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CD disc printing not properly centered

For years I've been using Nero Cover Designer Essentials version 3.3.3.0 to print Lightscribe labels on Lightscribe CD and DVD media. However, with Lightscribe disappearing from the market, I've started to investigate using printable CD media. I've purchased a Canon Pixma MX922 printer, which has disc printing capability. I've been through Nero's printer calibration procedure, and the axes now print nicely centered on a disc. However, when I print the actual CD label to a disc, the printing comes out about 40 mm too high (this is way outside the range of offsets allowed by the calibration routine, so I can't work around this problem by adjusting the offsets). Am I doing something wrong, or is there a bug in Nero CDE 3.3.3.0 that is causing this problem?
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  • Hi David,
    If you use the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint EX - (the software that comes with the printer - which can be updated from the Canon website if required) ... can you get a correctly centered print?

    I recall having to adjust the centering in that software too.

    I have all sorts of trouble with the Nero Cover Designer - it seems to lack profiles that work. :(
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  • I haven't done any photo printing with the Canon, and I don't see any Easy Photo Print in the Windows Start menu under the Canon Utilities. I assume that this would be just for a test. The CD label is in the Nero software, so I have to print from that program. But it does raise the question: could it be a bug in the Canon software? It does print the calibration axes properly from Nero. It's the CD label itself that is way off-center. I don't understand why the Canon should care whether the data stream from Nero represents calibration axes or a label. Hence why I suspect a problem in Nero.
    • Hi David,
      The Canon software to print on CDs/DVDs can be found here:

      http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consume...

      Under the Drivers and software tab - software.

      The latest version is Easy-PhotoPrint EX ver 4.5.0

      I was just wondering if you tried that software, if you can achieve a centered print, or if using the Canon disk printing will enable you to calibrate the disc tray printing generally. It might improve the result from the Nero printing to disc attempts.

      I must admit though, that I gave up on the Nero disk printing, even though the Canon software is fairly rudimentary in what it can do.
    • p.s. The "Disc Label / Case Cover" icon is the one you want to select in Easy-PhotoPrint if you do go ahead and install that software.
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  • I don't see the paper stock for your printer in CoverDesigner. Perhaps I'm overlooking it.

    I don't know where you would get the printer .dat file to add to CoverDesigner.

    You can create a custom paper stock that allows the offset you need. We can go through that if you wish.
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  • The MX922 is more recent than CDE 3.3.3.0, so it's no surprise that the latter doesn't have a paper stock for the former. I had selected "CD Printer (Generic)" from the Paper Stocks menu, and when the calibration axes printed in about the right spot, I figured that the CD label would also print in about the right spot, but it didn't. I do see a Canon Pixma IP3000 CD Printer among the Paper Stocks listed. I could give it a try, guessing that maybe Canon hasn't changed the way they handle disc printing, but I'm game to learn how to create a custom paper stock.
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  • I did a little exploring of the various paper stocks. The "CD Printer (Generic)" graphic showed a squarish CD tray, whereas the Canon Pixma IP3000 graphic showed a rectangular CD tray much like the MX922's tray, though the indicated location of the disc is more off-center in the tray for the IP3000 than for the MX922. I created a user-defined paper stock for the MX922, using the measured dimensions of the tray, and entered offsets that put the disc graphic in about the right spot. But printing to the disc was still way off-center. I then changed the y offset by 40 mm, but the location of the printing DID NOT CHANGE! I'm now wondering how one actually selects the paper stock. Each time I enter that menu the highlight is on "User-defined Stocks", even after I have selected the Canon Pixma IP3000 Predefined stock. Similarly, each time I select Preferences --> Paper Stocks, the highlight is on CD Booklet, even after I've selected Disc --> OK. So I don't see anything to suggest that Nero is even using my user-defined paper stock.
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  • A bit more sleuthing. After reading the help topic on user-defined paper stocks, it says that after pressing OK, it should show up in the View toolbar. My View toolbar is grayed out, and says "Normal paper". The only way to ungray it was to start a new document. So I did that, and this time I was able to select the user-defined paper stock that I had created. A test print was off-center by only 10 mm instead of 40 mm, so I think I'm on the right track here.

    But it does raise the question: I thought a CD label could be printed to the user's choice of an inkjet printer OR a lightscribe-capable CD burner. All along, I've been using one of my already-created labels that I've been printing to a lightscribe drive and trying to print it to the MX922 (that print option is NOT grayed out in the File menu, so that makes it seem as though a label prepared for lightscribe could be printed to inkjet just by changing the menu selection. Is this not true? Do I need to prepare separate CD labels for lightscribe and inkjet?
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  • I see that you're on the right track in regards to my comment about a custom paper stock.

    I would think that the settings for burning directly to disc using LightScribe and printing a label on a printer would be totally different. In the latter case, you need to either have the .dat file for the printer or you have to create a custom paper stock.

    If you can hang in there until Tuesday, I might be able to get the .dat file for your printer. Keyword is "might".
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  • Yes, printing a disc label on an inkjet printer is fundamentally different from burning a disk label on a Lightscribe disc. Then again, printing on a laser printer is fundamentally different from printing on an inkjet printer. Yet you can use the same word processing document to print to both. Thus my expectation that the same disc label document should be able to print to both a Lightscribe drive and an inkjet printer, with the software handling the hardware differences. And the same disc label document does print to both, except for that 40 mm offset. I'd hate to have to redo all of my Lightscribe disc label files to permit printing to an inkjet printer. I'll check the forum again after Tuesday.
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  • Looks like you're going to have to create a new paper stock to resolve this problem. I thought maybe I could get the .dat file for your printer but that didn't work out.
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  • Start My Image Garden.
    Click Disk Label from screen.
    Set design, paper size etc and click OK.
    Select image you want to use for CD Disc Printing.
    Drag and drop image in the Materials area to a layout frame of your item.
    Edit the preference as per your requirement.
    Hit print.
    Set the number of copies to print.
    Click Print.
    A dialog box will appear in which you have to choose start printing.
    See full detail at- guideusermanual.com/product-name-pixma-mx922-manual&po=16522&lang=English
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    I got it to work with Nero Cover Designer with these settings for some custom Paper Stock. I started out with the Canon tray J (which is the correct tray type). The details it had were wrong, and setting it like shown below makes it work well and fixes the centering problems.

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