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Skype: Always Wake Up Invisible



The key to waking up invisible is always going to sleep invisible. Watch the screencast to see how. Using the SleepWatcher utility we can run a simple Applescript to change our Skype user status to invisible, or whatever status you prefer, before dozing off. When your Mac wakes up Skype will remember the status and resume in that state. SleepWatcher has been covered in numerous tips on MacOSXHints.

Digg! Other services similar to Skype have options to set their initial user status in the preferences. Some would argue that if everyone goes around living the invisible life these services are less useful. Well, that’s probably true, but it’s a fact of life. Think of those times you logged in for a quick weather check and that guy who always pesters you is beeping in with a chat request. Grrr. Blocking and unblocking users is no fun either.

Most Mac users are probably sleeping their Macs these days, not shutting them down. So this invisible Skype solution should help most of the time. If you’re shutting down you can either remember to change your Skype status, use a script to shutdown, or just live with the risk of chat pests.

More on Shutting Down: You could use a script that changes the Skype status before initiating the shut down command. You’d have to use that script to shut down instead of the conventional methods. But you could have it do other things too, like empty the trash.

The scripts download has one script for sleeping like in the screencast. There’s also a script for shutting down. You could save that one as an application with Script Editor and even assign it a keyboard shortcut.

All this sounds really complicated, but it’s not. You install Sleepwatcher. You create one file in your home folder with one command and make it executable. You download the AppleScript. Done. And you can click below to watch a screencast which shows all the steps.

You can download SleepWatcher from the developer’s site. You can also use it to run commands on wakeup. Read more about the Skype API in the Skype developer’s forum.

Download the AppleScript Murphy uses in the screencast.

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6 comments to “Skype: Always Wake Up Invisible”

  1. Nice Cast!
    I was wondering if it’s possible to execute a Script when shuttingdown the computer.

  2. Thanks.
    You could register a service and have it execute items at shutdown, but it’s probably not as predictable. For example, the application you want it to interact with could have closed already.
    You could always start shutting down with a script, and have the script do other things before it executes the shut down command.

  3. Is it possible to “catch” someone when he is INVISIBLE without chatting with him ?

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