Optical disc label and jewel case insert designers don't come any friendlier than Ashampoo Cover Studio 2.0.

Ashampoo Cover Studio walks you through the design process, allows free placement of objects such as text labels, tables and images, and also lets you import your own artwork. We wouldn't have mentioned that last, but there have actually been programs, Sonic's Express Labeler for example, that send you to a website to buy stuff instead.

If your images are in good shape, Ashampoo Cover Studio can turn them into beautiful CD labels and jewel case covers.

Ashampoo Cover Studio also frees you from stepping outside the program to acquire data; it imports data from cameras and scanners, discs, network or internet locations, as well as the Windows file system.

The editing tools are top-notch as far as they go, but there are no image editing functions so your imported images should already be up to snuff. Lightscribe is supported and the program will create playlists and title lists from the data on the disc you're creating a label or cover for.

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Ashampoo Cover Studio 2: Specs

  • 1200MHz (or higher) x86 CPU
  • Windows XP
  • min resolution 800x600 and 16-bit high colour
  • CD/DVD/BD-Writer
  • 1200MHz (or higher) x86 CPU
  • Windows XP
  • min resolution 800x600 and 16-bit high colour
  • CD/DVD/BD-Writer

OUR VERDICT

All in all, Ashampoo Cover Studio should cover just about anyone's disc labeling needs. Our only minor complaint is the internet menu with a whopping seven items pointing to Ashampoo including "Recommend the program to a friend." That's all harmless enough, but as always with Ashampoo software, if you download the trial from the Softonics site they point you to, be careful that you click on the correct link for the free download, avoiding the misleading advertising and obnoxious attempts to sell you a "fast" download.

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