iChat is more than just a great instant messenger client. Here is a collection of tips to get the most out of this fabulous addition to the iApp family.
The moment it became available, just about every Mac geek I knew dropped their AIMs, Adiums, Fires, Jabbers, and Proteuses and made the switch to iChat, Apple’s iApp-flavored instant messaging client. What’s not to love? It’s colorful, friendly, and decidedly Mac. But there’s more beneath the candy-coated surface than just another instant messenger (IM) application.
This hack is all about getting the most out of iChat through a few useful tips and delightful surprises discovered between “Up late?,” “We’re moving that meeting to Friday,” and “Dinner’s ready!”
Before you do anything else, be sure to put a face to your IM name. There’s nothing quite as distancing as a conversation with a generic AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) icon. Whether you choose a cartoon character close to your heart or a recent promo snapshot you were badgered into, simply drag an image into the buddy icon well at the top right of the iChat buddy list window (see Figure 3-1) and it’ll appear along with your name or IM handle in your buddies’ buddy lists.
Figure 3-1. Dragging a picture into the buddy icon well
As shown in Figure 3-2, iChat’s Buddy Icon dialog allows you to scale and position your preferred image until it’s just right. ...