1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 9, 2013 1:41 PM by Ralph Johns (UK)
petty123 Level 1 Level 1

how do i uninstall ichat effects? i just want the bug out ones. they show up on photobooth but not ichat

MacBook Pro, iOS 6
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9



    Do you mean MoreiChatEffects ?

    This is "known" to have some issues as the Quartz files that are used are from and older version of Quartz Composer and some will not play in later versions of the OS.


    This installs the Quartz files in the "wrong" place.

    The Apple ones are in Hard Drive Name/System/Library/Compositions

    Ones to be used by all Users should be place in Hard Drive Name/Library/Compositions

    Ones for the User only should be put in Hard Drive name/Users/(Account name)/Library/Compositions.


    The MoreiChatEffects ones get put in the System/Library/Compositions getting mixed up with the Apple ones.

    There should be an "Uninstall" option if you re-run the Installer.


    Support Messages on the Site list an issues trying to run in 64 bit mode but end in 2009


    iChatFX is something similar  but expands on what Quartz can really do.

    It takes what ChatFX did and updates it for later versions.


    ChatFX (second of those two links) worked up until OS X 10.4.9  At OS X 10.4.10 Apple changed the way the video was produced for iChat (and PhotoBooth) which meant the access part of the Quartz files did not work.


    iChatFX  (Note the leading "i") was produced by a different company.

    The Demo does not have all the 200 options but does have many (with Demo written all over them).

    However these also have been caught out by changes in the way Apple grabs the Video from the Camera.


    iChatFX also puts files in the "Apple" System/Library/Compositions folder instead of the "All Users" /Library/Compositions folder.


    The Good News

    IN the Hard Drive Name/System/Library/Compositions folder there is also a file called "DefaultOrder.plist" which can be opened on QuickLook and/or made to Open With TextEdit  and lists all the Apple ones that Should be in the folder.


    The Mountain Lion ones are here  (TextEdit Copy)

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">

    <plist version="1.0">


        <string>/space alien</string>

        <string>/nose twirl</string>





        <string>/bug out</string>



















        <string>/color dots</string>


        <string>/eiffel tower</string>









    You can then drag the ones you do not want to the Trash  (Or at least place then outside the Compositions folder(s).



    9:41 PM      Saturday; February 9, 2013

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