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Old 01-23-2006, 10:46 AM   #1
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Printing directly on CDs with my Epson R200


I have an Epson R200 printer, which is awesome, and even prints directly on printable CDs. I use this feature a lot when burning discs in Windows XP.

I use SuSE 10.0 OSS 64bit(aka 64bit OpenSuSE) and would love some software like Epson PrintCD which is the software that comes with the printer for Windows. IT allows editting of photos onto a CD, set inner and outer diameter, text... all sorts of goodies.

Does software like this exsist for linux and if yes, and multiple yes... which is the best?
 
Old 01-23-2006, 11:37 AM   #2
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There is no support for this in Linux - talk to the manufacturer.


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P.S.: I'd rather slap on a coloured label that prints in 10
seconds or label stuff with a marker manually than buy highly
expensive b/w media that take ages to complete - just my 2 cents
on that technology. ;}
 
Old 01-23-2006, 05:55 PM   #3
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In all due respect, especially to a moderator:
Highly expensive is 90 700Mb CDs for 6 bucks? Man... I would hate to have your paycheck... And I don't like labels, they are not clean, don't look right, they come off, they are obvious, and they look nothing like a real CD. With a direct printer, they look massively better, and can be exactly the same as the original or in some cases better. Sorry but I don't think you have even bothered to look into the technology to have 2 cents.

And btw, I did contact Epson, their response is the same as most companies: "We are Mac and Windows Compatible, at this time we do not have compatiblity with Linux, drivers are available for your Operating System." They then list a website to get CUPs and similar generic printing software, nothing about printing software at all.

I find it odd that I would have to run Wine just to get this kind of stuff with the massive selection of software, especially in the media realm now, that there is nothing at all even remotely like this. Perhaps someone else has looked around?
 
Old 01-23-2006, 06:08 PM   #4
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FYI---> I finally found this. I appears you can use general GIMP, CUPS, and Linux to print just fine. So after all, I need no software.

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The procedure for create and print your Cds are:

1. In the GIMP, go to "File" --> "New"
2. There, you have to choose "Template" --> "CD Cover 300DPI"
3. You can use your imagination and your artist skills for create your CD Cover
4. When you are prepared to print...
5. Go to "File" --> Print
6. Now, Please you "have" to choose "Printer Configuration"
7. In "Printer Make" you have to Choose "Epson" --> Epson Stylus Photo R200 --> Accept (ok)
8. And the parameters for the printer now, are available. In Source Media You have to choose "Print To CD"
9. You can change other parameters and now you will print yours Covers CD!

Enjoy it!

Thanks to David, Cups team and Gimp Team! All of them do a GOOD WORK!
from http://www.linuxprinting.org/show_pr...lus_Photo_R200
 
Old 01-23-2006, 06:14 PM   #5
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You have now been initiated into the true spirit of Linux. No one person knows everything that is out there, but---with digging---there is LOTs to be found.

Printing CDs is really more of a template than a driver---ie you just need to have the right image size.

At least Epson supports CUPS.....My understanding is that Canon won't even do that.
 
Old 01-28-2006, 07:42 AM   #6
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I have the Epson R300 though Ive never printed CD's on it yet. You dont say what drivers your using, but I'd recommend the guten-print drivers from: http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net/

They have more support for these printers than the gimp-print ones.

btw Guten-Print is the new name for Gimp-Print.
 
Old 10-01-2007, 11:10 PM   #7
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Quote:
The procedure for create and print your Cds are:

1. In the GIMP, go to "File" --> "New"
2. There, you have to choose "Template" --> "CD Cover 300DPI"
3. You can use your imagination and your artist skills for create your CD Cover
4. When you are prepared to print...
5. Go to "File" --> Print
6. Now, Please you "have" to choose "Printer Configuration"
7. In "Printer Make" you have to Choose "Epson" --> Epson Stylus Photo R200 --> Accept (ok)
8. And the parameters for the printer now, are available. In Source Media You have to choose "Print To CD"
9. You can change other parameters and now you will print yours Covers CD!
I realize I'm over a year late on this, but I post this for posterity/google/people finding it later on (it's 2007 now as I type this, and I regularly find information even as far back as 1998 helpful at times)....

The method described here prints to a CD, yes, okay, great... you'll notice, however, that the template is one that fits in a jewelcase, particularly the larger variety that have been used since the late 80s when CDs first started becoming popular. It is not a "CD-itself" template, so it's likely not to print quite right when printing directly to a CD. Likely, it will be skewed or not centered the way you like.


Some time back, I was able to use glabels to print directly to CD with very good -- though not quite perfect -- results. It was almost perfectly centered, something I could have resolved by editing the template if I had the time to fight with it.

My measurements show a disc 4.75 inches in diameter. I would recommend simply making an image 4.75 inches square, and using the GIMP, create a circular outline exactly that diameter, exactly centered on the image. Even better: scan a printable CD with the scanner cover open (so the "background" is black), and use gimp to make the "white" part transparent. Create a second layer underneath, make the first layer's black part be white, and place your image on the underlying layer. That way, the image shows through as it will be printed and you can use that to print directly to the printer -- if the PPD is set up properly and you don't have alignment/size issues. I'm having a mild fight with my HP Photosmart D5160's PPD file. It will be resolved soon, even if I have to print in Windows. My fiancee and I are giving CDs out as favors at our reception, and that's coming up in only eleven days. I'd like to offer something with images of us (childhood pictures, etc.) or something like that, and I'd like to do it with "professional" looking media.

I agree with you, the printable CD-R are much better than labels.

However, I think the moderator may have been thinking of lightscribe, which is still new, monochromatic (hence his "b/w" reference) and expensive. I've seen it. It's not worth it.


$0.02
 
Old 07-15-2012, 07:42 AM   #8
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R200 Help

ok heres the thing i have an R200 printer and print on cd's very oftern
i used to have the R200 contected to a windows 2003 server so i could print to it from anywhere in my house and also the windows server was also hosting some domains i own
due to some problems and after building a second server with centos seeing how relable it is i have decied to convert my windows 2003 server to centos and have pluged the R200 in to it
in my house i have window xp laptops and windows 7 pc and 2 centos servers and a few other linux pc's
i am wanting all computers in the house to be able to print to the R200 and i want the windows 7 pc in the office next to the printer to be able to print on to cd/dvd disks
so far i have cups 1.3.7 working so i can print from the windows computers and the linux computers i just need the windows 7 pc to print to disk now if any one could help
Thanks in advance
 
  


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