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Old 08-30-2007, 12:57 PM   #1
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EPSON R265 & CD Printing


Hello all! Well here i am yet again.
I just purchased a new Epson R265 inkjet printer, i picked it for two reasons,

A) I like epson products and i needed a colour printer

and

B) i needed a printer that i could print directly onto CDs with.

So the printer is installed and working, except i have no idea how to go about printing onto CD's? I know they come with a package for windows but i cant find anything for linux?

Iv'e searched around quite a bit but all i can find is lightscribe but that needs special drives and media!

Has anyone any experience in printing directly to cd's?

I would really appreciate any help or advice thrown my way

Thanks

The Yikes
 
Old 08-30-2007, 02:31 PM   #2
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Check here http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=10803.
 
Old 08-30-2007, 03:28 PM   #3
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Hello all! Well here i am yet again. <snip>

Has anyone any experience in printing directly to cd's?

I would really appreciate any help or advice thrown my way

Thanks

The Yikes
Hi,

You could look at the media burning section of 'Slackware-Links' which was compiled from 'Slackware LQ Suggestions Links!'. There is a labeling reference within that section. In the U.S. you can get pre-made labels that you can adhere to the cd.
 
Old 08-31-2007, 06:02 AM   #4
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EPSON R265 & CD Printing

Cheer's me dears,
once again though i failed in getting my question across. Okay i have an Epson r265 inkjet printer. This allows for the printing of labels directly onto the cd by means of a tray. You insert the cd into the tray put the tray in the printer and off you go.

What i need is something for linux that will allow me to lay out the label and then print it directly onto the disc without the need of sticky labels.

I'm just wondering if it might be possible to setup a template in open office?

Thanks

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Old 08-31-2007, 07:47 AM   #5
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Cheer's me dears,
once again though i failed in getting my question across. Okay i have an Epson r265 inkjet printer. This allows for the printing of labels directly onto the cd by means of a tray. You insert the cd into the tray put the tray in the printer and off you go.

What i need is something for linux that will allow me to lay out the label and then print it directly onto the disc without the need of sticky labels.

I'm just wondering if it might be possible to setup a template in open office?

Thanks

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Hi,

The templates I referenced will allow you to print to whatever you wish. The control will be yours as to how and where you print. I don't use the Epson but I'm sure it would be matter of just selecting a media tray.

I just suggested the template labels as an example. Your making this too complicated.

OpenOffice will meet your needs or even just a plain old editor would do the job. If you want images printed then OO would be the one too use. It will be a problem with layout not the device. Lay a CD on a sheet of paper at a known reference point and trace it to give you an idea of the boundaries, if you have a 'pica' rule the job would be easier (note: 1 PostScript pica = 4.23333333 millimeters). You can then use this visual template to aid you for line layout. Setup the OO edit window with ruler(s) to make it easier for you to do the line layout within the boundaries you get for the physical cd layout sheet. With some experimentation this should work. Future labels should be a breeze.
I would print to paper sheet to test then the cd when you are certain everything meets your expectations. This cd duplication glossary may assist you with some terms.

You could use Tex but now you will really be getting into some serious work with typesetting. A sample for a Tex catalog with downloads. There are loads of sites, just do a google.

The glabel program should work since the program is designed to work with the cd/label stickies but that doesn't mean you have to use the sticky label. You just want the cd physical parameters of the editor to prevent boundary line problems when printing. I haven't worked with glabel but I think that I'll try. One more to the TODO!

edit: link for a free cd template.

Edit: I just noticed that the templates require StuffIt a windows based expander.

Last edited by onebuck; 08-31-2007 at 07:53 AM. Reason: link for free cd template
 
Old 08-31-2007, 09:24 AM   #6
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I use glabels to print to paper labels and you can "roll your own label templates". Might be worth looking at.

http://http://glabels.sourceforge.net/
 
Old 08-31-2007, 10:35 AM   #7
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As Onebuck points out you can easily create your own template in OO.org, Inkscape, Scribus, etc. Here's the link to Epson's template info for developers.

http://www.epsondevelopers.com/docum...VDTemplate.pdf

It will give you some dimensions for Epson printers. You can easily adapt it for your needs.

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