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Take Control of Messages in Mountain Lion
Oct 26, 2012

Take Control of Messages in Mountain Lion

Make your Mac into a communications hub with the Messages app!

When it’s time for an online chat, Messages in Mountain Lion has all the chops for sending short text-based messages and cute emoticons. Messages can also transmit graphics, handle voice conversations, share screens, coordinate group chats, and even host a full-on video chat. But making Messages do your bidding can require some specialized know-how. Networking guru Glenn Fleishman shows you exactly what to do, and explains just what you need to know so you can communicate with confidence.

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With this ebook in hand, you’ll discover:

  • What is difference between SMS, instant messaging, and iMessage—plus why you’d care.

  • How to convert your iChat experience to the brave new world of Messages.

  • Why it is that Messages lets you communicate via accounts at five different services (plus Bonjour), and how to figure out which you should use.

  • In an iMessage account, how to configure which email address(es) and iPhone phone number(s) should receive messages on your Mac.

  • How to use Google Talk with Google two-factor authentication.

  • How to send messages—and set your online status—with an eye to etiquette and conventions.

  • What an instant-message buddy is, why it’s awkward that iMessage doesn’t have buddies, and how to add buddies, organize buddies, and even delete or block a buddy.

  • How to exchange photos, videos, business documents, and other files via Messages.

  • The best way to add a spoken conversation or video to a chat, whether through an iMessage/FaceTime chat or an instant-messaging service.

  • How to view and control the Mac screen of the person you’re chatting with (or vice-versa).

  • And much more…


What versions of Mac OS X does this ebook cover?

This ebook is for users of 10.8 Mountain Lion. More specifically, we published this ebook shortly after Apple released 10.8.2, so the ebook includes a few changes to Messages that took place in 10.8.2.

Apple offered a beta of Messages for 10.7 Lion, but removed the download link before 10.8 Mountain Lion shipped. The company hasn’t provided a full release of Messages for Lion. This ebook doesn’t cover the Messages beta for Lion.

Will this ebook help me run the Messages app in iOS?

This ebook is about Messages on a Mac. To the extent that a Mac user needs to know what might happen in iOS in order to communicate effectively, yes, this ebook has some pointers. Also, some the concepts covered, like the difference between an iMessage and a text message (SMS/MMS), would be helpful to know when working with Messages in iOS.

Update Plans

June 23, 2014 – Sorry, but we don’t plan to update this book.

Posted by Adam Engst

  1. Messages Beta for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Ending on December 14

    The beta version of Messages for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which Apple released in February of 2012, expires on December 14. Those who participated in the Messages beta program should have received email from Apple alerting them to the expiration. However, it appears that Apple does not intend to release a final version of the software for Lion users; instead, Apple recommends that such users upgrade their Macs from Lion to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, which includes the final version of the Messages application. As Glenn says in a note accompanying his Introduction to Take Control of Messages in Mountain Lion, “I don’t cover the Messages beta for Lion as it was prone to crash and had other difficulties not necessarily found in the final (Mountain Lion) version.” For those Macs capable of running Mountain Lion, the upgrade to it is $19.99 from the Mac App Store.

    Posted by Michael Cohen (Permalink)

  2. Glenn Talks about Messages in Mountain Lion on MacVoices

    Though it lacks the drama of his recent championship run on “Jeopardy,” Glenn Fleishman offers plenty of information about his latest book, Take Control of Messages in Mountain Lion, in his interview with Chuck Joiner on MacVoices. If you wonder where iChat went in Mountain Lion, tune in for the answers (this time, in the form of answers, not questions) .

    Posted by Michael Cohen (Permalink)

The Author

Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, the New York Times, Wired, the Atlantic, and the Economist. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. Glenn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.