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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 1 November 2010

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iPhoto ’11 9.0.1 -- After cries of woe from users for whom the iPhoto ’11 upgrade process erased all their photos, Apple has now released iPhoto ’11 9.0.1 (that’s right, iPhoto ’11 is in the 9.x version number range—that’s what happens when Apple relies on years for product names). iPhoto 9.0.1 “addresses issues that, in extremely rare cases, could result in data loss when upgrading a library from an earlier version of iPhoto.” Since it’s important to upgrade to iPhoto 9.0.1 before upgrading, first install iLife ’11 and then, before you launch iPhoto ’11 for the first time, open Software Update and download the iPhoto 9.0.1 update. Once that’s installed, you can launch iPhoto and allow it to upgrade your library. Apple has a support note about the process that recommends that you make a backup first (always a good idea) and that you allow the upgrade process to complete even if it’s moving very slowly. All that said, continue to hold off on installing iPhoto ’11 if you need to create a calendar for the holiday season, since Apple still hasn’t confirmed when that functionality will return. ($49 new with iLife ’11, free update, 33.87 MB)

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Camino 2.0.5 -- The open-source Web browser Camino has been bumped to version 2.0.5 in what The Camino Project terms “a stability and security update.” Beyond improvements in both those areas, the update adds compatibility with Google Calendar’s print function, upgrades the bundled Java Embedding Plugin to version, and improves ad-blocking. Also fixed is an issue that affected users of Mac OS X’s Spaces feature where plug-ins wouldn’t properly recognize which modifier keys were pressed. Support for Bloglines—which is shuttering in the next two weeks—was removed as well. (Free, 15.8 MB)

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Postbox 2.0.2 -- Postbox 2.0.2 includes a variety of fixes to the Thunderbird-based email software. The new version corrects an issue with importing messages from Apple Mail that could cause message bodies to display incorrectly. It also adds or improves support for several third-party tools, including the QuickText Add-on, the keyboard launcher Alfred, and OmniFocus. Also included in this update is a fix for an issue with the Subscribe menu option being enabled when it shouldn’t be, and another for an issue with the Quick Reply feature. ($39.95, free update, 12 MB)

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Things 1.4.3 -- Cultured Code has updated its task management software Things to version 1.4.3. New in this incremental release is a Quick Entry preference that lets you choose either Inbox or Today as the default destination for newly entered tasks. Other varied improvements are included, too: tasks now show their creation and last modified dates, Projects and Areas can be sorted alphabetically, font-size changes now also affect the Tags window, and handling of non-ASCII characters in email subjects works better.

The Things update also packs in a few fixes, addressing an issue with using Quick Entry in combination with Mac OS X Spaces, a problem where they keyboard shortcut for emptying the Trash would erroneously also delete the currently selected task, and various Logbook issues. ($49.95 new, free update, 8 MB)

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