Friday 13 July 2007

Connect to Nibble Jabber with iChat on a Mac

Connecting to Nibble Jabber with iChat on a Mac requires OS X 10.4 or above and it is super easy to setup. The screenshots below are for OS X 10.4 (Tiger). Note: If you are already using iChat for other types of instant messaging, scroll down to the end to see how to enable Jabber.

When iChat is first run, it will come up and tell you how great it is:
iChat First Run

Then it will ask you for your name, just check that it is correct, and your .Mac account info which is optional:
iChat Basic Settings

Then you can enable a Jabber account. Just check the box as show, and provide your Jabber ID:
iChat Jabber Account

Basically you're done at this point. You will get a couple screens asking you about enabling Bonjour (optional) and configuring your web-camera (if you have one), and then you're done:
iChat Done

When iChat connects, you will probably get this warning about security, choose "continue":
iChat Security Warning

And then you will be logged in and you should see your buddy list:
iChat Buddy List

On the other hand, if you are already using iChat, you just need to go in to "Preferences" to enable Jabber. Open the "Preferences" for iChat, and go to the "Accounts" tab as shown:
iChat Account Settings

Now just choose "Jabber" from the drop-down box and provide your Jabber ID:
iChat New Jabber Account

That's it! You should get the security warning and buddy list as shown above.

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