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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 2010 Holiday Hiatus

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We are once again approaching the end of the year, but with more of a sense of control than in some recent years, thanks to the capable efforts of the TidBITS staff, bolstered recently by the addition of Lex Friedman and Michael E. Cohen. Lex has done an outstanding job keeping us up-to-date with the latest Mac software releases, and Michael, who joined us late in the year, has relieved tremendous amounts of pressure on the Take Control side, thus enabling us to release a number of new and updated ebooks recently (all of which are 50 percent off through the end of the year!).

Tonya and I are no less thankful for the highly capable and amiable assistance of Glenn, Jeff, Joe, Matt, Mark, and Rich, along with the many Take Control authors and editors. We hear stories about jobs with awful co-workers, so we’re incredibly lucky to get to work with people we’d want to hang out with anyway.

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Thank you, one and all, and may all your holiday wishes come true.

As is our custom, we’re taking the final two weeks of the year off from the email issue, so we and the rest of the TidBITS staff can spend time with our families, reflect on the past year, rest up a bit, and look forward to whatever excitement Apple has in store for us all in 2011.

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