Archive Yahoo Messenger Version 5 Ch@tables II
Tuesday, 18 November 2003
If you're new to Chatables (where have you been???) then you may want to swing
by our [Ch@tables]
and [Pepsi Messenger]
to bring yourself up to speed.. the problems we mentioned in [Ch@tables
& Pepsi Messenger] with character sets 5 and 6 have been since been
corrected. If you were one of the people that suffered this frustration then
swing back to [PepsiStuff.com]
confident in the fact that this time they will work as intended... and if you're
after a cool "toy" then it's worth giving them a second shot.. you
wont be disappointed :-)
Since we first featured Chatables back in October a few things have changed...
their site has had a makeover, they've added an extensive [help
section], the features that weren't ready for release at the time (movies
and music) are now up and running.. and I have managed to get my hands on all
6 sets of chatables despite the fact that due to location I couldn't participate
in the points collection...
as before, [Ch@tables]
is dead easy to navigate.. there's no getting lost here and everything you need
to know about Ch@tables is within easy reach regardless of the page you're sitting
on. Their [Help
Section] is brilliant and you'll find it covers everything from getting
started through to troubleshooting through to the most refreshing change of
all... knock me down and paint me purple (or in this case orange!) it a relalistic
list of what you really need to run the Ch@tables IMV and characters! This alone
should give you a good indication about their dedication to customer care and
The system requirements are as follows...
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 but they recommend you use 5.5 or 6
Macromedia Flash 5 Player (Active-X version for I.E.)
Macromedia's Shockwave 8 Player (Active-X version for I.E.)
Microsoft Windows Media Player version 6.4 or above
but don't take our word for it.. swing by their site and check it our yourselves
as they also provide links to all above should you need to update. It's a one
stop shop for getting everything up to speed so do take a moment to check you're
running whats recommended... it will save you some grief in the long run.
Now if you're running Popup Stopper or a similar program then make sure you
have it turned off when you hit their [Help
Section] as the answers will appear in a popup window.. it makes bookmarking
a particular page hard if you're wanting to save a specific section but it's
no biggie and to get around this simply right click on the page and select "Add
to Favorites.." (IE6) You may notice, as some of you have, that there is
link back to us... funnily enough this upset a couple of you.. "your are
one of THEM!" someone screeched in my IM one day... "one of who?"
I asked... "THEM! you are a Yahoo person!" If that was the case then
my pay cheque is well overdue guys ;-) Kidding aside, let me clarrify this as
best I can.. Yahoo is Yahoo, Pepsi is Pespi, Ch@tables is Ch@tables and we are
WackyB... not up with big boys and not in partnership with anyone. As far as
I am aware Ch@tables entered a partnership/branding deal with Yahoo.. and contrary
to what some of you have told us I don't believe they are the same company..
Ch@tables stand alone as do we but on a different level of course. Yahoo Messenger
is one of my favourite programs which is why it's featured so heavily on this
site.. same with Ch@tables.. I like them, the concept, and the way they have
entered into the market place.. it's because of this that I'm happy to feature
them on our site... and if you're observant enough to notice the link back to
us you'll also notice that Ch@tables have posted the following.. "please
email us at support@Chatables.com. We love to hear from you!"... they
really mean it!! I had the pleasure of meeting (via email) a wonderful real
life Chatable "character" who helped a great deal when we ran into
problems with character sets 5 & 6... Chatables appears to be a bot free
zone so if you're looking for human contact when it comes to customer care then
rest assured human eyeballs will be reading your mail.. a nice change :-) Now
back to it...
The shot of the Ch@tables IMVironment shows the features available in your IM
window...the links are still active, how you use the chatable characters is
still the same but what's new is the movies and music features have been enabled...
something we didn't have when the Ch@tables IMV was first released back in October.
Being on two tin cans and a piece of string (also known as dialup) I struggle
a little getting the movie and music previews to load correctly and in a time
span that suits me.. to be expected considering what's loading but shouldn't
be a problem for those of you on cable/dsl.
it's in this area (music and movies) that you're going to need to have the correct
version of Microsoft Windows Media Player installed, remember you can find all
the info re this and updating your version at the [Ch@tables
site Help Section] so make sure you have it all set up and ready to go before
you start playing around with the clips.
To select a music clip, click on the music note icon to the left of your chatable
character list.. out pops a menu of the current clips, hit the clip you want
to hear and it will load into the main IMV window.
Tip: if you don't move your mouse over the menu pretty smartly you'll find that
it slides back in before you've had a chance to make your selection so place
your mouse over the menu until you have made your selection from the clips listed.
of the clips have video, some are straight music.. if you're a fan of any of
the featured clips you'll be a happy camper with the samples shown. Unlike the
Monsters Inc IMV which has a larger viewing screen for their movie preview you'll
the find the Ch@tables preview screen quite small in comparrison but I don't
think this would put hard core fans off.. and for those of us on dialup this
is a good thing.
click on the movie camera icon to get the movie menu.. I had more joy with the
movies than the music.. two tin cans and a piece of string I guess ;-) As with
the music menu.. hold your mouse over it to keep in place.. if you have a current
clip selected you'll need to close that preview before you select from the menu
again as the preview sits to the front of the imv hidding the selection menu..
not a biggie just means you can't browse while a clip is playing. You and the
person you're chatting with will get the selected preview but you do have separate
controls which means you can pause when you want without upsetting your chat
buddy. If you run onto any problems then hit their [Ch@tables
site Help Section] and if that fails don't hesitate to get in touch with
Ch@table characters are still very cool.. more so now I have all of them (see
[our PepsiStuff Messenger
& Ch@table Review] for how I was able to do this). The Will Smith character
set comes with the Ch@table IMV and is a good place to start... but by no means
is he the be all and end all.. if you're looking for a few laughs and have some
time to kill swing by and [Preview
their Ch@tables] characters.
wee guy (to the left) is featured on [Page
4 of the Ch@tables Previews] and his sound bite is.. "you
typing but your not making any sense!" it's my favourite
for now as it's so me ;-) but as there are 6 pages altogether you're bound to
find something that you can relate to for either yourself or someone you know.
To preview a Ch@table character from their page simply click on the arrow
beneath their pic... this launches the character into a new window (make sure
your pop stopper is turned off) and from there you will you see (and hear) the
character as it would be played out in an IMV..
The notice.."Ch@tables will be available to
the world in 1st February 2002 but you can get it from PepsiStuff.com now"
is still posted on the site.. this means you have to be collecting
the Pepsi points to be able to redeem them for more Ch@table character sets..
for those of us who live outside the participating countries it's been an uphill
battle trying to join in on the fun.. but there is a way around this if you
don't want to wait till February... either way, to get your sets you're going
to need to sign up at [PepsiStuff.com]
which we have covered in our [PepsiStuff
& Ch@table tour]
What the Heck is a Ch@table] (Ch@tables Site)
What's Coming Up] (Ch@tables Site)
Email Address for support)
Messenger - IMVironments™] (Yahoo! Site)
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 June 2006 )