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.
People who have multiple profiles using Chrome OS can attest to the inconvenience that comes up when you are logged-in as one profile and need to switch over to another one just for a moment; and then switch back. It required logging out of one profile, logging in to another; emailing the info that you need; sharing a file via Google Drive or placing the item into a flash drive; then logging out of that profile and logging back into the first profile where you need the info. Even if you have a NEW lighting fast Chromebook, the process can still be tedious. With a NEW flag that was introduced into the Chrome OS Dev channel, it is now possible to log into multiple profiles as needed without logging out.
* At the time of the writing this article, I was not able to see how to ‘sign out’ of one of the profiles once you are logged into two or more. The only option that I could find was ‘Sign Out all’.
To login to another account, click on your profile shown in the menu. You will then see a drop-down that says ‘Sign in another account’. When you choose that option, you are presented with a small banner advising you of the risks of being logged in and no longer needing a password to access your accounts while in that open session. When you click-through that message, you then are given a screen with the accounts currently available to you on your Chrome OS device that you can login to. Once you successfully login into another profile, in the bottom right corner you will see the icons of the profiles that you are currently logged in as. You change between the two different profiles by clicking on the icons. You can also switch between them in the menu.
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It’s been almost four months since support for Folders in the Chrome App Launcher was formally confirmed by Google developers in a bug report.
With Aura now enabled in the stable builds of Google Chrome on Windows, and due to land on Linux in the next month or so, we’re edging closer to the arrival of this long-awaited feature that will allow us to:
- Add (and remove) apps to Folders
- Name (and rename) folders
- Sync Folder settings
But how’s the feature coming along since our last hands on preview of it back in November of last year?
What a great news! Google Drive file/folder creation is now possible in the Files App even when we’re offline in the last Dev update,
François Beaufort said on his Google Plus post today. Here is the official crbug.
So next time you are offline, go ahead and create files or folders on your Google Drive and it will automatically be synced to your cloud storage on Google Drive next time you connect to the internet.
That’s one more item off the offline feature wishlist for Chrome OS. What is next in your list? ( Story via Chrome Story )
Don’t like the Chrome OS music player? Google is working on improving it. The latest Chrome OS Dev update brings a much better-looking music player, as well as more functional.
The new player comes with a new design and extra functionality. Shuffle, repeat and volume are added to the interface, making it much easier to play your music from the Files app.
How to activate the new player
Like most new features in Chrome OS Dev, the music won’t be automatically enabled. You will have to go into the flags and enable it yourself.
- Go to the chrome://flags/#enable-new-audio-player flag.
- Toggle and enable the flag.
- You are ready to go!
It’s a very easy process, so you should be able to test it in a few seconds if you want! Just remember, you have to be using Chrome OS Dev.
Enjoy! ( Story via Chrome Spot )
Minor improvements are on the way to the ‘Ok Google’ voice search feature in Chrome OS.
The latest Canary builds of Google’s web-centric operating system features support for opening applications and launching websites directly using voice commands alone.
Canary channel ninja Will Greene, who told us about the changes by e-mail, reports that he was able to open ‘Google Keep’, ‘Files’ and ‘Get Help’ by name after trigging the voice search feature in the App Launcher using the ‘Ok Google’ hot word.
Similarly, Greene says adding a ‘.com’ suffix to a voiced search term will open the relevant website directly, rather than, as now, returning a list of search results.
For example, to launch this site one would only need to open the App Launcher, say ‘Ok Google’ to trigger voice search, then speak ‘omgchrome dot com‘.
It’s not yet know precisely when — or if — these changes will filter down to Dev builds of Chrome OS. But, with recent builds of Chromium on the desktop enabling ‘Ok Google‘ support to the Chrome omnibar, it’s clear that integrating voice search into Chrome ranks highly on Google’s list of priorities for right now.
Did you know that Chrome OS has a hidden Canary Channel setting? Until recently, neither did I.
Much like the desktop browser version, Canary mode contains the latest development changes, new features and interface tweaks.
But, unlike the desktop version that can be run safely alongside regular stable Chrome, there is a good reason why it is hidden on Chrome OS: it’s buggier than a swamp full of rotting meat.
