Chapter 12. iChat

Instant messaging (IM) has been gaining popularity over the last few years as the Internet communication method of choice for many situations. iChat is Apple's default instant messaging client in Snow Leopard and has lots to offer. First, it's compatible with AIM as well as Google Chat, two of the biggest instant messaging networks out there. Second, it adds lots of cool features that go beyond simple text chat, including voice and video chat. Finally, it's easy to use and well integrated with other Snow Leopard applications. In this chapter we'll cover the following:

  • Getting an iChat account

  • Logging in with your account

  • Adding and managing buddies

  • Text chat and instant messaging

  • Voice and video chat

  • Using iChat with other programs ...

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