Updated 2011-04-06: Auto Avatar is no longer supported or available for download. Skype has discontinued their Extras program and so it's no longer possible to fix bugs or add features. If you use Auto Avatar I'd recommend uninstalling. From within Skype go to Tools -> Extras -> Organize Your Extras. Find Auto Avatar and uninstall. Then from Add/Remove Programs (XP) or Programs and Features (Vista/7) find Auto Avatar Prerequisites and uninstall.
Auto Avatar is a Skype Plugin that sets your Skype Picture (avatar or profile picture) automatically from a webcam whenever your status changes in Skype.
When the plugin is installed and running you'll see an icon like this in the tray area of your taskbar:
You can change your picture by double-clicking the Auto Avatar icon. To configure Auto Avatar right-click the icon and choose Settings. You can pick which video device to use to take snapshots and also control when your picture will be taken automatically (when Auto Avatar starts and/or whenever your status changes in Skype).
Be aware that your Skype status can sometimes change unpredictably and Auto Avatar isn't smart enough to know if it's taking an inappropriate picture.
If you have Skype installed then download the plugin installer (1.05 MB, supports Windows XP and Windows Vista). The download is a 7 day trial after which the full version costs just $1.
For Auto Avatar support send us a message using the Contact Us page.
(Updated 2009-02-06: version 1.10 - corrected a bug that caused Auto Avatar to fail to disconnect from the webcam if the Skype avatar update failed.)
(Updated 2009-02-20: version 1.10.0012 - added a missing DLL to the installer.)