Network chat across two Macs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by zen, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. zen macrumors 65816

    zen

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    I guess the answer to this might be iChat, but I've got two iMacs on my home network. My wife and I work on them, usually at the same time, and it would be great if we could just open a quick chat window to swap small files, links and bits of text back and forth as we work. At the moment we use the Finder and copy, paste, drag, etc. But there must be a quicker way.

    Back in the olde days there used to be a network message thing you could use. I guess iChat would be easiest if we both set up a login each and keep it running in the background?
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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  3. CMelton macrumors regular

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    Or you could both log into skype. Just as easy
     
  4. belvdr macrumors 601

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    I'd recommend iChat through Bonjour over SKype in this scenario, as it keeps your connections local and there's no need to login to a 3rd party server on the Internet.
     
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    if the OP is unsure on how to use Bonjour for IM just fire up iChat on both Macs and in the Window menu click on "Bonjour List" and accept the dialogue window that comes up.
     
  6. zen thread starter macrumors 65816

    zen

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    Wow, iChat over Bonjour? Awesome, will give it a go, thanks!
     

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