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Review: Disc Cover by BeLight Software

Even though CD’s are becoming less used, DVDs for data storage are still going strong, and personal projects such as iMovie and iPhoto still have a strong usage of labeling  for stored material.

Disc Cover 3 is a delightful software that allows you to print DVD labels and covers and case booklets for music, archives, and anything you are saving to disc.  Jewel case inserts can be made easily and cleanly from a tremendous number of pre-designed templates with layouts and art importable from iTunes, iPhoto, Aperture, and iDVD. It’s easy. The hardest thing for you to do is decide which design and layout you intend to use because the options are immense. This is a Mac only software.  Sorry Windows users—you’re missing out on a good thing.

When I received a review copy of Disc Cover from BeLight Software I tried in my usual methodical way to count up the optional pictures, themes, and illustrations that were available with the software. I had to give this up shortly and take the word of the blurb on the software site as there appears to be over –wait a minute and let me quote:

Want to start from scratch? Just choose a layout and take advantage of over 40,000 clipart images (over 1,000 in Standard Edition), 100 additional fonts (Retail Edition only), 60 photo collage templates, 120 backgrounds, more than 100 image masks, and Disc Cover’s flexible text and design tools. Disc Cover also supports Master Pages and flowing text boxes for multipage booklets.

If that doesn’t give you enough options to satisfy whatever creative meme you’re channeling today, then I have to say that you may have a lot more time on your hands than I do for the purposes of making striking designs for your disc lables, jewel-case booklets and covers, and multi-page booklets for cover inserts.

When you first load Disc Cover your intro page gives you some excellent tutorials to get you started, and there is a free trial version at BeLight Software . Watch the tutorials available that page and then again from the intro to Disc Cover after installation. There’s a bit more than 25 minutes of tutorials to make sure you get the most out of the software.

The best way I think I can give you an idea of what is going on in Disc Cover is to show you some of the sample pages, so let me do that. I’ll show you for examples in each category, and you can note from the slider bar on the right that there are many more examples available. We’ll begin with:

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The templates section also allows for a place to save your own designs for future use and a CUSTOM FOLDER – a place to store finished work, so you won’t have to re-create it.

Now that I’ve given you a full color introduction to this extremely visual program, your best bet is to make a stop at their website and download the trial version to get you started because if you have needs for labeling disks, producing jewel-case inserts or booklets, and use a Mac then here is your immediate answer. The price is very reasonable (and there’s academic pricing available), the program does its job elegantly, and the tutorials are excellent. OK, what else do you need?

Availability: Standard and Retail editions, compare them.
Pricing: Starting from $34.95. Academic pricing is available. For more details…
System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
Available in: English, German, French and Spanish languages.

By Dr. Michael N. Roach

Dr. Michael N. Roach is a retired Professor of Art from Stephen F. Austin State University. His 33 year teaching career spans the silver to digital age. His images have been shown throughout the American South, Russia, Ireland and France; some of them are in the permanent collection of the Combes Gallery at The American University of Paris in France. An avid Mac Computer advocate he teaches workshops on digital imaging and courses in Adobe Photoshop as well as digital printing for the Fine Arts.