HP C5280 Print directly on DVD/CD

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  1. artalliance macrumors 6502

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    Bought the HP C5280 All-in-on printer mainly for being able to print directly on DVDs and CDs. There is even a big compatible with Mac logo on the package. Well...the software that comes with the printer is Roxio Labeler for WINDOWS only :mad:

    Can anyone point me to an (ideally) free software that works with the printer and OS 10.5.2?

    Cheers!
     
  2. Richdmoore macrumors 65816

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    I have one of these printers I am using on my macbook. I previously purchased the acousta cd/dvd label program for windows with my pc, so I just went ahead and run it under parallels, and it works fine.

    http://www.acoustica.com/cd-label-maker/index.htm

    I saw a mac OS X program that should work, but have not really had time to try it out, but it says it will work. (It's payware, however.)

    http://www.smileonmymac.com/DiscLabel/index.html

    Good Luck, the printer prints cd/dvd's much better than the epson printer I was using before.
     
  3. Lucci33 macrumors newbie

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    I went through this whole thing and found a great piece of software that works well with the printer -- Disc Cover RE 2. This software comes with Toast Titanium 9, so if you have that, you won't need to buy anything else to print directly on DVDs. If you don't have it, the software is like $35 via download and is pretty good. You can download a test of it for free so you can make sure it works with your system before you buy anything. Before it is unlocked, it prints all DVDs with a notice on them ("Disc Cover Trial Version"). Once your sure it will work, you can buy the activation key for the software and you're all set. I am a filmmaker and burn a lot of DVD for work -- so far (besides the original software not working with Macs) I'm really happy with this printer. NOt too pricey and a lot more stable than the Epson R320 that i used to use for the same thing.
     
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  5. quasbo macrumors newbie

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    Thanks tjwaido!

    I've had this printer for several months and thought I couldn't print onto CDs. I just tried out your link below, followed the instructions, and printed my first CD! I had no idea it was that easy. Thanks for going to the trouble to find the link!

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01143520&lc=en&cc=us&product=3204464



     
  6. paulannick macrumors newbie

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    Still not a workable solution if you want more

    The Photosmart studio that comes with the the c5280 does alow you to print on cd, however it is super limited. The text boxes you can't adjust and limits the space, especially when you have full face printable cd's, but also the save options are limited. It only can save it is a jpg. So when you want to adjust a detail, you'll have to do it al over again. Pretty simple software.
    I am still looking for mac freeware to do a good job.


     
  7. Richdmoore macrumors 65816

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  8. tjwaido macrumors member

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    I created a template in Photoshop based on the dimensions of a full face CD/DVD leaving bleeds for the center of the disc and outer diameter. I saved the blank file as cd/dvd_template.psd and create a new .psd file for each new project with it. HP Photosmart Create prints .psd files directly to the disc ignoring the test boxes if nothing is written in them. Any changes that need to be made are done in Photoshop and resaving the file. This method is simple, I get the quality of Photoshop and is "super unlimited" with the labels I can design.
     
  9. paulannick macrumors newbie

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    I found a real simple Sollution, without needing to buy software, that is, if you have WORD.
    In word you can make your labels real easy and with pictures. And then print straight on the HP C5280.
    Here is how:
    Click File > New Document
    Click File > Page setup
    Choose box ‘Format for’ then select ‘HP Photosmart c5200 series’ (make sure your drivers are installed)
    Choose box ‘Paper size’ then select ‘CD/DVD 120 mm’ (underneath appears 13 by 130 mm). (In inches 120mm a little less than 5 inches)

    Then to print:
    File > Print
    Make sure your HP c5200 appears in the box as printer.
    Choose under ‘Presets’ second box >> then choose option ‘Paper type / Quality’
    Then select your kind of target CD (‘HP printable CD’, or ‘Water resistant…’) I choose the 1st one.
    The bottem box should say ‘CD/DVD tray’
    You can’t adjust the quality.

    First click preview, to ensure you did it right.
    Then: let it fly…

    You can save your settings under option ‘Presets’ the top box
     

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