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Text and video messaging in iChat

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Video: Text and video messaging in iChat

OS X Lion provides you plenty of ways to communicate with people and some in real-time such as FaceTime. Another way is iChat and this is the traditional IM client that's come with the Mac for quite some time. So we will launch it via Spotlight, and here we are. Now I have set up an iChat account and you can too. In order to do that go to iChat's Preference, go to Accounts, and then when you're ready to set up an account, you click on the plus button and then you choose the Account Type that you want to use.

Text and video messaging in iChat

OS X Lion provides you plenty of ways to communicate with people and some in real-time such as FaceTime. Another way is iChat and this is the traditional IM client that's come with the Mac for quite some time. So we will launch it via Spotlight, and here we are. Now I have set up an iChat account and you can too. In order to do that go to iChat's Preference, go to Accounts, and then when you're ready to set up an account, you click on the plus button and then you choose the Account Type that you want to use.

So that can be an AIM account, which is through AOL, a me, Mac, Jabber, Google Talk, or Yahoo! account. I have already set one up. I am using an AIM account. We'll close that out, and I see I have the buddy here. Now I can communicate in a number of different ways. The traditional way to do that is double- click and then just start texting somebody. Press Return. I can also send Nick a little smiley.

So just click over here where the smileys are, press Return, and he sees my little emoticon. Now in this view I can also send him a file if I want to. So I will go and I will grab file in my Documents folder, move this over. And here's the file, drag it over, and I have done that.

If I want to see where that file is I just click on the magnifying glass icon and it shows me where the file is. Now that's one way to communicate. Let's find another. I can invite him to an audio chat. He has to accept. Nick Brazzi: Hello! Chris: Hey Nick! I can hear you. Can you hear me? Nick Brazzi: How are you doing? Chris: I am doing just great. So it was great texting you, but you know, I want to see your face.

Chris: So I am going to get out of this audio chat. Nick: Okay. I click Close. Buddies. Now I am going to invite him to a video chat. So he has to accept my invitation and here's my preview and he is going to respond in just a second. Let me move my window open. There he is! Nice to see you again. I will just talk with you all day today. So if you've looked at our FaceTime movie, you will notice that the quality of the video here is actually better than the FaceTime video.

So if you happen to be on a chat client, give this a try. This setup is very similar. So I can move my Preview window around if I want, I can go to full screen, here we are, I can collapse back. I can mute if I like, just hit that. And again it shows that I am muted. He can't hear anything I am saying, but again keep that smile on your face. We will unmute and I am going to go back to full screen to show you something. You can add effects to how you look to the person you're speaking with.

So let's say I will choose Comic Book. Now when Nick sees me, he sees me as this Comic Book look. I can also go for kind of a Rock Hudson, Doris Day 1950s look. Then there are other options as well. Thermal Camera. I can do Mirror which is a little creepy because I can make my head disappear like that. That's kind of cool. My daughter loves this thing. Fish Eye if you want to just look really big. Anyway, lots of fun effects that you can play with and much as you can do with Photo Booth, you can add motion effects in the background.

I am not going to do that here, because it's cool in Photo Booth, but you don't need to see this more than once. Anyway, so that's the idea. I am going to go back to Original and that's the idea of effects and now we'll just shrink back the window. Nick, I want to show you something else. So I am going to ask if I can share your screen, if you don't mind. Nick: Sure! Okay. Chris: So again I am sending this request to Nick. He will respond that it's okay for me to look at his screen and this is Nick's screen.

Now if you looked through parts of the other course, you'll see there's an area about screen sharing. You can also do this over iChat and a big advantage here is that when you use Lion's screen sharing, it's for your local network. However, if you set up an iChat account with somebody else, you can use this screen sharing to see their computer. Here's where that advantage lies and that's this. I have people in my family who are not terribly computer literate. They're wonderful people, but they often call me and say "Chris, I am having a problem with my computer, can you tell me what to do?" Now in the old days I'd have to walk through with them on the phone how to do this and I'd say, "Well, could you click on this command," and they go, "What are you talking about?" Now what I do is we both get onto iChat, we share screens, and I say step away from the computer and then I can control their computer from my computer, move things around, do what I need to do, and get off of iChat and we're done.

So as a troubleshooting technique, this is terrific. All right, I am going to get out of here by clicking on the Close box and now I am no longer sharing his screen. I want to show you one more feature that you can use when you're video-chatting with somebody. So I go to Buddies. I am going to invite Nick to video chat one more time. Here I am in my Preview. Nick is going to show up any second. Oh! There he is. Great! Nick, I want to show you this presentation that I've done. So what I will do is share a file with iChat Theater.

I go to my Documents folder, I am going to select a Keynote presentation, and I will click on Share. Now what this will do is Keynote is going to launch and it will launch this presentation which I will then be able to show Nick remotely. So it takes a little while for this to start and here is the iChat window. It's a little fuzzy right now, but wait till I get this going.

So when I resize the window, we got the proper look here. So now I can page through my Keynote presentation. Go from slide to slide. So Keynote is running on my computer, but he is seeing my Keynote presentation remotely. This is a really good way to conduct business meetings. So if you can't fly across the country to sit down and show somebody a presentation, you can do it this way and show them a Keynote presentation. You can also do iPhoto slideshows this way and show other files as well.

So I will quit out of this in Keynote. We'll go back and you see that we're back to a standard video chat. Nick, I am going to say goodbye again. Nick: All right! Talk to you later. Chris: Okay. So a few other things. If you want to check your look, you can check Video Preview and see how you look. It isn't just to see how is my hair and am I wearing the right shirt or something, but you also want to make sure that you're in frame. Sometimes people don't pay attention to where the camera is and you start your conversation and you're over here or you're over here or your head is way out of frame.

This is a way to focus and see how you look on camera. Now Nick isn't my only friend. So I can add buddies if I want to. To do that, I go to the Buddies menu, Add Buddy and then again I can pull people from my Address Book or I can add them here. Also, if I suddenly decide Nick is no longer my buddy, I can remove him and he is out. Also, you can block people if you want to.

Sometimes, people will get a hold of your iChat handle, they'll jump in and say, hey, how are you doing? And you have no idea who these people are, but they have your handle so they know how to get in. You can block them, if you want. You can also set up white lists and black lists, meaning these are the people that are allowed in and these are the people who are not allowed in. So go into the Security tab of the Accounts Preference and then you can choose what you want. You can allow anyone in, Allow people in my Buddy List, Allow specific people.

So this is how to create a white list. You can block everyone or you can block specific people, if they're bugging you. There's a lot happening in iChat, but this should give you a good start on messaging with your friends.

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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