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      25.10.2000 14:12
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      ExPressit comes bundled with the Pressit labeller (see elsewhere for my review of this natty device). I have to confess that I hardly use it, it is far too elaborate for my purposes but if you want to produce really arty CD labels with swirly pictures and so on, then this is a very good means of doing so. Instead, I use the Word template that comes in the package (there are several for different programmes such as Photoshop, Corel Draw etc) and produce fairly basic text-only labels. (In fact, I have added a quirky little colour cartoon a friend drew of me many years ago as my logo and I do this by printing up a stock of otherwise empty labels first then adding the text for each CD as necessary.) One drawback I found with the "main" prgramme is that you have to import text objects, whatever those are, and cannot edit text on the label itself. This is either because I've totally missed something or because it is to be added later (as it is in the version of the Nero labeller that comes with Nero 5.0). However, the main thing is that you can produce professional looking labels and apply them accurately using this programme and the gadget it comes with. Recommended. Oh! A tip, label each CD as you go along, it is very easy to label the wrong one if you have several identical-looking discs to choose from. However, I did this in one case, and simply put on another label without detriment)

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        20.10.2000 22:20
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        I got exPressIT free with Nero 5, and have found to be very useful and reliable, and most importantly accurate. Its accuracy is due to the fact that it runs a printer calibration test, so that you can line up the respective parts of the page accordingly, thus avoid wonky printing, which negates the advantage of the label printing system. The desing process is very easy, you simply select an area in which you wish you insert a fill pattern, a photo or text and insert away. There is a preview function which shows you what the labels will look like once they are printed, and then you are ready to print. There are some labels and it is very easy to get other labels once you have exhausted the stock provided. Labelling is quite and expensive process - often about 10 pounds for 50 labels, but they are a good finishing touch to creating you own CDs. "Toaster" style CD players, i.e. without a tray to put the CD in may not like CDs with labels on but otherwise the labels do not interfere with the CD at all.

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