Internet Explorer 5.2 Adds Quartz Text Smoothing -- Microsoft today released Internet Explorer 5.2 for Mac OS X (5.1.4 remains the current version for previous versions of the Mac OS). There's only one new feature in Internet Explorer 5.2 - support for Quartz-based text smoothing for users of Mac OS X 10.1.5. Whether you like text smoothing can depend on your monitor, your font choice, and your eyes; those who don't like it can turn it off in the Interface Extras pane of Internet Explorer's Preferences window. The only other change is that Internet Explorer rudely resets your home page to MSN, no matter how it was previously set. Also annoying is the installer, which quits all running applications before installing, something which is generally unnecessary and exceedingly uncommon in Mac OS X. I have enough utilities set to launch at login that it was easier to restart the Mac than to find and relaunch each one individually. Lastly, it's odd that this update wasn't available via Software Update like all the previous ones. Could this release, along with Apple's announcement of iChat's compatibility with AOL Instant Messenger, indicate a rift between Apple and Microsoft? And might it also foreshadow the release of a Web browser from Apple to complement the rest of the iApps? [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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