[tabi] Re: all the notes for using TeamTalk,

  • From: "Betsy" <betsaw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 18:42:10 -0500

Thanks for putting all this info in one place.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Chip Orange 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 5:19 PM
  Subject: [tabi] all the notes for using TeamTalk, in one email


  Hi all,

  below are some notes on how to download, install, and setup TeamTalk.  I hope 
it will encourage people to give it another thought, so we can all get together 
for various purposes and actually talk; not 2 or 3 on a phone call, but all of 
us as a group, when we're interested in a particular topic:


  * download TeamTalk for Windows; since they have versions for other operating 
systems, that's why I provided the direct download link, to avoid getting the 
wrong version.  it's on the line below:

  http://bearware.compytech.net/TeamTalk_v4.0_Setup.exe




  * run the install, and when it comes to which of the 4 components you want to 
install (you can only choose one), you want the one which says "client" and 
"accessibility" in it's description.  there are actually 4 different programs 
in that one setup, which could be installed.

  * connect your headset with a microphone, or go ahead if you know you have a 
built-in microphone and use it, but wear headphones when using TeamTalk.
  * if you have a USB headset, then understand a little of how it works, and 
maybe even test it out before using TeamTalk, so if there's trouble, you'll 
know where to look.  

  A USB headset is actually another sound card, and it often doesn't show up as 
a choice except when it's plugged in.  it's not your default sound card, and so 
nothing will use it when you plug it in.  You have a lot of choices as to how 
to configure a USB headset, but I'd recommend going into the control panel, 
going into the "sound" option, and making it the default playback device, and 
the default recording device.  This way, when you unplug it, Windows will 
automatically switch to something else (your built-in sound card), and the next 
time you plug it back in, being the "default" will cause windows to switch over 
to automatically using it.

  If you have the kind of headset with two plugs, you need to find the correct 
jacks on your pc for headphones and microphone input (not line input).  then, 
when you want to use it, you just plug it in.

  * so, if you think things are ok with your headset, run TeamTalk.  the first 
time it throws you into the configuration dialog automatically.  you only need 
to enter your nickname. (I just use my full name).  in here also, are 
checkboxes for whether you want to trigger your microphone by talking (voice 
activation), or by holding down a key on the keyboard (often the control key is 
used).  this is called "push to talk".  
  if this is what you want, check it, and tab to the next control, the "setup" 
button for

  this key combination. they suggest using the control key, so press enter on

  this button.  TeamTalk then is waiting for you to hold and release the key

  combination you want to use. push and release the control key. (it makes a 
good choice).


  I use voice activation myself, and if that's what you want, you have to tab 
over and find it's checkbox and check it.  you can easily change this on the 
fly.

  In this configuration dialog is also a different tab for the sound system 
settings.  leaving these settings at their defaults usually works, but of note 
is that there's a "test" button in this dialog, and when you click it it allows 
you to talk, and you will hear your own voice echoed back in a few seconds.  it 
allows you to keep working with your microphone until things sound about right. 
 if you hear nothing, then you know there's a problem.  there's now a "stop" 
button available, and clicking on it stops the test mode.

  if you click on "ok" when you're ready, you'll be in TeamTalk's main window.  
you can go back into the configuration at any time by pressing F4.  many of the 
items you could set in there however are now available to you in a menu named 
"me".

  You are now in the main TeamTalk window.  it has a list of channels, a place 
where text messages for the current channel are shown, and an editbox where you 
can type in a text message and press enter.

  the list of channels on the current server is the only control you're likely 
to need; you go up and down it until you find a channel you want, and press 
control J to join that channel.  you press control L to leave the channel.  as 
soon as you join, you can start talking, and you should hear the others 
talking; or, you will be asked for a password if it's a passworded channel.  
Don't forget if you set things up so your mike is "voice activated", they can 
then hear you, and anything you might say outloud!

  All of these channels are on a single server; there are many servers to 
choose from, and you can run your own.  servers have different policies and 
rules of operation, that's why you may want to change.

  TeamTalk comes with some pre-defined servers in it's list; you can get to 
them by pressing F3.  you can go up and down the list, and tab over twice to 
the connect button, and connect to different servers this way.  when you do, 
you'll be put back into the main TeamTalk window, and you will automatically be 
joined to the "root" channel of that server.  think of it as the "foyer" to the 
server.

  some of them allow you to create your own channels for your own use, and some 
don't; in those, you can only use the channels which are already defined; their 
names often indicate the kind of topic being discussed there.

  I have created and mailed out a file, named the TABI.tt file, which will, 
when you click on it or run it like a command, start TeamTalk, go to a 
pre-chosen server which allows us to create a channel, and it will 
automatically join you to the TABI channel (assuming there is one at the 
moment).  I expect to announce a get-together at a certain time, and just have 
everyone be able to "run" the tabi.tt file, or click on it in windows explorer, 
to join the conference.

  anyone can create the TABI channel on this server, and announce their own 
get-togethers at any time. when the last person leaves however, the TABI 
channel is deleted.  it does not have a password.

  There are more advanced options you can look into: you can control the volume 
independantly for each user in a conference, so if someone is too loud or too 
soft you can adjust them for your hearing; you can have TeamTalk simulate their 
placement in a room, so they appear to sound like they're in front, or to one 
side, etc.  you can put files in the shared file space, when you want everyone 
to be able to receive something easily, without having to email it to everyone 
there on the conference.  you can record the conference and make a podcast file 
for others to listen to.  you can send private text messages to users in the 
conference to pass a private message to them.


  I hope these notes help everyone get started on TeamTalk.

  Chip

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