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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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OmniFocus 2.0.1

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Following the recent major update to its GTD-inspired task management utility, The Omni Group has released OmniFocus 2.0.1 with a number of bug fixes. (To catch up on all the changes in OmniFocus, be sure to read Josh Centers’s review: “OmniFocus 2 for Mac Brings a Fresh Look to GTD,” 22 May 2014.) The update improves interaction with the keychain when multiple Omni Sync Server account credentials have been stored; fixes an issue with the Send to Inbox service in the Standard edition that prevented clipping from Mail, Safari, OmniWeb, Chrome, and the Finder; makes the note in the Inspector editable for sidebar selections; ensures that a relaunch isn’t required to use AppleScript after upgrading to the Pro edition; and fixes a potential crash related to using Undo/Redo with certain custom Perspectives. ($39.99 new for Standard edition and $79.99 for Pro edition from The Omni Group Web site, $39.99 for Standard edition from Mac App Store (with in-app purchase option to upgrade to Pro), free update for version 2.0 licenses, 44.2 MB, release notes, 10.9.2+)

 

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Comments about OmniFocus 2.0.1
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I have utilized every version of OmniFocus on a desktop, iPad, and iPhone and still do today. I have met the OmniGroup folks in San Francisco at the GTD Global Summit. I have nothing but praise for them.

I do have one suggestion. Moving the circle (used to be a square) to check off that an item is complete is so far removed from the item on a 27 inch iMac that it is ridiculous. What was wrong with leaving the square or circle to the left of the Next Action or item? Any checklist has a foundation in that simplicity. Sure, I can re-size the application window, but why? That's why I have a 27 inch iMac. It is not quite the problem on the iPad Air or my iPhone 5 but it is (in my humble opinion) a significant design flaw.

It is not cool. It is not functional. It does not contribute to getting things done. It feels as if it is change for the sake of change. Come on folks. Please put the check or circle or square immediately left of the item being reviewed. The current GUI is a waste of time to figure out when the entire concept is to increase productivity and save time.

No disrespect intended. But no one has used the product longer or more intensely than me on every possible device except maybe the OF developers and beta testers. Please revert back. I know it makes a nice balance of the screen real estate, but it is a detractor.