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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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Take Control News/05-Sep-05

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New Ebook Helps Readers Customize Microsoft Office -- I've been working with author Kirk McElhearn for nearly a year on this title, and neither of us can believe how long it's taken to explain clearly how to customize the toolbars, menus, and keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Office. What began as a simple effort to show users how to work with the Customize dialog became more complex as we realized the many nuances that had to be carefully explained in order to help readers customize Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, in both Office X and Office 2004.

"Take Control of Customizing Microsoft Office" is the fruit of our labor, an 82-page ebook that explains how to issue your favorite commands faster, whether that means that you put them on a toolbar for one-click access, stick them on custom menus where you can find them easily, or assign them keyboard shortcuts so that your fingers can do the work. The ebook also covers tips for arranging toolbars, ways to insert frequently typed text, how to work with templates, how to bring back the Word 5 menu layout, how to set up the Word Work menu, and more. A special appendix lists 20 favorite Office customizations, which were contributed by other Take Control authors and a variety of Macintosh experts. Take a look!

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Take Control Donates 10% of Proceeds to Hurricane Relief -- To support the relief efforts aiding the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Take Control team - publisher Adam Engst, editor in chief Tonya Engst, and all the authors of Take Control ebooks - have joined together in donating 10 percent of proceeds from the sale of all ebooks in September to the American Red Cross Hurricane 2005 Relief Fund. We encourage you to help in whatever way you feel appropriate.



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