[access-uk] Re: Usability of Printers to print direct to CD

Hi Ray,

I've not actually been able to get down to any sort of
costing, but I do know for sure that the CD printing process
puts down less ink than paper, simply because the CD surface
doesn't absorb the ink like paper does.

If I didn't have to print so many CDs for work purposes, I'd
do much more Lite-Scribe, but at around 8 - 10 minutes as
opposed to 2-3 minutes for ink print, I mostly use ink.

There is another issue with these two printers aside from
the duplex functionality. We use Royal Mail's Smartstamp
software for all our office letters and postage generally.
The Canon is extremely good for envelope printing, and can
take 10 or more at a time.  The Epson only seems to be able
to take 2 or 3 at most.

The other unfortunate thing is that the CD label files are
not interchangeable between printers, so if you design one
using Epson's software, you can't print it on the Canon, and
vice versa.

I've only just got Nero 8, so don't know yet if that can
accommodate either printer's CD print function.  I certainly
never figured it out with Nero 7.

George.

 
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George, thanks for your useful reply on this.  I can see a
bit and
might even put an elderly version of Zoomtext on my computer
to help
with the graphical interface - or some other mag aid.

I note your comments on the alignment on the printer Cd
tray, and I'm
hopeful I can get around this.

Wonder if you've a good idea of the costs involved - (and I
do very
much go for the multi-colur approach.)  I've always liked
Epson
printers, but there's indications these days they're getting
expensive
for ink.  Does Canon compare favourably on this count do you
know?
How does Light Scribe compare too cost-wise?  I understand
it is quite
slow, but as you say, impressive.  My choice wil most likely
though
come down to Epson or Canon, but its nice to try and make an
informed
choice.

Thanks again.

Cheers,

From Ray
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-----Original Message-----
George Bell
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Usability of Printers to print
direct to CD


Hi Ray,
I have two printers which can print CDs.  An Epson Photo
R300 and a
Canon Pixma IP4200.
Both come with software, but it does tend to be fairly
graphical, so
you may need someone to help you with the design.  Actual
printing
requires inserting the CD into a special holder, and then
placing the
holder into the printer in a specific way, and lined up to
special
marks.  With a minimum of modification to add tactile marks,
it's
quite doable.
I chose those printers because they use separate ink tanks
for the
colours.  The Canon has two blacks and three colour tanks,
the Epson
has Black, Yellow, Light & dark Magenta and Light & dark
Cyan.
From my sighted perspective, the Epson software is better,
but the
printer will only print into paper single sided, where the
Canon is a
Duplex.
Both cost under £100, and in my view are/were excellent
value.
I also have a Philips Lite-Scribe CD/DVD burner which,
together with
Nero, prints directly on to special Lite-Scribe CDs and
DVDs. It's
produced a greyscale image onto a gold coloured surface, and
actually
looks quite snazzy.
George.
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Sent: 13 January 2008 21:27
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Subject: [access-uk] Usability of Printers to print direct
to CD
Maybe a little off-topic, but I wondered if anyone has
bought a
printer able to print directly onto printable Cds?
I'd like to know if the printers come with software to allow
this to
be accomplished with the minimum of alignment etc.  In other
words I'm
after an easy solution to making a good job of printing
directly on
printable CDs.  Makes and models greatly appreciated, and
off-list
replies welcomed if it is thought a bit OT here.
Thanks.
From Ray
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