updated 09:25 pm EDT, Mon August 9, 2010
Update improves navigation, coding, imports
Useful Fruit Software has released Pear Note 2, an update to its note-taking software. Pear Note integrates text notes with audio or video recordings, while presenting information on a timeline. The software can jump to a specific point on the timeline for audio or visual playback, giving users numerous references to the text notes recorded at that point. Keynote, Powerpoint and PDF slides can be dragged into the timeline for additional references. Pear Note also provides a text search that finds entries as a user types, narrowing possibilities with each keystroke.
Version 2 introduces a sharing feature that creates a web-based version of a user's notes -- the notes can be played back in a web browser the same way Pear Note would play the original. Users can take advantage of speed improvements during playback, which is faster than real-time playback for skimming through notes. The latest version also has a new user interface for improved navigation, along with coding improvements for faster searches, better importing and multiple-slide document support.
Pear Note requires Mac OS X 10.5 with Spotlight enabled and a recording source for audio and video. It costs $40 with a family license available for $55.