Previous 1 2 Next 18 Replies Latest reply: Aug 14, 2011 11:05 AM by Ralph Johns (UK)
bobsbarricades Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have an outstanding thread with lots of questions about OS X's Mail and I feel it's getting nowhere but me sking more questions in the same thread.

 

SO can someone explain to me how the chat function works? I CAN log onto iChat and talk with my gmail contacts...but I want to do it in Mail.  Do I have to sign on to iChat?  If I have to do that why not just sign onto regular gmail? 

 

thanks!


MacBook Pro 2.2 C2D, 4GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Mac OS X (10.6.8), iBook G4 1.3 Ghz 120GB 7200 RPM HDD 1.5GB Ram, Gen1 iPad
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (70,015 points)

    Hi,

     

    In Mail you can go to the View Menu > Columns and chose to Chow the Chat Bubble column.

    This will then show if a Buddy is On-line if you get an Email from them.

     

    You can use the same Menu > Customise Tool Bar and put a Chat icon in the Header (Tool Bar) section of Mail
    This can then be used to Connect in iChat to a Buddy that you have the Chat info on (Of course they have to be On line)

     

    You are probably right that it easier to do it in GMail's Web page, particularly if your Buddies are not using iChat for Video and Audio Chats.

     

     


    11:12 PM      Thursday; August 11, 2011


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb( 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • bobsbarricades Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't have a chat view where you listed...but it DOES seem to want me to be on iChat in order for it to show if someone is online. 

     

    very strange.  thanks for the response. 

     

    Does anybody know if there are any plug-ins to manage this so I don't have to logon to ichat? 

    and I assume Lion doesn't address this either, yea?

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (70,015 points)

    Hi,

     

    Thanks for the Points.

     

    At this present time I can't get my Mail in Leopard to Show me when Buddies are On Line (Mail > Preferences > Viewing even when I double check the Addresss Book and have their email and Screen Names preset.

     

    Turning the setting Off and On will remove and Add the column that would display the marker but even when actually chatting to someone and having the Mail display an email from them I can't get it to work.

     

    Makes it difficult to test anything and make further suggestions.

     

     


    7:25 PM      Friday; August 12, 2011


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb( 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • bobsbarricades Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i know apple just started a sort of...consumer thoughts program right?  It's in beta?  But where can I find the current suggestion page for things like this?  The iChat/Mail integration feels half-executed and they should know.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (70,015 points)

    Hi,

     

    Strangely Mail is not in the list

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/

     

     


    8:27 PM      Friday; August 12, 2011


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb( 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • bobsbarricades Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    very strange.  well I sent it to the iChat people... I guess that's close enough.  Thanks again!

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (70,015 points)

    Hi,

     

    The iChat Page can be accessed in the iChat Menu > Provide Feedback.

     

    I just checked and my Mail has  a similar option but the feedback works differently (you don't seem to be able to make/suggests Enhancement requests)

    EDIT

    If you deselect the Send to Apple Box you get sent to this page

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/mail.html

     


    9:55 PM      Friday; August 12, 2011


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb( 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • bobsbarricades Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't know how you did it, but AWESOME!

     

    if you happen upon a way to offer Dictionary feedback lemme know!  I can't beleive they don't offer foreign languages/translations in it.  =/

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (70,015 points)

    Hi,

     

    In Leopard my Dictionary is based on the New Oxford American Dictionary  (from where I sit a complete misnomer)

     

    The App does not offer Translations other than Japanese.

    I can find no way to Add more Dictionaries in other languages.

     

    I have not found any way to provide feedback.

    Most likely there is some license agreement about using the Dictionary


    9:21 PM      Saturday; August 13, 2011


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb( 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • bobsbarricades Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks for trying!  I feel these little things are like polish that never got put on.  It doesn't feel like OS X, ya know?

     

    :shrug:  maybe they'll see this and the many discussions about it (last I searched).  I think I found a way to add dictionaries, but it was only or Leopard.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,720 points)

    bobsbarricades wrote:

     

     

    :shrug:  maybe they'll see this and the many discussions about it (last I searched).  I think I found a way to add dictionaries, but it was only or Leopard.

     

    You should provide feedback via

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html

     

    But getting a lot more dictionaries from Apple is not likely, they have to buy the rights.  There are some modules available and ways to make them.

     

    http://m10lmac.blogspot.com/2008/03/more-dictionaries-for-leopards.html

    http://m10lmac.blogspot.com/2011/06/norwegian-spell-check-and-dictionaryapp.html

    http://m10lmac.blogspot.com/2010/06/romanian-module-for-dictionaryapp.html

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (70,015 points)

    Hi Tiom,


    Thanks for chipping in.

     

    I am right in thinking that the Spellcheck that can be accessed in an App is not actually a link to the Dictionary app but to AppleSpell or CocoaSpell.

     

    Can anything be done to say the International (Or Text) Pane in System Preferenes that can help ?

     

     


    10:14 PM      Saturday; August 13, 2011


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb( 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,720 points)

    Ralph Johns (UK) wrote:

     

    I am right in thinking that the Spellcheck that can be accessed in an App is not actually a link to the Dictionary app but to AppleSpell or CocoaSpell.

     

     

    Yes, that is right, Dictionary.app has nothing to do with spell check.  It's quite easy to add additional spell check dictionaries if you want.

     

    http://m10lmac.blogspot.com/2011/06/extra-spell-checking-dictionaries-for.html

     

    I'm not sure what you are asking about related to the preference panes....

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (70,015 points)

    Hi Tom,

     

    I  am sure my thinking on this is of the fuzzy variety.

     

    However.  In Leopard there is the International Pane which you can set the Language that your computer uses.

    You can also set the Keyboard input  which puts the Flag icon in the Menu bar.

    You can also set Formats.  (Alters things like the way the date is formatted and what weight measurements you use).

     

    I believe that this is called Text (and Something) in Lion.

     

    My thinks went something along the lines of:-

    If I change the Language does this effect the Spellcheck Dictionary is a way that would allow me (or the Original Poster) to type in one language and  spellcheck in another ?

    Or if i set the format differently would this make a change ?

    (I know if I change Format to the United States I can SMS to US Phone Numbers On services that provide th AIM link) from over here in iChat).

     

    I can see that there are great flaws in this thinking and one would probably need to know what the word was in the first place.

     

     


    10:55 PM      Saturday; August 13, 2011

     

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb( 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

Previous 1 2 Next