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Setting up an AIM account in iChat

From: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training

Video: Setting up an AIM account in iChat

And now let's take a look at iChat. iChat began life as a pretty simple instant messaging program. It was a way to chat with your friends via text in real time, but it's a whole lot more than that now. Not only can you chat in text, but you can do voice chats as well as video chats and this very handy for those with recent Apple laptops with built-in iSight cameras and microphones. iMacs as well have iSight camera's built-in. Leopard's iChat has a couple of new sharing features that make it very cool. You can now control the screen of another person using iChat under Leopard and you can also share documents and images.

Setting up an AIM account in iChat

And now let's take a look at iChat. iChat began life as a pretty simple instant messaging program. It was a way to chat with your friends via text in real time, but it's a whole lot more than that now. Not only can you chat in text, but you can do voice chats as well as video chats and this very handy for those with recent Apple laptops with built-in iSight cameras and microphones. iMacs as well have iSight camera's built-in. Leopard's iChat has a couple of new sharing features that make it very cool. You can now control the screen of another person using iChat under Leopard and you can also share documents and images.

Let's take a look at iChat by launching it now. And here's the Welcome screen. Welcome to iChat. Let's click Continue to move on through it. Now at this point it's going to ask us to set up an account. I have a .Mac account, so I'm already setup. If I didn't have a .Mac account, I could sign up for a .Mac account by clicking this Get an iChat account button. I already have one and in a minute we're going to look at another way to get an account for free. Click Continue, and I am now ready to use iChat. So I click Done and here is my iChat buddy list. You will notice that no one is in it. We're going to take care of that in a little bit. Now let's suppose that you don't have that .Mac account, but you'd like to us iChat. You can do that by signing up for a free AIM account. This is a service offered by AOL. So let's do that, just to get another identity. So we go to Safari, launch Safari.

And we'll enter www.aim.com and press Return. This takes us to aim.com where we can sign up for a free AIM account and that works with iChat. So Join the Fun! Get a Screen Name. I'd like to Create an Account please. To do so, I will click Continue. Alright, so now you have to choose a Desired Screen Name. Bear in mind that there are about 17 billion Screen Names that have already been taken up. So if your name is John, if you try to type in John1.

I guarantee you, you are not going to get that name. So we'll type in something I hope that's obscure enough and that will be numbles25, and by the way numbles are the hearts and lungs of a deer, just so you know next time you're playing Scrabble. I will type in a password and the password needs to be 6 to 16 letters. And you need to retype it. And my display name is going to be Chris Breen each time I sign in. Okay then you sign up for a security question.

Select a question. Let's see. Where were you born? I was born on the Bad Side of Town. And once again I was born on the Bad Side of Town. I can give them an alternate e-mail address. In this case I don't care to do that. My Birth Date. We're going to say that I was born on Christmas day, in, oh let's say, 1980, none of that is true, of course. I'm a Male.

The country I live in is the United States of America and we'll say my zip code is 95521, even though it is not. So Terms of Service, I'm going to agree to that. Now I have to enter this image text here because they don't want robots that are patrolling the Internet to sign up for these things automatically. They want to make sure that this is a real human being. So I type that in and I click Submit. There! Congratulations, numbles25 is now my Screen Name I can Continue, but I don't need to. I'm done as far as Safari is concerned. So I will quit Safari.

Now I will go into iChat and I will create a New Identity. So I go to iChat - Preferences - Accounts. I'm now going to create a new account by clicking plus. It will ask me, what kind of account this is; is it a .Mac? No, it's an AIM account. And I will type in my Screen Name and I will type in my Password and click Done.

I can leave the Preference and here I am. I'm going to get rid of my old name, and here is my name here. I am now known as numbles25 to those people far and wide. In our next video we're going to add a buddy and we're going to have a little chat.

