Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training
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Sharing files with iChat Theater


Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training

with Christopher Breen

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Video: Sharing files with iChat Theater

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.
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  1. 1m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
  2. 12m 53s
    1. Installing Leopard
      12m 53s
  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 4s
    1. Getting familiar with the Finder
      6m 26s
    2. Windows and their elements
      6m 54s
    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 39s
    1. Searching with Spotlight
      3m 36s
    2. Working with the Spotlight Search window
      2m 33s
    3. Using Spotlight with System Preferences
      3m 13s
    4. Creating Smart Folders
      2m 17s
  6. 11m 59s
    1. Moving and copying files
      3m 11s
    2. Spring-loaded folders and the Dock
      3m 7s
    3. Spaces
      5m 41s
  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 50s
    1. Understanding printing options
      3m 50s
  10. 28m 3s
    1. Introduction to iLife '08
      2m 5s
    2. iPhoto
      4m 24s
    3. GarageBand
      5m 36s
    4. iWeb
      4m 10s
    5. iMovie
      7m 44s
    6. iDVD
      4m 4s
  11. 11m 6s
    1. Using TextEdit
      7m 25s
    2. Using the Dictionary
      3m 41s
  12. 16m 38s
    1. Working with images in Preview
      10m 7s
    2. Working with PDF files
      6m 31s
  13. 33m 21s
    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 31s
    5. Saving web pages with Safari
      3m 10s
    6. Viewing PDFs
      3m 21s
    7. Configuring Safari Preferences
      4m 14s
    8. Creating Web Clips
      2m 44s
  14. 7m 56s
    1. Working with Dashboard widgets
      7m 56s
  15. 16m 12s
    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 19s
  16. 15m 8s
    1. Introduction to iCal
      7m 35s
    2. Working with multiple calendars
      2m 0s
    3. Sharing your calendars
      5m 33s
  17. 35m 27s
    1. Introduction to Mail
      2m 29s
    2. Creating an email account
      3m 18s
    3. Sending and receiving email
      5m 28s
    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 35s
    1. Setting up an AIM account in iChat
      4m 55s
    2. Text, audio, and video chatting
      7m 40s
    3. Sharing files with iChat Theater
      7m 0s
  19. 39m 46s
    1. Introduction to iTunes
      7m 22s
    2. Playing and ripping an audio CD
      4m 34s
    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 58s
  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 43s
    1. Using Time Machine
      6m 24s
    2. Introduction to Disk Utility
      6m 19s
  22. 24s
    1. Goodbye

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With the release of the Leopard operating system for Macs, Apple has added or updated more than 300 features. In Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Essential Training, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen explores each of Leopard's vital features. He walks viewers through the installation, then goes over how to use the interface and navigational elements, work with the Dock's stacking feature, and take advantage of the iLife applications, Safari, and Mail. These tutorials are designed for people who are new to the Mac or who are upgrading to the Leopard operating system.

Topics include:
  • Installing and getting familiar with Leopard
  • Using the Finder and getting file information
  • Searching with Spotlight and creating Smart Folders
  • Organizing files
  • Configuring the Dock
  • Choosing System Preferences
  • Exploring iLife applications
  • Working with Safari
  • Customizing widgets
  • Personalizing Mail settings
  • Playing and ripping an audio CD in iTunes
  • Using Disk Utility to keep the Mac healthy
Mac OS X
Christopher Breen

Sharing files with iChat Theater

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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