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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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Adobe Acrobat X Pro and Reader X 10.1.3

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Adobe has updated Acrobat X Pro and Adobe Reader X to version 10.1.3, which resolves their associated PDF browser plug-in’s incompatibility with Safari 5.1 (when running in 64-bit mode). The plug-in now also supports Firefox in 32-bit mode. Additionally, Adobe’s EchoSign electronic signature service is further integrated into the two apps with the addition of new electronic signature types and the capability to send documents through EchoSign. The update also fixes a number of bugs from the previous release’s known issues, including print preferences defaulting to printing on both sides of the paper and crashes when trying to print in Protected Mode. For a complete rundown of all improvements and fixes in 10.1.3, download the PDF release notes from Adobe’s support page. ($449 new purchase of Acrobat X Pro with free update, free Adobe Reader X, 137.4 MB and 69.6 MB respectively)

 

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Comments about Adobe Acrobat X Pro and Reader X 10.1.3

Dorothy Daybell  2012-04-12 19:57
The update did one unfriendly thing. I had Firefox set to "Save File" for PDF documents. The update changed that setting to "Use Adobe Acrobat NPAPI...". When I clicked a PDF link, a new tab opened, and nothing was displayed. Took me a while to figure out how to change it back to Save File.
SHELBY  2012-04-13 11:25
HOW DID YOU DO IT? IT'S DRIVING ME CRAZY. I THOUGHT IT WAS A BUG.
Helen Summers  2012-04-16 06:50
Thanks for the news... I was having the same problem.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-04-17 12:55
If you don't want the Adobe Acrobat PDF plug-in at all, you can delete the file. It's located at:

/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/AdobePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin

(That's the top-level Library folder, not the one in your user account.)

I don't yet know if there's a way to get Firefox to save PDFs to files but let other Web browsers use the plug-in - deleting the file removes it from other browsers too.
rockme  2012-04-16 09:39
crashes when printing anything on my mac. and they call it an update.