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Monday, February 9, 2009

LightScribe Enabled Drive

LightScribe is an optical disc recording technology that utilizes specially coated recordable CD and DVD media to produce laser-etched labels with text or graphics, as opposed to stick-on labels and printable discs. Because the labels are laser-etched—not printed—there's no ink, no smudging, and no peeling. Special discs and a compatible disc writer are required. The etched label will show no noticeable fading under exposure to indoor lighting for at least 2 years. Optical media should always be stored in a protective sleeve or case that keeps the data content in the dark and safe from scratches. If stored this way, the label should last the life of the disc in real-world application. Before or after burning data to the read-side of the disc, the user simply turns the disc over and inserts it with the label side down. The drive's laser then etches into the label side in such a way that an image is produced. The LightScribe System Software (LSS) is required for proper operation of your LightScribe system. Your LightScribe product manufacturer will have the best knowledge of your specific configuration and needs, and they are recommended as your first source of updates whenever possible. As an alternative should you have problems with obtaining an update limited support universal version of the LightScribe System Software offered here.

Create one-of-a-kind designs with your own photos, text, and artwork using your label-making software. Or choose from the many free backgrounds the software provides. You may also visit LightScribe's Design Center for free downloadable designs.

Once you create your design, be sure to follow these three steps:

1)Burn your data (music, photos, video, etc.) in the LightScribe drive.
2|When your data burning is complete, open the drive and flip the disc over.
3)Burn your LightScribe label. Remember, the same drive that burns your data burns your label, too.

Label-making software:DROPPIX LABEL MAKER
Simple and intuitive software for creating and printing your high-quality CD and DVD labels with just a few clicks. Compatible with all LightScribe drives; many free downloadable designs.Windows Vista, XP, or 2000; LightScribe enabled drive, media, and LightScribe System Software
Droppix Label Maker ver 2 9 2 0

Droppix Label Maker Deluxe 2.7 Portable


Droppix Label Maker 2.9.6

Label-making software:SURETHING LABELER 5
Compatible with all LightScribe drives; Simple intuitive user interface; Import or scan your own images; Alpha-blend Text and Images; Create and Manage Playlists; multiple LightScribe drive printing; Photo Touchup and Editing; many free templates and images.
Requirements Windows Vista, XP, or 2000; LightScribe enabled drive, media, and LightScribe System Software

SureThing CD DVD Labeler LightScribe Deluxe v5.0.581.0 Retail


Special storage precautions are necessary to prevent LightScribe discs from fading. HP's LightScribe website warns users to "keep discs away from extreme heat, humidity and direct sunlight", "store them in a cool, dark place", "use polypropylene disc sleeves rather than PVC sleeves", and also notes that "residual chemicals on your fingers could cause discoloration of the label image". Such chemicals include common hand lotions and hair care products. Users not observing these precautions have reported LightScribe discs to become visibly faded within two months in the worst case. This drawback makes the technology unsuitable for applications involving continuous handling, and for such popular uses as car music compilation disks which typically have unavoidable high exposure. Since many disc players present internal temperatures significantly higher than room temperature, LightScribe discs should also not be left in disc players for long periods of time.

Lightscribe discs may form a visible white powder coating. This is due to crystallization of some of the label-side coating. It is not harmful and can easily be removed with a water-dampened cloth. Wiping the disc with a damp cloth does not harm the inscribed label. Up until now, LightScribe support has not explained which conditions lead to this reaction, nor the precautions that can be taken to avoid it.

Multiple Lightscribes of the same image increases contrast, but the image quality decreases with increased burns. Noticeable contrast variations are seen in solid shades.

Finally, burning Lightscribe labels can sometimes be considerably slower than burning the data onto the same disc. The average burn time for a cover is approximately 20 minutes.

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