Acoustica MP3 CD Label Maker FAQ
How can I import the song titles from the
CD I burned so I don't have to type them all in?
If you burned an audio CD,
the Label Maker can usually import your song information from
the playlist file you created with your CD Burner program.
When you burned the CD, your CD Burning software should have
created a file storing the names of all the song files that
you were burning onto the CD. If you didn't save this list,
please do so from now on -- it will save you lots of typing.
If you click the "Tracks" button on the CD Label Maker's
toolbar to launch the CD Contents dialog and then click the
"Import" button on that dialog, the Label Maker will pop up a
dialog that lets you find & select the playlist file you used
to create your CD. Once you select the file, the Label Maker
will scan the playlist file, load your song information from
it, and display it in the CD Contents dialog.
If you burned your CD with the
Acoustica MP3 CD Burner, you can click the "CD Label"
button on the CD Burner's toolbar and the CD Burner will
launch the Label Maker and automatically tell it the names,
artists, and lengths of all your songs. If the Acoustica CD
Burner asks if you want to save before it launches the Label
Maker, click the "yes" button.
I printed and nothing happened.
If nothing came out of the
printer, it's likely that you selected a different printer
than the one you expected to print on. Click the "Print"
toolbar button to launch the Print dialog, then check to see
what printer is listed at the top of the dialog in the "name"
field. Is this the printer you meant to print on? If not, set
it to the correct one.
If you got a blank page from the printer, you probably either
tried to print a blank label -- one you hadn't added any
images, text, or shapes to -- or your hard disk is nearly
full. If your hard disk doesn't have at least 200 megabytes of
free space, your printer driver is likely to have trouble
creating the temporary files it needs to print with.
Can I import my own graphics and put them
Label Maker provides two ways to find images on your computer
that you can add to your labels:
1) Click on the "Art Search" tab, enter some text that's in
the file or folder names of the art you're looking for, and
click the "Search" button. Thumbnails of all supported image
files matching your search terms will appear in the window
underneath the search button. We support jpg, bmp, png, and
pcx graphics types.
2) Click on the "Art Explore" tab, and parse through the
explorer tree to see thumbnails of all the supported image
files in a particular folder.
If you've found an image you want to make your background, you
can do it one of these ways:
Double-left-click on the image's thumbnail to make it the
double-click the thumbnail to make it a tiled background
the image's thumbnail and select one of the "Set as
If the image you've selected doesn't have the same aspect
ratio as the label you're putting it on, it may appear
stretched or squished. It that's the case, you can select the
image's thumbnail, it onto the label, and release the mouse
button, then click on the sizing bars to make it big enough to
overlap the label without altering its aspect ratio, and click
on its title bar or the image itself to position it where you
If you’ve found an image you want to add to your label as a
piece of clip art (rather than as the label background), just
left-click on its thumbnail, drag it onto your label, and
release the mouse button. The program will place the image
where you dropped it. As soon as you drop it, it should be in
“selected” mode, with sizing bars and a toolbar. You can click
on the image’s sizing bars to resize the image; you can click
on the image’s title bar or the image itself to move it. You
can also right-click on the image to pop up a menu with a
variety of editing options.
You can also drag image files from Windows Explorer and drop
them onto your label.
I imported my own graphic for a label
background and the art looks squished (or stretched).
Your background graphic may
look squished or stretched if it has a dramatically different
aspect ratio from the label you're putting it on. When you
insert a picture as a label background, it will get either
stretched or compressed to fit the dimensions of the label
you're putting it on. If your image is twice as wide as it is
high, for instance, and you try to make it the background for
the jewel case front, which is square, your image may appear
To avoid this, you can either use images that are roughly the
same shape (and aspect ratio) as the labels you want to put
them on, or you can add them to the label as regular clip art
rather than as backgrounds, so you can resize them however you
like. You can do this by just clicking on the image's
thumbnail and dragging it onto the label. You can then move &
resize it so that it covers the entire label. It will keep its
original aspect ratio unless you right-click on it and uncheck
the "maintain aspect ratio" option. You can click the "send to
back" button on its toolbar to make sure it appears behind
I’ve tried to move
the text box, but it doesn’t work! It only let’s me type
in text!! Did I do something wrong?
left-click on an unselected text object, it will select the
object. The object will grow a title bar, a frame, and a set
of resizing bars. If you only wanted to move the object, don’t
release the mouse button – you can drag the object anywhere
you like until you release the mouse button. Once you release
the mouse button, the program will insert a text editing caret
next to the text you clicked on.
How do I resize a
click on the text box to select it, you should see a red
border with 8 red squares around the box. These squares
are points where you can enlarge or reduce the size of the
text box. You can resize the box by clicking on any of
the little red resize bars scattered around its border and
then dragging them.
How do I hide the
If you want
the tools window to go away altogether, you can click on the
left arrow button at the bottom of the window. This will make
the labels window take up the entire screen. Once you do this,
the left arrow button will turn into a right arrow button;
clicking on it will bring the tools window back again.
Can I adjust how the Contents Info/Tracks
text box shows?
Yes! You can adjust how
the columns look by “right” clicking on the column in the
Contents info box and selecting which columns to show.
You can show or hide the “Number”, “Song Title”, “Artist” and
“Length” columns. You can also decide if you want a
“fixed width” column or a “variable width” column.
What’s a fixed width column?
In fixed-width mode, all rows
of a column will be the same width. If you set the "track
name" column to be 2.5 centimeters wide, every track will have
a 2.5-centimeter-wide track name. All rows will line up
exactly underneath each other, like the rows in a spreadsheet
or a table in a word processor.
What’s a variable width column?
mode, each column of each row will be exactly as wide as
required to display the amount of text. The title for "You’ve
Certainly Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" will be wider than
the title for "Louie Louie." The rows in the text object will
not line up directly underneath each other, unless all their
text fields happen to be exactly the same length.
However, in variable-width columns mode,
there will be a fixed amount of space between columns. If you
specify 1.2 centimeters after the track number column, every
row will have 1.2 centimeters of blank space between its track
number and the field that follows it, no matter how wide
individual track numbers may be. When you’re in variable-width
columns mode and you drag the column borders in the header
bar, you’re actually editing the width between the columns
rather than the widths of the columns themselves.
Can I print a label directly onto a CD?
Where can I get label paper?
We don't know of any commercially available
printer that will print directly onto a CD. Most people who
want to create labels for CDs buy sticky-backed CD label paper
and print on it, then peel the sticker off and stick it on the
CD. Several companies make CD label paper; you can find it at
most large electronics stores and some large discount stores.
If you're just starting out printing CD labels, we also
recommend you buy a CD label applicator. It's a little plastic
device, usually selling for a few dollars, that makes it much
easier for you to get your labels aligned correctly on your
If you don't want to print jewel case labels on plain paper,
you can buy pre-made jewel case label stock at the same places
you find CD label paper. It's usually perforated and is
thicker than typical printer paper.