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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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Updates to Action Files 1.5.4 & Action Menus 1.0.2 -- Power On Software has released a pair of minor updates to Action Files and Action Menus, the company's $30 utilities for enhancing Open and Save dialog boxes and for creating custom menus and keyboard shortcuts. (See "Get a Piece of the ACTION Files" in TidBITS-434 and "Now Menus Reincarnated as Action Menus" in TidBITS-503.) Action Files 1.5.4 improves compatibility with several applications (BBEdit 6, Adobe Photoshop 6, Adobe Illustrator 9, Microsoft Word 2001, and CodeWarrior), addresses some compatibility issues with Mac OS 8.1 and earlier versions, and fixes a bug that prevented some items from showing up in the Recent Item list. Action Menus 1.0.2 addresses similar Mac OS 8.1 and earlier compatibility issues, fixes a bug that hampered custom keyboard command creation and deletion under Mac OS 9.0.x, fixes a bug that prevented documents created by certain applications from showing up properly in Recent Items menus, and fixes a bug with Multi-Action Menu Commands under Mac OS 9.0.x. Although the updates are unquestionably minor, they are free (just install the demos to upgrade), and since they patch the Mac OS at a low level, it's probably worth upgrading when you get a chance. Action Files 1.5.4 is a 2.3 MB download; Action Menus 1.0.2 checks in at 2.2 MB. (And while we're on the topic, kudos to Power On's Now Up-to-Date & Contact, which has reportedly taken over the number one sales position in Japan in the scheduling and project management category on any platform, outpacing even Microsoft Project and Lotus Organizer on Windows.) [ACE]

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