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Pages. How do I print directly on dvd disc?

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JimSamuels Calculating status...
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Nov 28, 2012 8:31 AM

Using a Canon PIXMA MG5320. Trying to print on a dvd using the disc carrier.

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,725 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 9:25 AM (in response to JimSamuels)

    You are posing your question in the forum for Pages, an application in the iWork suite. Better ask  about burning DVDs in the forum for the MacOs System you have on your computer.

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,725 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 9:34 AM (in response to JimSamuels)

    Ah, that you don't do with Pages. Didn't you get an application that can do that with your printer?

  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,085 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 10:02 AM (in response to JimSamuels)

    Options for printing are in the print dialog & vary depending on the printer.


    My HP ink jet that prints on printable CDs & DVDs uses a special print program that you import an image into & then set the output size, etc. & then finally print. I have designed some labels in Pages, but the HP program doesn't accept PDFs so I have to use Preview to export as .png or .jpg. I have not tried printing directly from Pages with the printer to see if there is a option in the print dialog to choose a disk size as the media.



  • Jeff Shenk Level 4 Level 4 (2,000 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 10:24 AM (in response to JimSamuels)



    Fruhulda's advice to use the officially supported methods may well be the best solution.


    I have, however, printed directly to a CD from Pages on my Canon iP4300. As you suggest, Pages is much nicer at handling graphics and text. And, at least with my older Canon software, a pdf output from Pages is not imported well into the Canon software. The biggest problem is that the Canon software is much easier when it comes to achieving alignment with the disc in the carrier.


    Basically, I made careful measurements of the disc carrier and created a custom page setup for that size, and then, in Pages, I positioned a couple of circle shapes as guides for the label, then deleted them before printing. (A possible hint, here: make two circles with a narrow stroke and no fill for the inner and outer limits of the disc and another shape which is positioned well outside the disc area and then, after they are positioned, group them. Then you can click on the third shape to select the whole group to delete it, without getting near the content you want to preserve. Wouldn't it be great if Pages let you convert a shape into a nonprinting guide?)


    For printing, you should just follow the procedures from the Canon software in terms of setting the Quality & Media and Paper size.


    Expect to waste a few CDs getting everything positioned just right. (Do you have any coasters lying around?) I think on my first try, I had the top and bottom of the disc carrier backwards and almost entirely missed printing on the disc, although it did a pretty good job of painting one of the mirrors on the tray. (On my printer, the bottom of the layout is the end that you insert into the slot.)


    Good luck, if you decide to try this.

  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 2:59 PM (in response to JimSamuels)

    Do NOT use adhesive labels!!!!!!!!!  Because the DVD will no longer be perfectly balanced they can be hard on a DVD player.


    Never, Ever, use labels!!! Buy printable DVD,s.


    Try this program.



    Printable DVD+R discs. Something like,



    iMovie 06 and iDVD 09/11 is a terrific combination for making DVDs.


    Look at the Epson CD/DVD Printers.



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