March 3, 2008 The DYMO DiscPainter is a compact, dedicated disc printer, optimized for producing high-quality, full-color graphics on inkjet printable discs in about one minute.

Discpainter uses DYMO’s patented RadialPrint (or ‘spin’) technology that prints directly onto the CD while it is spinning, creating professional quality graphics quickly from outer edge to inner hub. DiscPainter features three print quality modes that lets users print up to 600 DPI graphics in a minute, and 1200 DPI images in three minutes, while ink density can also be adjusted with nine ink density settings for precise ink control to optimize the quality for the specific disc surface be it matte, glossy or color. One ink cartridge is able to print around 100 discs in a matte or glossy format.

Both MAC and PC compatible, DiscPainter works with design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, QuarkXpress and SureThing, or users can create and manipulate text, fonts, colors and graphics, using original and ready-made canvasses included with the software. The software also features a photo collage tool that allows users to incorporate as many as 16 photos in their designs.

While some inkjet printers offer an option to print directly onto inkjet printable discs using an accessory tray and Hewlett-Packard’s LightScribe technology uses special disc writers (burners) to “etch” the disc using the disc writer’s laser and special LightScribe discs, DYMO claims its DiscPainter offers the advantages of faster printing in full color. Also, professional printing or silk-screening by printing companies, which result in good quality, usually require a minimum batch of same-art discs to be economically viable and are not suitable for small quantity requirement or single discs. The DiscPainter prints on all inkjet-printable CDs, DVDs (full sized) and mini discs with four print settings: 120 mm hub printable, 120 mm non-hub printable, 80 mm (mini) hub printable, and 80 mm (mini) non hub-printable.

The DiscPainter comes packaged with USB 2.0 cable, AC power supply, three inkjet printable discs and a full-color ink cartridge to print around 100 discs and will be available from May 2008 for a RRP of US$449.00.

For further info visit DYMO.

Ed's note: Since the publication of this article we have learned that the launch of the Dymo DiscPainter has been delayed - no news yet on a revised launch date but we'll keep you posted.

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