In Part One, I looked at standalone optical disc duplicator/publishing systems. Standalone duplicator/publishing systems can handle all the processes necessary for burning optical discs. The data and files to be burned are either loaded through a connection to a computer or read from a pre-recorded disc inserted into a “source” optical drive on the device.
Computer Connected Duplicators/Publishers
The basic difference between the standalone and computer connected devices offered by Aleratec is that the standalone devices have the intelligence to control the optical drives without being connected to a computer. A hard drive in the standalone systems can store the information needed to create discs and labels.
Computer connected duplicators/publishers can only work while connected to a computer – the intelligence required to control the disc and label writing is on the computer to which they are attached. To make a copy of a disc using a computer connected device, software on the computer can use the computer connected duplicator/publisher to write the copies. Using a disc creation program, included with Aleratec’s duplicators, the data is read by the software in the computer, and then copies are written to the desired number of discs through the Duplicator/Publisher.
Aleratec’s Computer Connected disc publishers are available in a range of models, from simple models which can produce two discs at a time to models capable of producing up to 4 discs at once.
An additional capability – LightScribe
LightScribe is a technology that I’ve written a fair amount about in previous blogs. The basic capability of LightScribe is its ability to ‘print’ silkscreen quality images onto the label surface of special LightScribe media. Many of the Aleratec DVD/CD duplicators and robotic devices are all capable of printing LightScribe labels onto special LightScribe capable DVD and CD media.
One of the capabilities about LightScribe that impresses me the most is its ability to precisely position the images onto the discs. Here’s one way this capability can be used to full advantage: using an Aleratec Duplicator/Publisher, an organization’s basic information and a graphic can be printed onto 100s of LightScribe discs. These discs are used as the organization’s ‘standard’ media. Later, after data has been written onto the disc, a label can be printed onto the ‘standard’ media, with the disc’s information printed onto the disc in the EXACT location where it belongs.
All of Aleratec’s CD, DVD and Blu-ray publishing systems can print LightScribe labels. Standalone models can store the LightScribe labels on their built-in hard disk, the computer connected models can print the labels when connected to a computer.