Light Scribe

slipper

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Nov 19, 2003
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wow, i woke up this morning and flipped thru the channels and saw an HP computer for sale. It had this one feature called Light Scribe (lightscribe.com). I really hope macs start incorporating that in the near future also.
 

rtdgoldfish

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Jul 4, 2004
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Jacksonville, FL
I saw this advertised at CompUSA the other day. Seems kinda cool. Basically what it does is creates labels for the CD or DVD in the drive, or at least that is my understanding. Does anyone know how this works?? I am guessing it needs some special discs and the image is burned on. I don't think there is ink. That would be weird, going to buy ink for your DVD burner.

*Edit* Mabye I should have read the site to find out that it is a laser that burns the image.
 

topspin98

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Dec 30, 2004
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Mac Mall

Just look on MacMall.com or www.cdw.com, look under external drives and their you go!

Lacie I believe is one of the brands.

Light Scribe is capable on your mac if its there
 

Daveway

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Jul 10, 2004
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This is how lightscribe works:
Once your dvd is finished, take it out of the drive, flip it over, and put it back in the same drive. The drive will sense that it is on the side to be enscribed. Using software included, you make a label thats is monochrome. The front side of the dvd has a chemical coating that reacts to light produced by the laser. The laser shoots the image onto the disk and a chemical reaction occurs creating the image. A pretty simple concept when you think about it.

This does require a special kind of disk, btw. I'm inclined to think that any drive is capable of this with the right software and lightscribe disk.
 

dubbz

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Sep 3, 2003
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Alta, Norway
daveway00 said:
This does require a special kind of disk, btw. I'm inclined to think that any drive is capable of this with the right software and lightscribe disk.
No, unfortunately the drive need to support it too. I've also read that it's painfully slow... meaning that even just writing some text takes a long time. I'm sure it'll improve though.
 

jacg

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Jan 16, 2003
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I'm about to buy an inkjet printer that will do CDs/DVDs (for £80). Printable DVDs are about the same price as any others now. Has Lightscribe really got anything better to offer? While my monochrome design (done in some proprietry software which I may dislike) is etched very slowly by my DVD drive I could be burning another disk and printing full colour on an inkjet.

Have I missed something?
 
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