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Scribe It!

LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling is a new technology that offers consumers and businesses a simple, no-hassle way to burn professional-looking, silkscreen-quality labels on their CDs and DVDs. Using the same laser that burns data in their disc drives, customers burn their data as always, flip the disc over, reinsert it into the drive and burn a precise, iridescent label.

LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling is a new technology that offers consumers and businesses a simple, no-hassle way to burn professional-looking, silkscreen-quality labels on their CDs and DVDs. Using the same laser that burns data in their disc drives, customers burn their data as always, flip the disc over, reinsert it into the drive and burn a precise, iridescent label.

 

Highlights

Professional-quality labels: laser precision and detail mean no more marker scrawl or adhesive labels to center, only to have them peel off the disc

Simplicity: no-hassle labels; just burn the disc, flip it and burn the label

Creativity: freedom to combine text and graphics in simple or complex labels that reflect one’s personality and attitude

Convenience: labels can be burned wherever and whenever a disc is burned, no need for a printer

 

Key Components

 

LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling technology consists of three elements:

· LightScribe-enabled optical disc drive (ODD) – Minor, low-cost modifications to the optical disc drive enable validation of media types and control of sled position, spindle speed and focus to burn the label on LightScribe-compatible media.

· LightScribe-compatible media – A micro-thin, low-cost coating of a highly specialized material on the label side of compatible media absorbs laser light, triggering an image-producing chemical reaction. Consumers can readily identify LightScribe-compatible media through the LightScribe logo, found on media packaging and in the hub of every disc.LightScribe-supported software applications – Licensed software applications tap lower-level software system services to connect the user experience to the firmware controls, delivering the customer's desired label to the imaging system.