Ralph Johns

iChat Information Pages

Version 2


iChat Icon

These iChatAV (Version 2) pages are coloured Green and have the iChat 2 icon on them that was in use at the time, so you know where you are. The icon differs from Version 1 by having the camera logo added.

iChatAV (Version 2) Pictures

You are In:- iChat >> Versions >> iChat 2 >> iChat 2 Pictures Index >> iChat Prefs Pics Index >> General Prefs
1[6] 01 iChat 2 General Preferences Oct 2008

This is the iChat 2 General Preferences.

This is an extra Pane compared to iChat version 1. Some things that were in the Accounts Preferences of iChat 1 are now here. It is this that increases the Preferences Panes, along with the Video one, to six panes.

The first item is somewhat self explanatory.

The Second needs a bit of an explanation in that iChat does Not fully log out of AIM when you Quit iChat. It will make you appear as Away to some AIM clients. With some AIM clients this allows Off-Line Messaging. However iChat 2 does not do Off-Line Messaging and as Away will let someone send you an Invite it can make you appear rude in not answering. As you can see in this picture I prefer to be seen as Off-Line if my iChat is not an Open Application as I tend not even to have the computer on if that is the case.

iChat 2 introduces Groups to the Buddy List. In the Buddy list this is a Pop Out drawer controlled from the Buddy List itself if this item is selected here and the View Menu

The OS X introduced the 3D looking control items of the three Coloured blobs top left of most windows to close, minimize or adjust the size of the window. iChat uses the same to Indicate the Statuses of your Buddies but the next items can change these to shapes - they remain coloured but it helps if you are Colour Blind.

The Next items dictates if a small icon appears in the Menu Bar on the right hand end towards the Clock. This menu bar Item will display your saved Status Messages and those Buddies Online. You can also use it to Log out of AIM or Rendezvous.

The items below the divider control what happens if you are away long enough for your Screen Saver or your Computer's Sleep time kicks in.

The Final item is where downloads (sent files get put). By default it is the Desktop as shown. You can create another Folder or link to an existing one but this only works for loose files sent to you. If any Chat is open to the same Buddy it will put them on the Desktop whether you want them there or not.

Created with JAlbum 4.0.6

Information Block

This site is about iChat from Version 1 through to iChat 4.x.x

It has a mixture of basic info and problem solving help.

The sections below will change for Specifics about info on the page on view

If you find these pages helpful please Donate to help keep them up to date

About This Page

What the General Preferences of iChat controls.


Confirmed to work with Win/IE 5.5 and later (should work in 5.0, but not confirmed), Firefox 2, Safari 3, Opera 9, iCab 3.02 and later, Mac/IE 5, Netscape 6 and later

Old browsers (IE version 4 or earlier, Netscape 4 or earlier) should only see a text-based page which, while not the prettiest option, is still entirely usable.