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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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Dropbox 2.0

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While not a groundbreaking version jump in functionality, Dropbox 2.0 does significantly improve the interface available from its menu bar icon with an improved view of recently changed files as well as a new method for accepting shared folder invitations. Clicking the Dropbox icon in the menu bar now opens a window that displays buttons for opening the Dropbox folder and visiting the Dropbox Web site, plus a list of the three most recently changed files. When you mouse over one of the changed files, a Share button appears. However, clicking the Share button doesn’t engage an in-app sharing capability. Rather, this action opens a Web browser to the file’s page on the Dropbox site, where you’ll need to click a Share button again to send a file’s link to an email recipient, share it on Facebook or Twitter, or copy the link to your Clipboard.

The redesigned window also includes notifications of new shared files and folders from other Dropbox users, which appear above the Recently Changed section. Mouse over an invitation to join a shared folder, and you can click the Accept button that appears to add it to your Dropbox folder (you can also click Decline). However, accepting a shared file (by clicking it in the window) again requires a visit to the Dropbox Web site, where you are given the option to download the file directly from the browser or add it to your Dropbox folder.


Other changes for the latest release include a fix for a bug that switched on discrete graphics for Mac laptops and added localization for Brazilian Portuguese. It’s available for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and later. (Free update, 26.1 MB, release notes)

 

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