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Mac OS X has been rewritten from the ground up, and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features highlights all of the most important and user-relevant aspects of this release. Experienced instructor and lifelong Mac user Garrick Chow introduces current Mac users to the improvements in the latest OS. While not a complete overhaul of the operating system, this update does address a fair number of internal systems and external user features. Garrick explores all of these updates, including enhancements to the Finder and the Dock and a completely revamped QuickTime player. He shows the wealth of improvements to built-in applications like Safari, Preview, iChat, and Mail, and explains the updated 64-bit support within Snow Leopard.
Here is another new and convenient feature of iChat. If you are a frequent iChat user, you have probably noticed that iChat will periodically leave timestamps in your chat transcripts, usually when there has been a lull in the conversation. This lets you know that there was a delay in the response when you are reviewing the chat. For example, I haven't chatted with Melanie a couple of minutes here, so if I type another message, notice that a timestamp has now appeared: 11:51 AM. New to iChat in Snow Leopard, you can now manually leave timestamps in your chats.
To do so, choose Edit > Mark Transcript or use the keyboard shortcut, Shift+Command+K. As you can see, this puts the current time into your chat transcript. You might want to use this one when you are about to step away from your Mac for a while. When you come back, the marker lets you instantly see what messages arrived after you have inserted the timestamp. The other option you might have noticed near the Mark Transcript command is Clear Transcript. When I select that, you can see that simply clears out all the conversations out of the current chat window, But it leaves the window open so you can continue chatting with this buddy without interruption.
Now this only clears the conversation on your end though. Your buddy will still have the entire transcript and if you have your Preferences set to save your chat transcripts, like I demonstrated in the previous movie, you can get your conversation back by closing this window and then double-clicking your buddy's name again. And there you have the new Mark Transcript and Clear Transcript commands in iChat.
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