About this Set of How-tos
The dividers below denote the separate pages.
As well as the titles and links in the Areas Covered section I have intra-page links to Apple and AIM subtypes. You need a name first really. So it seemed a good place to start. The Apple one is further subdivided into .mac and MoblieMe. To drive home the point that this potentially allows the creation of three Screen Names based on a users real name I have stated so specifically. (they don't have to be based on your Real Name)
In other versions of the OS the new MobileMe service will cause an update to be run if you go to System Preferences > .Mac but this does not seem to happen in Jaguar (10.2.x) or in Panther (10.3.x) and is noted at the bottom of the Screen Name section.
It is followed by a section of running iChat for the first time as well as Alternatives if you clicked through the Start Up Screens without entering any details. You can use this to add second or more Screen Names although you can only log in with one at a time.
I also pay particular attention to the Server Settings button as part of this section as it can be useful for some routing devices.
Next we have Adding Buddies. Within the section are the various methods such as from the Buddy List
and from the Buddies menu without a chat started and with a chat started. It also mentions Adding a Buddy from a Group Chat.
Not listed in the Areas Covered list is an item on the Buddy Info card called up by right or Control-clicking on a Buddy in the list. This is where Corrections and Alternative choices can be sorted.
I look at Ordering the Buddy list as iChat 2 includes the use of Groups in the Buddy List for the first time.
This is followed by how to Start a Chat which also includes Direct Chats and A/V chats.
Group chats take longer to describe and form a separate section looking at joining and starting your Own. I make the distinction between Group chats with friends and Chatrooms/ Public Chats. (these in fact the same thing but Public ones can sometime be accessed by web page links)
Having started a Text Chat the next step you may want to consider is formatting the chat with different colours and fonts. This includes adding Smilies to the Chat as you go and whether to use the Standard Speech Bubbles or plain text.
This section has the info on how to actually send that IM when typed and formatted. I also note that the Speech Bubbles appear when you or your Buddy are getting ready to send something.
Many iChat functions are able to be done from the Buddy List itself or the Menu items and nowhere is this more plain than when sending Files and Pictures.
The Menu Page is subdivided, each into it's own part
Video (Or Audio) Menu
not forgetting of course, Help.
The Preferences Page section is similarly divided:-
Accounts with a bit on the Server Settings button
I have then included a long page on items that are specific to Audio and Video Chats. This looks again at the Menus involved in controlling the camera or Microphone and the exceptions to Cameras that might be needed now External iSights are no longer available.