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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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Mark Nagata  2009-12-16 07:04
> As the first decade of the twenty-first century comes to a close

Really? I thought we still have about 380 days before that!
In any case, cheers for the Holiday season... Mark
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2009-12-16 07:06
I wonder if "decade" has a slightly different meaning in Japan. In the U.S., a decade has ten years, so starting in 2000 (ie., at zero) means you get to ten at the end of 2009.
Mark Nagata  2009-12-16 12:08
So, that means "the first decade of the twenty-first century" consists of one year in the twentieth century _plus_ nine years of the twenty-first century? Hmm... odd. But maybe that's the convention. Thanks, Adam, for the enlightenment.
Rainer Lanz  2009-12-16 23:31
Dear Adam,
I have to say that we in the middle of Europe (i.e. Germany) have the same understanding of a decade as people in the far east (or west?), see . Analogous, at least for Germans, the 20th century started with the beginning of 1901 and completed with the end of 2000. But obviously, there are different ways to count - we just need to know what we're talking about...
All the best to you, Mark & your families!
Cheers, Rainer
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2009-12-17 08:43
That's really interesting. This is one of the reasons I love having translations of TidBITS (Mark is one of our Japanese translators) - you'd never think that different parts of the world would have different ideas about what a decade is otherwise.