Improved Crop Tool Coming to Chrome OS Image Editor

Improved support for photo cropping is coming to the Chrome OS Gallery and Image Editor in the near future. 

Free-form cropping of images is already supported in the Chrome image viewer but, right now, it’s not currently possible to select a predefined ratio (e.g., 1:1, 4:3, etc.) or constrain the proportions of a free-form crop.

Users coming from other apps on other operating systems often expect to be able to constrain the proportions of a crop rectangle when holding down a modifier key, such as Shift. It’s a feature of  many photo editing applications, including Photoshop, Pixelmator and GIMP. Maintaining consistency in expected behavior is always a plus.

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Chromecast receives some great NEW features…

Google’s Android And Chrome Chief Sundar Pichai Holds News Event

Later this year, Google will update Chromecast so that anyone can choose and control the content being streamed through the device – even if they’re not on the same Wi-Fi network as the tiny dongle.

In short, Chromecast owners will have the option to authenticate nearby users. This means that if a person is on a cellular network – either because they can’t be bothered to type in a Wi-Fi password, or because you just don’t trust them with it – they can still control the Chromecast connected to your TV.

Google is also introducing a new feature called Backdrop, which lets you contribute photos to the default slideshow that appears on your TV. It’s a neat trick that should make the Chromecast feel more personal and welcoming. Google will offer curated topics too; images based on the news, lifestyle, specific places and what’s trending on its Google+ service, for instance.

googleio 2014 10301 730x486 Googles Chromecast to get Android mirroring, Backdrop slideshows and casting from nearby devices

 

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