There's a new world emerging in CD/DVD labeling. A world without Sharpies,
disc applicators, or even stick-on labels. That world is LightScribe, where
your label is 'burned' onto your disc with the same laser used to burn its
LightScribe is an exciting new direct-to-disc technology from HP that
uses your LightScribe-enabled CD/DVD drive to create silk-screen quality,
iridescent labels for your discs. And, of course, SureThing is leading
the way as the first dedicated CD/DVD software package supporting the
new LightScribe technology.
What is LightScribe?
For us laymen, LightScribe is pretty simple. It is a special disc drive
that will label your CDs and DVDs. After you've burned your music, photo
or data onto your disc, you flip it over, put it back in the drive and
you're ready to print. Hence the LightScribe mantra: "Burn, Flip,
The end result ranges from simple to spectacular. The labeled disc has
an iridescent quality to it, with the metal surface of the disc itself
providing the background. There is no ink to smear or dry. In fact, the
disc feels as if it were professionally silk-screened.
What You'll Need
First, you'll need a LightScribe CD/DVD drive. Since LightScribe is new,
the first LightScribe-enabled computers will come bundled with a LightScribe
drive. Those computers can be purchased in stores now. Coming very soon
will be aftermarket drives allowing you to make any computer LightScribe
enabled. We expect those drives to hit the market in the first quarter
Second, you'll need LightScribe enabled discs. These discs have a special
coating that allows the laser to burn the label on them. The drives themselves
won't let you use anything else, so you can't damage existing media even
if you try using it by mistake. LightScribe media will be slightly more
expensive, but not prohibitively so.
Finally, you need great application software and that's where we come
in. Only LightScribe certified software can burn LightScribe discs. SureThing
is the first dedicated CD/DVD Labeling software to fully support this
new technology. And if you're a current SureThing user, the upgrade
is free! Click here to get your copy now!
Click here to read
the LightScribe FAQ at SureThing.com.
Where to Get Media
LightScribe discs will be in high demand in the early going. You can expect
to find them in your local computer stores but you may want to call ahead
to check availability.
Of course, both SureThing.com
also stock your favorite brands of media, including LightScribe media!
Order online and have it delivered to your home or business, and forget
hassling with crowds!
Is it Perfect?
LightScribe is a first generation technology. It is miraculous, but not
without its imperfections. Luckily, the LightScribe team is aware of them
and are already hard at work coming up with new solutions. Here's our
1. Speed: It takes a bit of time to print a LightScribe disc (Note: data
recording speeds are industry standard; we're referring here only to the
print burning speed). It takes about a minute for a very simple disc and
up to 20 minutes for a disc with a full background. This is the time it
takes for the drive to print the disc. It has nothing to do with the SureThing
The LightScribe team is already addressing this. The first production
drives were up to 50% faster than the prototypes we tested. And they have
already announced a new coating for the discs that will bump the speed
by another 50%, with no change in hardware. That means you can buy a drive
now and your investment will be safe.
2. Color: We've been labeling discs a long time and have grown quite
fond of full color labels. LightScribe, on the other hand, is a monotone
laser technology. The results are very cool, but there are times when
there is no substitute for color. Long live SureThing Super Vibrant™
3. Media Color: There is a single choice for the color of LightScribe
discs. We have a feeling that this is another first generation issue,
and other colors will arrive in the not-so-distant future. When they do,
this will give exciting new results, even with the monochrome technology.
Once you start LightScribing labels, if you want colored discs, let your
suppliers know. They do listen.
The Future of CD/DVD Labeling?
Does this mean paper labels are dead? Not by a long shot. As we mentioned,
color labels are fun and exciting. They are also cost effective and work
with any type of discs. There are also a number of other direct-to-disc
printers on the market that work wonderfully and also support color (and
are supported by SureThing, of course).
LightScribe is a new technology worthy of watching. The promise of speedy
labels from the drive that burned the data is exciting. As the technology
works its way to notebook drives, the thought of labeling on the go (no
printer required) is very attractive. And we're sure the team at LightScribe
is dedicated to making this a great technology.
The one thing you can always count on is that SureThing will be there.
From paper labels, to inkjets, to LightScribe – SureThing continues
to pave the way in disc labeling.