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How to rotate standard avatar images in many apps Apps
In any application that uses the "avatar choice" dialog to associate an image with a name -- Address Book and iChat, to name two -- you can spin the avatar around to choose any orientation. Just hold down the Option key then drag with your mouse/trackpad to rotate the image, complete with a 'clock' guideline as you spin.

[robg adds: This works in 10.5 and 10.6; I no longer have a 10.4 system to test with, so I don't know if it goes back that far or not.]
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How to rotate standard avatar images in many apps
Authored by: asmeurer on Oct 09, '09 08:53:11AM

Too bad the rotate trackpad gesture doesn't work with this one.



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How to rotate standard avatar images in many apps
Authored by: deef on Oct 09, '09 09:26:39AM

Nice...<rant>but why is there this culture among Mac developers (or at least Apple) of having all these hidden features that you can only find by holding down the option key? I had been using a Mac for several years before I realized this was a common practice. Why not document it?</rant>



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How to rotate standard avatar images in many apps
Authored by: NaOH-Lye on Oct 09, '09 02:55:08PM

This does not work in 10.4 (Tiger).

Also for reference because it took me a minute to understand, in Address Book this option is only available when you are in Edit mode and double click on the avatar. A window opens for editing an existing avatar or for choosing a new one, and this is where the hint works.



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