Crashes, half-implemented features, and a general lack of polish on UI changes; unexpected hardware issues, broken external monitor support and runaway resource-hungry processes are all scenarios that Chrome OS Canary can throw up.
Sounds like a nightmare. If, despite the potential for headaches, you do want to enable Canary mode you can. The awesome Kenny Strawn has detailed the entire switching process on his blog – from enabling developer mode to accessing the command-line prompt needed to issue the update edict.
But be warned: this is not a procedure to be carried out by the curious or inexperienced and there is no easy way to revert back to a stable build after updating.
Story courtesy of OMGChrome
Your Chromebooks will soon get the magical “OK Google” voice command, just like the Android brotherhood.
So saying something like “Ok Google, find a bakery near me” will list suggestions for “find a bakery near me” – in this case just a normal Google Search.
How to activate “OK Google” in a Chromebook
As mentioned above, be sure to be on the Chrome OS Dev channel.
Enable the experimental app launcher start page flag – chrome://flags/#enable-app-launcher-start-page.
Yes, Chromebooks (Chrome OS) now has the ability to initiate a search when you say “OK Google”.
Google has added a “voice recognizer plugin” to make this feature work offline too. So, even when you are offline, you can get things (that do not need a connection) done using this command.
François Beaufort, of Google mentions this should just be the beginning. Right now you can only search, but eventually Google should optimize voice actions to work system-wide (much like with Android). Ideally, this will turn into a Google Now variant for the Chromebook. It will probably be able to perform actions like “Open Gmail”, “Open Google Play Music” and more.
Possibilities are limitless François says. This feature is just in its early stages, so we will soon see pretty useful things coming our way.
You can imagine the potential with this type of feature.
With the Google website already supporting more complex voice searches and Google Now features slowly creeping into Chrome itself, it’s only a matter of time before “Ok Google” becomes the fastest – and best – way to search on your Chromebook.
A new breed of Chrome Apps
Google Editor’s note: Today marks the 5th birthday of Chrome, a project we started to push the web platform forward. From a humble beginning of static text, images and links, the web has grown into a rich platform teeming with interactive content and powerful applications. We’ve been astounded by how far the web has come and are very excited to see what developers around the world will be able to do with the new generation of Chrome Apps.
Today we’re unveiling a new kind of Chrome App, which brings together the speed, security and flexibility of the modern web with the powerful functionality previously only available with software installed on your devices. (Think apps designed for your desktop or laptop, just like the ones for your phone and tablet.) These apps are more powerful than before, and can help you get work done, play games in full-screen and create cool content all from the web. If you’re using Windows or a Chromebook, you can check them out in the “For your desktop” collection in the Chrome Web Store (Mac & Linux coming soon).
Here’s what you can expect with new Chrome Apps:
- Work offline: Keep working or playing, even when you don’t have an internet connection.
- More app, less Chrome: No tabs, buttons or text boxes mean you can get into the app without being distracted by the rest of the web.
- Connect to the cloud: Access and save the documents, photos and videos on your hard drive as well as on Google Drive and other web services.
- Stay up-to-speed: With desktop notifications, you can get reminders, updates and even take action, right from the notification center.
- Play nice with your connected devices: Interact with your USB, Bluetooth and other devices connected to your desktop, including digital cameras.
- Keep updated automatically: Apps update silently, so you always get all the latest features and security fixes (unless permissions change).
- Pick up where you left off: Chrome syncs your apps to any desktop device you sign in to, so you can keep working.
- Sleep easier: Chrome apps take advantage of Chrome’s built-in security features such asSandboxing. They also auto-update to make sure you have all the latest security fixes. No extra software (or worrying) required.
- Launch apps directly from your desktop: To make it quicker and easier to get to your favorite apps, we’re also introducing the Chrome App Launcher for Windows, which will appear when you install your first new Chrome App. It lives in your taskbar and launches your apps into their own windows, outside of Chrome, just like your desktop apps. Have lots of apps? Navigate to your favorite apps using the search box.
