FirstClass 8 Quick Reference
for Web Browsers
Standard page elements
Standard Desktop objects
Working with messages
Creating a new message
Replying to a message
Forwarding a message
Downloading an attached file
Checking whether a message has been read
Saving addresses for future use
Adding a personal address
Creating a mail list
Files stored in containers
Uploading files to containers
Working with calendars
Creating a calendar event
Creating a calendar task
Responding to an instant message invitation
Contributing to an instant message
Joining a public chat room
Starting a private instant message
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3 Click Login to open your FirstClass Desktop.
The FirstClass Desktop
Once you have connected to a server, your Desktop on that server opens. Your Desktop may differ from the example below, because your administrator determines which conferences you start with on your Desktop, and the general Desktop appearance.Standard page elements
To open objects on the Desktop, click them. To select objects, select the checkboxes beside them.
A - upper paneThis Desktop is split into two panes. The upper pane contents are shown as small icons.
B - lower paneThe lower pane contents are shown as a list, which presents information about each object in columnar format. You can change the sorting and grouping of these objects as described in our online help.
C - toolbarEach page has its own toolbar. Clicking a toolbar button tells FirstClass to perform that command. Many toolbars contain the Create field, which lets you create an object:
D - summary bar
This bar shows the container name and the path to this container, summarizes container contents, shows the server and your user name, and indicates how much free space you have left on the server, and the permissions you have in this container. It also includes a quick search field.
Standard Desktop objects
MailboxContains all messages sent to you, as well as copies of messages that you send.
ContactsContains your personal addresses and mail lists.
CalendarYour personal calendar.
My Web SiteContains material that you want to display over the web.
My DocumentsContains material that you don't want other users to see, such as work in progress.
My Shared DocumentsIntended for use with the FirstClass client.
HelpContains online help. This can also be accessed from the Help Contents and About this Form buttons.
The other objects on our sample Desktop were added by the administrator or the user.
Working with messages
Messages work the same whether you are in your Mailbox or a conference. An unread message has a red flag beside it. To read a message, click it.Creating a new message
1 Choose the message form at the Create field.Tips for entering recipients' names:
If you decide you want to use another form, you can click Delete with the first form still open.
2 Address the message.
All users and conferences known to the server (including users you added as personal addresses and mail lists) are stored in the Directory. To address a message to any user or conference in the Directory, you can type a partial name, then click Add. The whole name is filled in if what you typed is unique in the Directory. Otherwise, the Directory opens with a list of all names that match. Select the name you want, then click Select.
If you are in a conference, your new message is automatically addressed to that conference.
You can click a name in a sent message to create a preaddressed message.
3 Type the message text in the body section.Replying to a message
4 Attach a file to the message, if desired.
Click Browse at "Attachments" and select the file, then click Attach. To attach a FirstClass object, click On Server, then select the object.
5 Send the message by clicking Send.
1 Open the message.Forwarding a message
2 Click Reply.
The original message is quoted in the reply.
3 Type your reply in the body section.
4 Send the message.
1 Open the message.Downloading an attached file
2 Create a copy of the message (including any attachments) by clicking Forward.
3 Address the message.
4 Make any changes you want to the message body.
5 Send the message.
To download a file attached to a message, use your web browser's standard download feature.Checking whether a message has been read
To preview an attached file before you download it, click it. To return to the message, click your web browser's Back button.
To see the history of a sent message, including who has read it, click History with the message selected or open.Saving addresses for future use
You can add your own addresses and mail lists to your Contacts folder.Adding a personal address
These contacts will appear in your view of the Directory.
You can also create public contact databases that let you share contact information with other users. For more information, see our online help.
1 Choose New Contact at the Create field.Creating a mail list
If you want to add the address to a public contact database, open the contact database, then click New Contact.
You can also add an address in a message to your Contacts folder by clicking the Add to Contacts Folder icon beside it.
2 Update the New Personal Address form.
1 Choose New Personal Mail List at the Create field.Files stored in containers
If you want to add the mail list to a public contact database, open the contact database, then click New Mail List.
