RE: Best CD/DVD Labelling Method

Subject: RE: Best CD/DVD Labelling Method
From: "Pinkham, Jim" <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 08:50:52 -0500

The ability to print on printable media is not particularly widespread,
but along with the Epson printer mentioned yesterday, the HP PhotoSmart
Premium Fax AiO also has that capability (and outstanding photo quality
to boot). It's being replaced this fall, so I've seen it discounted as
much as $100 in local consumer electronics and office stores lately. If
that's important to you, now would be a good time to grab one, while you
still can. The successor model won't offer that feature, I don't

Lightscribe is not super fast -- it's quicker than the 20 minutes or so
it used to be by about half. It does have a classy, silk-screen quality
look, and yes, the discs are available in various colors. At the moment,
I've not heard of the ability to do full color. But most HP desktops and
laptops have Lightscribe drives these days (HP invented the technology),
and their CD/DVD writers sold separately do, as well. In addition to the
templates that come with the machine, there are more templates, info,
etc. at

Another advantage of a solution that doesn't involve ink of some sort is
that you avoid the risk of that ink, over time, interacting with the
disc and degrading the data. Lightscribe, by contrast, is a laser
etching technology.

Greetings from Utah,

I need some good feedback on the best/fastest/most reliable way to label
CDs and DVDs in a low-volume environment.

Management here is interested in Lightscribe. I've seen a few samples
and they remind me of really old tattoos. It looks like you can't do
color, only various shades of the disk background color and basic black.
For example, If you've got a red disk, your label could be various
shades of red with black text.

The stories I hear about stick-on labels are that they peel off and
induce sometime fatal imbalances as the disk spins at 10,000 rpm. (Fatal
imbalances in the disk or in the drive, not fatal imbalances in the

Please reply to me with your wisdom and I will summarize for the list.

Mike Johnson
Syracuse, Utah
Still tech writing after all these years.


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