Keep Private Notes About Skype Contacts with Descripto

December 24, 2012 · 14 comments

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Keep Private Notes About Skype Contacts with Descripto

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About A Skype Contact 

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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