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SkyHistory

By Scand Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Dec 5, 2012

As a pain-in-the-cache, searching archived e-mail messages has nothing on Skype's chat history and call logs. Scand's SkyHistory is a free Windows program that lets you view, manage, search, and save your Skype chat and call logs independent of your Skype client and settings. SkyHistory collects and stores all of your Skype data in a single database on your system's hard drive, ideally with a portable USB drive as backup. Its advanced searching, filtering, and bookmarking capabilities let you exclude senders whose messages you don't want to save (like spammers) and search for single messages or entire threads for individual users or whole groups within specific time frames. With SkyHistory, you can set wide or narrow time frames and particular users' histories, and then search for specific words or phrases. That's a big help when you remember talking or messaging with so-and-so about something or other a while ago (which describes our typical search). While SkyHistory will run in Windows versions as early as Windows 2000 and XP, the developer recommends a 1GHz CPU at a minimum, and 256MB of RAM. Of course, you'll need Skype, too, but if you're interested in SkyHistory, it's safe to assume you already use it.

SkyHistory needs your permission to access your Skype client; once it's running, SkyHistory minimizes itself to the system tray. New SkyHistory users can import their existing Skype data. We did, and our logs and history showed up in a tree view in the Users panel in SkyHistory's left sidebar, which also displays expandable Calendar and History panels. The main window displays whatever messages or groups of messages you select or search for: All of one user's messages, for example, or an entire discussion thread. Maybe you've discussed a topic on and off over a long period of time and would like to view all the pertinent messages together. Just define a keyword search.

This useful app complies fully with all Skype rules, and it won't alter your logs or records stored in Skype. Heavy Skype users will love SkyHistory, but anyone with a Skype account needs it, too.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.1

Export chat history to Excel CSV option.

General

Release April 20, 2017
Date Added April 20, 2017
Version 2.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Skype 6.13.0 or higher

Popularity

Total Downloads 950
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

SkyHistory is a chat history manager for Skype that enables you to store and manage conversations, filter chats, and search through saved conversations according to date. SkyHistory will help you to define Skype contacts whose chat history should be stored. You can quickly and easily find any chat session or any instant message using search and filtering options, common Skype users groups, latest history sessions or Skype in-built calendar. You can also single out important messages and add them to your bookmarks or delete unnecessary messages and even chat sessions. With SkyHistory you can easily organize a single database to store chat history for all Skype clients you use: at home, at work or on your laptop. You just need to select a proper location for your database with the history and settings on a portable flash-drive or USB-drive. Additional functions allow you to export Skype chat history to Excel CSV. SkyHistory features: - View Skype chat history by the date, contact or group of contacts. - Chats categorization by means of built-in calendar. - Automated 5-days Skype history import. - All-time Skype history import. - Message or session deletion option. - Track/Ignore Skype contacts' chat history. - Bookmarking option. - Database location switch. - Quick text lookup. - Message filtering. - Skype chat history layout customization. - Export chat history to Excel CSV option. - Export chat history to Excel CSV option.