skin faces/edge loops in 2.53

Hi,
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 http://blenderartists.org/forum/showpost.php?p=1643927&postcount=11 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 ^^