Pear Note
Pear Note 3.1.3
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Integrates audio, video, and slides with traditional text notes.   Shareware ($39.99)
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Pear Note integrates audio, video, and slides with traditional text notes. By recording all activity, Pear Note keeps track of what's going on while taking notes as well as what the user has to say about it. This makes Pear Note incredibly useful for important meetings, class settings, or speeches.

Recording Notes
Pear Note records audio, video, and what the user does, including typing notes and changing slides, on a timeline. Since keystrokes and slide changes are kept on this timeline, users can easily find what was being said during typing or a
What's New
Version 3.1.3:
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Pear Note to fail to open documents on the latest version of OS X.
  • Fixed a bug related to autosave.
  • Fixed a bug that caused slides to shift.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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MisterE reviewed on 06 Sep 2012
This update fixes a problem I reported, nice work Chad.

I been using it for a while and just bought it. Best not taking application there is for students bar none. Everything else is bloat or insufficient, Pear Note is the perfect balance and sharing your notes with video, audio and / or slides is super easy.

4.5 stars because I'm hoping for a couple of features to be added.
[Version 3.0.3]

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MisterE replied on 06 Sep 2012
Darn, 3.0.3 isn't ont he Mac App Story yet. I wish I hadn't bought it from the evil MAS but I had a credit and I'm poor.
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MisterE replied on 29 Jan 2013
So I get marked down for demonstrating why the Mac App Store is bad? The developer released the 3.0.3 update to the MAS more than *a month* before it was finally posted in the MAS. That's why I regret buying the MAS version.
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Impase reviewed on 26 Apr 2012
I´m a Pear Note user since version 1 and love the ease of use, options and stability. The developer for years works continuously on making it better and better with every update. Tanks. Mentionable is that I never had to pay an upgrade fee since I bought it. My license code still works with version 3.
[Version 3.0]


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cbruno.linux reviewed on 16 Jun 2011
Great app! Very useful for college students like myself!
[Version 2.0.5]


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Grhsvo reviewed on 18 Feb 2011
Well, so far, Pear Note 2.0.4 might not work with OSX 10.6.6. Having serialized it, I cannot get any result with "Preferences" or "New". This might require a little research...
[Version 2.0.4]

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Useful Fruit Software (developer) replied on 18 Feb 2011
Hi Grhsvo,

Pear Note should definitely work with 10.6.6 (it's what I'm using right now). If you'd send an email to support@usefulfruit.com I can try to figure out what's going wrong.
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Prlab reviewed on 22 Dec 2010
If you're a (serious) student or businessperson, this software is essential. Simply brilliant. On of the best pieces of Mac software I've used.
[Version 2.0.3]


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hced reviewed on 03 Sep 2010
To the best of my knowledge, Pear Note is the only app of its kind in the Mac "appverse". And it's a VERY competent one at that.

The novely lies in the fact that you can _navigate_ your meeting conversations, just by clicking on the notes/words that you've taken during the sessions.

It's down to business at the very moment you open the application. Just hit Alt/Option + Shift + R (for recording) and you're on.

I feel more relaxed (albeit perhaps a bit too relaxed, because of my confidence that I won't miss anything) during meetings using this tool. I can jot down a few words of relevance - without putting too much effort in correct spelling - and afterwards I'm able to keep future reference on every detail. Feels almost like cheating.

It's useful for working teams to review both sporadic conversations and iterative planning sessions, and it proves to be a great strategic tool, since you're able to step back and analyse a sales conversation, job interview, etc. and in the end, let you take more informed actions based on things that might have slipped your mind during the actual meeting. (You get the idea.)

The price tag for this app is definitely worth it and it pays for itself the first time using it. In fact, I'd pay again and again for this app, should I have to. It's one of those useful pearls you only ever so rarely find. A real productivity hack.
[Version 2.0.1]

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hced replied on 03 Sep 2010
Correction to my review: Alt/Option + Command + R for recording.
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hced replied on 28 Aug 2012
Update:

Since I last wrote my first review of Pear Note, there's been a few similar competitors emerging (which is good!). I haven't tried them all (except Armadillo), but I believe what still sets Pear Note apart from the rest is the fact that you can export your notes, INCLUDING synced audio (!) as a web page for sharing with others who hasn't got Pear Note. The other thing I find superior with Pear Note is the snappyness in the syncing, and that you can really see what you've typed at specific times.
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Shooflyshoo commented on 09 Aug 2010
Perfect timing for an update! Law school starts back up again in 2 weeks. This program has been indispensable for my note taking. I just wish that it somehow filtered out the annoying clicking of my keyboard typing... I don't know how that would be possible, but it would be awesome! Also, some sort of integration with the MacSpeech transcription software would be pretty sweet.
[Version 2.0]

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hced replied on 03 Sep 2010
@SHOOFLYSHOO:

Filtering out keyboard sounds is possible, but not if you are using your Mac's internal mic, at least not if you're using a laptop Mac.

