Understanding Rimage Software Tools – Back to the Basics

The Rimage Software Suite is an enormous toolbox full of options, features and capabilities that offer a solution for on-demand disc publishing. Whether you are a brand new user, or just want a refresher, let’s take a look at the basics.

The Rimage Software Suite (RSS) is a full suite of applications, each with an important function. Knowing what each tool does helps develop an understanding of the Rimage system. There are three main software tools that operators commonly use, and three software tools that operate behind the scenes.

On the operator side, the main three are QuickDisc™, CD Designer™, and Rimage System Manager. There are several web-enabled flavors of these tools, such as WebQD™, WebRSM™, and System Watch™, but they fill the same roles. QuickDisc is the basic job submission client, with a wizard that walks the operator through a few simple steps to select the data to record and the label to print on the disc, and things like how many discs to record. This is also where advanced features are found, such as .ZIP encryption, spanning, PDF password protection, and automatic merge fields for the label.

CD Designer is the software tool to create a design to be printed on the disc label. Using a simple drag and drop interface, artwork, barcodes, merge fields, automatically-incrementing serial numbers, and many other features can be included in the disc artwork. While Rimage systems can utilize .PDF labels or even print straight .JPGs in newer versions of the software, CD Designer makes it easy to design a label with more functionality as well.

The final aspect of the Rimage software users routinely interact with is the system management function. Whether using Rimage System Manager, WebRSM or System Watch, these tools allow management of the hardware. This includes configuring media types in each bin, setting system-wide verification options, creating log files, and controlling all the jobs in process or in the queue.

The backend software is focused around the Messaging Server, Image Server and Production Server. While users don’t typically interact with any of these, they are vital for operation. Messaging Server handles communication and coordination, including receiving the job request from a job submission client, monitoring other servers, and communicating status back to the client. It’s the piece that ties the system together. Image Server takes the data to be recorded and arranges it into the format required for optical discs. Finally, Production Server controls the hardware itself: the robotics to move discs, the recorders to read/write, and the printer to print the label.

While this covers the basics, there is much more to RSS. Rimage offers both virtual training over the web and onsite training for operators or administrators who would like a much more detailed understanding of the Rimage system, all tailored to your own workflow.