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Lightscribe improves CD and DVD labeling quality

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 06 Sep 2007 11:30 User comments (15)

Lightscribe improves CD and DVD labeling quality LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling has announced enhancements that reduce graininess and improve fine detail reproduction for LightScribe's DVD / CD labeling. The results are instantly visible on photos, graphics and text on Lightscribe CDs and DVDs. The enhanced image quality is available immediately through a free upgrade of the LightScribe system software and requires no additional changes to customers' systems or new hardware and media.
LightScribe customers will experience the image quality improvement when they update to the latest version of the LightScribe system software, available for download on www.lightscribe.com.



"Enhancing image quality demonstrates LightScribe's ongoing commitment to improving the customer experience," said Kent Henscheid, marketing manager for LightScribe. "With the new system software enhancements, customers can now burn LightScribe CDs and DVDs with even better results."

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15 user comments

16.9.2007 14:06
26r0cK
Inactive

Cool it works and does look alot better. I like using lightscribes :P

26.9.2007 14:53

But it still has the brown poop look. bleh.

36.9.2007 20:52

Exactly, look at my professional label, looks like poop!

It's sad that this is the standard labeling software, every new computer you buy comes with lightscibe. The discs costs too much and the quality is 2 tone. It is much nicer to invest in an epson printer and some ty or verb printable hubs. Mainstream doesnt know about this because it really isn't advertised as much.

as soon as they get everyone on the lightscribe bandwagon they will introduce full color lightscribes.

It reminds me of black and white televisions before color came out.

47.9.2007 2:30
hughjars
Inactive

I have both and I'd say lightscribe has it's place (so long as you can get the media cheaply enough).

I also really like printable media, with the right printer and suitable discs they can look so close to a retail disc it's amazing.

But it all rests on the media costs; if I can;t get the media cheaply enough then I'm perfectly happy to use a marker pen.....it's not as if you can actually watch the CD/DVD/HD DVD or Blu-ray disc the way we once might have looked at vinyl LP picture discs spinning around, is it?

57.9.2007 5:03

well It may be a little better than it was but non-lightscribe disc are cheaper and sharpies are cheap too ! I have nothing against the Epson printers that can print directly on printable disc & will eventually get one I suppose ? My hold-up in that area is atleast two fold ? A. I already have a Expson CX-7800 All in One MFP - Scanner , Printer Copier ! B. I Like to be able to scan Pictures & artwork . C. My wife needs to make copies for her work so a scanner is really a neccesity for us!. C. I have a ****Load of Ink for this printer already !.D. So when this epson dies I'll Probably get a 580 ? It's like what I have now but can print DVD's &CD's Lke the R200/300 series !- Unfortunately it takes Different cartridges then they do but that's life! I'll probably go with a continous Ink System for that anyways !till then it's Sharpie time !!!- IF lightscribe media comes down though Hmmmm? Also using the lightscribe Feature will shorten the burning life of your Drive from what I've heard here? something to think about ?

67.9.2007 8:18

No color yet? Man, I've been waiting for a long time for color. The wait continues I guess. I got a lightscribe a year and a half ago, since the drive itself was only $30. I bought 1 spindle of 20 CD's. A little pricey, but I wanted to see for myself the quality. I still have about 10 CD's left in that spindle. I've use it in the rare occasions that I want to burn a backup music CD for my car. I't sdecent quality, but then again, I never tried burning a complex image. Only fancy fonts. Didn't even bother getting the lightscribe DVD's. Too expensive. I'm happy paying $.30 for a Verbatim DVD+R and using a sharpie, just like most of you. But I think I would totally buy into it if it was in color and if major brands made the discs. I tried backing up one of my Sega Dreamcast games on a lightscibe CD and it wouldn't load. I burned the same backup image on a TDK and it worked fine. Same thing happened with an old PSX game I had. Lightscribe needs better media brand support.