We take a sneak peek at the new Google+ Photos app now shipping with the Chromebook Pixel and soon to be available for the rest of the Chromebook family.
The main reason people should buy a Chromebook? Google+ integration. And as time goes on, we’ll be seeing more and more of packaged apps such as Google+ Photos which will make Chromebooks a Plusser’s dream.
Here is another Chrome and Chrome OS news that has Google IO written all over it. Google is bringing the Google Cloud Messaging. This was an Android only feature so far. With its introduction, Chrome apps will be able to use push notifications.
Excerpts from the blog post.
Event pages keep apps and extensions efficient by allowing them to respond to a variety of events such as timers or navigation to a particular site, without having to remain running persistently. But what if you need to respond to something that occurs outside of Chrome, such as a news alert, a message sent to a user or a stock hitting a price threshold? Until now, you had to do this by repeatedly polling a server. This process consumed bandwidth and reduced the battery life of your users’ machines. For a more efficient solution, starting today you can use Google Cloud Messaging for Chrome (GCM) – across all channels of Chrome.
Here is the official introduction to the Google Cloud Messaging, which will give you an idea about what it does.
Google Cloud Messaging for Chrome (GCM) is a service for signed-in Chrome users that helps developers send message data from servers to their Chrome apps and extensions. The service is intended to wake up an app or extension, and/or alert a user. For example, calendar updates could be pushed to users even when their calendaring app isn’t open.
For more details, check out the official documentation here.
This morning while running last night’s Chromium build, I launched the browser, and with ‘Rich Notification’ extension active beforehand, a flood of notifications started popping up and cycling through in the bottom corner. No images showed up like they do for Gmail or Google Voice text messages, but exciting to say the least!
The Dev channel has been updated to 28.0.1480.0 (Platform version: 4008.0.0) for all Chromebooks except Samsung Chromebooks. This build contains a number of bug fixes and feature enhancements.
- Flash version updated to 11.7.700.178
- Updated UI for the [x] close panel icon across infobars, find-in-page, pop-ups and more.
- Fix to input characters for Thai (169032)
Multi-user support on Android tablets was big news. On Chrome OS, it will not be. Because it is feature that every operating system on a desktop or laptop computer must have. All the other desktop operating systems have it. It is finally Chrome OS’ turn.
Chrome OS will soon get the option to switch users without logging the current user out. Just like your Windows PC or the Mac.
Currently, if you want to let a friend of family member to login to your Chromebook, you must log off from your account and then let them login using their account or the guest mode. But when this feature is ready, you can let them use the Chromebook without completely logging off from your account.
Chromebook owners: ever taken a screenshot of your device using the CTRL+Window Switcher key?
If so then you’ll be familiar with the flash effect that happens on screen as you take it. It’s quick, subtle and unobtrusive – but it’s easily missed. So the Chrome team are changing it.
Their proposal is to display a rich notification when a screenshot is taken. These will inform you whether it was successful or whether it wasn’t.
Chrome OS team is working on a new API for cloud storage services to act like another drive within the Files app. In other words, make them work just like Google Drive on your Chromebook. I like the way Dropbox integrates with my computer and Android phone. The experience is seamless. When this API is ready, I am assuming that Chrome OS will be ready to provide that experience with any cloud storage service that you would like to use.
Here is how it might look like, image courtesy of OMG Chrome.
Seems like there is a lot going on about notifications on Chrome and Chrome OS. What’s special? Oh wait! I know why!. Google Now is getting ready for Chrome and Chrome OS. Latest update to the Google Voice Chrome extension has added support for Desktop notifications. This feature however is experimental according to the team, and can be disabled from the options menu for the extension.
François Beaufort, known for uncovering the latest changes coming in Chrome and Chrome OS, has recently been hired by Google. We have a chat with him about his work with Chromium and his new roles within Google.
François has been posting code commits and new features coming to the Chrome browser and Chrome OS for over a year now, the self-titled “happiness evangelist”.
His work has uncovered news about Google Now coming to desktop, the codename for the Chromebook Pixel and the Chrome OS Notification Centre. His work has caught the attention of many popular news outlets, and his Google+ profile has over 13,000 followers.