If this is imortant to you, I'd recommend buying a decent external mic. For example, one of Blue's mics, say, their Eyeball model 1.0 or 2.0? (http://www.bluemic.com/consumeraudio/webcams.html). It's actually a webcam, i.e. a mic with an integrated camera for recording both HD audio and video (could be nice so that you can point it in the direction of your client, for instance.

There are of course other cheaper alternatives, but make sure they're compatible with Mac. One thing to look out for - which had me buy a mic a couple of years ago, which didn't work for Mac - was that my Mac (at that time; this may have changed) didn't support non-powered mics - i.e. mics without battery power. Again, this caveat may have changed since then (check with Apple or the manufacturer to be sure).
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hced replied on 03 Sep 2010
Re my previous comment:

Technically, of course, you're no filtering out sounds when using an external mic, but the fact that your external mic can be positioned at a distance from your laptop makes it not capture the keyboard sounds as loudly as it would when using your internal mic. (Pretty basic stuff, but I thought I'd put it out there to protect myself from technical nitpickers. :=P)
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Ron Bell commented on 19 Dec 2008
Pear Note does what it claims it does and does that very well: You record video or audio presentations and take notes in a text field. Later, when you replay the rich media, a cursor highlights the relevant portion of your text notes. Alternatively, you can click anywhere in the text notes to immediately jump to the spot in the AV recording at which the notes were taken, enabling you to review the lecture for things you may have missed. Incredibly handy for taking notes on classes or for conducting interviews.

The text editor enables notes, lists, tables, and links. The text is spotlight searchable. (It would be superb if you could search for text in spotlight and immediately jump from that to the corresponding AV, or if Pear Note could use speech recognition to take notes for you, but those are not features at this point).

The program allows you to import audio and video and to add imports to existing Pear Note recordings.

The downsides?

* If you use this software often and fail to use its export functions to later decouple text from AV (text is separately exportable as RTF or text and video is exportable as QuickTime or AAC), you'll collect lengthy AV files on your hard drive, potentially taking up significant amounts of space. This is not a problem with the program--it's simply a function of the concept.

* If you record with your Mac's internal microphone rather than with an external microphone, your recording will inevitably pick up the sound of your typing, which somewhat limits the value of any AV export.

* The price is a bit steep for an app if you only use this occasionally so you'll want to try the program out thoroughly first to see if it makes a useful addition to your workflow.
[Version 1.1]

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Ron Bell replied on 19 Dec 2008
Probably apparent, but I meant to differentiate between recording with the Mac's internal Mic from recording with an *external* mic.
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Andrew-Scott replied on 08 Jan 2009
The point is well made about typing noise. It does tend to be quite obtrusive in the recordings when you use the internal microphone. I haven't tried using an external mic but I'd like to try. Perhaps the ideal arrangement would be a USB (or wireless) webcam with it's own mic.
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zeba replied on 24 Apr 2009
Or maybe an external keyboard. ;)
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uid_zero reviewed on 12 Nov 2008
I really recommend that you take a look Pear Note. It lets you take notes while recording audio (and optionally video). It integrates the recording with your notes when you play it back by highlighting what you were typing in sync with the playback. You can scrub around in the recording by clicking in the text. The program automatically skips to the point where you clicked.

You can also import slides and the program will synchronize the slides to your text and the recording.

This program really changes notetaking because it gives you the ability to easily fill in gaps in your notes and clarify the confusing or mistyped parts. If you're using your MacBook to take notes in meetings or class, this program is really useful.

The program is available from www.usefulfruit.com, where you can also
find a screencast demonstration and a free trial.
[Version 1.0.1]


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hced rated on 18 Oct 2012

[Version 3.0.3]



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Drking rated on 25 Aug 2012

[Version 3.0.2]


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License:Shareware
Date:24 Mar 2014
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Pear Note integrates audio, video, and slides with traditional text notes. By recording all activity, Pear Note keeps track of what's going on while taking notes as well as what the user has to say about it. This makes Pear Note incredibly useful for important meetings, class settings, or speeches.

Recording Notes
Pear Note records audio, video, and what the user does, including typing notes and changing slides, on a timeline. Since keystrokes and slide changes are kept on this timeline, users can easily find what was being said during typing or a particular slide. They can play back an entire recording to recreate a meeting, or jump straight to the point in the audio they care most about.

Instantly jump to anywhere in the recording using the text or the slides
Not only can you jump to anywhere in your recording by using the timeline slider, but you can also use your text notes or slides. Just click anywhere in the text and playback will jump to the moment you typed that character. Change the slide displayed and playback will jump to the moment you changed to that slide during recording.


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