SKILCRAFT CDs and DVDs

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North Central Sight Services, Inc is the supplier of SKILCRAFT computer media products:
CD-R Silver, CD-R White Thermal Printable, CD-R White Inkjet Printable, CD-R Gold, CD-RW, DVD Media including DVD-R, DVD+R and DVD+RW, DVD-R White Thermal Printable, DVD-R White Inkjet Printable, DVD Dual Layer, Blu-ray, and CD-R and DVD-R with 256-bit AES Encryption.

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Thermal vs. Inkjet: How to Navigate Printable Media

There are two types of printing process for discs. The designated media for these processes are not interchangeable. The main difference between them is the technology used to customize the CD. Inkjet printing uses droplets of ink that are absorbed by the surface. Thermal printers use pressure and heat to bond the image or text to the media surface.

An inkjet CD printer is best used when printing graphics and pictures onto CDs. The only drawback to their superior image quality is that the inkjet CDs are prone to smudging, which can be avoided with proper handling and storage.

Encrypted CD-R and DVD-R
Silver Thermal
Inkjet Printer Inkjet Printed Disc Non-Hub Printable Vs. Hub Printable


A thermal CD printer uses pressure and heat to apply text and graphics to the CD-R printable surface. The resulting print is waterproof and scratch-proof and does not require additional coating. The major limitation of a thermal print is its inability to adequately produce photographic images. A thermal print is recommended for simple text and graphics.

Storage Tip for Printed Discs
Store a printed CD in a jewel case that does not come in direct contact with the printed surface.
Chemicals used in paper and vinyl envelopes can soften the ink and cause it to stick to the sleeve.

DVD Formats: DVD-R, DVD+R and DVD+RW

DVD-R and DVD+R are two competing DVD formats. Before purchasing media, check the compatibility of your DVD drive if you have an older model. The majority of DVD recorders are now compatible with both the DVD-R and DVD+R formats.

A DVD+RW is a rewritable DVD that can be erased and rewritten at least 1,000 times. Newer hybrid drives for both DVD-R and DVD+R formats and can also burn DVD+RWs are often labeled "DVD±RW". Check your DVD recorder or DVD drive for compatibility.

Helpful Hints for Using CDs and DVDs

What Do CD and DVD Speeds Mean?
The read and write speeds of a CD-ROM and DVD drives are expressed as "x", where 1x equals the data transfer rate of 150 kilobytes per second. The read speed is often a two-digit number such as 48x or 52x. DVDs access data faster than a CDs. For DVDs, the write speed 1x equals 1.38 Megabytes or 1,413 kilobytes per second. The speed at which a disc is written has a significant influence on its quality and usability. For example, for CD-RWs, older CD-RW recorders that specify 1x-4x may not support the newer media available today, 4x-12x speeds. While you may get the newer technology to work in your drive, the performance will be inconsistent. Check the specifications of your CD-RW drive for the writing/recording speed and use CD-RW media within that range. 

Handling Recommendations
The best way to handle a disc is to hold it by its outer edge. You can also hold a disc using the center opening. Touching the surface of the disc may leave fingerprints and oil behind. Also avoid bending CDs and DVDs, especially when pulling them out of jewel cases. Flexing the discs can cause stress patterns to form in the polycarbonate creating damage to the reflective, recording layers.

How to Place the Disc in Your Drive/Burner
With the exception of SKILCRAFT® Encrypted CD-R and DVD-R, SKILCRAFT® CDs and DVDs have no surface markings and are ready to be customized for your office needs. Make sure the side with the lip is facing down as you insert it into a computer or reading device. The lip is located in the center of the disc, its hub. Gently run your finger across the center to locate the lip. The center of the disc is transparent. Be careful not to touch the reflective layer of the disc. The lip is also referred to as the stacking ring.

Labeling CDs and DVDs
There are a number of options available to label optical media. We offer white matte SKILCRAFT® CD/DVD Labels compatible with Microsoft Word. Once applied, do not try to remove or reposition the label. Use a printable media specific for inkjet or thermal printers to have information printed directly on the disc. Beware of permanent markers that contain strong solvents for writing directly on the disc.

Storage Recommendations
For maximum longevity, store CDs and DVDs in jewel cases immediately after use. Stand the jewel case up vertically. Gravity will warp a disc if it's left flat in a jewel case because it is only supported in the center. Store them in a dry and clean environment. Avoid areas that are excessively hot or damp and keep them away from direct sunlight and other UV light sources.

Cleaning CDs and DVDs
To clean dirt and smudges on a disc, use a clean cotton fabric in a straight line from the center of the disc towards the outer edge. There are also a number of disc cleaning kits available.