- LightScribe is an optical disc recording technology, created by the Hewlett-Packard Company, that uses specially coated recordable CD and DVD media to produce laser-etched labels with text or graphics, as opposed to stick-on labels and printable discs.
Labels burnt using LightScribe are monochromatic, as it works by making a chemical in the media react with the laser beam and change color.
To use LightScribe, regardless of which operating system you are using, you need two pieces of software: the LightScribe System Software and another LightScribe label making software.
On Arch, the LightScribe System Software is available from the AUR:
- multilib x86_64: AUR
In the AUR you can find:
- LightScribe Simple Labeler: official tool to make simple thin labels. You can only type text and use the provided templates as separators. Useful to make good looking labels quickly (it takes only 3 minutes, as opposed to a full-disk label which takes around 30 minutes)
- x86_64: AUR
- LaCie 4L LightScribe Labeler for Linux: tool from LaCie that allows to create a full-disk label using a picture.
- x86_64: AUR
Additionally, searching for lightscribe in the AUR will create a list of related software.
Enhanced Label Contrast Utility
To adjust the contrast which is often too light, run:
1 to use the enhanced contrast setting or
2 to reset it. Note that some programs (e.g. LaCie 4L) have this option built-in and it can be changed at runtime.