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  1. #1

    Default Possible to define shortcuts for Skype?

    Skype for Linux is pretty annoying application, it lacks lots of the good stuff from Windows while not really fitting in my Linux environment either. Best example are the (lack of) shortcuts, it is essentially the only application where I always have to go on a mouse clicking spree in order to get things done i.e. contact people, while all the other applications kindly and quickly respond to my little keyboard shortcut invitations ...

    Long story short: Is there a way to, somehow, define shortcuts for Skype related actions (e.g. open the application in the foreground; contact people; set / change one's online presence)? Of course I'm aware that Skype itself doesn't offer anything along those lines, but perhaps there's another way?

    (Of course in an ideal universe, there would be a great application that worked just like Skype, that everyone would be using, and that was FOSS/Linux based instead, but oh well ... )

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    goldie NNTP User

    Default Re: Possible to define shortcuts for Skype?

    > it lacks lots of the good stuff from Windows

    no one here controls the code for Skype...therefore, best place to
    impact it is not to post here, but *kindly* to the skype developers..

    similarly, the best place to ask questions about Skype is also not
    here...but i'll do what i can:


    > Long story short: Is there a way to, somehow, define shortcuts for
    > Skype related actions (e.g. open the application in the foreground;


    mine always opens in the foreground, with focus..
    i can't imagine why yours would not..

    you can make a keyboard shortcut to achieve that...here, i figure out
    the path for you:

    Personal Settings > Configure Desktop > Regional & Accessibility >
    Keyboard Shortcuts > Command Shortcuts > Internet > More Programs >
    Skype > and set the shortcut you wish to launch Skype..[careful to not
    assign an already used shortcut]


    > contact people; set / change one's online presence)? Of course I'm aware
    > that Skype itself doesn't offer anything along those lines, but perhaps
    > there's another way?


    reading the info provided in the doc _may_ give you something useful..

    from the automatically installed along with Skype documentation in
    /usr/share/doc/packages/skype/README i find

    HOTKEYS
    =======
    Main Window:
    Ctrl+E Switch between Events History and Contact List
    Ctrl+U Show/Hide Offline Contacts
    Ctrl+W Hide Main Skype Window
    Ctrl+Q Quit Skype

    Chat Window:
    Ctrl+F Find/Search this Chat
    F3/Shift-F3 Find Next/Previous Match (use after Ctrl+F)
    Ctrl+W Close/Hide Chat Window

    Quickfilter:
    F6 Jump to Quickfilter
    Escape Clear Quickfilter


    and, in the same file i find an address where you CAN impact the Skype
    community: http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showforum=18

    and even file a bug (though i don't personally think not having a hot
    key to call an individual is a bug):
    https://developer.skype.com/jira/browse/SCL

    --
    goldie

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    Default Re: Possible to define shortcuts for Skype?

    Thanks for the post, goldie. Apparently, I didn't make my question clear and/or specific enough since you got the wrong end of the story, so let me rephrase it:

    Is there a way in KDE to set up / define (global) shortcuts for carrying out tasks in applications that don't themselves offer the functionality (using Skype as an example)?

    Being nothing more than a humble bits & bytes amateur, there might for instance be some kind of 'task automization' routine / functionality I'm not aware of. I am aware of the regular built-in shortcuts, though, thank you very much.

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    goldie NNTP User

    Default Re: Possible to define shortcuts for Skype?

    homoludens1000 wrote:
    > Thanks for the post, goldie. Apparently, I didn't make my question clear
    > and/or specific enough since you got the wrong end of the story, so let
    > me rephrase it:
    >
    > Is there a way in KDE to set up / define (global) shortcuts for
    > carrying out tasks in applications that don't themselves offer the
    > functionality (using Skype as an example)?
    >
    > Being nothing more than a humble bits & bytes amateur, there might for
    > instance be some kind of 'task automization' routine / functionality I'm
    > not aware of. I am aware of the regular built-in shortcuts, though,
    > thank you very much.
    >
    >

    unfortunately, i think what you are asking for is impossible,
    today...but, read on...i mean, if you want a "global" short cut that
    means, for example:

    -launch skype in the foreground
    -dial George's number
    -mark me online by away

    to do that *skype* would have to add some command line switches so
    that you could stuff into a little batch file something like this:

    skype --where:top_center --call:George --status:away

    THEN you could name that little batch file "skypeGeorge" and assign it
    a keyboard short cut (say) Shift+Ctrl+G...

    see, Linux and KDE supports your want, but Skype does not...and, no
    there is no way i know of to just whip up a way out of thin air today
    (keep reading)..

    i *can* tell you that Windows 3.1 had a batch file builder program
    that allowed you to "record" mouse movements and click events, and
    then play them back...so, you could like turn on the 'recorder' move
    the mouse over the Skype icon, left click it, move the mouse over the
    status icon, select on line and then move the mouse over George's
    name, double click it...click to stop the recorder and give that
    routine a name (like SkypeGeorge)....then you could play it again Sam..

    as far as i know, none of Linux, Mac, or Windows has anything like
    that today...

    however, my idea is for you to make it a personal project to find a
    copy of Win3.1, take a good look at the Recorder (i think it was
    called) and start teaching yourself to program..

    i am NOT kidding..

    --
    goldie
    Give a hacker a fish and you feed him for a day.
    Teach need fulfillment, and you feed him for a lifetime.

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    Default Re: Possible to define shortcuts for Skype?

    Quote Originally Posted by goldie View Post
    homoludens1000 wrote:[color=blue]
    i *can* tell you that Windows 3.1 had a batch file builder program
    that allowed you to "record" mouse movements and click events, and
    then play them back...so, you could like turn on the 'recorder' move
    the mouse over the Skype icon, left click it, move the mouse over the
    status icon, select on line and then move the mouse over George's
    name, double click it...click to stop the recorder and give that
    routine a name (like SkypeGeorge)....then you could play it again Sam..

    as far as i know, none of Linux, Mac, or Windows has anything like
    that today...

    thanks for the post, goldie. interesting what you said about win 3.1. i've heard of something called 'automization software', never used it, but sounds similar. hmmm, so there's nothing like that under linux, too bad

    Quote Originally Posted by goldie View Post
    however, my idea is for you to make it a personal project to find a
    copy of Win3.1, take a good look at the Recorder (i think it was
    called) and start teaching yourself to program..

    i am NOT kidding..
    right ... i think for the time being i'll try to get along without shortcuts. bit of clicking seems still less time consuming than me trying to learn programming ...

    cheers

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    -G- NNTP User

    Default Re: Possible to define shortcuts for Skype?

    homoludens1000 wrote:
    > thanks for the post, goldie. interesting what you said about win 3.1.
    > i've heard of something called 'automization software', never used it,
    > but sounds similar. hmmm, so there's nothing like that under linux, too
    > bad


    In Java, there is a Robot class that allows you to control/simulate clicking
    and typing.
    http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/docs/...awt/Robot.html

    I hope it helps.

    -G-


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    Default Re: Possible to define shortcuts for Skype?

    -G-,

    thanks, that's interesting stuff!

    homoludens

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