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Record Online Meetings in Pear Note

While Pear Note is primarily geared toward recording notes in the physical world, it's possible to use it to record things in the virtual world as well. For instance, you can use it to record and take notes on Skype calls. To do this:

  1. Download Soundflower and install it (along with the Soundflowerbed app that comes with it).
  2. Download LineIn and install it.
  3. Start Soundflowerbed, and select Built-in Output (or whatever output you'd like to listen to the conversation on).
  4. Start LineIn, and select your microphone (e.g. Built-in Mic) as the input and Soundflower (2ch) as the output, then press Pass Thru.
  5. Open Pear Note Preferences, select Recording, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the audio device.
  6. Open Skype Preferences, select Audio, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the audio output and your microphone (e.g. Built-in Mic) as the audio input.
  7. Hit record in Pear Note and make your Skype call.

This will allow you to conduct your Skype call while Pear Note records both your audio and the other participant's.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 04-May-09

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ConceptDraw Pro NetDiagrammer Plug-in from CS Odessa is a new plug-in for ConceptDraw Pro 8. The plug-in is aimed at network administrators, designers, engineers, and IT managers planning a computer network. It enables users to make network diagrams, scan LANs, estimate network resources, and prepare network documentation. ($49 when purchased with the $249 ConceptDraw Pro 8, not available for separate purchase)

Firefox 3.0.10 from Mozilla is a security and stability update to the popular Web browser. The update fixes a bug introduced in a security patch for Firefox 3.0.9. The bug resulted in frequent crashes, particularly for users of the HTML Validator extension. From what we can tell, the problems mostly affected the Windows version of Firefox, so Mac users shouldn't stress about installing this update instantly. (Free update, 17.2 MB)

Snapz Pro X 2.1.5 from Ambrosia Software is a minor update to the popular still image and video screen capture utility. The update fixes an issue that prevented audio from being properly added to movies, increases support for multipass video while using Enforce Frame Rate, and includes a handful of other undisclosed fixes and improvements. ($69, free update, 14.9 MB)

The Missing Sync for iPhone 2.0 from Mark/Space updates the Mac-to-smartphone syncing software with two-way Wi-Fi note, task, and document syncing. The latest version also now works with 2.0 versions of Mark/Space's other iPhone apps: Fliq Notes, Fliq Docs, and Fliq Tasks. Additionally, users can sync between Fliq Notes on the iPhone, Bare Bones Yojimbo, and Microsoft Entourage. ($39.95, $29.95 crossgrade, free update, 12 MB)

Labels & Addresses 1.3 from BeLight Software is the latest version of the home office tool for printing labels and envelopes. Major changes include support for Intelligent Mail Barcode, the forthcoming USPS barcode standard for receiving maximum automation discounts; support for Quick Response code, which enables mobile phone users to read encoded information using a phone's camera; availability of Pinnacle Label templates; and a vertical expansion option for single text fields. ($49,95, free update, 34.5/14.8 MB application/update)

PageSender 4.5 from SmileOnMyMac is a minor update to the company's fax application. Support has been added for the fax-via-email service, as well as for Sparkle, the open source Mac OS X framework designed to simplify distributing software updates. PageSender now notifies users when updates are available; to set your notification preferences, go to PageSender Fax Center > Preferences > Update. ($39.95 new, free upgrade from 4.x, 7.3 MB)

MacGourmet Deluxe 1.2 from Mariner Software is a new software bundle that includes the latest versions of MacGourmet and its optional plug-ins Mealplan, Cookbook, and Nutrition. Users can calculate the nutritional value of meals by accessing the USDA nutritional database, copy and paste meals into Mealplan, create print cookbooks, make shopping lists from Mealplan, add notes and comments to cookbooks, and view online tutorials for MacGourmet Deluxe. ($44.95 new, free upgrade, 17.7 MB)

MacTuneUp 3.5 from Macware is an update to the Mac OS X maintenance utility for restoring hard disk space, creating bootable backups, and improving network connections. The latest version features improved support for Intel-based Macs, the capability to stop the file-deletion process, an enhanced cache deletion tool for Leopard, and a revamped optimization tool for freeing up disk space and improving download speeds. ($34.99 new, free update, 10 MB)


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