Like many people I use Google Chrome’s omnibar/address bar/URL spot to make my Google searches.
It’s quicker than heading over to Google.com itself because it’s always there, always ready.
But lately I’ve noticed that searches made from the omnibar are behaving a bit differently in Chrome OS Dev: the Google Search results page no longer shows a search box on the page.
Instead your search term remains in the omnibar, badged by ‘Google Search’.
As with anything that happens in the Dev channel there’s no guarantee that this behavior is staying, but for now it’s something to be aware of if you’re also an omni-searcher like myself..
Google just added a new extension for users from Russia which makes the new tab page more useful. The new design has the most used tabs, headlines from Google News Russia, current weather, and links to some Chrome apps (not from your apps menu).
The extension can be installed from here, even if you are not in Russia. I could install this on my Chromebook and it is working fine, except for the Russian language which obviously do not understand.
The first thing on this page is Google logo, and then the Google search box. This probably will display Google Doogles whenever there is one on the Google.ru page.
If there is a Chrome-related leak rolling around the internet, you can be almost sure popular developer François Beaufort is somehow related to it. The Chrome OS fan base has been blessed by his many contributions to the community. He has given us info on the Chromebook Pixel, the rumored Google “Babble” project and many more Chrome-related topics. But this may end soon, as the Google+ personality has gone under Google’s wing.
François Beaufort is now the new open-source Chromium Evangelist, and will be working closely with Google’s new and upcoming projects. We are proud of him and very glad he has found a spot where he seems to be happy, but we are also a bit sad about what may be coming.
Working with Google, Beaufort will not have the same freedom he has always had. He promises there is a lot more content to come, but we are sure he will have to answer to Mountain View if he leaks something he shouldn’t. At the very least, his leaks will be limited and come less frequently. I guess we will simply have to dig in deeper!
Enjoy your new gig, François Beaufort!
Google tests a new version of the advanced image search page that lets you restrict the results to transparent images and animated images. The most popular image file formats that support transparency are GIF and PNG, while most animated images are GIF files. Animated GIFs made a comeback and they’re popular again. “Just as the LP has enjoyed a second spin among retro-minded music fans, animated GIFs — the choppy, crude snippets of video loops that hearken back to dial-up modems — are enjoying an unlikely vogue as the digital accessory of the moment,” says the New York Times.
We already know that Google Now is coming to Chrome and Chrome OS. Code changes started showing up couple of months ago and then we saw the notifications center of Chrome OS and Chrome getting a redesign. Today there is one more thing to add to that list.
Google Now is now part of chrome://flags page which lists all the experimental features of Chrome and Chrome OS for testing. It has been added as a built in extension.
This is available in the latest Chromium builds.
We can enable the flag from chrome://flags but it is not functional yet because the Google Now URL is still a secret, says François Beaufort.
Have you ever been restricted from using a website because you use Chrome? Do you want to test to see what your mobile site looks like on your desktop? All is possible with the User-Agent Switcher Extension.
Even in 2013, many website still require you to use Internet Explorer to access them. However, most of these websites will still function correctly in Chrome. So how do you get past these restrictions?
Here’s a change in ChromeOS dev that many of you will find trivial but a few, myself included, will find beautiful: a dark wallpaper picker.
In terms of functionality the re-coloured wallpaper pick is almost identical to the stable channel’s version; you can choose from a range of pre-defined wallpapers, or set your own.
Google Drive has a new feature that lets you preview files using an interface borrowed from Google+. This feature is not restricted to photos and videos, it also works for Google Docs documents, presentations, spreadsheets, forms, drawings, Microsoft Office files, PDF, PostScript and XPS files and TrueType fonts.
“When previewing a file, it’s easy to flip through nearby files by clicking the arrows on the left and right sides of the preview window. This is a great way to scan through a group of photos you’ve stored in your Drive,” explains Google. You can also use the left and right arrow keys to navigate to the other files and up/down arrow keys to scroll up/down in documents. While the previews don’t let you edit documents, you can select text, zoom in or out, find text (Ctrl+F), print the documents or share them with other people.
