21.10. Sharing Your Screen

. Sharing Your Screen As you've seen already in this chapter, iChat lets you share your thoughts, your voice, and your image with the people on your buddy lists. And now, for its next trick | . Sharing Your Screen As you ve seen already in this chapter iChat lets you share your thoughts your voice and your image with the people on your buddy lists. And now for its next trick it lets you share. .your computer. iChat s screen sharing feature is a close relative of the network screen-sharing feature described in Chapter 13. It lets you not only see what s on a far-away buddy s screen but control it taking command of the distant mouse and keyboard. Of course screen sharing can work the other way too. You can open folders create and edit documents and copy files on the shared Mac screen. Sharing a screen makes collaborating as easy as working side by side around the same Mac except now you can be sitting in San Francisco while your buddy is banging it out in Boston. And if you re the family tech-support specialist but the family lives all over the country screen sharing makes troubleshooting a heckuva lot easier. You can now jump on your Mom s shared Mac and figure out why the formatting went wacky in her Word document without her having to attempt explaining it to you over the phone. And then the little thingie disappeared and the doohickey got scrambled. Note Of course in these days of Big Scary Internet Security Issues you want to make sure the person you share your screen with is someone you trust completely because he or she is going to have the same access to your Mac as you do. Needless to say do not accept screen-sharing invitations from people you don t know. Also be leery of people on your Bonjour list asking you to share your screen because Bonjour identities can be easily faked. To make iChat screen sharing work you and your buddy must both be running Macs with Leopard. On the other hand you can share over any account type AIM .Mac Google Talk Bonjour or Jabber. To begin click the sharee s name in your Buddy List. If you want to share your screen with this person choose Buddies Share My Screen. If you want to see her screen because she has .

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