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Being able to share a screen is really useful, but there are other kinds of sharing you can do in iChat as well. Here's one. Go to File, choose Share iPhoto With iChat Theater. Here's the iPhoto window. We'll click Share. iPhoto launches and it tells me that iChat Theater is ready to begin. All I have to do then is invite a buddy to a video chat. Easy enough. We'll switch to iChat. Move this out of the way.
And here's Chris. Ready, willing, and able, and I will invite him to a video chat. Just waiting for him to respond. I'll do a little clean up over there. (Music plays in background.) (Other Chris: Hi Chris.) Hey! Check out my iPhoto library. (Other Chris: That's awesome.) Isn't this cool? (Other Chris: That's very cool.) (Music plays.) (Music stops.) Now as you can see, Chris, I'm showing you a single photo, but I can also do an entire album if I chose to. I just wanted to show you pelicans that I saw this morning that I thought looked pretty good.
(Other Chris: I like the pelicans.) Yes, they're very nice pelicans. So again if I wanted to I could share an entire photo album and Chris would then be able to see it and look through it and then tell me what a wonderful photographer I am, which is really the whole reason you do this. No, the real reason you do this is because you want to show your mother pictures of your kid. Or if your child is scanned their artwork in your computer for example, and wants to show Mom or Dad, if, you know, they're away from home for a while. "Look, look what I did today" and this way they can view that. Now you can also share documents in the same kind of way. So I'm going to quit this, Chris and I will could be back to you in just a little bit.
OK, so we have Chris selected again. We will now quit iPhoto. And now let's look at another kind of sharing you can do. So go to the File menu. You select Share a File With iChat Theater. I'm going to choose, oh say, our Leopard_Install PDF file and click Share. And now I just need to form a video chat with someone and that would be Chris. I wanted to show you the Leopard Installation and Setup Guide, and I can do that by going full-screen by clicking the Full Screen button here, and Chris can't do anything with this document. All he can do is look at it.
But I can scroll through it and he can see me scrolling. And then I can point out things with my mouse. I can say, "Look, Chris, this is a very important thing right here." So let's say I'm collaborating with somebody on the other coast, I want to show them some designs I'm working on and say, "Hey check this out. Let's pay attention to this thing here. Let's pay attention to this other thing over here," and we can do that. Now if we actually want to work on documents together then we're going to go back to Screen Sharing and I'm going to show you how that works. So we'll close this. We're going to end our document sharing and instead we're going to share screens. In this case I'm going to Share My Screen with Chris, so I won't be controlling his screen. He'll be controlling mine.
OK and then iChat tells you, it provides a window to let you know that somebody is sharing your screen. So Chris, I'm going to open my Documents folder and let's go to My Resume and we'll open that up. Now at this point, Chris can take over control of my Mac and he can do any kind of editing he chooses. He's in Preview, so he can zoom in, he can highlight things, he can move around, he can select things if he wants to.
And then I can take control back. I can say, OK Chris, hang on a second, let me take control of the Mac again and I can go up here for example and I can annotate the document and say, "I think we really need to pay attention to this part of the document." Zoom out, move this around, and then Chris may say, "No, honestly the most important thing is farther down in the document." He can move it around and work that way. So we can collaborate on something like a PDF file. Now I'll quit out of this.
I don't care to save that. No, thank you. And we can work in other kinds of document. So let's go to Applications and go to TextEdit, double-click that. We're going to change the font formatting and we'll make it much bigger so you can see this text a little more easily. I can start typing. Then Chris can take over and he can start working on the document.
(Laughs.) And it's just that easy to ridicule your colleagues. Okay, and that's sharing a document and working on it collaboratively. We'll quit TextEdit and since, you know, actually Chris pointed out something that we really ought to talk about. So I'm going to go back to iChat. We're going to quit that. We'll close this out and we'll go back to iChat. I am now going to go to a text chat with Chris and I'm going to show him that I meant no harm when I was making fun of him. And to do that I use a smiley, so I click over here and I put my little smiley face in there and then I send it to him.
And that way he knows, Oh I was just kidding after all, and then he could respond with his own smiley if he wanted to. The interesting thing there is that we still had Screen Sharing on, so actually, and this something to be careful about, if you're sharing a screen with somebody and your iChat window is open, Chris could continue to type into iChat as me. So all you would see is me saying I'm sorry, and then Chris would type and as far as the Mac knows that's still me. So there would be this one-sided conversation of yellow bubble, yellow bubble, yellow bubble on throughout. So when you're sharing screens, make sure you know what the other person is doing and sometimes it's like the old days of having to say Roger when you were finished with a communication of some sort. Let the other person know, I'm done now, you go ahead take your turn and then we'll be good to go.
That pretty well covers our look at iChat, so I will quit our chat. Goodbye, Chris, and I will quit iChat and off to the next thing.
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