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10.3: Easily add and modify Address Book pictures Apps
If you edit a card in Address Book, and double-click on the icon well, you now get a nice dialog to set the icon, instead of just a File Open dialog. It's much like the iChat icon dialog, in that it lets you zoom and crop the picture. Also, if you have a camera attached, you can take a snapshot from the camera and use that.

If you do this for youself, the picture becomes your login picture as well. With the snapshot feature, it's easy to take a quick snap of everyone in your family, and when you get mail from them, their picture shows up in the Mail header also. Pretty neat.
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10.3: Easily add and modify Address Book pictures
Authored by: seamusmh on Oct 30, '03 12:14:12PM

You can initiate the dialog box for cropping the photo without even entering editing mode, just drag and drop a photo on to the photo icon box.

This would have also been the perfect place to integrate iPhoto albums in the open dialog. I'm sure that will happen eventually though, kinda like the way they do in the new desktop pictures...



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10.3: Easily add and modify Address Book pictures
Authored by: Mitchell on Oct 30, '03 02:38:15PM

If you edit the picture in Photoshop or the equivalent, you can make the background behind the face transparent. This looks especially nice on the login screen, iChat, etc.



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10.3: Easily add and modify Address Book pictures
Authored by: Welles Goodrich on Oct 30, '03 07:57:58PM

Mitchell,

I'm intrigued by your suggestion. What file format do you use to have the transparency recognized? TIFF?



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10.3: Easily add and modify Address Book pictures
Authored by: Fred Dibnah on Oct 31, '03 08:27:42AM

Save as a tiff with alpha channel or as psd



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10.3: Easily add and modify Address Book pictures
Authored by: Eukaryote on Oct 31, '03 06:21:17PM
I was just playing around with this and double-clicked on a picture. You can not only use picture files (.gif's, .jpg's, etc.) but you can use .pdf's as people's pictures in the new version!!! (I don't know if this worked in Jaguar)

So you can use part of a .pdf as someone's picture, however, it seems to only work with the first page. Maybe someone could figure out how to change the page #.

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10.3: Easily add and modify Address Book pictures
Authored by: esagustin on Nov 08, '03 01:33:10PM

Does anyone know what the optimal PIXEL dimensions are to achieve the best results when making custom images for ICHAT/ADRESS/LOG iN?

I assume its 128 x128 but that does not always achieve the best results.



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10.3: Easily add and modify Address Book pictures
Authored by: nickovs on Nov 10, '03 11:45:56AM
It seems that there is actually an embryonic framework for handling all of this. There is a bundle inside the Address Book frasmework at: /System/Library/Frameworks/AddressBook.framework/Versions/A/Resources/ImagePickerQTParts.bundle which has a set of classes and templates for handling the whole image picking process, complete with taking a user snapshot from an attached camera.

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10.3: Easily add and modify Address Book pictures
Authored by: dayoldpoi on Jun 14, '04 04:00:36PM

I was having a problem getting pictures into my address book. Every time I clicked on the icon well I got the spinning beach ball. After this post about
/System/Library/Frameworks/AddressBook.framework/Versions/A/Resources/ImagePickerQTParts.bundle
I replaced that file with one from my daughter's computer in which her address book pics worked and voila, I'm back in business. Had to change a few permissions to copy over the new file. I had been trying all kinds of things to get that address book correct.



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