Apple iChat
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iChat lets you chat with folks thousands of miles away in a full-screen personal video conference over any broadband connection. Thanks to the advanced graphics built into Mac OS X, they'll truly look like themselves, instead of strangers made of children's building blocks. And if you use a wide aspect ratio screen, iChat AV uses patented anamorphic resizing techniques so that the video of the person you're chatting with fills the entire screen without distortion. iChat AV also lets you size your video window to whatever size suits your style - from the large default of 352 x 288
What's New
Version 6.0.1:
  • This version of iChat is part of OS X 10.7 and can be updated via Software Update.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.7





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Apple iChat User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 6.x:
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Libertyforall1776 commented on 17 Mar 2013
Needs Yahoo webcam & audio support!
[Version 6.0.1]


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gatovadio commented on 20 Jan 2012
i never used ichat until this last lion version. as far as i can tell, msn support through jabber depends a lot on the msn gateway you're using. right now, i'm using "msn.jabber.belnet.be" and it displays msn avatars and file transfers do work. video/audio chat are the only understandable limitations.

there are plenty of protocol-through-jabber tutorials out there so i'm just gonna add that instead of installing psi to register gateways, you can do it through the jabber web client jappix.com.

contact managing (add, remove, rename, authorize) is easier if done on jappix, with ichat closed but if you're adding contacts through ichat, don't forget they must follow the following format: name%service.com@msn.jabber.belnet.be.
[Version 6.0.1]

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gatovadio replied on 20 Jan 2012
correction: actually, managing contacts is easier on ichat (jappix doesn't allow drag and drop, for example) but if you're noticing contacts coming back after you remove them or contacts not showing up, doing it through jappix is definitely more stable, just because it's a native jabber client.
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Higherterrain commented on 18 Jan 2012
Go a notice today in my email that iChat had been upgraded to version 6.0.1. Does'nt show up on your lists or on Mac Update. Did the pull it or was this a mistake?
[Version 6.0.1]


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Ladyland reviewed on 09 Jan 2012
Like because it simple. A lot of settings that need to make stick me to the computer for a long time. lol
[Version 5.0.3]


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Libertyforall1776 commented on 10 Mar 2011
iChat is NOT discontinued, it lives on in 10.7 and adds long-overdue Yahoo IM & video functionality!
[Version 5.0.3]


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Cerniuk reviewed on 28 Feb 2011
Has always been the red headed step child of a one trick pony product.

Only connects to other MS users. Has marginal interface. Does not support the functions built into iChat (iChat Theater, compatibility with open standards Jabber system, ability to connect to GoogleTalk).

This product needs to be deprecated on both Windows and Mac. It is not Microsoft's area of expertise to have it's own IM system and servers.

Go Standards! http://www.jabber.com (still unsettling that Cisco bought Jabber Inc…)
[Version 5.0.3]

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Cerniuk replied on 14 Aug 2011
This somehow got posted here vs on the MS Messenger section. Apologies all. Can't delete or edit (sigh)
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UlisesMontreal reviewed on 08 Feb 2011
iChat is the best only if you live in the USA where everybody has AIM, out of the States, in Europe and the rest of the American Continent, the most popular IM server in the world is MSN. You can get iChat to work with MSN, but it's simply pointless coz it's good for NADA. No file transfers, no audio/video conference, you can't even see the display picture of your contacts. Definitely not good at all if you have ppl from all over the world in your IM program.
[Version 5.0.3]

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Cerniuk replied on 28 Feb 2011
MS's stuff is proprietary. AIM has a corporate license program so organizations can either have their own AIM server at AOL or have an AIM server behind their firewall.

Jabber is the open standard IM system (Google, US Government, many organizations). iChat supports Jabber in spades… is almost all I use now.

Moving to open standards Jabber (and easily to Google) is simple. Most people have GMail or a Google account. Simply get yourself in there as a leader and people will follow.
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R33c3 commented on 12 Jun 2010
PIRX I understand what you mean, but it isn't apple's fault. Microsoft and Apple have been in some "software war" for quite some time. Microsoft really doesn't want iChat to have Msn support. This is the same reason why XBOX can't play iTunes purchases.
[Version 5.0.1]


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Pirx reviewed on 24 Nov 2009
I think different. These good ratings are not justified, as I completely fail in understanding the near total lack of audio/video support for major networks.

If it ain't AIM, it ain't working on iChat. This is not acceptable. If AIM is the answer, then it must have been a silly question.

Mac users can rightfully can expect a working audio/video iChat supporting mainstream networks on OS X.
[Version 5.0]


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ClauClau reviewed on 05 May 2009
10.3: Perfect Operating System, Perfect iChat.
10.4: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.4.1: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.4.2: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.4.3: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.4.4: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.4.5: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.4.6: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.4.7: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.4.8: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.4.9: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.4.10: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.4.11: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.5: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.5.1: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.5.2: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.5.3: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.5.4: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.5.5: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.5.6: iChat error -7, -8, -20
10.5.7: ????
[Version 4.0.7]

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misha commented on 06 May 2009
Tried deleting all your iChat prefs and stuff?

You might want to run iChat through Koingo's Amnesia uninstaller. Let it clean out all the associated files, but tell it not to actually delete the iChat app itself. Then set it back up again.

Or, you might have a Firewall or filter (LittleSnitch) set up that is blocking connections to oscar.aol.com ...
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Hate_Mac_Update_Privacy_Policy rated on 20 Feb 2014

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brendayan rated on 27 Jan 2013

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maxmarosko rated on 13 Jan 2013

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Roes rated on 26 Oct 2012

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widethtripp rated on 01 May 2012

[Version 6.0.1]



Corncrops rated on 11 Apr 2012

[Version 6.0.1]



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Quiiick rated on 13 Jan 2012

[Version 5.0.3]



+5

Macsimm rated on 13 Dec 2011

[Version 5.0.3]



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Rickysubero rated on 06 Jul 2011

[Version 5.0.3]


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iChat lets you chat with folks thousands of miles away in a full-screen personal video conference over any broadband connection. Thanks to the advanced graphics built into Mac OS X, they'll truly look like themselves, instead of strangers made of children's building blocks. And if you use a wide aspect ratio screen, iChat AV uses patented anamorphic resizing techniques so that the video of the person you're chatting with fills the entire screen without distortion. iChat AV also lets you size your video window to whatever size suits your style - from the large default of 352 x 288 pixels to full screen. In fact, iChat AV is so advanced, you can even resize a window during the middle of a conference, as it effortlessly adjusts images on the fly without affecting video and audio quality.


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