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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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CD Funkiness

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The internal AppleCD 300 may not have a headphone jack or volume control, but it's not entirely featureless. If you unplug the microphone you can record 10 seconds of sound from an audio CD in the Sound Control panel. The switching is automatic, but keep in mind that the files will be huge. When you do this, the Mac mixes the two stereo channels of CD audio to mono and converts them to 8-bit sound, which is similar to what happens with the Quadra's "stereo" input jacks.

In addition, you can boot from the internal CD-ROM, which should significantly ease installing new Systems on those machines. In fact, Apple provides the boot CD instead of a set of System disks. Apparently Apple set this CD up with At Ease to make it even easier to use. The CD contains disk images of the System disks, so users can also make a set of backup disks, just in case. Even though booting from CD will ease the process for users, technical support people should be aware of this difference between normal Macs and Macs with internal CD-ROM players.

Information from:
Craig O'Donnell -- dadadata@world.std.com
Eric Apgar -- apgar@apple.com

 

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