Fetch 4.0 Off the Leash -- Jim Matthews, who bought the rights to his Fetch FTP client from Dartmouth College and founded Fetch Softworks with his winnings on the U.S. television game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," has now released Fetch 4.0, the first major update to the program since 1995. Jim updated his venerable 12-year-old FTP client by making it compatible with Mac OS X, where it features a full Aqua interface, while retaining compatibility all the way back to System 7.0. Modern technologies supported in Fetch 4.0 include AppleScript, the Keychain, contextual menus, QuickTime for viewing media, and text to speech for feedback. Other interesting features include a mirror command for synchronization between local and remote folders, support for creating and editing text and graphic files with BBEdit and Graphic Converter, support for Kerberos security, the capability to resume interrupted downloads, and a Get Info command that can tell you how much data is stored in a folder through recursive listing. Most amazing though, is Fetch's new capability to copy files from one FTP server to another and to move files within an FTP server by dragging them from window to window. Fetch costs $25 for individual use, though free serial numbers are available for educational or charitable organizations, and site licenses are available for multiple copies. Despite the transfer from Dartmouth at the end of 2000, upgrades from version 3.0.3 purchased any time after 30-Apr-00 are free. It's great to see Fetch development moving forward again like this! [ACE]
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:
- Download Soundflower and install it (along with the Soundflowerbed app that comes with it).
- Download LineIn and install it.
- Start Soundflowerbed, and select Built-in Output (or whatever output you'd like to listen to the conversation on).
- Start LineIn, and select your microphone (e.g. Built-in Mic) as the input and Soundflower (2ch) as the output, then press Pass Thru.
- Open Pear Note Preferences, select Recording, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the audio device.
- 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.
- 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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