Some questions about Messages

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by mgartner0622, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

    mgartner0622

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    Hello Everyone-
    I just upgraded to 10.8 from 10.7 and I'd like a bit of help with the Messages app. I've tried and tried to find related answers, but the generic term "messages" helps provide so many unrelated items.

    Anyways, I use iChat, now Messages, with Google Talk. I have about 40 people I talk to on a weekly basis. When I first opened Messages, I had one message, from a friend that had sent me it overnight. Now, for the life of me, apart from creating a new message and sending it to a friend, I can't seem to find a way to see if a person was online or not. iChat had a jabber list, in which like many chat clients it shows a list of online, idle, and offline people. However, I can't seem to find such a list in Messages. Does one exist, or is there a way I can get similar functionality from a Messages feature?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Tander macrumors 6502a

    Tander

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    Having a look on my Messages app - I don't see status for my contacts either.

    However I can set my own online status - what's the point if people can't see them?

    Maybe from MB to MB you can see online status - but mb to iPhone / iPad or iDevice to iDevice its not possible?
     
  3. Babyboi macrumors regular

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    gartner, be sure to be signed in to your Google Talk, AIM, or whatever by going to your Messages Preferences, or hit Command + ,(comma).
    Hit the + key to add your account. Once you've done that, go to Window and hit Buddies, or Command + 1.

    Hope this helps!
     
  4. westonm macrumors member

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    I'm unsure how it applies to Jabber but for AIM buddies you can go "Window -> Buddies" (or cmd-1).

    Edit: Beaten to the punch
     
  5. mgartner0622 thread starter macrumors 65816

    mgartner0622

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    Hooray, that fixed it!
    Thank you so much for your help. Same to the poster below.
     
  6. Babyboi macrumors regular

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    no problem. why couldn't they just have it automatically appear, right?
     
  7. Billywiz1307 macrumors member

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    Thanks also from me for the response but, is it just me or is anyone else puzzled by Apple's Messages. iChat was a doddle to use, FaceTime was slightly worse but Messages hides even simple things like buddies.

    Go on, I expect a range of responses centering around, "I don't have a problem with Messages....."
     

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