2 Update the New Personal Mail List form.
You can upload a file to a container on the server. Uploaded files can be previewed and downloaded just like files attached to messages.Uploading files to containers
To upload a file to a container:Working with calendars
1 Open the container.
2 Click Upload.
3 Click Browse.
4 Select the file on your computer.
5 Click Upload.
You can use a personal calendar (which can record both calendar events, such as meetings, and tasks, such as submitting a report), and look at other users' calendars and public calendars. To open your personal calendar, click Calendar. To open another user's calendar, select the user in the Directory or Who's Online list, then click Open User Calendar.Viewing calendars
You can view a calendar by month, week, or day. The week view of a calendar looks something like this:To view the calendar by month, week, or day, click the appropriate button. Day view shows items in time slots. Tasks and untimed events are shown at the top of this view.
To scroll from one month, week, or day to the next (or previous), click the arrows at either end of the dates at the top of the calendar.Creating a calendar event
To go to the current month, week, or day, click This Month, This Week, or Today.
To go to a specific date, specify the date using the dropdown fields, then click Go.
Calendar views include a Today list that highlights all the events that take place today, and all the tasks that start today or are ongoing.
Overdue tasks are shown in red. Completed tasks have a line drawn through them.
To view details of an event or task, click it.
1 Open the calendar.To create an event that starts on a particular date, click the New Event icon beside that date. In day view, click the start time. You can also create one event on your personal calendar without opening the calendar by choosing New Calendar Event at the Create field.
2 Click New Event.
3 Update the basic information on the New Calendar Event form.4 Update the other sections on this form as required.
To invite participants and/or book resources that are in the Directory, check for conflicts, or reschedule, update the Scheduling section.Creating a calendar task
To make the event show up repeatedly on the calendar, update the Repeat section.
To generate reminders, update the Reminders section. Participants can change the reminders on their own copies of the event.
5 Attach files or add content just as you would for a message, if desired.
You can open an event to change its details.
1 Open the calendar.You can also create a task on your personal calendar without opening the calendar by choosing New Calendar Task at the Create field.
2 Click New Task or the New Task icon in the Today list.
3 Update the basic information on the New Calendar Task form.4 Update the Reminders section, if you want to generate reminders for a task with a due date.
5 Attach files or add content just as you would for a message, if desired.Instant messaging
You can open a task to change its details. To change the task status, choose the appropriate value at "Task state" (and "Completed on", if the task is completed). You can also change the status of an unopened task to Completed by clicking the task icon.
An instant message is an online conversation among users who are currently connected to a server.Responding to an instant message invitation
If you are invited to an instant messaging session, you will see an Instant Messaging Invitation button on the toolbar. The invitation form shows the name of the user who invited you. To decline the invitation, click Decline. To join, click Accept. The Instant Message page opens and your name is added to the "Participants" list.Contributing to an instant message
To contribute to an instant message, type your input in the input pane of the Instant Message page. You can embed files in your input by clicking Browse below the transcript pane, selecting the file, then clicking Embed Object. To add your input to the transcript, click Send.
You can also:
attach files to the instant message by clicking Browse at "Attachments", selecting the file, then clicking AttachJoining a public chat room
invite others to join by clicking Invite
tell people you are temporarily unavailable by clicking the Pause icon:
use the Setup section to name an instant message that you started, moderate it, or save the transcript
change how frequently FirstClass looks for new input from participants by updating "Check for updates every", or force an immediate check by clicking Check Now.
A public chat room appears as an icon inside a container. When a chat room has active participants, a red balloon appears beside the icon:Starting a private instant message
To join the chat room, click it.
1 Click Instant Message.If you are in the Directory or Who's Online list, select the user, then click Invite to Instant Message. If you use this method, skip steps 2 and 3.
2 Click Invite to invite someone to your instant message.
3 Select the user you want to invite.
4 Contribute to the instant message as you would to any other instant message.