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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.
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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