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LightScribe is a technology that uses a special disc drive, special media, and label-making software to burn labels directly onto CDs and DVDs.

Lightscribe software consist of two parts:

  • "labeler" software (also known as "system software", which allows you to create/arrange content for the disk label (pictures, text, etc.)
  • "driver" software (also known as "host software" or "system software"), which handles the actual physical burning of the image

32 bit Installation

This software is not open source, and the companies only provide 32bit packages. See the section below if you are running 64bit MEPIS.

Install the System Software deb file (required for any Lightscribe labeling program):

Then install one or both of these labeling programs:

NOTE: Contrary to the information at LaCie's Web site, LaCie labeling software does not require LaCie's host software. If you have already have Lightscribe's host software installed, you do not need to install LaCie's host software. (And you will almost certainly create problems if you do.)

The LaCie 4L rpm file must be converted to a deb file to install it. To do that, you will need to install the alien and fakeroot programs with Synaptic first. Then from a Konsole terminal in the folder where you saved the rpm file, use the command
fakeroot alien -d LaCie.rpm
to generate the 4l_1.0-1_i386.deb file which you can then install normally.

64 bit Installation

To install the LightScribe System Software and SimpleLabeler on a 64bit system you will first need to install ia32-libs and ia32-libs-gtk with Synaptic.
Because the deb files don't match your 64bit architecture You will have to install the packages from the command line using these commands.
su -c "dpkg -i --force-architecture lightscribe-"
su -c "dpkg -i --force-architecture lightscribeApplications-"
The 4L program requires a two step conversion with alien for the same reason. Instead of the alien command above use
fakeroot alien -t LaCie.rpm
fakeroot alien -d 4L-1.0.tgz
The resulting 4l_1.0-2_all.deb file may then be installed normally.
Once installed, these programs will work just as they do on a 32bit system.


SimpleLabeler allows you to make Text labels with simple borders quickly & easily. The SimpleLabeler program will be found in the folder /opt/lightscribeApplications/SimpleLabeler. Navigate to that folder with Dolphin & click on Simplelabeler to start the program. The interface is simple & intuitive - Add your text, choose your font, and add borders if you like. Then print.

LaCie's 4L program uses graphics files (jpg, png, gif or bmp formats) instead. This allows a lot more flexibility, but since you have to make the image first using another program it is not as easy to use.
Its program file is /usr/bin/4L-gui. The program's icons are unlabeled, but do show tooltip type labels when you hover the mouse on them. Basically, you load an image from your disk, resize as necessary, position it using click & drag, then use the Print icon.
High contrast images produce better results with LightScribe, and colors come out as varying shades of gray. When you go to the Print dialog, there is a preview button which will give you a good idea if your image needs improving. In general a printed LightScribe disk will have slightly less contrast than the preview shows.

Tips and tricks

Save this script CDlabel2.scm in ~/.gimp-2.6/scripts/
Then when you make a CD/DVD label image in the GIMP you can use Script-fu -> Utils -> CD mask to show a CD mask on your image.


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