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iChat: multiple accounts, one buddy list?
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nonhuman
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Dec 17, 2007, 11:43 AM
 
I currently use Adium for my chatting, but with the new features in iChat 4 plus the birth of my niece and god daughter (that's two babies, not one ) video chat has suddenly become more interesting to me.

So I opened up iChat and set up my accounts (1 personal AIM, 1 business AIM, 1 GTalk). Much to my surprise, that gave me three separate buddy list windows. My 24" monitor may give me plenty of space, but I can think of better uses for it than having three whole windows of buddy lists.

Is there any way to get iChat to combine all my buddy lists into a single window as Adium does? Or are my options basically to either a) stick with Adium and only use iChat when I want to video chat, b) deal with having 3 different buddy windows, or c) consolidate all my chatting into a single username?
     
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Dec 17, 2007, 12:12 PM
 
Nope. No way. Another reason I don't like iChat. You can't connect to multiple IM services in one window either. And even when you do, it's dodgy.

iChat is just for AIM only, and really only useful at handling one account at a time. I never understood the need to have different accounts for home/work etc though.
     
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Dec 17, 2007, 03:04 PM
 
Chax can provide a unified "All Contacts" list, among other things.
     
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Dec 17, 2007, 03:32 PM
 
Originally Posted by cybergoober View Post
Chax can provide a unified "All Contacts" list, among other things.
I recommend chax as well
     
nonhuman  (op)
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Dec 17, 2007, 04:11 PM
 
Cool, I'll have to check it out. Thanks.
     
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Dec 18, 2007, 04:59 PM
 
Wow i'm glad i came to this thread, i've had this problem for a long time and i've just been using Adium.
Thanks!
( Last edited by IAmZoraK; Dec 18, 2007 at 04:59 PM. Reason: forgot the say thanks)
     
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May 7, 2008, 10:27 AM
 
I have Chax 2.1.1 installed and I do not see anywhere for a preference to have a unified contact list. Please point me in the right direction.
     
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May 7, 2008, 02:19 PM
 
Window > All Contacts?
     
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May 11, 2008, 04:00 AM
 
i am new to macs and have a followup question. i made a .mac account, and was wondering if there is any way to transfer/load my old AIM account buddy list into my .mac screen name buddy list

ive had my mac for 24 hours now and i already love it!

thanks
drew
     
   
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