Setting Up iChat
Start By opening the iChat application.
It will open the Assistant or First Run Screen for you.
There are five text entry points
- First Name
- Account type (this is a drop down to select the right type, AIM or @mac or @me.com)
- Account Name (please type Carefully)
Picture of Screen
After filling in the Screen you click the Continue button. There are several message screens that follow. One asks you if you want to "Enable Rendezvous/Bonjour". This is a matter of preference and depending if you have other Macs on the same LAN. Another asks you about Jabber. See This link and the first three numbered links and page 5
See here for iChat 3 and 4 Variations
It is possible to click through all the First Run Screen without putting any data (text) in the entry boxes other than the pre-filled computer (your Mac's User) account details.
iChat will now open up.
It will show you the Buddy List "Connecting..." to the AIM server and possibly your Rendezvous/ Bonjour and/or Jabber
Buddy List(s) if you selected to Log on there as well.
If you clicked through the Start up Screen with out any details you will now have to go to the iChat Preferences and select Accounts and enter your AIM or @mac name and your password. (Click on the word iChat in the Menu Bar and select Preferences).
|Buddy List window
Accounts Preference Pane Panther
iChat 3 & 4 Accounts Pane
You will now have to enter your Buddies.
These instructions are very similar in iChat 3 for the Jabber Buddy List.
In iChat 4 there is a similar split to the AIM and @firstname.lastname@example.org ones, detailed below, between Jabber IDs and Googletalk ones for Jabber.
- STEP 1
This is done by pressing the + sign at the bottom of the Buddy List. Indicated in the picture to the right and hidden mostly by the window which will open that you can see in the picture to the right.
As you can see it is is linked to your Mac's Address Book application. You can choose to select someone from this list by using the "Select Buddy" button, if their Screen Name is in there, or you can add a "New Person".
- STEP 2
Use the "New Person" button to add people that are not in your Address Book (yet).
A new window will open, by contracting the one seen one the right right and opening another with options to enter certain known facts about your new buddy.
- STEP 3
If it is an AIM name these do not have any suffix so there is no need to add "@AIM.com" either.
- First of all is the drop down to select the account/screen name type. The default is for an @me.com name (Or an @mac.com one if you have not run the MobileMe - (Links to Side Panel) update). This pic was when the only choices were AIM or @mac ones.
- The other option is an AIM account/screen name.
- In the default setting the suffix @mac.com is written next to the end of the following text entry field. So if it is an @mac name you can enter the new buddy's name right away.
(The "@mac.com" or "@me.com" does not have to be typed. iChat will add it.
If however you have problems with an @mac.com name add it as an AIM sort and type the @mac.com suffix in full.)
(Again there are exceptions as Apple is not the only web service or ISP that offer AIM valid Email IDs as valid AIM Screen Names. As an "@" is a valid character as part of an AIM valid Screen Name you may find other Buddies do need their AIM name entered in full).
To clarify so far:-
STEP 1. Click to Add (+) button at the bottom of the Buddy List window.
STEP 2. Use the New Buddy button.
STEP 3a. Select the account type.
3b. Type in the account name (without any (3c.) suffix unless required).
- STEP 4.
Next you enter a Buddy icon (to the left).
If you leave this blank it will display the Buddy icon that your Buddy is currently using.
- STEP 5.
There are now three text entry fields on the right, under and in addition to the ones for the Account type and name.
- First Name
- Last Name
These entry fields are self explanatory and don't need me to explain further. However I will point out that additional information can be added to these fields to display in your Buddy List. If it is a New Buddy, filling them in will create a Address Book entry.
iChat's Buddy List window displays the information you enter (or don't) in these fields. If you only enter the account/screen name (and leave the others blank) then that is what is displayed in the list.
If a person has two first names that you want to display you can do that. If you know someone as R.D. (or RD) then just type that in the entry field for one of the names, as I have done in the picture above.
In Leopard you also get a "Nickname" line
The same windows will open if you use the Add Buddy item from the Buddies menu.
This is the end of the basic way of adding New Buddies.
Chatter Lists pages
This might be useful to those who ask it regularly.
If your looking for iChat Buddy Lists. You may want to register at these.
They are a way of finding New Buddies.
iChat Club : (Thanks to Phillippe Alary)
iChat Rooms Listing
Some of them cost.
Unfortunately this list is becoming shorter and shorter. This is for two reasons it seems.
- I keep it to ones that I feel are broadly acceptable or at least Inoffensive to a large majority or people bearing in mind AIM's lower age limit is supposed to be 13 Years of Age.
- I somewhat rely on other people telling me of new ones but two of these have disappeared this time round.