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Version 2


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1[9] 01 iChat 2 Buddy List Oct 2008

This is the iChat 2 Buddy List. It has been "PhotoShopped" to protect the innocent.

From the top. It will titled Buddy List for the one that logs in to the AIM service as this top Picture does. Your Rendezvous one will say Rendezvous.

Top of Buddy List

Dropping down to the left it will show your Screen Name by default but can be toggled to show your Name as in the Address Book - you will see it is different in each picture. The Rendezvous one will only show your Address Book Name.

Out to the left but not as far down as the next line is the coloured blob to denote your Current Status. (Mine was Away for the top Picture grab and Available for the smaller pic).

Edit Status Message Mode

Below that is the Current Status Message. Clicking on it will give you access to change it to another or create or Edit Saved ones via a Drop Down/Slide out panel. Typing the same keystrokes that creates Smileys in the Text chats will show as the Text version at your end but your Buddies will see the Smiley. So the :-D in the second picture will show the relevant smiley.

On the right hand side is the icon (or not) if you have a Camera or a Microphone. A camera will override the Audio icon even if you do not have a microphone. iChat presumes if you have a camera you have both based on the fact the external iSight had a Microphone.

Recent Pic Panel

To the far right is your own Buddy Pic. By default it will show the AIM Running man if you have an AIM Name or a Blue Globe for an Apple one. Clicking on this picture give you access to change it via the Edit option in the picture to the right. The offered option then is to the one the System uses for the Mac User Accounts/Address Book but also allows you to navigate to anywhere on your Disk for a Picture which can then be resized and saved as a .tiff for iChat. The previous choice is added to a Recent Pictures Panel.

Next come the bar between your info and Status and the Buddy lIst itself. iChat 2 adds Groups and if this is Enabled in the Preferences and the View Menu it will show "Groups" as the top pic does. This will control the Pop out drawer from the Buddy list.

The Buddy List will display names depending to the Sort Order you choose in the View menu. This can be Alphabetically or by Availability but doing one after the other has a tiered effect of Available by Alphabet as this Buddy List is.

To the left of each Buddy's name will be a coloured representation of their Status (Available - green, Away - red and Idle - Amber).

The Name will be displayed as you entered it as you Added your Buddy. If you entered a "Real Name" then that is what will show. If it was a Screen Name only like the Apple Test accounts at the top that is what will be displayed.

Under their Name it will display any Saved or specifically entered Status Message they have created. The default Available option does not always display but the Away one tends to. You may see Smilies here as well if your Buddy typed the Keystrokes for one.

To the far right is their Buddy pic. By Default iChat will display the Running Man if it is an AIM name or a Blue Globe if an Apple one. The updates from the AIM server on this are Live by about as long as it takes to Upload the Pic and their end and download it at yours. (there is no delay effectively). As Buddies change their pics you will see it.

To the left of their Buddy Pic will be any icon to say if they can Video or Audio Chat. A Video icon will mean they can do either (or at least presume they also have a mic).

The Bottom of the Buddy List is the Next Picture.


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The Buddy List. What you will see first time every time after completing the Start Up Screens

You can change your Status, the Status Message, your Buddy pic, how your Name is displayed at your end.

If you are using Groups - new to iChat in iChat 2 - You can control the drawer from the Buddy List


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