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2[5] 02 Accounts Preferences Oct 2008

This is the iChat 3 Accounts Section of the Preferences.

At this point in iChat Apple have decided to call Screen Names "Accounts"

If you have done the Start Up Screens and entered an AIM (or Apple) name and enable Bonjour and Enabled a Jabber ID you will have three items in the list on the left. (AIM is the Running Man, Apple the Blue Globe, Jabber the lightbulb and Bonjou the whiteand orange symbol). The Plus sign at the bottom of the list is used to enter New Screen Name. If you have set None then only Bonjour will show but it will not be ticked (not active)

Highlighting a current one and using the minus button will delete an Account/Screen name.

In iChat 3 some items that were in the iChat 1 and 2 Privacy Preferences Pane have been moved to this one by using Tabs. The Account Info tab shows a better representation of the Name and Password as well as now giving you choice to Describe it (such as the "Second Version" item in the list on the left of the Picture). The list to the left is the only place in iChat 3 that you see it but it will make a difference in iChat 4.

Highlighting anme on the left will show you the tabs it has and any info on the right. A Bonjour account will only show the Account Info tab. A Jabber one has no Privacy tab.

Above the details themselves is control over whether you can log in the name more than once (different applications that can log into AIM or different computers).

You also now have to Specifically say whether a Screen Name will login at iChat Start. If you have more than one AIM valid name the one that is logged in currently will have the Use This Account option selected.

What was Privacy in iChat 1 and 2 is now in the Security tab. It has the same iChat 2 options to Allow All, Allow Buddy List Only, Allow Specific People with a button access to a list, Block All and Block Specific People with another button to access that list. Any Jabber ID that you have and click on will not have the Security tab

The Server Settings button as it was in iChat 1 and 2 has also beome a tab. In here it still allows a change of the Server Name even though another is not currently available and to change the Login port. The default is 5190 using the TCP Protocol (not stated on this pane). Change this port top 443 if having Login Issues.

The Server Settings become important if using a Googlemail ID as a Jabber ID via GoogleTalk. When you set up a Jabber ID here iChat will presume the @whatever.com ending to your ID is the basis of the Server's Name so it will create a Server entry for googlemail.com This needs to be changec to "talk.google.com" in the Server Settings tab. See also these Pictures

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Add or delte Account/Screen Names. State whether the Account Logs in at iChat Start and if you have two computers using the same Account/Screen Name whether you allow Multiple Logins of the same name.

In AIM valid names state who can see you as On-line or Block people in the Privcay tab

Change the server ports and sometime Name in the Server Settings tab, important when using a Google Mial ID with the GoogleTalk server


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