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LightScribe Software: Nero, SureThing, Droppix, etc.

One of the key components of the LightScribe system for labelling optical discs is software (the other two are the special LightScribe drive and LightScribe discs). Burning a graphical image on the label side of a LightScribe CD or DVD is a very different process than burning files onto the data side of the disc, so it requires some special LightScribe-aware software.

Hewlett-Packard's LightScribe effort has always relied on third-party offerings, and HP apparently tapped MicroVision Development early on to add LightScribe support to their SureThing CD/DVD Labeler software. In fact, a stripped-down version of SureThing, called "SureThing 4 SE", is provided as a free download on the official HP LightScribe website. You can download the setup.zip here.

Another early entrant was Nero, who announced they would be adding LightScribe support back in early 2005. LightScribe support started with a downloadable addition to Nero 6 shortly thereafter.

Other sources of LightScribe labelling software include: Droppix Label Maker Deluxe, WinDVD Creator 2, NTI's JewelCase Maker 5, various Roxio products, various Sonic products, and (for the Mac!) disclabel (from SmileOnMyMac).

Acoustica Adds LightScribe Support

Acoustica CD/DVD Label Maker version 3.x now supports LightScribe drives. You can learn more about Acoustica's foray into Lightscribe by clicking here.

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