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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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Ashton-Tate Tries Again

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Ashton-Tate's new versions of dBASE for the Mac and PC will share the look and feel of the DOS command line environment and will be 100% data and program compatible with each other. This is a switch from Ashton-Tate's earlier release for the Macintosh (dBASE Mac) which featured a Mac-like user interface, but which did not have data compatibility with the PC version. The PC version of dBASE IV 1.1 should ship soon, but the Mac version won't be out until sometime this summer.

The Mac version will have some linking capabilities with Ashton-Tate's word processor and spreadsheet, FullWrite Professional and Full Impact, in such a way that once a link is established, when data is changed in dBASE, the change is reflected in FullWrite or Full Impact as well. While such linking will be welcome, it is unlikely to compete with the tightly integrated applications introduced by ACIUS recently. ACIUS's applications can all be controlled by the 4th Dimension programming language.

Character-based interfaces have fared poorly in the Mac software market and despite the (potential) power behind dBASE IV, Mac users may stay away until dBASE looks like a Mac program. Ashton-Tate is working on a version of dBASE which is compatible with the PC and will add a Macintosh interface, but according to Marc Matoza, senior product manager at Ashton-Tate, this version won't be ready until at least early 1991.

In 1989, Ashton-Tate had 43 percent of the PC database market, down from 57 percent in 1987.

Ashton-Tate -- 213/329-8000
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MacWEEK -- 16-Apr-90, Vol. 4, #16, pg. 1

 

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