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Staying in touch using Messages

From: Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

Video: Staying in touch using Messages

Messages under Mountain Lion takes the place of Apple's previous instant messaging client, iChat. It offers not only the ability to conduct text chats, but also audio and video chats. Plus, with it, you can share and control another person's screen. So here's the tour. Go down the Dock and I'll click on Messages, and here is our Messages window. So here's the main Messages window, where you can keep track of who you're conversing with, and then the contents of your conversation.

Staying in touch using Messages

Messages under Mountain Lion takes the place of Apple's previous instant messaging client, iChat. It offers not only the ability to conduct text chats, but also audio and video chats. Plus, with it, you can share and control another person's screen. So here's the tour. Go down the Dock and I'll click on Messages, and here is our Messages window. So here's the main Messages window, where you can keep track of who you're conversing with, and then the contents of your conversation.

In this case, I have a buddy list, or Bonjour List, because that's how we're communicating, over here that indicates my status. So I can say I'm available. I can put myself offline. I could say I'm away if I want to, and it's perfectly okay to lie about this stuff if you want. If you just don't want to be bothered, put up Away and then people won't bother you. But I'll make myself available. Now to use Messages, you must have an account tied to it. If you've created an iCloud account, that can be one of these accounts, though you can also use it with services that support chat.

These include AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk, and Jabber. If you'd like to add an account, just go to Messages Preferences, click the Accounts tab, and then click the plus button. Under account type, you'll see the accounts that are supported. Choose the one you want. Enter your username and password, click on Done, and you'll add that account. Now, let's start at text chat. And I think we'll talk to my good buddy, Ian. So I'll double click on Ian, and let me send a little message. And you hear the sound when I send my message.

You see his icon with the little dots indicating that he's typing. I'll reply, and not only will I reply with a word, but I could also put a little smiley on it, and there's my little smiley face. The behavior of Messages differs depending on what kind of service you're using. So for example, here in Bonjour, I'm not allowed to add buddies. If I were using an AIM account however, I could go to the Buddies list and I could choose Add Buddy and add buddies that way.

If I were using iCloud, what I would see up here in the top of this window is a little plus button. I can click on plus, and then I will see all the contacts within my Contacts application and I can add people in that way, and these are people who have some kind of Instant Messaging account. Now, let's say I want to conduct a video chat. Well, here's Ian again, and look at the bottom. This means text, audio, video, and screen sharing. I'm going to start a video chat.

This activates my camera. Here I am in my studio, and I'll just wait for Ian to respond. And there's Ian. Ian how are you doing? Good. Hey, Chris. Okay. So again, man of few words. I want to do more than just video chat with him. I'd also like to share a presentation with him. So I have a presentation file on my desktop. I can grab it and drag it in, and I have two options. One, I can send this as a file to Ian, or I can share it with Theater.

So, I'll drag it in there. This will launch keynote on my Mac. And now, I can show Ian my presentation. So here he is in the corner. When he's looking at me, he sees me in this corner. And now, I can run through my presentation using these presentation controls, and he can see everything I'm doing. So this is a great way to do remote presentations. I'll stop doing that. We'll quit out of keynote.

And now, I'm going to say, "Bye." And we're done with the video chat. Now, it's not only presentations that you can share. I could drag a web page in here. It would launch Safari and then he would be able to see that web page. Now, one of the most powerful things you can do with Messages is to share someone's screen. This is very useful when you're troubleshooting someone else's computer or you need them to troubleshoot yours. The beauty of this is that not only can you see their screen remotely, but you can also control their computer.

If your dad is in Iowa and you're in Florida, you can start a chat with your dad, make the screen sharing connection, do what needs doing and then give control back to them. I'm going to try this with Ian as well. So I'm going to ask to share his screen. He'll see a little message on his screen, which you'll have to click on, and then I'll be able to see his screen. I hear a little sound, and here is Ian's screen. Now check this out. I have control of his screen. I'm doing this. He is not doing it.

And again, imagine how powerful this can be if you're doing this with somebody who has no idea how to run their Mac and all. They're calling you in the middle of the night saying, "I can't get this to work, please help me." All you have to do is get them onto Messages, share their screen, and you can conduct the repairs remotely. This is a wonderful thing. I use it with a lot of people and you should definitely try this feature out. Now, I'll go back to my screen. And now we're back on my screen.

