Brief 1.0

Update: Brief 1.5 has been released. Upgrading is recommended!

A while back, I wrote a couple of articles regarding Skype’s Chat Styles; specifically directed at Skype 5 Beta for Mac. This resulted in a Chat Style called Skype Simple, and has been re-iterated on for a couple of weeks now.

The thing is, Skype Simple sounds like a redundancy in itself. And redundancies aren’t simple, now are they? So there came a time to give this Chat Style a new name. After a whiteboard full of nominees, Skype Simple will from now on be called Brief.

What is Brief?

Brief is a Skype Chat Style designed to stay true to the default Chat Style of Skype 5, whilst removing many of the margins and getting more out of the space in the chat viewport.

How do I install Brief?

  1. Get Brief 1.0
  2. Go to Your home folder > Library > Application Support > Skype
  3. Create a folder called ChatStyles if it doesn’t exist.
  4. Drag Brief.skypeChatStyle into this folder
  5. Restart Skype.
  6. Go to Skype Preferences and choose Brief in the Style dropdown in the Chat section.

If you don’t see any changes, try restarting Skype again, just to be sure. Mind you, Brief is only compatible with Skype 5 for Mac.

Brief is open source

Many people requested I’d make brief open source. Whilst everyone could already just edit the Chat Style locally, I decided to create a repository for Brief on GitHub, so everyone can easily show their changes to the world. I am looking forward to see where this goes!

Regarding the source, there’s an old version of CSS Scaffold in the css-source folder, including the Scaffold source CSS as well ass the processed CSS.

Spread the word!

Asking people to promote something still feels kind of weird, hence the lack of sharing buttons on the Brief website.

But because I strongly believe that everyone should be using Brief as their Chat Style, I will humbly ask you to tweet about Brief.