PROS / With a software license to SureThing, you get access to Design Cloud, which has tons of extra clipart, templates and backgrounds for labels.
CONS / The track manager feature is difficult to use at times and doesn't always recognize your media.
VERDICT / With its modern interface, photo-editing tools and thousands of graphics, SureThing Disc Labeler is the best software for CD and DVD labeling. However, some of the features may choke from time to time.
SureThing Disc Labeler gives you a slick interface, a track list manager for mix CDs and access to its online media base, Design Cloud. The graphics in this label making program are SVGs, or scalable vector graphics, meaning they do not warp or pixelate with resizing or editing. These qualities earn SureThing Disc Labeler the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner for best label making software.
SureThing already has more than 5,000 design and paper templates in the software. One of the best reasons to purchase SureThing is the paid perks like Design Cloud. Design Cloud is the unlimited database from SureThing that gives you access to more clip art, templates and design ideas. Design Cloud is also a good way to talk to SureThing developers directly. If there's a graphic missing that you'd like to see, you can send SureThing designers suggestions for more graphics to include through Design Cloud.
The track list feature imports song titles and artists from playlists or your disc drive onto your CD label. This feature works with iTunes, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, Winamp and most other music players. With the click of a few buttons, your song information imports directly into your project. You can edit the playlist data so the fonts and song order match your preferences.
We tested the track list importer with an album of our own with some difficulty. While the information populated eventually, we had to go through several tries to figure out the process.
Once the track list populated, we had to edit it to remove the unnecessary commas and quotation marks that were placeholders for data fields. Before you import the track list, make sure you specify the data fields you want on the CD. Data fields include information already on the disc like artist, song title, album title and song length.
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.
You have thousands of different background and clip art images to choose from with SureThing. You can also 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. SVGs also 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.
The right font can improve a label greatly. Text in SureThing is adjustable by size, color and font. This software also includes basic design options, such as adding lines and shapes and using the crop tool. You can circle your text, bending and arching it to follow the circular shape of the disc label. With the alpha-blend feature, you can make text blend into the background, or you can make it pop out with the 3D text effects feature.
SureThing allows you to design media labels for CDs, DVDs, mini CDs, Blu-ray discs, CD business cards and even vinyl records. Audio and videocassette designs are also available. You can create inserts for jewel cases and disc sleeves too.
When you are ready to print, you don't have to worry about purchasing specialized disc 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 want to create a label that is not in the menu, you can customize SureThing to recognize your label size and type, then you can save those settings for your future projects.
You can even forgo the labels altogether. LightScribe is a direct printing program that SureThing supports. 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 capable of disc printing. LightScribe also creates nametags, file folders and other office labels.
Ease of Use
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. SureThing is not a Macintosh program, but you can use its templates in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, QuarkXPress and other Mac-supported programs. You can export your labels in compatible file types like JPEG or PNG. This allows you to edit the label in more advanced photo software or share it with others.
Help & Support
SureThing gives you 12 months of upgrade protection. This means you 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 extensive, answering general software inquiries as well as questions on dealing with various error messages.
SureThing Disc Labeler 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 is, you can keep up with professionals with this fun, easy-to-use software.