I'll click this x, and we stop screen sharing. There are some additional subtleties to Messages, but you've got the idea. It's an easy way to engage in a quick, or long if you like, chat with your pals, share files and presentations, and control another Mac remotely.

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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

76 video lessons · 20944 viewers

Christopher Breen
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  1. 1m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
  2. 6m 56s
    1. Installing Mountain Lion
      6m 56s
  3. 47m 16s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      4m 11s
    2. Touring the Finder
      3m 29s
    3. Staying current with Software Update
      2m 52s
    4. Configuring Gatekeeper settings
      3m 17s
    5. Getting on the Internet
      5m 36s
    6. Setting up iCloud
      4m 55s
    7. Understanding AutoSave and documents in the cloud
      4m 42s
    8. Configuring Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring your printer
      3m 39s
    10. Protecting your data with Time Machine
      4m 28s
    11. Learn your way around the Mac App Store
      5m 34s
  4. 11m 17s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      6m 6s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 11s
  5. 23m 35s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 15s
    2. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      9m 38s
    3. Examining the basic system preferences
      2m 42s
  6. 1h 13m
    1. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      5m 49s
    2. Modifying Language & Text settings
      4m 5s
    3. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 18s
    4. Getting notifications
      4m 38s
    5. Configuring displays and AirPlay
      2m 20s
    6. Using Energy Saver
      6m 1s
    7. Setting up Bluetooth wireless devices
      3m 39s
    8. Sharing files on a network
      6m 1s
    9. Configuring sharing
      6m 28s
    10. Editing your users and groups
      6m 48s
    11. Setting rules with Parental Controls
      7m 4s
    12. Taking notes with Dictation & Speech
      6m 0s
    13. Exploring the Accessibility settings
      5m 54s
    14. Listening with Sound
      2m 53s
  7. 36m 2s
    1. Organizing your business with Mail
      12m 42s
    2. Scheduling time with Calendar
      8m 32s
    3. Keeping tabs with Contacts
      5m 30s
    4. Tracking your tasks with Reminders
      3m 39s
    5. Staying in touch using Messages
      5m 39s
  8. 37m 18s
    1. Tracking your documents in TextEdit
      7m 3s
    2. Looking up words in Dictionary
      1m 56s
    3. Keeping notes with Notes
      3m 48s
    4. Working with images in Preview
      6m 14s
    5. Working with PDFs in Preview
      4m 27s
    6. Installing fonts with Font Book
      4m 42s
    7. Posting a note in Stickies
      1m 55s
    8. Adding things up with Calculator
      4m 46s
    9. Organizing apps with Launchpad
      2m 27s
  9. 34m 5s
    1. Navigating the web
      3m 38s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      4m 49s
    3. Using Reading List
      2m 4s
    4. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 44s
    5. Viewing and saving PDFs
      3m 24s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      2m 20s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      1m 59s
    8. Working with preferences in Safari
      11m 1s
    9. Managing your Internet footprint
      3m 6s
  10. 8m 48s
    1. Playing media in QuickTime
      4m 15s
    2. Recording videos with QuickTime
      4m 33s
  11. 10m 13s
    1. Video conferencing with FaceTime
      3m 38s
    2. Taking pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 47s
    3. The great utility of Image Capture
      2m 48s
  12. 12m 40s
    1. Writing a simple Automator workflow
      4m 15s
    2. Creating an Automator application
      2m 20s
    3. Setting up an Automator calendar workflow
      2m 31s
    4. Creating an Automator service
      3m 34s
  13. 22m 1s
    1. Managing processes in Activity Monitor
      5m 13s
    2. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      8m 58s
    3. Taking care of your passwords
      4m 1s
    4. Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp
      3m 49s
  14. 14m 57s
    1. Creating a boot drive
      3m 19s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      4m 5s
    3. Exploring troubleshooting techniques
      7m 33s
  15. 19m 35s
    1. Getting your game on
      4m 1s
    2. Integrating with Facebook and Twitter
      2m 38s
    3. Advanced tips and tricks
      9m 35s
    4. Sharing files with AirDrop
      3m 21s
  16. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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