Features

Printing

  • Print directly on CD surfaces using more than 100 supported printer models from Epson, HP, Canon, and more
  • Use LightScribe to etch labels directly onto your CD or DVD surface using your drive's laser (requires LightScribe drive and disc)
  • Print multiple LightScribe discs simultaneously - limited only by the number of LightScribe drives you've got attached to your computer
  • Design and print jewel cases, DVD cases, and blu-ray cases
  • Hundreds of brands and models of paper labels and insert papers supported
  • Printer alignment wizard allows automatic compensation for out-of-alignment printers; alignment can also be adjusted for individual paper types
  • Support for designing and printing all the miscellaneous spines & labels that get added to the corners of disc label papers
  • Optionally print borders or fold lines for inserts
  • Optionally fade the edges when printing on printable discs so that if your printer lacks perfect alignment, white edges around the disc look more natural
  • Automatic extra bleeding on paper labels and inserts to help compensate for wonky printer alignments
  • Real-time preview of all LightScribe disc colors; no need to launch a print-preview dialog to see how your LightScribe disc will look when you print it
  • Change your target paper type, disc template, etc. at any time - no need to lock in an output target when you create your project; you can design your CD label for, say, Neato paper, then decide to print it instead on Memorex paper, a printable disc, etc.

Tracks/Data Management

  • Import music playlists from iTunes, Windows Media Player, and many others
  • Automatically read song information directly off CDs via CD-Text, the FreeDB & MusicBrainz album databases, or (for data or MP3 discs) by reading files off the disc
  • Supports audio, data, and video playlist types
  • Tracks auto-formatter enables one-click arrangement of tracks into a variety of useful layouts, including spirals, multi-column formats, and more
  • One click to show or hide individual tracks fields (artist, title, etc.) or to hide or show tracks altogether
  • Tracks fields have individually editable formatting (you can have song titles in bold, artist names in italic, etc.)

Images & Artwork

  • Import your own images in JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIF, GIF, PCX, and WMF formats, plus a variety of RAW formats
  • Export your label designs as JPEG, PNG, or BMP image files for use with other software or printing services
  • Hundreds of complete label designs and more than a thousand background images created exclusively for Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker users
  • Variety of image effects, including drop shadows, opacity, grayscale, brightness control
  • Designs, backgrounds, and user image browse/search results appear in a non-modal pane - you don't have to reopen a dialog each time you want to see how a different background or design looks (though the tools pane can be hidden if you need more space)
  • PNG image alpha channel transparency supported
  • Top-left-pixel-skip-color image transparency supported
  • Preserve-aspect-ratio option allows imported images to be resized either freely or preserving the image's original aspect ratio
  • Image-search feature finds images by name or file type anywhere on your computer
  • Variety of formats available when importing your own images as label backgrounds: stretch, overlap, underlap, and tiled (with variety of tiling options)
  • Image Search/Browse Pane right-click menus allow you to set any image as your label's background, or even your desktop wallpaper, with a single click

Text

  • Circular and spiral text
  • Full control of text typefaces, font sizes, and effects (bold, italics, underline, strikeout, color, opacity, drop shadow); multiple typefaces, etc. can be used within a single text object
  • Additional text formatting options including margins, paragraph spacing, justification, text angle (in 90-degree increments)
  • Text word-wrapping feature lets you choose how you want text to wrap around a CD label's central hole (wrap around the left side, the right side, both sides, etc.)
  • Text Properties dialog lets you see your changes instantly - no need to close the dialog to see what effect your changes have made
  • Unicode aware - supports Asian fonts
  • Display text with opaque or transparent background, in speech or text bubbles

More

  • Use the "I need to make a label but I'm in a big hurry" wizard to create complete label sets in just a few steps using dozens of provided label themes (users can also save their own themes, which will subsequently appear in the wizard)
  • Click and drag text, images, and shapes to adjust their sizes and positions; size and position can also be locked to prevent accidental changes
  • Opacity control for all objects - text, images, and shapes
  • A variety of basic colored shape objects can be added to labels to create designs, patterns, or frames; users have control over color, size & position, opacity, drop shadow, regular/outline mode, aspect ratio mode
  • Layer feature: add, delete, hide, show, rearrange, and set opacity for all layers, and move objects (text, images, and shapes) between layers; blend-with-background-color feature allows you to add color casts to the background layer by adjusting its opacity
  • Support for 80-millimeter mini/pocket discs and jewel case inserts
  • Use the "Save As (Special)" menu option to save label designs as design templates that will subsequently appear in the Designs pane, allowing you to select them again with a single click
  • Any design can be set as the default design for a particular label type (i.e., CD, jewel case front, etc.), so labels in new projects will have that design applied to them as soon as they're created
  • Design your label on a screen that accurately models the label & hole size of your chosen paper type, disc-printing printer, etc. - no need to bring up a print-preview dialog to see what your design's actually going to look like once you print it
  • All the standard stuff you'd expect in a Windows app - save and restore projects, cut/copy/paste, hundreds of levels of undo/redo, drag and drop images from Windows Explorer