I don't know much about the technology behind it, but if they can't do color any time soon, they should explore offering other 2-tone options. Like silver and black or something. Or Dark blue and light blue.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 07 Sep 2007 @ 8:20

78.9.2007 15:08

Originally posted by BIGTOXY69:
well It may be a little better than it was but non-lightscribe disc are cheaper and sharpies are cheap too ! I have nothing against the Epson printers that can print directly on printable disc & will eventually get one I suppose ? My hold-up in that area is atleast two fold ? A. I already have a Expson CX-7800 All in One MFP - Scanner , Printer Copier ! B. I Like to be able to scan Pictures & artwork . C. My wife needs to make copies for her work so a scanner is really a neccesity for us!. C. I have a ****Load of Ink for this printer already !.D. So when this epson dies I'll Probably get a 580 ? It's like what I have now but can print DVD's &CD's Lke the R200/300 series !- Unfortunately it takes Different cartridges then they do but that's life! I'll probably go with a continous Ink System for that anyways !till then it's Sharpie time !!!- IF lightscribe media comes down though Hmmmm? Also using the lightscribe Feature will shorten the burning life of your Drive from what I've heard here? something to think about ?
Man, why is there either a question mark or exclamation point at the end of every sentence? It's tantamount to reading something in all caps. Yikes.

810.9.2007 19:28

why would you want a label it just increases cost just use a marker.

910.9.2007 19:43

When you have over 500 dvds, it is a real pain to go through them all and have to stare at a black sharpie writing. My handwriting isnt the best. Why not upgrade to a nice decent cover from an epson. I would rather flip through images on the cover rather than writing in marker.

Another sollution is to print on those cd/dvd labels and stick them on the front of a paper sleeve rather than the cd/dvd themselves. Then write with a marker on the dvd. the stickers don't work on the for direct dvd labels.



1011.9.2007 1:48

Originally posted by c1c:
When you have over 500 dvds, it is a real pain to go through them all and have to stare at a black sharpie writing. My handwriting isnt the best. Why not upgrade to a nice decent cover from an epson. I would rather flip through images on the cover rather than writing in marker.

Another sollution is to print on those cd/dvd labels and stick them on the front of a paper sleeve rather than the cd/dvd themselves. Then write with a marker on the dvd. the stickers don't work on the for direct dvd labels.
I agree about the marker thing. I have hundreds of DVD's and CD's. When flipping through my books, I almost always pass up what I am looking for. Lightscribe is great for someone l;ike me, who needs a visual aid when trying to rummage through hundreds of DVD's.

1112.9.2007 13:00
hangtime
Inactive

Epson printers kick ass and blow away lightscribe

1212.9.2007 13:37

Originally posted by hangtime:
Epson printers kick ass and blow away lightscribe
Exactly, it is sad that they are pushing lightscribe by including it with every new computer you buy. The media is too much money, about 80 cents a disc for a 15 minute gold and grey disc. Investing in an epson printer for 90$ and some printable media and some generic inks you are set, and I bet the price still beats lightscribe media. I got 12 ink carts for 36$ (2 sets), and you have nice discs. This is great for me as a graphic designer, now I can offer somewhat professional labeling services.


1314.9.2007 8:50

here is a decent price for all you lightscribers out there:

http://shop2.outpost.com/%7BFv5nez+mn1It...CH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

50 pack dvd-r hp



1411.2.2010 1:10

hey guys what you think about the dyson paint on cds

1525.11.2010 15:52
daneblah
Unverified new user

I wish it was a color based print onto the disc. My band needs to look profeesional while still remaining cheap. My laptop caim with the ability to print these discs and i can get the discs for pretty cheap. Im glad that this has been modified and has been made more professional-looking for small, local bands like mine to be able to use for seeling demo cds in mass to audiences around our area. Writing on the cds looks lazy and printing a paper for the case looks good, but has drawbacks (like getting wet and being lost easily) then the cd can be lost or forgotten.

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