LaCie and LightScribe will announce a partnership this week to offer Mac users their first direct disc labelling drive, allowing text and graphics to be burnt onto DVD media.

Specially configured LaCie d2 DVD±RW Double Layer burners now offer the ability to burn precise, iridescent labels with desired text and graphics using the same laser that burns the data, according to LaCie.

LightScribe uses the LaCie d2 DVD±RW Double Layer drive's existing laser to deliver controlled light energy to the disc through a circular writing system. The light energy causes a visible, chemical change in the dye coating, resulting in a high-resolution label image of art, text or photos.

Because the labels are laser etched in a coating applied during disc manufacture, no ink or adhesive labels are required.

LaCie d2 DVD±RW Double Layer drives with LightScribe will be available in early 2005 for $199 (around £110).