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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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Chapter 5 of “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” Available

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When it comes to your digital photos, it’s good to be judgmental, because you need to set up a practical workflow that will help you easily determine which shots you want to share with others, which need work in an image editor, and which should be hidden or deleted. Judging your photos also helps you become a better photographer, as you look at each shot critically to determine what you’re doing right and wrong. To help you come up with an approach that works for you, read Chapter 5, “Judge Your Photos,” from our streamed ebook — Jeff Carlson’s “Take Control of Your Digital Photos” — available now on the TidBITS Web site.

In it, Jeff begins by explaining why it’s important to develop a consistent rating system that you can apply to all your photos quickly and easily, and shares why you might want to apply labels and flags in addition to star ratings. Then he focuses on different ways to cull the photos that don’t rate — if you’re ruthless, you might wonder why people don’t just delete such photos, but not everyone can quite bring themselves to delete with abandon, and Jeff offers a few different possibilities from which to choose. And since Jeff is trying hard to offer general direction while remaining aware that his particular method won’t be appropriate for everyone, if you have a rating and deletion system that works well for you, please share it in the comments!

As with Chapter 4, “Best Practices for Importing Photos,” “Chapter 3, “Choose a Photo-Management Application,” and Chapter 2, “Shoot Smarter,” this chapter is available for free, but only to TidBITS members; everyone is welcome to read Chapter 1, “A Smart Approach to Photo Management,” to see where Jeff is headed. The full ebook will be available for purchase by everyone once it’s complete.

Publishing this book in its entirety for TidBITS members as it’s being written is one of the ways we thank TidBITS members for their support. We also hope it encourages those of you who have been reading TidBITS for free for years to help us continue to bring you carefully considered, professionally written and edited articles each week (for more details, see “TidBITS Needs Your Support in 2013: Join Our Membership Program,” 17 December 2012).


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