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Dymo DiscPainter

Inexpensive solution for printing on CD/DVDs By John Virata

Dymo DiscPainter is a departure from other CD/DVD disc printing solutions in that the DiscPainter specializes on CD/DVD media. It is dedicated to printing on CD/DVD media and case templates and nothing else. With that said, it makes a lot of sense to have such a dedicated device especially if you are adept at offering more than just a CD or DVD with Sharpie writing on it, telling you what is on the disc.

The DiscPainter comes with the printer, driver and software, AC adapter, USB cable, as well as some water-proof inkjet printable media. Setting up the DiscPainter involves following closely the directions that come on the included fold out poster. The most important part of the installation process involves following the onscreen directions not to plug the printer's USB cable until the software installation prompts you to do so. Other than this, installation of the drivers and software is straightforward. Dymo DiscPainter works with both Macintosh and Windows based systems.

Once the software is installed, you can launch DiscPainter Discus and go about designing your disc, by choosing a layout. From here you can choose the type of jewel case you will print to as well as CD/DVD, the jewel case base, folding booklet, Box Wrap, Jewel case lid, slimline inserts, and even mini CD. After you've chosen the type, you choose the layout. Your layout options cover the popular options. You can work with a variety of Avery, CD Stomper, Memorex, and Dymo DiscPainter templates.

The DiscPainter prints at up to 1200dpi

The software offers a variety of pre built disc templates to choose from

Once you've chosen your layout, you can proceed to add elements to it, including text, symbols, images, canvas, etc. After you've completed your layout, you can choose to print. The Print menu offers a host of parameters that you can tweak. The DiscPainter software enables you to choose how many discs you wish to print. After it finishes a print job, you just need to remove the finished disc and add another until your job is finished. You can choose three settings in which to print; Draft, Normal and Best. The DiscPainter can print to matte inkjet printable discs, glossy, and Color 8-9 inkjet printable discs with silver or colored finish.

Dymo Layout choices are numerous.

First Impressions
The Dymo DiscPainter is an ideal solution for those who enjoy really customizing their CDs and DVDs. The DiscPainter prints full color images at 1200dpi resolution, which is very high quality. The image is very good for the price and setting up to print to dis is a three step process. Pictures stay photorealistic. The Discus software gives you a wide range of options to create your designs. You have the capability to work with grids, so you can line elements up perfectly. You can work with an image's opacity, color, size, rotation, edge feather, corner roundness, etc. Its not just select an image and print. You can really work the software to get what you want on the disc. In addition, there are more than 200 design templates that you can use in lieu of your own images, including such themes as romance, music, and cityscapes, to digital, psychedelic, and even nature imagery.  The fun part is watching it print as it prints while the disc is spinning.

Dymo DiscPainter ($279) is very simple to set up and use. The hard part is deciding what you wish to design for your discs and how intricate you want your design to be. For more information, visit

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