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Old May 18th, 2007, 09:24 PM   #1
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Printing on DVDs

Wasn't sure where to post this, but I thought wedding pros might know.

I wanted to use printable DVDs so I could have full color labels. I'm on a MacBook Pro. I went with the Canon iP4300, got a CD/DVD tray on ebay and used the steps given at pixma.damnmachine.com to use service codes to reconfigure the printer to print on CD/DVDs (the U.S. 4300s are disabled so you have to turn the printer into an EU or AUS machine). This worked fine and the labels look great with one problem. With the software I have (CD-labelprint) it won't print to the full center of the DVD. There is a white ring about 1/4 inch in the center of the DVD. I suppose I just need a better software. Any ideas? Bob
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Old May 19th, 2007, 12:12 AM   #2
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My guess is a printer margin thing. Same reason you can't print right to the edge of regular paper.
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Old May 19th, 2007, 02:42 AM   #3
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the best software is SureThing DVD labeller, not sure if the mac version exists
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Old May 19th, 2007, 03:24 AM   #4
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not a printer margin issue I've ran Canons right to the centre of the disc ..even going beyond where I should have.. (oops!)

SureThing is def the easiest one to use on PC as Canon templates are available (though Im not sure if they ever supply them with the app?)

Personally I used a vector graphics app (Corel Xara) and made a custom template to suit (I prefered the flexibility versus SureThing as we use the same app to originate covers and menu backgrounds)

It just took a bit of trial and error creating a custom paper size that matches the tray dimensions and working out position of the printable area on it - Xara is a PC and Linux app but no reason you couldnt take same approach with a vector-drawing app on the mac.
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Old May 19th, 2007, 09:29 AM   #5
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Try DiscLabel from SmileOnMyMac.com. While I haven't tried this with a Canon printer on my Epson it has controls for how close to the hub it should print.

This is a pretty nice labeling program and pretty cheap too. I think they have a demo version as well.
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Old May 19th, 2007, 11:15 AM   #6
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use the canon original software that come with it. We have it here in Asia. I think u can download if from the website of Canon Singapore. Just have to select new paper n u will be allowed to key in the exact diameter. its a free software. Try it.
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Old May 19th, 2007, 04:41 PM   #7
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Wasn't sure where to post this, but I thought wedding pros might know.

I wanted to use printable DVDs so I could have full color labels. I'm on a MacBook Pro. I went with the Canon iP4300, got a CD/DVD tray on ebay and used the steps given at pixma.damnmachine.com to use service codes to reconfigure the printer to print on CD/DVDs (the U.S. 4300s are disabled so you have to turn the printer into an EU or AUS machine). This worked fine and the labels look great with one problem. With the software I have (CD-labelprint) it won't print to the full center of the DVD. There is a white ring about 1/4 inch in the center of the DVD. I suppose I just need a better software. Any ideas? Bob
Hi Bob

You have to modify the PC registry manually:

*** do not attempt this if you are unfamiliar with the system registry, as a wrong edit can damage your PC. Alter this at your own risk ***

The key to change is:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\MediaNavigation\CDLabelPrint\1.0\Settings\SizeAd
just\.Standard CD (12cm)]

Change the "Inner" value to the number of mm times 10, use negative for
smaller. Its relative to 43mm. For example, to adjust 23mm smaller (giving
20mm bore) change: "Inner" to -230.

Then in CD-Label, open the "Adjust Circle Size", then select ok (don't
change anything). Change made! This does not work with the Outer diameter.

Hope this works for you.

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