Frequently asked questions about cd business cards

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CD Business Card – Help - Frequently Asked Questions

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Are DVD Business Cards available?

DVD Business Cards are available in both formats. We offer 350MB saddle cards as factory completed DVD business cards and 330MB DVD business cards that you can record for yourself.

What is the basic difference between a CD-ROM Card (Replicated) and a CD-R Card (Recordable)?

The ROM card is replicated the same as a regular 5" CD with silk screen, litho of digital on-body print. It is not a viable option for order quantities of fewer than 500 cards. The high cost of orders below 500 units is primarily due to the cost of glass mastering. For details see the CD-ROM business card datasheet.

The CD-R card is a write once disc, but has the advantage of coping with smaller quantities, and offers a more cost effective method of updating customers on a regular basis with current information. Toucan eMedia offers a Personalised CD-R service that includes burning, inkjet or digital direct on-body printing, packaging and, if necessary, programming.
Contact us for more information.

How does it play - if it is not round?

The unique design allows it to fit into any standard CD-ROM drive. It fits snugly into the tray and plays just like a regular CD. It does not have to be round, but it does have to have edges that touch the rim of the 80mm tray in your CD-ROM / DVD drive. The rectangular card has a moulded 80mm plateau on the underside of the card. We DO NOT supply cards with punched out pins or shaped CD's, due to the danger of them breaking in the computer drive tray. They also have a tendency to fly around like an airplane's propeller" - and therefore do not work. The CD-R Business Cards work perfectly in more than 99% of CD drives.

How much do they weigh?

Approximately half the weight of a normal 5" CD - about 9½ grams. Perfect weight for sending through the post.

What packaging is available?

There are many different types of packaging available, the most popular being the clear PVC wallet. Although the Crystal Jewel Case makes for a very attractive presentation. We stock all formats as well as designing and creating new concepts for clients.

Will my Card work in all CD-ROM players?

Yes if the CD-ROM drive tray has a slot for a 80mm CD. But the card will definitely NOT work in a Car CD player or CD stacker or Jukebox. The simple answer is "almost all computer machines".

How & when can I start making my own CD Business Cards?

You can now purchase a starter kit that includes all you'll need to get started. See the Starter Kits page for details. This will give you the opportunity to make your own CD-R Business Cards that can include:

  • BUSINESS or PERSONAL DATA, SOFTWARE, MUSIC, VIDEO etc.
  • ON-BODY GRAPHIC DESIGN

Starter kits include a label applicator, high gloss photo quality labels, jewel cases, plastic wallets and of course, CD-R's.

What is the size of a CD-R Card?

The most popular are the oblong cards 61mm x 86mm with 50Mb capacity. For details of other available sizes contact Toucan eMedia.

How much information can a standard factory produced CD-ROM Card hold?

A standard CD-ROM Business Card holds approximately 50Mb. This is the equivalent to:-

  • 5 minutes of video
  • a 100 minute presentation
  • or 3,000 pages of text with pictures

Virtually anything that works on a full-size CD-ROM works on these business card cd's. CD's are read from the centre out, therefore any increase in capacity is commensurate with the width and length of the card. (For example a 80mm round disc will hold 210Mb and a normal 5" CD 700Mb.)

How much information can a CD-R Card hold?

This is dependent on the size of the card. Our cards standard cards hold 50MB . Other sized CD Cards are available from 30MB to 100MB. CD's are read from the centre out, therefore any increase in capacity is commensurate with the width and length of the card. For example a 80mm round disc will hold 210MB and a normal 5" CDR 700MB.

What speed can I write my CD-R?

For the highest reliability recording we recommend you use 4x recording speed.

Are all CD-R Business Cards guaranteed to work in my CD writer?

Yes, in 99.9% of all CD re-writers, although we suggest you purchase 10 initially to test on your machine if there is any doubt, then buy bulk. The cards will also normally record in DVD writers, but some writers are incompatible with some CDR Card stock when recording.

Can I print on any CD-R?

No, only cards that have an inkjet printable surface. Toucan eMedia can offer these however the image quality is poorer than with a photo quality label.

Can I print labels to stick onto the CD-R business card?

You can now print onto "Photo Quality High Gloss Labels" for CD-R Business Cards. We also stock a unique "Easy to Use" Label Applicator to apply the labels accurately and provide downloadable templates. The label option gives a far superior finish when compared with directly printing onto the cards with in jet printable surfaces.

What is the total manufacturing time if we want Toucan eMedia to produce our CD-R?

From order placement and receipt of 2 CD-R's (1 for data & 1 for on-body design) to delivery is usually 6 business days, although we can probably put them through faster depending on the time of year. We request a print of your on-body design and notes of any specific colours to match with their Pantone reference if applicable. We will work closely with you to ensure your deadlines are achieved.

What if I have my own data content?

Supply us with a working, virus free CD-R and we do the rest.

What if I don't have my own content?

We also specialise in the cutting edge technology that is required to author a CD-ROM or CD-R. We will handle everything from concept to supplying the finished presentation. Contact us for details.

What if I don't have my own on-body design?

We have design facilities at your disposal at a competitive cost – we will work with you to ensure you have the design that fits your marketing needs and is within budgetary requirements.

How much will it cost to develop a new Multimedia programme for a CD-ROM or CD-R?

How long is a piece of string? Each project is unique and possesses its own individual characteristics. Our associate multimedia company specialises in authoring and will handle this. Contact us with your requirement. You should budget from £400 upwards for a multimedia presentation.

Can I record audio files that will play on my audio CD player?

Just as you can record CDA format to a 700MB CDR, you can do the same to a 50MB CDR business card. The only limitation is the smaller capacity and the CD drive must be a tray loader with the standard 80 inner ring.

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