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Is Messages only for text?

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Cartoonguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 29, 2012 11:19 PM

So I got Mountain Lion and like the idea of using Messages to communicate, but so far, I can only figure out how to use it for texting.  Is this right?  Does it not have any Skype like capabilities to do things like talk or video?  I thought it did, but maybe I misundstood.  If it does, hope someone can explain how because I can only get it to open Facetime, which is a seperate app.  I thought Messages was an all in one thing.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)
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    Aug 29, 2012 11:23 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    It includes all the options of iChat for audio and video chats and conferencing.

     

    When you have Messages running try the Help menu.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Aug 29, 2012 11:23 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Messages supports videocalls for Jabber, AIM, Google Talk and Yahoo accounts. With an iMessage account, you have to open FaceTime

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Aug 29, 2012 11:34 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    That's for people that have got an account of those services. If you have your Apple ID, you must use FaceTime because it's the Apple's videocall. You can also press the FaceTime button in Messages when you chat with a contact

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Aug 29, 2012 11:41 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)
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    Aug 30, 2012 5:21 AM (in response to Kappy)

    hi kappy,

    i didnt know how to reach you but replying to this, sorry!!

    so it seems that you are an expert in mackbook, i really need your help, i have a problem with my trackpad, its not functioning probably, its moving erratically.

    i searched the internet, and they say if i reset my SMC it might help, so i have done that, it worked fine for about 30 minutes but after that it went back...

    i can see that yous using OS X 10.7.4 like mine, so do you have any idea what could be the problem, please help me i dont whta to do!!

  • cbs20 Level 4 Level 4 (2,480 points)
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    Aug 30, 2012 6:21 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Messages is an app that integrates multiple chat services in one app. Apple's iMessage which is only a texting service, AIM (AOL instant messenger, Yahoo, Google, Jabber, and Bonjour. If you have any of these other accounts you can  set it up in Messages Preferences along with your Apple ID. If in iChat you had no way of making an audio call or video call then you will have no way of soing this in Messages. Apple hasn't eliminated any capabilities of iChat they have only added the ability to send iMessage. You are misinterpreting what people are saying here and the functionality of the application.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)
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    Aug 30, 2012 12:00 PM (in response to Rielle1)

    You should  post your own separate topic instead of threadjacking another user's topic.

     

    If the trackpad is not functioning properly then you should take the computer in for service.

  • cbs20 Level 4 Level 4 (2,480 points)
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    Aug 30, 2012 1:41 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

     

    • Using Messages as an all in one communication tool, chat, voice and video, requires logging in with one of those other accounts.

    I prefer to think of Messages as an application that brings all of your communication tools together.

     

     

    • It doesn't matter which acccount.  They all do the same thing, apart from Apple, which is only for chat.

    I'm not sure I only use my Apple ID and AIM. I have a Google account which I will probably add today. I know AIM and Google allow voice, video, and text. Apples iMessage only allows text.

     

     

    • With say, a Google account, I could only talk to other Google Talk account users, so if I want to communicate regularly with a certain person, we should both get a Google Talk account.
    • Only purpose of using Apple ID is so that you can communicate with other people connected already using an Apple ID, like Iphone users, for instance.

    Yes to both of these.

     

     

    • Essentially, if I want the best functionality with Messages, it's better to use anything but Apple ID if the person you want to talk, chat, or video with has the corresponding service.  Messages acts merely as an interface to these other services.

    Yes and no, you can be logged in to all accounts at once. As I said earlier I currently am logged in to my Apple ID for iMessage and my AIM. Later I will add my Google and be logged in to that as well as my 2 other accounts. So, log in to every chat account you have that is available in Messages.

  • Rielle1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 30, 2012 3:49 PM (in response to Kappy)

    am new to this communities so i dont really know how does it work yet, but am so sorry for threadjaking the descussion and thank you for bieng very helpful.

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