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Ashampoo Cover Studio

CNET Editors' review

Ashampoo Cover Studio is a versatile program that allows user to create cover art for CDs, DVDs, and other media in a variety of formats. We liked that the program contains both attractive templates and plenty of options for user customization.

The program's interface isn't the most intuitive thing we've ever seen, but on the whole, it's attractive and pretty easy to figure out. Users first choose from among several cover formats, including cases and booklets for DVDs and jewel cases and slim cases for CDs. After that the program walks users through each step of the process, adding title information and track listings. Users can create custom graphics by using their own images and inserting and formatting text, tables, and shapes, but the program also has a nice variety of templates to choose from. We've seen similar programs that come with pretty cheesy templates, and it is true that a few of Cover Studio's templates are a little tacky and reminiscent of clip art, but most of them are based on high-quality, professional-looking images. The program's Help file is well-written and thorough, with plenty of screenshots. Overall, we felt that Ashampoo Cover Studio struck a good balance between being easy to use and having a strong set of features. It's a good choice both for users who need to create covers for the occasional mix CD and users who need professional-grade covers for business materials.

Ashampoo Cover Studio has a 30-day trial period. The program installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent interface"

    May 20, 2012  |   By edofarrell

    Version: Ashampoo Cover Studio 2.2.0

    Pros

    Interface is very intuitive and works well with LightScribe

    Cons

    'Curved' text does not follow the arc of the CD

    Summary

    Terrific application for printing LightScribe disc labels. I would recommend it highly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use, simple and efficient"

    July 18, 2011  |   By ColyMar

    Version: Ashampoo Cover Studio 2.2.0

    Pros

    Good instructions, easy to follow, good after sales support

    Cons

    Cannot resize type

    Summary

    Good value for money, especially when on special offer.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "works well with lightscribe"

    May 6, 2011  |   By ohyeswabbs

    Version: Ashampoo Cover Studio 2.2.0

    Pros

    use it mainly for my lightscribe and does the job nicely

    Cons

    haven't used extensively enough to find any bad points

    Summary

    I used the 2.2.2 version before buying and found it quite adequate for my uses. Saves me loads on ink cartridges. Am happy with Cover Studio.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "have used Ashampoo products for awhile with no complain"

    April 5, 2011  |   By sci_king

    Version: Ashampoo Cover Studio 2.2.0

    Pros

    Does what it says

    Cons

    Haven't found any yet

    Summary

    You can't go wrong!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It doesn't value the price."

    January 16, 2011  |   By duartecav

    Version: Ashampoo Cover Studio 2.2.0

    Pros

    It delivers what you expect.

    Cons

    There are free softwares that do the same.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Too steep a learning curve"

    July 15, 2010  |   By ken92111

    Version: Ashampoo Cover Studio 2.2.0

    Pros

    since its essentially unusable to me-- none.

    Cons

    no embedded template library. What's up with that?

    Summary

    Why can LightScribe offer a free template labeler that is so simple to use? What I had hoped to get from Ashampoo was a more sophisticated riff on that free utility. It's hardly your fault since I evidently did not read the product description thoroughly enough. I'm happy with your products although Shrink and Burn gives out too many error messages and refuses to shrink and burn DVD's that the free DVD Fab and DVD Shrink have no problem handling. I'm getting skittish about using it since LightScribe capable DVD's are still relatively too expensive to discard for a software anomaly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Product Does everything I want to do"

    July 10, 2010  |   By Daylilydays

    Version: Ashampoo Cover Studio 2.2.0

    Pros

    Every thing I want to do with my CD s will get done , love the Light Scribe support since I have Light Scribe on both my desktop and laptop

    Cons

    Not many things to complain about

    Summary

    Love the LightScribe feature Makes choosing covers simpler now.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Ashampoo products are good, this is no exception."

    July 8, 2010  |   By salesy67

    Version: Ashampoo Cover Studio 2.2.0

    Pros

    The ability of lightscribe compatability, is a plus, as well as various other formats available for printing. Ease of use is good, and easy navigation. I am very happy with this program. Reasonably priced when I purchased it as well.

    Cons

    As yet I have had no negative issues with the software, so no Cons i can think of .

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  • 4.0 stars

    "The best price, easy and it does the job"

    May 15, 2010  |   By bggb-svh

    Version: Ashampoo Cover Studio 2.2.0

    Pros

    In 2 min. you start and al is working

    Cons

    combi of pictures is not possible

    Summary

    it makes visible every customer with their own logo on CD / DVD etc

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Fine for the price. It does the job."

    May 6, 2010  |   By lpnalbel

    Version: Ashampoo Cover Studio 2.2.0

    Pros

    Ok for those with light scribe printers. As for paper labels, Memorex labels are under "Pressit" and I suspect the Avery labels are under Zweckform number.... I didn't check. Once you get the hang of it, Cover Studio does the job.

    Cons

    . Everything is not so obvious . Nearlly gave up from the start . Luckily, I don't give up easily!

    Summary

    On opening, the user should be invited to select labels or lightscribe. The labels list shouldn't be mixed with the printers. I finally found the Stomper lablels, but beginning with CD.... misleading to say the least. Little things, yes, but you're on the way to a lovely product.

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