!:)
We do them for clients all the time now and always get very positive comments on them.

rickyd
8th May 2008, 11:42 AM
Thanks guys.

Looks like I'm going to go with Lightscribe. Just confirming, would these Verbatim disc work?

VERBATIM DVD-R LightScribe 30Pk (XM0998) - Dick Smith Electronics - Australia. (http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/482258b60452f9bc2742c0a87f9c0702/Product/View/XM0998)

Cheers,
Ricky.

Dog Knight
8th May 2008, 11:48 AM
Verbatim burner.. doubt it would work.

BLINDER
8th May 2008, 12:32 PM
Thanks guys.

Looks like I'm going to go with Lightscribe. Just confirming, would these Verbatim disc work?

VERBATIM DVD-R LightScribe 30Pk (XM0998) - Dick Smith Electronics - Australia. (http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/482258b60452f9bc2742c0a87f9c0702/Product/View/XM0998)

Cheers,
Ricky.

I use those Ricky - no problems with them - seem more reliable than other brands of disc that I've tried.

Dog Knight
8th May 2008, 12:45 PM
I use those Ricky - no problems with them - seem more reliable than other brands of disc that I've tried.

Ah excellent, didnt know verbatim burners would work in a mac.