skin faces/edge loops in 2.53

does Blender 2.5 have skin faces/edge loops function/feature or whatever?
I just downloaded the beta one 2.53 and search all over in it and in internet, but couldnt find that one.
does 2.5 have it? if yes then where can i find it.
if not then are there any similar method to do it ?

The Skin Faces tool from 2.49 is not yet in the 2.5 builds.
This script worked for some alpha builds of 2.5 but not the beta

will the tool come back again ? may be in stable release ?
without it I will have a lot of trouble in future ^^