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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training

80 video lessons · 31504 viewers

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  1. 1m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
  2. 12m 54s
    1. Installing Leopard
      12m 54s
  3. 31m 23s
    1. Getting familiar with the Apple mouse and keyboard
      4m 38s
    2. Understanding the Mac desktop
      9m 37s
    3. Exploring the Apple menu
      6m 26s
    4. A tour of the Mac OS interface
      6m 25s
    5. Enabling Time Machine and running software updates
      4m 17s
  4. 33m 5s
    1. Getting familiar with the Finder
      6m 26s
    2. Windows and their elements
      6m 55s
    3. Customizing the Finder
      6m 36s
    4. Gathering file information
      4m 8s
    5. Working with contextual menus
      2m 33s
    6. Understanding the Open and Save dialogs
      2m 59s
    7. Using Help
      3m 28s
  5. 11m 41s
    1. Searching with Spotlight
      3m 36s
    2. Working with the Spotlight Search window
      2m 34s
    3. Using Spotlight with System Preferences
      3m 14s
    4. Creating Smart Folders
      2m 17s
  6. 12m 0s
    1. Moving and copying files
      3m 11s
    2. Spring-loaded folders and the Dock
      3m 7s
    3. Spaces
      5m 42s
  7. 12m 49s
    1. Introduction to the Dock
      2m 0s
    2. Creating Stacks
      3m 28s
    3. Configuring the Dock
      2m 18s
    4. Working with Trash and Eject
      5m 3s
  8. 42m 37s
    1. Configuring Personal System Preferences
      11m 39s
    2. Configuring Hardware System Preferences
      7m 13s
    3. Configuring Internet System Preferences
      6m 39s
    4. Configuring System System Preferences
      17m 6s
  9. 3m 51s
    1. Understanding printing options
      3m 51s
  10. 28m 4s
    1. Introduction to iLife '08
      2m 5s
    2. iPhoto
      4m 24s
    3. GarageBand
      5m 36s
    4. iWeb
      4m 10s
    5. iMovie
      7m 45s
    6. iDVD
      4m 4s
  11. 11m 6s
    1. Using TextEdit
      7m 25s
    2. Using the Dictionary
      3m 41s
  12. 16m 39s
    1. Working with images in Preview
      10m 7s
    2. Working with PDF files
      6m 32s
  13. 33m 25s
    1. Introduction to Safari
      5m 53s
    2. Working with the Address bar
      5m 21s
    3. Working with Bookmarks
      5m 7s
    4. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      3m 32s
    5. Saving web pages with Safari
      3m 11s
    6. Viewing PDFs
      3m 22s
    7. Configuring Safari Preferences
      4m 14s
    8. Creating Web Clips
      2m 45s
  14. 7m 56s
    1. Working with Dashboard widgets
      7m 56s
  15. 16m 13s
    1. Introduction to the Address Book
      7m 23s
    2. Address Book tips and tricks
      5m 30s
    3. Creating Smart Groups in the Address Book
      3m 20s
  16. 15m 9s
    1. Introduction to iCal
      7m 35s
    2. Working with multiple calendars
      2m 1s
    3. Sharing your calendars
      5m 33s
  17. 35m 26s
    1. Introduction to Mail
      2m 29s
    2. Creating an email account
      3m 18s
    3. Sending and receiving email
      5m 27s
    4. Personalizing Mail settings
      5m 14s
    5. Sorting email with Rules
      4m 17s
    6. Sorting email with Smart Mailboxes
      3m 3s
    7. Junk email
      5m 53s
    8. Working with To Dos, Notes, and RSS
      5m 45s
  18. 19m 36s
    1. Setting up an AIM account in iChat
      4m 55s
    2. Text, audio, and video chatting
      7m 41s
    3. Sharing files with iChat Theater
      7m 0s
  19. 39m 49s
    1. Introduction to iTunes
      7m 23s
    2. Playing and ripping an audio CD
      4m 35s
    3. Creating Playlists and Smart Playlists
      6m 44s
    4. Tagging files
      6m 46s
    5. Using the iTunes Music Store
      10m 22s
    6. Working with video in iTunes
      3m 59s
  20. 31m 16s
    1. Using Photo Booth
      6m 38s
    2. Using Front Row
      6m 26s
    3. Introduction to DVD Player
      5m 4s
    4. Using QuickTime Player
      5m 47s
    5. Using QuickTime Pro
      7m 21s
  21. 12m 44s
    1. Using Time Machine
      6m 24s
    2. Introduction to Disk Utility
      6m 20s
  22. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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