5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 16, 2012 11:48 AM by Ralph Johns (UK)
arnamy1 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

I've adjusted the font and played with preferences, but I can't get the iChat bubble to go to a nomal size. Any ideas? The images in the package contents look correct too.

 

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  • 1. Re: iChat bubbles are huge
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,500 points)

    Hi,

     

    The IM itself is spread over two lines as the Chat window is narrow.

     

    It is possible to recreate this using the ALT key.

    This key when used as a modifier for the Enter key adds a new line to the IM before it is sent.

     

    However I don't think this is someone doing that.

     

    There are two places to change the Font, its colour (text) and one for the Balloon colour.

    IN the  iChat Menu > Preferences > Messages you can choose the Font. (you can also chose the colour of the text.)

    This tends to be something that looks easy to read at 12 and 14 point.

    The default is Helvetica at 12 point.  If for some reason your Helvetica is turned Off iChat and other app will not launch.

     

    However once you have set the Font Size there you can resize the IM in the Format Menu and "re-chose" the Font (And it's size) and you can colour the Font here as well.

    You would tend to use this to highlight part of the text you were sending.

    However when you do this the Balloon retains the size of the Preferences Font.

    i.e. if the Format menu thinks the IM is 40 point in size it will Line break the text at 40 point even if you have  selected a 12 point Font size.

     

    However when I test this a natural Line break (The text wrapping itself at the end of the Line base in Width of Chat window) does not do this.

    Screen Shot 2012-11-14 at 20.22.01.png

     

    The Prefs were set to 48 point.

    The Format menu was used to Set 12 point.

     

    The "Format Size" balloon ended with several ALT + enter Line breaks

     

    The last IM is an attempt to see if the Text would do it automatically.

     

    Is it just the Incoming Message that has the oversized balloon ?

    Are you Overriding incoming Messages as far a size and Font are concerned ?

     

    The Pic appears to show Helvetica which your end could have defaulted to if you don' have the Font your Buddy is using.

    However as the Buddy is asking to See the Big Balloon I take it they are not send it like that.

     

    In iChat 5 which I have I have to deliberately set it to Override Incoming Messages

    In Messages that I am working with this is Automatic and resizes it to the stated default size.

    I am not sure about iChat 6 in this area.

     

     

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    8:38 PM      Wednesday; November 14, 2012


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  • 2. Re: iChat bubbles are huge
    arnamy1 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    It's all the bubbles, incoming and out going. The font is Arial, 12 pt.

    I tried Adium too and it looks like this....

    incoming bubble is cool but the box to type in is weird like iChat was too.

    Screen shot 2012-11-15 at 8.56.55 AM.png

  • 3. Re: iChat bubbles are huge
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,500 points)

    Hi,

     

    I presume the "A" icon is in fact the formatting selection.

     

    What does it list as the Font and Size   to the right of the last "o" ?

    I.e. can you highlight to the right and see if the Font listed changes.

     

     

    I would be tempted to suggest  a PRAM reset.

    Shut down the computer.

    Restart it holding down Apple/CMD ( or ⌘)+ALT( ⌥)+P+R Keys until you have heard three Start Up Bongs.

     

     

    Keyboard PRAM-2.png

     

     

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    8:23 PM      Thursday; November 15, 2012


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  • 4. Re: iChat bubbles are huge
    arnamy1 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Well, everything says 12 pt font. I tried doing the PRAM/VRAM reset too.

    I managed to get adium to look normal in the chat window but some of the text is jumbled in the preference pane:

    Screen shot 2012-11-16 at 11.34.25 AM.png

     

    iChat windows still look the same.

  • 5. Re: iChat bubbles are huge
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,500 points)

    Hi,

     

    This is beginning to look like  FOnt Issue at the System level of things.

     

    That Scrambled Preferences looks like the "Receiving Files" line is crashing into the line below by the same sort of margin.

     

    I looks like one of the regular fonts (So called System Fonts) has either been changed to a larger version of the Font or a Font that is larger has the same same as a System Font and is replacing it.

     

    Open the Font Book (It is in Applications)

     

    If you set the Display size to  say 18 pt all those that would normally use a smaller size will be displayed at 18 pt.

    However some like Marker Felt display at 36 pt as standard.  (this font I used will only display here if you have it as well)

    Pic version Screen Shot 2012-11-16 at 19.47.02.png

     

     

    Although the logic in the way I have explained is a bit fuzzy (it does not explain why norm text then shows up) it does seem that this text areas thinks a larger font is about to be used.

     

     

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    7:47 PM      Friday; November 16, 2012


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