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Use the Casio CW-100 CD printer with OS X
Authored by: rpaul on Feb 16, '05 05:42:30PM

Perfect hint for me. I was stuck using a PC 'till this. The app isn't very robust, however creating images with PhotoShop works well.

The app reads mono psd's perfectly, even multi-layered text layers work fine. I recommend no anti-aliasing on the text as the printer is just
printing a bit map.

You can create a blank template as 74mm x 16mm at 300dpi.

Compared to ink-jet, this is definitely the way to go. Ink jet will still
smudge months after printing if your fingers are damp.

Also, www.runtechmedia.net has blank cartridges at about $8 pop (less for
bulk).



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Use the Casio CW-100 CD printer with OS X
Authored by: RBR on Feb 16, '05 07:45:34PM

I don't recall the name, but there was a spray to put on ink jet printed CDs to 'set' and protect the ink very much the way that some sprays work for ink jet photo (paper) prints. It may even have been the same stuff.

If I were burning *lots* of CDs I think that I would give consideration to one of the CD burners that burn the image onto the CD itself with a laser. The reduced consumables costs could be important. The major drawback would be the comparatively slow burn time for the 'label', particularly for complex images.



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Use the Casio CW-100 CD printer with OS X
Authored by: cstumpf on Feb 16, '05 08:07:10PM

Well, that's fine if you are only doing a few discs and have time for them to dry and such. Not practical for my use.

The other option you listed is not practical because the time to burn the image takes a very, very long time. Simple text is like 15-20 minutes and a complex image can take 4-5 hours per disk. And the media is very expensive compared to the cost of plain discs and ribbons for the CW-100. Believe me, I looked at all possible options and this is the fastest, trouble free and most cost effective solution available.

I am currenlty producing a labled disc for about $41 cents each.



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Use the Casio CW-100 CD printer with OS X
Authored by: RBR on Feb 16, '05 11:45:39PM

It's true enough that the laser burns are slow, as I commented, but I am not sure that they require special media.

Still, if you are able to produce the CDs for $.41 each (I presume this is consumables only) that is certainly "good enough" to not be overly concerned until something much better comes along.

Cheers



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Use the Casio CW-100 CD printer with OS X
Authored by: cstumpf on Feb 16, '05 07:56:53PM

Runtechmedia prices are a lot more expensive than J&R. The cost from runtechmedia for a ribbon in a 10 pack is $7.80. The cost per ribbon in a 3 pack at J&R is only $6.63 per ribbon.



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