Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 5:39 AM (in response to ed2345)
Pretty incredible isn't it ...considering how 'old' iTunes is and how 'venerable' Apple is in the 'creativity' department? Therefore, along those lines, I thought it had to be me; me being ignorant. But alas....
Thx for verifying what I thought. Just hard to imagine millions of users printing jewel case playlists not complaining. I'm pretty sure that's the case after spending about 10-15 mins searching Discussions and 'yahoo searching'.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 7:15 AM (in response to David Cun)
Be happy you can even burn CDs. With Apple getting rid of iDVD and trimming down new Mac models by omitting optical drives altogether, it won't matter in a few years if you can't burn the jewel case covers to perfection. The trend seems to be directed to who needs optical media when you are loading all your iTunes Store purchased music on your Apple brand multiple i-devices, preferably frrom your Mac computer?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 1:51 PM (in response to David Cun)
Just hard to imagine millions of users printing jewel case playlists not complaining. I'm pretty sure that's the case after spending about 10-15 mins searching Discussions and 'yahoo searching'.
To the best of my recollection, the iTunes options for jewel case printing are exactly as they were 5 or 6 years ago. I think the decrease in complaints over the years results from people everywhere gradually losing interest in burning CDs.
There are of course 3rd party programs out there that allow much more flexibility and creativity in designing jewel case inserts.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 2:01 PM (in response to David Cun)
David Cun wrote:
Just hard to imagine millions of users printing jewel case playlists not complaining.
Much, much harder to imagine "millions of users printing jewel case playlists" let alone that many complaining about it.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 25, 2012 5:03 AM (in response to Chris CA)
Chris and Ed:
Am I that old school? I burn CDs for use in my vehicles and my boom box. I also give some away to friends. Almost every new vehicle comes with a CD player. Most musical artists sell CDs. So, I'm not quite sure about your replies. I'm thinking CDs are still fairly ubiquitous.
Ed, I'd mark your reply helpful if you mentioned a couple of those 3rd party programs. Chris, you too if you'd clue me in to the alternatives.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 25, 2012 3:19 PM (in response to David Cun)
David, If you like to reposition text (and fiddle with fonts and use artwork, etc), why not PowerPoint? I have uploaded a couple of templates that have the guidelines in the master. You can get them here.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 25, 2012 3:24 PM (in response to David Cun)
Am I that old school? I burn CDs for use in my vehicles and my boom box. I also give some away to friends.
I once did an informal analysis of traffic on mix-CD enthusiast websites, and concluded that interest in custom-burned CDs peaked in 2003, and has had year-over-year declines ever since. You can read the writeup on Zen Running Order.
Of course there are still zillions of people enjoying it, just not as many as there used to be.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 26, 2012 6:22 AM (in response to ed2345)
The first comment at that web site, "...I'm a guy that makes cds still.Thanks for making this mix.Well Done!!..."
I'm not so much into "fiddlin and artwork"...I just want the p'list title to not be at the very bottom edge and almost off the printed page.
I appreciate those templates. Now, how to get the p'list and title over to NeoOffice?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 26, 2012 6:02 PM (in response to David Cun)
Now, how to get the p'list and title over to NeoOffice?
Here is the way I do it (these are the Windows steps): Open the iTunes playlist, and go into View > View Options and hide the columns you don't want for your cover. Then CTRL-A, CTRL-C to copy to clipboard. Now in Power Point, create a Text Box, and CTRL-V. Edit/adjust as you wish.
I have also been known to create artwork in PowerPoint on that template, print it out, and then scotch tape the iTunes B&W printout to the back of it.
This all assumes that you feel comfortable with PowerPoint. if not, you can investigate purpose-built CD cover design programs like this one: http://www.easycoverdesign.com/
Currently Being ModeratedMay 1, 2012 6:39 AM (in response to ed2345)
I appreciate the templates...but...they're not working for me using NeoOffice.
And, thanks, but that 'easycoverdesign' is a Windoz app. Maybe one day I'll download and install Windoz....but not just to print jewel cases. lol
Currently Being ModeratedMay 2, 2012 8:28 PM (in response to David Cun)
The templates do work fine in PowerPoint on a Mac. Not sure what is the incompatibility with NeoOffice.
A web search will turn up several CD cover design programs that work on a Mac, although if it seems like overkill just to reposition a title, I sure can't disagree.
As mentioned, if you want to use iTunes for the jewel case inserts, you are stuck with a few fixed, non-editable designs, but that may be the least of the evils.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 5:09 PM (in response to ed2345)
Ed...appreciate ur continued interest and replies. I've seen several 3rd party apps for printing labels etc that will supposedly also print jewel case inserts...but...yep, overkill just to reposition the titles.
What happens with NeoOffice...I select all....copy...then paste to the template. But the printed product font comes out about 5 times bigger than what was copied; and doesn't even resemble a jewel case insert. I haven't taken the time to try to fix that, if there even is a fix.
Back to my point, kinda: Apple has a very good music app that allows one to do many things like playlists, smart playlists, 'genius', ping, import, export, album art, sync, etc....and burn CDs. Yet, it's a sorry excuse for print options.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 6:37 PM (in response to David Cun)
Regarding the font size: after you do the paste, click the text box and change the font size to 9 point (or 8, or 10, whatever fits your design). Then it will look like the text box you want, which you can then edit, reshape, and reposition to your liking.