Internal spine labels for SLIM compact disc cases  
 
Software Testimonials About FAQ Pat. No. 7,552,556
 
Using Software Version 2.0

The CD Slimspine™ software allows you to type and print your own spine labels. It works with most home printers. However, it’s important that you follow these instructions, because you’ll need to figure out what method works best for YOUR printer. In this section, you will learn how to enter your text, experiment with fonts and colors, create and save templates, and adjust your printer settings. But before we get to the step-by-step instructions, here are some of the new features that we've added to this version in order to enhance the user experience:

 
Slicker, more user-friendly design.
Ability to justify your text left, center, or right - all with the click of a button.
Addition of a text 'slider' bar allowing for quick alignment adjustments.
The CD/DVD checkbox feature has been removed to allow for more text room.
New option to print an icon specifying the type of media you are labeling - whether it's a CD, DVD or Blu-ray (BD).
 
Note: if you believe you've encountered a software bug that isn't addressed below, please email us at info@cdslimspine.com and tell us what the issue is. If you are running into a problem with your printer, be aware that we are not able to provide assistance with personal printers. Please check your user manuals for specific printer details.
 
1) Installation
After downloading the installation file from our Software page to your computer, right-click on the zipped file. Then click on "Extract All." A new uncompressed folder will appear on your computer at the location you specified.
Open the new folder and double-click the 'setup' icon.
If this security warning appears, click, 'Run.' The software will install.
 
If your software download results in errors, please email info@cdslimspine.com and someone will email the installation file to you.
 
 
 
2) Interface Overview

1) Font selector. Clicking this launches the ability to change fonts, sizes and colors.

2) Text slider. Click and drag your text into place.

3) Text alignment quick-click. Choose left, center or right.

4) Media selector. Clicking one of these boxes will let you print an icon on your label indicating that media type.

The 'File' menu allows you to create a new template, open a saved template, save a new template, and print. (Printing will be discussed later.)

The 'Edit' menu allows you to cut, copy and paste, just as you can in many other programs.

The 'Settings' menu will be described later. Clicking 'Help' launches this online help section.

 
 
 
3) Getting Started

Start by typing text into your labels. The text will automatically default to the left margin. The default font is Arial size 8, with a color of black. It's a very clean and effective font with an ideal size and color for printing.

The three boxes to the right of the text field allow you to justify the text left, center or right. We've centered it here.
For fine text adjustments, use the text slider options. Just click and drag with your mouse.

If you'd like to indicate on your label what media type you are storing in your cases, clicking these boxes will allow you to print an icon on the label like these:

 
 
 
 
4) Changing Fonts and Font Colors

Click the Font Selector icon to bring up the Font window. Select your font, style, size, and color. Make sure that the font you choose is not too big. Be aware that different fonts have different properties, and some may be too big for printing. Make your adjustments accordingly. Note: only True Type fonts will function in our program.

The error to the left may sometimes occur when selecting a font. This is a known Microsoft issue that we are currently not able to address. Keep in mind that only True Type fonts will work in our software, so if this occurs, close the error window by clicking the red 'x' close icon on the upper right, then try selecting another font.

Unfortunately it isn't possible when selecting a font to know which ones are True Type and which aren't. The error message will tell you.

 
 
 
5) Printing

Before you print, you must make sure that your printer will print to a 4” x 6” sheet. Most printers can, but if yours can’t, you will have to write by hand on your labels. If it will accept this size, remember that CD Slimspine™ labels have a very small printable area. Some printers may not line up exactly to the right spot. To compensate for this, the CD Slimspine™ software allows you to make adjustments and then save these adjustments. But first we must print a test page. Designate one label sheet as a test page (you can run it through multiple times if necessary). This will allow us to see just where on the page your printer will print.

To make things easier, just fill in the text for one or two labels. Load your test sheet into the printer and go to ‘File > Print’ and follow your printer’s instructions. Keep in mind that some printers will work better with the ‘landscape’ page setup, while others work better with the ‘portrait’ setting. You’ll want to test this now as well.

(Note: we are not able to provide assistance with personal printers. Please check your user manuals for specific printer details.)

After printing your test page, check to see if your prints lined up. If they did, you’re good to go, and you can start printing your labels. If the printed text is not in the proper area, you’ll need to make your adjustments.

To do this, go to the ‘Settings’ menu and click ‘Advanced Settings’. This brings up the ‘Advanced Settings’ menu. Here you can move your printer settings in increments of hundredths of an inch. Click the arrows to move the printer settings in the
appropriate direction. For example, if your printer printed the text a little too high and to the left, click the ‘right’ arrow a few times and the ‘down’ arrow a few times. Then, run your test again with the same sheet by typing some text in an unused label field. If your test passes and your settings meet your satisfaction, save your template, and your settings will remain intact for next time, even after you close the application.

 
Hopefully your adjustments worked just fine. Now you can print all of your labels. And remember, if your PC or printer don’t seem to want to cooperate, you can just write on the labels by hand.
 
 

Note: if you prefer to use Microsoft Word, or if your PC operating system does not support the CD Slimspine™ software, click here to download a Word template. For Mac users who have the Apple Pages program installed on their operating system, click here to download a template.

Note: Because Microsoft Word and Pages are not products of CD Slimspine™, we are not able to offer technical assistance or support on those products. We are also not able to provide assistance with personal printers. Please check your user manuals for specific printer details.

 
 
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