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A workaround for AIM profiles in iChat Apps
For all of you who won't use iChat because you can't have a profile, here's a workaround (it's currently basic and annoying, but it works). You'll need iChat and the Mac OS X version of AOL's AIM client.

First, sign on to AIM through iChat. Then sign on to the same screenname through AOL Instant Messenger. You can do this because AOL nows lets you be online as the same screenname from several computers at once. Now edit your profile using AOL Instant Messenger (AIM menu -> Edit Profile). Save your profile, then quit AIM. You will still be signed on thanks to iChat, and your profile will stay the way you set it with AIM.

A few notes: if you log off or are disconnected from iChat then sign back in, your profile will be reset to nothing. So whenever you log in to iChat, you'll have to sign onto AIM then quit AIM. However, AIM will remember your profile settings from the last time you signed on, so it will set your profile automatically.

Here's an AppleScript which might make things easier (Save in Script Editor as an application. Tested in Panther.)

(*
iChat profile applescript
by PCheese
mulletsailors@yahoo.com

Workaround for having a profile in iChat.
Requires AOL Instant Messenger from www.aim.com
*)
property waitTime : 10 -- how long to wait before moving on to the next step
property snToUse : "" -- the screenname to sign on as (blank for default)
property savedPassword : "" -- the password to use (blank if saved)

-- Here's where we sign on with iChat
tell application "iChat"
 activate
 log in
end tell
tell me to display dialog "Waiting for iChat to finish..." buttons {"•"} 
 default button 1 giving up after waitTime

-- Here's where we sign on with AIM then quit AIM
tell application "AOL Instant Messenger (SM)"
   if snToUse is "" then
   sign on
   else
    if savedPassword is "" then
       try
         sign on screen name snToUse
       on error number errnum
            if errnum is -1731 then
             tell me to display dialog 
              "Could not sign on because the password is incorrect.  Either save it in AIM or in this script." 
              buttons {"Cancel"} default button 1
            else
            error number errnum
         end if
        end try
     else
      sign on screen name snToUse password savedPassword
    end if
    end if
    tell me to display dialog "Waiting for AIM to finish..." buttons {"•"} 
     default button 1 giving up after waitTime
  quit
end tell
There has to be an easier way to send AOL your profile after iChat has logged in, but I haven't figured it out yet.
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A workaround for AIM profiles in iChat
Authored by: Chris Biagini on Jan 02, '04 11:25:19AM
This is a great hint! As I read it, I thought, ah, if only I knew enough AppleScript to do this...and lo and behold, there it was!

I wonder if this limitation on iChat is a technical one that they'll fix later, or part of their deal with AOL.

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What is a profile?
Authored by: ragnar on Jan 02, '04 11:37:18AM

I'm sort of new to chat and have only used iChat (and irc in the days of old). Could someone describe to me what the profile is?



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What is a profile?
Authored by: mitcho on Jan 02, '04 12:40:54PM

A profile is a little description of the user--though a lot of times this just becomes a number of "shout out"s to "peeps." You can view a user's profile by selecting them in your buddy list and choosing "Get Info" from the Buddies menu. Note that your own (if you have yourself in your buddy list) is always blank, and iChat doesn't give you a way to change this--this is what we're talking about here.



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What is a profile?
Authored by: galtzo on Jan 02, '04 04:00:56PM

A profile a little something you write up about yourself to tell other chatters about you. If you right click on someone in iChat (or left "single" click while holding down the control button) a menu will appear and you can go to get info. By default it displays Address book information but you can change this in the drop down menu to display a users profile. The point here is that iChat users don't have the ability to post these profiles to their accounts (though we can read others' profiles), while AIM users do.

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I'm a dude, he's a dude, we're all dudes!



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A workaround for AIM profiles in iChat
Authored by: DaMacGuy on Jan 02, '04 12:24:18PM

I'm confused by what the poster means by "can't have a profile". I've got two profiles in my iChat (three if you count my .Mac account) with no problem.

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-DaMacGuy



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A workaround for AIM profiles in iChat
Authored by: Chris Biagini on Jan 02, '04 02:36:33PM
They're not AIM profiles.

AIM proper gives you a few hundred characters of HTML that you can fill with whatever you like, sort of like your own miniature web page.

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A workaround for AIM profiles in iChat
Authored by: tamaracks on Jan 02, '04 10:32:29PM

You're thinking of profiles in the sense of storing information about different accounts. AIM profiles are small text areas in which users express themselves. They can be seen by looking at an AIM user's info.



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A workaround for AIM profiles in iChat
Authored by: eatwasabi on Jan 03, '04 04:14:35AM

I think the profile he meant is the profile that other people can check if (under ichat) they right click on your screenname and click get info. Ichat doesn't allow you to change this. When people try to view your profile, it's either blank or saids "no information provided" (something like that). The windows version of aim and the aol version of aim lets you change your profile.



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