The file manager on your Chromebook or Chromebox is almost similar to the normal windows or OSX file explorer you are used to. However, there are certain features that makes it stand out. In this article, I will introduce you to the file manager, its major features, and how to use it.
Somewhere between Chrome 25 (beta) and Chrome 26 (dev), the browser’s menu got bigger. It’s now optimized for touch interfaces even if you’re using a non-touch computer. I’ve checked the height of the menu and it’s now 580 pixels, instead of 420 pixels. That’s a 38% increase and it makes the interface more difficult to use for mouse users.
In the early morning (here in the U.S.), François Beaufort treated Google+ to a look at rich notifications on Chrome OS. However, it was an icon pinned to the launcher tray that really caught everyone’s attention.
If you take a close look, the icon resembles four messaging icons stacked upon one another. This heavily hints at the possibility of Google rolling out a unified messaging service. François Beaufort was quick to state that he does not yet know what that app is, however, he adds a sly little wink at the end to keep us wondering.
Google today announced on Google+ that it is introducing a new Chrome extension that will allow users to save content from on the web directly to their Google Drive account. Using the new Chrome extension, users will be able to select which part of a webpage they want to save, such as “an image of a page, the HTML source code, or a Web archive.” Once installed, users will also get an option to save images, links, or files directly to Drive when right clicking.
The app menu from Chrome OS, is coming to Chrome; your PC.
This is totally cool. I was not a big fan of those glorified bookmarks, but when I saw the Chrome OS app launcher menu, well, I liked it! I recently published an article with a workaround to get Chrome OS apps menu on Chrome. The Chrome OS like app menu is going to be a built-in feature of Chrome very soon.
It’s just so much practical now!
To activate Spoken Feedback, just go to chrome://settings/search#spoken%20feedback
Fresh off the heals of a new Chrome OS device release, the social media storm is brewing. A search for “Chromebook” on Twitter will give you a constant stream of new tweets. I really enjoy tracking what the public is tweeting about, and one of the biggest questions people seem to have about Chromebooks is mindbogglingly simple.
Google Chrome’s new multi profile set up got a touch of avatar love today ( avatar as in profile picture btw ). It will now show your profile picture on the top left corner ( not sure if it is final ) instead of showing the email address of your profile.
It’s a small change but makes a lot of difference when it comes to the visual appeal of Chrome. It looks way better than my email address showing up there !
A few days ago I wrote that someone from the Chrome Team posted a message at the official Cr-48 users forum that there was an Easter Egg hidden inside of the Cr-48 and after six months it had yet to be cracked. It didn’t take too long before it was discovered, as Brad Wells has found that the BIOS has a hidden blue screen of death.
So how did he find it? As outlined in his own blog, checked out the LinkedIn profile of the Googler, Bill Richardson, and found that he was a former Sun Microsystems employee, and that he worked on something called Integrated Lights Out Management (ILOM) while there. Wells did a search for “ILOM easter eggs” and found a command “xxzzy” that caught his attention.
Switching the Cr-48 into developer mode, Wells used the command at the terminal and got a BSOD along with hexidecimal numbers. Converting those numbers into ASCII form resulted in this message.
Greetings from the Chrome OS x86 firmware team. This message is brought to you by Randall, Bill, Vadim, Gaurav, and Kelly. Also by the letter G and the number 42. If you’ve enjoyed this gadget, please join us at http://www.chromium.org to help make it even better. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress. No animals were harmed in the production of this message. Apply only to affected area. Cape does not enable wearer to fly. Contents may have settled during shipment. Use no hooks.
Although the Cr-48 shipment tracker has likely seen its last days, people are reporting that they are getting gifted by Google with Chrome OS laptops. This comes contrary to what Chrome VP Sundar Pichai tweeted some time ago that the Cr-48s would cease shipping.
Perhaps an effort to send out what might have been a hidden cache of Chrome OS Pilot notebooks is why people are still getting them. It would be nice if some of our international readers would be the beneficiaries of these notebooks, but I’ve yet to find a substantial report that this is the case.