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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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Typinator 5

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A major new release, Ergonis’s Typinator 5 typing expansion utility has been updated with a plethora of new features, the biggest of which is scripting support. Text expansions can now execute external scripts written in AppleScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and other shell scripting languages, and then include those results in the expansion. Other new features include date and time calculations, a calculator in the Quick Search field, and the option to delete characters typed immediately before an abbreviation. The internal expansion mechanism has been redesigned with improved support for Undo and handling of fast typing during expansion processing, and the update includes a variety of fixes to improve stability. (€24.99 new with a 25-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update for licenses purchased on or after 1 June 2011, 4.4 MB, release notes)

 

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Comments about Typinator 5

Andrew Scott  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2012-01-23 23:31
I updated yesterday but I could find nothing in the app or on Ergonis's website explaining 'dynamic signatures'. Perhaps these use scripts but it's still a mystery to me.
Ergonis Software  An apple icon for a Friend of TidBITS 2012-01-24 08:40
@Andrew: Typinator 5 allows you to invoke scripts and include the result in a snippet. "Dynamic signatures" is meant just as an example of what you could do with scripts. You could use scripts to insert dynamically changing parts or phrases in signatures that you insert with a few keystrokes. For example, you could insert random quotations or include information about today's special offer or a dynamic hint, such as "only x days left". But you would have to write a script that does this for you. If you have any further questions, please contact us: typinator (at) ergonis.com.