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Improved Crop Tool Coming to Chrome OS Image Editor


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 behaviour is always a plus.

Add aspect ratios to the PhotoEditor's crop tool

Google developer’s mock-up of aspect ratio presets

Another change being implemented will set the initial size of the crop rectangle at the same aspect ratio as the original image.

When to expect the changes

You may want to constrain any excitement you have about getting to play with these features, at least for now.

Two of the changes mentioned above are being tested in Canary builds of Chrome OS, and should find their way in to the next Dev Channel release. Plans to add cropping ratio presets is still undergoing discussion .

These aren’t the only changes planned for the upcoming Photo Editor refresh. Implementing keyboard shortcuts to zoom in and out of images, hover tooltips for buttons and tools, and a simple one-click ‘share to Google Drive’ option are also on the roadmap.

  • Fauteux

    When do we finally get the option to ZOOM in the photo viewer (launched when clicking on a photo in the file manager)

  • Boothy

    In other big news for Chrome OS users:

    The end of legacy “web” apps approaches………………

    • Seriously now?

      Aren’t many of Google’s own apps like that? Like the Google Play Music, the Gmail or the Google Drive shortcuts. Or is this referring to other kinds of apps?

      I’m a bit confused. Do, say, the Angry Birds or the Bastion apps stay? Is Google going to make a “proper” Chrome Gmail App?

      • Boothy

        Apart from Keep and Movies they all are! Now we wouldn’t expect Google to grant an exemption for themselves, would we?
        I have no idea how this will affect things like Bastion etc? Be very interesting to find out…..

    • The news refers to legacy packaged apps, not ‘hosted’ (aka glorified bookmarks) apps.

      • Boothy

        What are “legacy” packaged apps then (as opposed to current packaged apps)?

  • Heimen Stoffels

    Share to Google Drive? It would be nice if they also implemented Share to Twitter :)

  • Kenny Strawn

    I’ve already got that “improved” crop tool you’re talking about in the Canary builds…