Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:27 am
A note from Macintouch that might help someone in SMUG.
Jay Hill laments the demise of multi-person video conferencing in the new Messages app (versus iChat).
This feature is still available in Messages. Choose Messages / Preferences, and go to Accounts. The iMessage account is only for iMessages and FaceTime; to use the multi-person video chat, you must also have an AIM account configured.
If you upgraded your existing computer to Mavericks, or migrated from a Mac with Lion or earlier to a new Mavericks Mac, your AIM account is probably still configured or migrated. But if not, just add one - click the + button, and choose AOL - and supply your iCloud email address and password - mac.com, me.com and iCloud.com all work, and you should use whatever address you previously used with iChat, so that all your buddies still work.
Having added/verified the AIM account, in the Messages app, choose Window / Buddies, and you will now see the familiar window you are used to, from the old iChat app, from which you can start multi-person video conferences as before.
This also applies to using other 'missing' iChat features, such as multi-person audio and screen sharing (which I often use, and find invaluable). The iChat Theatre feature, though, really does appear to be removed.
I am not sure why Apple has hidden these features. I really hope it doesn't portend the eventual removal of them altogether - maybe they, instead, will integrate these features better with Messages, and remove the reliance on AIM...