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Version 4


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3[5] 03 Messages Preferences Nov 2008

This is the iChat 4 Messages Section of the Preferences.

Somewhat self explanatory. You choose your Bubble/Balloon colour, the Font (style) and the Font colour. As a general Rule go for Light on Dark or Dark on Light. As far as Fonts go they will only display if your Buddy has the same font (it will default to Helvetica in iChat if they don't have it. Choose something that is easy to read. Also choose a suitable size fro most of your Buddies.

You can choose to override Reformat the incoming format but this is global and will do it for all Buddies in all the chat variants. It can become confusing in Group chats and Chatrooms if everyone has the same Bubbles and Font.

 New. You can use this new setting to create a Keyboad Shortcut choice to bring iChat to the Front.

Automatically Saving Chat Transcripts can be very useful. Any and all text chats for 1-1 chats to group chats are then saved to a folder called "iChats" inside your Documents Folder. These are saved by name with a date and time part to the file name. iChat can reopen them from the File menu or you can Double Click the file itself and iChat will open it. You can also use Open With from the Finder's File menu and use a Text or Word Processor application but they are then difficult to read as all the info to create the bubbles, colours and fonts are in there for each IM sent.

 New. The Next three items are new. I have highlighted two in the picture Collect chats into a Single Window works with all text chats whether they are 1-1 chats or Croup chats. This brings in to play the Watch for My Name option, which will make the icon bounce extra times in the DOCK and flash the band in the tabbed Chat window that the references is in if it is not the front one.

Also the Remember Open Chats Across Launch will reopen any chat that was Open when iChat was Quit. This can be useful for rejoining a Permanent Chatroom if you shut down your Computer at night or for rejoing a Group chat if a Restart of the computer is needed after a Software Update. It can also be a useful tool if you are in different Time Zones to a Buddy and need to get back to them the next day.

 Changed. This Section used to have the Confirm Before Sending option for FIles and this has been moved the the General Section.

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These effectively are global settings to how your Bubbles and the text in them look.

You can override incoming IMs to look how you want although there are drawbacks to this in Group Chats.


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