In addition to the regular menu items described
below, please note that double-clicking on a name in your roster automatically
launches a chat window, and right-clicking on a name in your roster brings
up many convenient options which you should expore. The main BuddySpace
menu bar provides the following capabilities:
- Jabber: This allows you to connect/disconnect;
open chat with a user whose name you have highlighted in the roster
(you can double-click on a name instead); send/broadcast message
as a one-off to either an individual or to groups of individuals
at once; browse services for more advanced Jabber users (try
it!); create/join a multi-user groupchat;
set preferences, or exit entirely. For 'pro' users, there
are also advanced options for Service discovery (if
you are connected to a Jabber server providing such a capability), and
Plans, described further in the Plans
section of Preferences.
- Presence: set your 'Presence' state to one
of the following 5 standard Jabber settings (online, free
for chat, low attention/busy, online but elsewhere (e.g.
roaming laptop), away, extended away, do not disturb)
or a 'custom' setting where you fill in the text string that
other Jabber users will see.
- Roster: this allows
you to refresh the list (sometimes useful if you have had connection
problems); add a contact; change a contact (useful if
you want to select a name and then change the contact's group, for example);
delete a contact.
- View: you can alter the BuddySpace display
by checking or unchecking (ticking or unticking) the choices displayed
here. Because there are so many options, they are described in the section
- Bookmarks: You can access favourite maps,
multi-user chat rooms, and even launch external applications by adding
them to the Bookmarks menu. These are described in the section entitled
- Maps: Graphical depictions of your entire
roster can be displayed in any representation of your choosing, including
diagrams, geographical maps, timelines, trees, and numerous other possibilities.
- Help: allows you
to check for updates and see acknowledgements about the
implementation and sponsorship of BuddySpace