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MsgToSkype (Freeware)

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A Windows CLI program for sending Skype™ Instant Message (IM)

Introduction

MsgToSkype and LoriotPro

MsgToSkype program installation

Sending Instant Message to a Person

Sending Instant Message to a Category of Skype

Sending LoriotPro alarm messages to Skype client

Setting up the Skype client to receive messages

MsgToSkype information and errors

 

Introduction

Luteus has released MsgToSKYPE, a Windows Command Line Interface program (CLI) for sending text messages from any computer running a Skype client to another Skype client. It can be launched like any DOS/WINDOWS program under XP or higher Windows platform.

Skype is a next-generation peer-to-peer software that lets you make free calls and/or chats over the internet to anyone else who also has the Skype service. It's free and easy to download and use, and it works with most computers.

MsgToSkype is very simple to use, you only need to know the Skype ID of the recipient of the message.

Syntax: MsgToSkype  -U “Recipient Skype ID” “My message”

To work the MsgToSkype program requires that you have a Skype program installed on your PC and a registered Skype ID. Note that the message will effectively be sent by the Skype client. The MsgToSkype program just gives orders to the Skype client program for executing a send.

Visit the Skype WEB site for downloading the Skype client skype_logo.png

MsgToSkype program can be downloaded and used for free and can be used without any restrictions.

MsgToSkype and LoriotPro 

Initially, Luteus software editor has written MsgToSkype to enable customers to notify network administrators of any alarms that would be generated by the LoriotPro Monitoring software.

In LoriotPro alarm filtering you might want to trigger a popup alarm window on a remote user PC. The idea behind MsgToSkype is to simply use the Skype program and its capabilities which is able to send and receive instant message.

How it works ? LoriotPro is able to trigger an action when receiving an SNMP trap, a proprietary EVENT or a SYSLOG. The action is defined in a filter. LoriotPro checks in real time that filter conditions are matched and launches the according action. LoriotPro is internally designed to process hundreds of incoming events per second and trigger the appropriate action(s).

As an example, we want to notify network administrators or IT managers of any type of alarms by sending them a message that will trigger a popup of the Skype window on their workstation. LoriotPro will be in charge of triggering the MsgToSkype executable program that will send the message.

Example of a Skype client receiving LoriotPro alarms and events:

skype alarm sent to skype by msgtoskype 

MsgToSkype program installation 

The MsgToSkype program consists of an exe file and use the Microsoft Windows library Skype4COM.dll (Skype copyright).

Skype4COM is an interface (ActiveX) which represents the Skype API as objects, with properties, commands, and events and notifications. Skype4Com.dll is automatically included together with Skype Extras Manager during Skype installation. If a user has unchecked Extras Manager during installation, Skype4Com library will be unavailable on that machine. In that case register the Skype4COM.dll with the following Windows CLI command: Regsvr32 Skype4COM.dll

Download MsgToSkype

Unzip it to the directory of your choice.

Remark : The /bin directory is the right place if you want to use it with LoriotPro.

You can now use the MsgToSkype program.

The Visual C++ Redistributable Package (VCRedist_x86.exe) has to be executed on the target system as a prerequisite to installation of the application.

Sending Instant Message to a Person 

Preliminary conditions: Before using MsgToSkype you should have a Skype CLient running on your PC with a valid login and you must be signed in.
If the Skype client is not loaded It will be called and load by MsgToSkype but it will work only if the "sign in" is done by default at start up with a default logging name.

To use the MsgToSkype program, open a command window and type the

Syntax: MsgToSkype –U “Recipient Skype ID” “My message”

Example:

C:\>msgtoskype -U loriotpro_support "This is a test message"

MsgToSkype is a LUTEUS Copyrighted program. Consult www.loriotpro.com
Require Skype program to be installed and Skype4COM library registered.

Init Skype4COM OK
Skype Client loaded
Connect to Skype API OK
Skype client version 4.1.0.141
COM wrapper version 1.0.32.0
Local Skype ID : loriotpro_sales
Local current user status : Online
Local user fullName : LoriotPro Sales department
Remote Skype ID : loriotpro_support

Sending Instant Message to Remote Skype ID : loriotpro_support
Remote user status : Online
Message status : Sending - Sending - Sent -

instant message skype person 

If this is the first time that you launch MsgToSkype, Skype will popup a warning

skype security warning

Select “Allow this program to use Skype”.  Click OK

On the remote Skype client a popup (depending on the Skype settings of the chat notification status) will be displayed.

skype popup test

The Chat Message Windows appears in reduced mode

skype

Opening the Chat window displays the received messages.

