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Book description

When it's time for an online chat, Messages in Mountain Lion has all the chops for sending short text-based messages and cute emoticons. Messages can also transmit graphics, handle voice conversations, share screens, coordinate group chats, and even host a full-on video chat. But making Messages do your bidding can require some specialized know-how. Networking guru Glenn Fleishman shows you exactly what to do, and explains just what you need to know so you can communicate with confidence.

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Book Basics
    3. Key Messaging Basics
  2. Introduction
  3. Messages Quick Start
  4. What’s New in Messages for iChat Users
    1. Keep Using the Buddy List
    2. Take Advantage of the Messages Window
  5. Open a Channel
    1. Understand Types of Accounts
    2. Check and Set Up Accounts
  6. Review Your Etiquette Lessons
    1. Symbolize Your Status
    2. Preserve Some Privacy in iMessage
    3. Use Smileys, Emoji, and Abbreviations
    4. Avoid Harassment
    5. End a Conversation
  7. Bring On Buddy Lists for Instant Messaging
    1. Decide If You Want Just One Buddy List
    2. Set Up Buddy Lists
    3. Examine a Buddy
    4. Remove a Buddy
    5. Block a Buddy or Other User
  8. Master the Messages Window
  9. Exchange Text and Multimedia Messages
    1. Find Someone
    2. Exchange Text Messages
    3. Send and Receive Media and Files
    4. End a Chat
    5. Start a Group Chat
    6. Read Past Messages
    7. Block a Person
  10. Chat via Audio and Video
    1. Examine A/V Chat Options
    2. Check Your Requirements
    3. Set Up an A/V Session
    4. Share Your Face with a FaceTime Chat
    5. See or Speak with Video or Audio Chat
  11. Share Screens
    1. Start a Screen-Sharing Session
    2. Use Screen Sharing
    3. Stop a Screen-Sharing Session
  12. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. About the Publisher
  13. Copyright and Fine Print
  14. Featured Titles