Keep Private Notes About Skype Contacts with Descripto

December 24, 2012 · 14 comments

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Have you ever felt like you needed a private notepad or CMS file just for your skype contact? 

Descripto is a handy, free, Windows-based Skype add-on that gives you a private note pad to store information about contacts. 

While certainly no replacement for a full fledged CMS, Descripto gives you a handy “scribble pad” where you can easily extend the contact data and keep notes about a person. 

Your imagination is the limit when it comes to what you can track here but I find it useful for keeping track of the name of contacts relatives so that I do not blunder when asking them about how their wife/husband is doing or their kids are doing. 

How To Use Descripto To Easily 
Add Notes To Contacts In Skype

1. Download Descripto  and install it like any other Windows based software.

2. Then start Skype.

3. Then in your Windows program menu, find and start Descripto.

4. Then a small popup will ask you if Descripto is allowed to access Skype. Tell it yes/allow. 

5. Now, Descripto will sit in it’s own window and wait on you to click on the name of a contact. When you do, it will show you the notes on that contact. Descripto conveniently ignores groups. 

Skype-Descripto-Notes-1In the image above, you can see in Skype (which happens to be running in View-> Compact View), that I have clicked on the name of a contact… and Descripto gives me a notepad file… and I can ALSO chose to open the Skype chat dialog as well. 

A few months ago this app seemed to be having some issues on Windows 7, but I’m running Win 7 64 bit and the latest version of Skype (6.0.0.126) and not having any noticeable issues so I suppose this has been patched. 

It would be really nice to see a more complete CMS app be able to tie into Skype… but for now this at least gives us some options.

Additionally (and I admit surprisingly) the “Settings” option  provides a number of HIGHLY useful options… 

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Here you can easy encrypt, password protect, change font, backup and restore your backups. Woot! 

This also means that the data is not stored in the Skype database which reduces the risk of both stability and security issues from Skype updates. 

You can find Descripto in the Skype Add-On Directory as well as on their website

There’s two minor downsides to this app. One is that it wants you to click within the skype box to select the person. Simply clicking on the open dialog you have with them may not be enough to cause it to switch to the other person’s file. And 2 – you must remember to save – and save often – since there is no auto save and clicking on another name will cause you to lose what you entered. 

In theory, you could also set up data about every member of your office team, and then share the export file with your office team, so that you all had a complete note set. However, if you’re big enough to have a team… you’re well beyond needing a real CMS! 

Cool tool!   Looking for more tips for Skype? Click here!

~ Kim ~ 
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PS: Sorry Mac folks, I don’t know of an equivalent at this time. Maybe someone in comments can help you out.

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Julia Spencer December 24, 2012 at 6:46 am

I think that this can be quite safe for the security of our contacts. Thanks a lot for this explanation

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Ross Quintana ( December 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm

As usual, great content Kim. I think there are many uses for it and one would be project details or key points of a conversation.

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Donna Merrill December 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

You must be psychic Kim!
David and I were just having a discussion about the very same thing. And now we have the ANSWER!!!! He is doing a lot of work via Skype and wanted a way to do this. He asked me and I shrugged my shoulders. Now…the answer is here.
Many thanks,
Donna

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Willena Flewelling December 30, 2012 at 2:54 am

This looks like it would be very useful! Keeping everything together and organized is a challenge. Thank you for the overview of this handy tool.
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Patricia Gozlan December 30, 2012 at 10:32 am

Hi Kim,
This is a great tool, thanks, I will try it.
I wish skype could be used for conferences of more than 5 people with good audio ( until recently I had problems when I tested in with premium programs), this app wold be handy to manage groups too.
Thanks again and best wishes!

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Veronica January 3, 2013 at 12:48 am

This is the very first time that I’ve read about Descripto for Skype. Thank you very much for this great post. I’ll be sure to let my friends check it out as well. I think Descripto will help a lot especially for those people like me who are having a hard time keeping tabs of all our contacts on Skype.

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Emilia January 3, 2013 at 4:05 am

Thank you very much! I have never heard of Descripto before but I’ll be sure to download the program once I have the time. I’ts hard keeping track of all the important information and nuggets about your Skype contacts. So I think this one is very helpful and convenient.

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Calra January 4, 2013 at 3:00 am

Easy steps to use decripto in adding notes to my contacts for my skype account. This blog is such an informative one and I look forward to reading more of your blogs! :) Thanks a lot!!

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nick catricala January 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Kim, Descripto is a cool app and I tahnk you for sharing with us, and not only shared but also described of what is that needed to be done and do it properly. I did not venture to instal yet, since as you already know, I may make a mess.. but I added on a list that I have for a friend of mine to do it for me once she gets to visit again soon…
Thanks so much again.. this is a great tool and it will save me much work for swe=itching from a note pad to skype and back… now I can do it all within skype.
Thanks again.
nickc
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nick catricala January 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Kim, I wrote another comment before but somehow I cannot see it so I live another one :-) I like to thank you very much for sharing Descripto and how to instal it safetly.. this took will save me a lot of work because I always have to go back and forth from my note pad and skype… I did not venture to download yet, I wait for a friend who know about tech stuff to do it so I do not mess up haha :-0

Thanks again.
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chanikacha January 25, 2013 at 12:46 am

It been awhile since I stop using skype. So far I just updated my skype and managing my info is a great idea. Thanks kim!

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Anonymous September 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Thanks for the info. I was looking for something that could serve the purpose of holding notes, after migrating from WLM to Skype, to replace a feature in the plugin I used to use with that. This will serve that purpose, well.

Now I just need one for personal desktop buttons for certain contacts and I’ll be all set.

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Stuart November 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Is this or a similar application availble for Apple’s OSX operating system? I’ve been looking for something like this forever.

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Kim Castleberry December 14, 2013 at 1:33 am

Not that I’m aware of Stuart. If you find something similar please let us know!
Kim

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