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TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

SureThing Disc Labeler is our label making software Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner. This software has many top features including thousands of templates, a track list manager, access to Design Cloud and thousands of SVGs - scalable vector graphics - that make personalized labels for your CDs, DVDs, Blue-rays and mini-discs easy and fun to create. Read on to discover other features that are only available with the SureThing Disc Labeler.

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Feature Set
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SureThing has more than 5,000 design and paper templates. All you have to do is plug in your information and you will have a label ready to print in minutes. More templates and design ideas are available through Design Cloud. Design Cloud is an online, unlimited database from SureThing where you can access more clipart, templates and design ideas. Access to Design Cloud is included for customers who purchase this software. You can send SureThing designers suggestions for more graphics and templates to include through Design Cloud.

The track list manager will automatically import the song titles and artists onto your CD label from the original source, including iTunes, Windows Media Player, Real Player, WinAmp and most music players. Simply click a few buttons and your song information is imported directly into your project. You can edit the playlist data so the fonts and song order match your preferences.

This software lets you import images and incorporate them into your background design, so you can make photo collages and more personalized labels. You can scan images or upload pictures from your digital camera directly into SureThing. The software includes some basic photo editing tools that let you add brightness, color and transparency to your design.

Design Tools
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SureThing has thousands of different background and clipart images for you to choose from, or you can design your own by importing images and photos. SureThing has scalable vector graphics, or SVGs. This means you can adjust the size of your graphics to fit the CD or DVD without distorting the image. It also helps keep your design from overlapping onto another CD label or photos within your design. You can easily coordinate your labels and disc covers with a few clicks of your mouse, or use the same design so two or more covers are an exact match.

You are able to change fonts by size, color and design to personalize your label. This software also includes basic design options, such as adding lines and shapes and using the crop tool. With SureThing you can circle your text. This means the text will bend and arch to follow the circular shape of your disc label. You can use the alpha-blend feature, so text can blend into the background, or make text pop out with the 3D text effects feature.

Labels
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SureThing allows you to design media labels for CDs, DVDs, mini CDs, Blue-ray Discs, CD business cards and even vinyl records. Audio and video cassettes designs are also available. You can create inserts and labels for jewel cases and disc sleeves, too.

When you are ready to print, you won't have to worry about purchasing specialized disk labels for your project. SureThing is programmed to accept any brand of disc labels. You just select the brand and size and you are ready to print. If you are using a label that is not in the menu, you can customize SureThing to recognize your label size and type, then save those settings for your future projects.

You can even forgo the labels all together. LightScribe is a direct printing program that is supported by SureThing. LightScribe lets you print images and text directly onto the disc. You will first need to install LightScribe on your computer and have a printer that is capable of disc printing.

Ease of Use
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SureThing is easy to install and is self explanatory once it's running. The icons have basic, easy-to-understand images and alt tags. There are 19 tutorials to guide you through each step and aspect of this software with additional help available through Design Cloud.

This software is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. While SureThing is not a Macintosh program, its templates can be used in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, QuarkXPress and other Mac supported programs.

Help/Support
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SureThing gives each of its customers 12 months of upgrade protection. This means you will get all upgrades for a whole year, including major and minor updates and maintenance releases.
SureThing support representatives respond to each email within 24 hours. Responses are polite and very helpful. International and U.S. phone numbers are available for customer support no matter where you are. You can find answers to basic questions in the online help and tutorials sections. The FAQs section on SureThing's website is very extensive, answering questions ranging from general software inquiries to dealing with various error messages.

SureThing Summary:
9.5/10

SureThing can have your CD and DVD covers looking great in minutes. You can also create jewel cases and disc sleeves to match your labels. No matter what your level of design experience, you will be able to keep up with the professionals by using this fun, easy-to-use software.

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Pros
Sure Thing has over 5000 templates and can convert your designs into attractive CD/DVD labels in minutes. It is easy to use and supported by helpful customer service.

Cons
It has few labeling options outside of CD and DVD labels.

The Verdict
: 9.53/10

Sure Thing is the best we found in label making software. The design process is easy and highly customizable. It was strong in every aspect, only lacking in the variety of labels offered.