Ralph Johns

iChat Information Pages

Version 3


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These iChat 3 pages are coloured Orange and have the iChat 3 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 and from iChat 2 by having the Running Man removed.

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2[8] 02 File Menu. Oct 2008

This is the iChat 3 File menu.

New Chat is a method of Starting a Plain text chat. Double Clicking a Buddy in the Buddy list does the same thing as does highlighting a Buddy and using the Buddies Menu. It is also going to give you the choice of Audio, Video or Text as a first step.

New Chat with Person is a Direct Chat. In theory these use the UDP protocol and are more secure than the plain Test Chat. In Practice iChat will revert to the Plain Text chat method if no Files or Pictures are sent. Sending Files or Pictures in Chats will convert a Plain Text chat to a Direct Chat.

Go to Chat... Bring up a box to enter a Room name. A New (room) name will create a room for you to Add your Buddies to for a Group Chat. An Existing name will be a Chatroom or group that someone else has created and may have people in it already.

Open and Open Recent will open any Saved chat you have made. They do not restart a Chat that has just ended. Nor can you restart a Chat with the same Buddies (or Buddies in Group chat). Open Recent will only open any previously Opened Chat (if it is still in the Recent List).

You can use the Save As and save any Currently open Text chat at that point in time. Like other applications that prename things it offers you the same Name with Date &Time as it does if you have set Save All Transcripts in the Messages Preferences pane of iChat, but here you can change it to whatever you wnat and tell it to be put wherever you want. Not making a choice will save it to the folder called iChats in side your Documents folder (~/Documents/iChats) which is where the Save All choice puts them. This items become Dark (Active ) Text when a Chat window that can be saved is open.

I have never used the Print options so I can not comment.

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