Sending Files Different Ways
There several ways you can send files.
- Without any chat taking palce.
- With a text chat.
- When Video or Audio chatting.
Outside a Chat
Without starting a chat you can send files by dragging tham on top of your Buddy's entry in the Buddy list and letting go. You will then get a Dialogue box to Send the file. They will get an invite to accept the file. When they do you will see a progress window. This is useful if your Buddy is on dial-up and/or has limited Bandwidth.
(Note: It has been found that some people set different download folders from the default Desktop choice and that sometimes there are variations in where incoming files are put. Whislt in Text or an A/V chat, files are always put on the desktop, even if the download folder is selected as somewhere else. At other times iChat respects the download folder location)
During a Live Text Chat
During a text chat you can employ several ways.
- The one listed above.
- By using the 'Attach File' item from the Edit menu.
- By dragging the file to the Text entry point until the green + sign appears and letting go. Then you have to click in the text entry field to release the Drag and then hit Enter. The file will display in the Chat for the Buddy to accept.
During a Live A/V Chat
During an Audio or Video chat you can employ any of the methods listed above. To use the Text field entry method you will have to have a Text chat at the same time.
In Leopard and iChat 4 files and Pics can be dragged over the Live Chat window and the screen will show options to how the file can be sent or Displayed with iChat Theater. If the Buddy can accept iChat Theater presentation and you have permission to Show the file you get the Video chat divided in two by overlay boxes.
Note: on lower speed internet connections with iChat 2, the Video will in fact pause during the file sending. The Bitrate will drop, as shown in the Connection Doctor, to about 24kbps in iChat to iChat connections. In iChat 2 to PC connections the Bitrate will drop to Zero and the chat may fail with a "No Data for 10 secs" error message
If sending large files or collections it pays to Zip them as the AIM servers can be fussy and do try to protect people form the sending of Malicous code as files.
© 2005 Ralph Johns: Edited 24/9/2005, 5/5/2006
Updated September 2006. Moved to Gargoyles and edited Mar 2007
Edited: 6:29 PM Wednesday; September 24, 2008