iChat Question

ponyboy

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Question: I am clueless about AOL so help me out. iChat is AIM and .mac compatible right? Well I am skipping on .mac dont need it and I have never had or planned on having AOL. Therefore does this render ichat totally useless to me? Not that the program is useless but unusable. And if I have to have an AOL account to use it how much does that cost? Will this end up being the most expensive iapp ever?
 

Ensign Paris

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You don't need Aol to use AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) when you get iChat it will give you the option to signup for .Mac or AOL (I think, although I am not perfectly sure)

Ensign
 

ponyboy

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Right .mac or AOL I knew that but like I said I dont plan on paying for .mac I dont need it so does AOL cost? or can you just get a sign in name?
 

cleo

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Oh no. AOL Instant Messenger is totally free. The actual AIM client (there's one for X) has ads on it. You can communicate with people who actually use AOL as their ISP as well as the millions of people who only use AIM for chat. Basically, iChat is an alternative chat client that taps into the same AIM network. So even if you don't use .Mac, you can sign up for a free AIM screen name and use it that way.

I too have a couple of iChat questions for those of you with developer's previews...

1) How do the user pictures work? Is it basically like Buddy Icons where you pick your picture and it automatically sends it to your buddies? Do you have to assign pictures to your buddies, or do you automatically receive whatever they've chosen?

2) I'm pretty addicted to Adium and tabbed chatting... how does iChat measure up?
 

mac15

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I have only used the WWCD beta of iChat and it was kinda eh, asium kils it, but that was then and this is now so it might be better
 

Geert

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I've got a question myself:

Is it compatible with msn?

The thing is, in US you probably have lots of people using AOL and AIM, but here in Europe nobody.
msn here is without a doubt the biggest IM, all my friends are on it.
I like ichat a lot if it would be super if it were compatible with msn.
(then I can finally ditch that @#@ M$ msn)
 

mueng

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May 20, 2002
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making groups in ichat?

Does anyone with the betas of Jaguar/iChat know if it is possibile to make groups like in AOL instant messenger?

It's really annoying to have all the people on your list in one giant list. There's reasons I've separated these people. It's really bad when you have 160 people on your buddy list (not that i talk to all of them)

Thanks
 

mmmdreg

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It seems the younger generations use MSN as it is standard on PC's and hotmail is a common term these days...the older people use AIM and ICQ and all because they came about before MSN...anyway, I'm trying to get friends onto AIM so that iChat has a use for me...