cd-circleprint - create a round label for a CD
cd-circleprint [option[=value..]] FILE
cd-circleprint prints two round labels for CDs. It uses up to four
lines of text for each label, this is printed in arcs so the text can
be much longer than if it were in straight lines. There are four
additional straight text fields for each label.
The output is in PostScript, this should work on most systems.
You can select the font, size, and colour of the text for each field
separately, and you can choose the background colour for each label. An
image file in EPS format may also be used as a background. If you wish
more complicated backgrounds or colour effects you can save a label and
modify it in any graphic program which can read PostScript.
Alternative configuration file.
Enable debuggging mode, various information is printed to standard
Print version number and exit successfully.
All layout is done in PostScript, this should work on most systems.
The result of the layout are two cd-labels on one sheet of paper. On
each label there are two convex and two concave lines of text. If you
have a very long line of text, you can use only one line and make it
longer. There are no limits to the length of text. However, after 360
degrees the ends of the text will overlap.
There are also four text fields on each label with normal horizontal
lines of text. These text fields are specified in clockwise order:
above, right, below, and left of the central hole.
The colours are done in the RGB-model of PostScript, you can choose
them for each line and the background of the label independently.
You can move the circles around the sheet to fit them on most types of
You can also squeeze or stretch the whole thing to correct small errors
of your printer.
After starting the program you see sixteen text-entry fields divided
into two blocks. The upper block is for the arcs, the lower block is
for the straight text fields.
Each label has four text fields and four arcs.
The first two lines are for the upper arcs on the label and the last
two for the lower arcs.
Write your text in the fields (support for cddb is on the TODO list)
The Save Image menu item creates a postscript file of the label. A
file selection dialogue is displayed so the user can specify the path
Font attributes and colours can be changed interactively using a dialog
available from the menu.
Control-l: write the label to /tmp
Control-p: preview the label
Control-s: save the configuration
New Start a new label, all label fields are cleared and parameters
are reset to default values.
A file selection dialog is displayed so that the user can
select a label data file which is then used to set the label
The current label data values are saved using the current
A file selection dialog is displayed and the current label data
values are saved to the file specified by the user.
Load Form Data
Load Form (Paper Layout) data from a specified file.
Save Form Data
Save Form Data to a specified file.
Save an image of the labels as a specified Postscript File.
Launch the predefined preview appplication to preview the
Exit the program, all unsaved data will be lost.
Fonts & Colours
Change font family, font size, font-colour and the background
colour interactively, all changes should take effect
immediately in the text entry fields.
Note, perl-tk uses the nearest match for the font. The labels
may look different on your printer.
Sets the angle by which the centre of the text arcs are offset.
Specify the size of the label inner circle and the radii of the
Some printers do not work correctly with circles and produce an
ellipse, you can squeeze or stretch the whole page to get
perfect circles with your printer.
You can move the circles around the page using this menu.
Top Label / Bottom Label
Select which labels will be generated. The input fields for
unselected labels are disabled.
There are many cd-label sheets on the market, so you can move
the circles around the page. To make this easier, you can print
some tickmarks on the page to measure the distances. If you
have the correct values, you don’t need these tickmarks any
more and can save some ink.
This allows the user to turn off the printing of the circles
which show the boundaries of the labels.
You can put an image on the label. This image currently has to
be in eps-format.
I thought about automatic scaling, but the program would have
to know the real size of the visible part of the graphic
instead of just the bounding box.
The scaling and shifting should be self-explanatory. The
program gets the bounding box of the eps image and puts the
image in the middle of the label.
Select the application to use for previewing the labels.
Select the application to use for converting graphics to eps
Load program options from configuration files, this is useful
to reset the configuration to a known state.
Save the current program configuration to either the user
specified configuration file or to the default file if the user
did not specify one.
Display this man page.
Display program version, description and copyright information.
You can save your configuration in a file in your $HOME or ask your
sysadmin to create a global configuration-file.
There is a global configuration file /etc/cd-circleprint.conf and a
local configuration file $HOME/.cd-circleprint.conf
You can specify a configuration file on the command line in which case
the default configuration file settings can be overridden. For the
format of the configuration files take a look at them. Comments start
with a # and blank lines are ignored.
The program sets its internal default values, looks for the global
configuration file, then for the local configuration file and finally
for a user specified file.
Label data is read from a similar format file either specified on the
command line or selected from a file dialog.
There are probably many bugs, please fix them and send me a patch.
cd-circleprint is written and maintained by Colin Tuckley
<firstname.lastname@example.org> cd-circleprint was originally written
by Matthias Kabel <email@example.com>
You can find the latest version at
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your
option) any later version.
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