I need software for creating CD Inserts and covers

Philip Hamm

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Is there anything decent out there? I've been using the stuff that came with my CD-R machine a while back but it's too unstable to be usable, though when it works it does very well.
I don't need anything fancy, just something that won't blow up all the time. Any recommendations? Paint Shop Pro 5 Templates?
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I use the Adaptec EX CD software at work and it does ok for what we need it. If you find a Paint Shop template though I'd love to get a copy
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I gave up on the few CD-specific applications I tried because of the lack of real features. I just use MS Publisher, but there's no reason why you couldn't use something similar. I've got a template set up for each type of stationary (I use two or three different brands of label and insert as well as my own cut-sheet A4 designs that you've already seen).
Each template consists of two outlines - one which is the exact measurements of the label or insert and a second which is two or three mm larger. The second is for for flood-fills, to ensure that the colour covers the whole area of the label with no annoying white gaps.
If you've got Publisher then I can supply you with the template files.
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Andrew, Thanks for the heads up! I hadn't noticed that EZ CD Creator has a little tool for this. I'll try it!
Rob, Sounds neato. I do not have Publisher. Is it cheap? The only thing I have that is like a graphics program is Paint Shop Pro.
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Cheap? Nah, it's Microsoft. I paid £100 for the full version of 98 a couple of years ago.
Publisher is a DTP app so it's ideal for working with text and graphic layouts rather than doing 'arty' stuff.
If what you've got can do line rectangles and circles, and can adjust them in tiny steps (Publisher I think will go down to 1/100th of a millimetre) then you should be OK. It will be a matter of trial and error to get the template to match your paper but once it's done you'll find it useful. Obviously you'll need to be able to insert graphic images and use any font on your system too.
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Andrew Pratt, thanks a lot! I hadn't noticed that EZ CD Creator created inserts! That was all I needed, it works fine for my modest needs. Thanks for the info!
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