KickPIM is a panel applet for quickly editing and accessing the KDE addressbook or sending emails to your contacts. It shows also a list of upcoming birthdays and waiting emails of multiple email-accounts.
When I added support for photos in the contact list in Kopete, I did the same for KickPim.
Adding support in Kopete was easy because we have a component architecture for the contact list display (created by Richard Smith) that allows us to layout an item in any arbitrary style, including text, images, vboxes, hboxes and spacers. So then I ported this architecture to KickPim too.
KickPim's author never replied my emails, and I didn't want to fork or something, so I made this patches available here. I hope to merge them back with the author's codebase in the future.
The new display code for contacts could look ugglier or have regresions, but they will be fixed as I get feedback or ideas for the styles. To activate the KABC Photos, look in the preferences.