Skype Chat

Read the next chapter to know how to use LoriotPro for sending alarms to a remote network administrator.

Sending Instant Message to a Category of Skype.

At the date we wrote this page, sending an Instant Message with MsgToSkype to a Group cannot be use due to limitation of the Skype4Com component.

To achieve the same goal it is possible to use the Category concept of the Skype interface.

A Category allows to define a set of users and MsgToSkype can use this Category and browse it to send Instant Message sequentially to all users located in this one.

Example of category creation.

Category Creation

Once the new Category created you must drag and drop the users from the All Contact Category to your New Category.

When done you can use the MsgToSkype program with the –CC option and instead of giving a user name you must give the Category Name.

Syntax: MsgToSkype –CC “Category Name” “My message”

The program will try to send the message to all the users assigned to this category.

Warning: do not use Group and only Person in category.

 

Sending LoriotPro alarm messages to Skype client

To trigger a message to a remote Skype client you need to know which message you need to filter.

In the following example we use a Loriotpro Plug-in that verifies the presence of a web server.

In the Event log we can see the event 10011 indicating that the WEB server is not responding.

event and alarm to filter

A right click on this event allows you to choose the Event Filter Wizard option

filter for msgtoskype

In the Action type, choose the Start Windows Program option. Next choose the MsgToSkype program (You should have already copied it into the /bin directory of the LoriotPro directory).

The full path is automatically added. If MsgToSkype is in the /bin directory of LoriotPro the path is not necessary.

Next, click on the wizard button to add the program’s optional parameters.

advanced filter options for msgtoskype

In the custom string, complete the MsgToSkype program with the required parameter.

The Skype ID is loriotpro_support in our example. This is usually enclosed by quotes but quotes should be replace by the %Q value.

The %m is also a variable that is the text message of the initial event. You can also add any of the other variables or your own text message.

Do not forget to enclose the message by %Q.

You will find more detailed information about filter settings in the Loriotpro documentation.

To be sure that the message will be sent at the next occurrence, you should verify it with the Event Simulator.

Open the Event simulator from the menu Tool->EventSimulator option

event simultation for msgtoskype

Choose the Event number to generate and keep the other default values. Click on the SendEvent button.

By default each time that LoriotPro will trigger a MsgToSkype action, a popup like this will appear:

excution of msgtoskype

To avoid the screen being displayed with each action, change the syntax of the action by adding an underscore in front of the MsgToSkype.

_MsgToSkype.exe –U %Qloriotpro_support%Q %Q%m%Q

Check with the administrator that the message has been received.

skype

Don’t forget that you can stop any filter action at any time by un-checking the action (example below):

filter example

Setting up the Skype client to receive messages 

To be able to send a message or chat, both the sender and the recipient must have the Skype client installed. In our configuration we consider that LoriotPro is the Sender and the Network administrator the receiver.

But the Skype client is fully be directional. The receiver can answer to the Skype messages sent by LoriotPro but LoriotPro will do nothing with the incoming messages. They will be displayed in the Skype Chat window.

You must first create an account on your system to be able to use the Skype client.

The first time that you launch Skype the software will ask you to create an account. In our example the sender will be the LoriotPro application.

 create skype account

Then you can edit your profile for adding complementary information Menu File->

Edit Profile

skype profile creation

In the menu Tools->Option you can modify some of your preferences.

allow send skype message 

The chat appearance can be changed on the Skype client.

On the Skype receiver side, the chat window can be customized to display or hide the participants.

ViewParticipant.jpg

The normal aspect displays the Participant to the conversation like in the example below:

Skype Chat wide

You can get rid of the right panel with the participant names by selecting the “hide” mode.

In the same menu (option chat notification window)  you can configure the Chat window behavior on alert.

skype shat notification

As explained if you select the Notify me option, the chat window will blink in the taskbar or reopen if necessary.

Fo any customisation, consult the Skype WEB site and documentation http://support.skype.com/en

 

MsgToSkype information and errors

 

The program displays information when running.

If you do not specify a Skype ID and a message the system warns you

If the Skype client is not launched, MsgToSkype will launch it automatically.

 

Error when not sign in or if Group is used instead of user

 

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