When to use the Instant Messenger Kit
The IM kit tells you when your friends are online, even when
you are using a different program like the TimeZliner, which means
that you don't waste time composing emails when a few minutes
chat would answer your questions.
How the Instant Messenger Kit works
When you start the IM kit and log in to the protocols you have
accounts for, the IM kit will connect to these IM networks, which
directs chat traffic between all Zeta users and users on other
platforms using one of these protocols. When the IM kit is running,
it will constantly be checking with the activated networks to
see if any of your friends are online, what their statuses are,
and if they're typing/sending you messages.
When you or one of your friends initiates a chat, the activated
servers connect your client applications so you can send messages
to each others.
Setting Your Status
Anyone who has made a People file
about you with the protocols as attributes, or friends that has
added you to their Buddy List can see when you are logged in and
what status you have set. Setting your status as Available, is
an invitation for others to start a chat.
You can set your online status for
all protocols at once using the kit's replicant in the Deskbar
menu, or choose which protocol you want to be available with:
Currently only three different status
modes are supported: Available (Online), Away
and Offline. The kit lets you set a different status
for each protocol if needed.
You can easily check your online
status by by moving the mouse over the deskbar replicant. A label
with then appear on the screen showing the status of each installed
Our tip is that you switch your status from Available (green)
to Away (yellow) when you need to get some work done. This
way you are able to get the work done without being disturbed
with unnecessary messages, but still being able to send messages
related to your work.
Adding Screen Names and UINs to
First go to the People folder (/boot/home/people).
Choose Window in the menu bar and change the view
to List View. All activated Attributes will
then appear for that folder. During the installation of the
IM kit, you made two new attributes.
These two attributes are activated by choosing Attributes
- Person and then IM Connections and IM
Status. The first attributes are general attributes for
folders (directories), and the last ones are specific for
the application x-person.
The first time you log on with the installed protocols, the
IM kit will download your buddy lists from the protocols that
you have accounts for: AIM, ICQ, MSN and/or Yahoo!. The IM
kit will automatically generate Person files with Screen
Name and UIN information stored in the IM
Connections attribute. No other information will be stored
to these Person files, and they will therefore appear as unkown
contacts. By using using IM_Merge contacts add-on in the Tracker,
you can merge these two contacts and their attributes together.
For most situations we recommend you to choose the second
merge direction: "Unknown contact" > "Registered
After having merged these Person files, you might have some friends
that you haven't chatted with before. To add information about
their IM Connections, simply click on their IM Connections
field and add the protocols that they are using. Screen Names
and UIN are written in the following way: AIM:industroslaad
and ICQ:1595259. If a person is using more than one protocol,
you can register them all in the same field. The protocols are
than separated with a ;.
Seeing People's Online Status
When you are logged on to the
BeOS IM Kit, you can see the current IM Status to all
your friends and business relations registered with an IM
The IM kit gives you information about the status of your
buddies as they change. The screenshot is taken, as the IM
kit got started and status got set to Available. Four
of buddies were then online (Available or Away).
If you receive a message from somebody,
a new window will open where you can chat with them and an alert
will appear in the Deskbar. The IM kit's replicant will blink
(switch between green and orange). A red replicants indicates
that you are not online.
Starting a Chat
There are two ways to start a chat
in the IM kit:
The first way is simply to choose
a Person file and open it with im_client.
Depending on what Instant Messenger your buddy is using,
you can see when the User is typing.. This feature
makes it easier to make a conversation.
Clicking Show info opens your contacts People file,
and clicking E-mail will start your default e-mail
client. You can also block a contact. This will prevent
your contact from seeing when you are online and available
for a chat.
Looking Up Content From a Chat
Select a word or part of the chat and right-click the mouse.
A context menu will then appear, letting you choose to look
up your selection at Dictionary,
Google and Acronym