Resize images easily and quickly with Chrome’s built-in image viewer

By | 10/13/2016

Chrome OS will be getting image resizing natively. And it looks amazing.


A while back, I wrote a piece on how Chrome OS will be getting the function to resize images built-in to the native editor. Now, after reading more about the update, it looks like it’s finally happening. And with some newly added integrations that I didn’t know about as well. This just adds more “ooh” to the “ahh.”

Let’s go over the updates to the update.

 

Chrome OS will be able to resize and crop out-of-the-box

Resizing images with Chrome's default image viewer will be convenient for casual and professional users alike.

Crop, resize, and adjust pictures with Chrome’s default image viewer will be convenient for casual and professional users alike.

 

Recently, a developer update of Chrome OS basically confirmed and added the image resizing feature to the image viewer/editor that comes bundled with Chrome OS. Most Chromebook users are aware of this app, as it launches by default when you view an image. But, you’ll notice you can’t do much with it at all. If you’re using Windows or Mac or Linux, you may not be as familiar, as Chromebooks are the only devices that come with Chrome OS by default- unless you’re dual-booting with Chrome OS.

Anyway, if you’ve even tried viewing an image on a Chromebook or Chrome OS device, you may have been annoyed that you can view, adjust, and edit photos, but you couldn’t resize them or crop them, which is something that you’d expect an image editor to have- even the most basic ones. You know what I’m talking about. This is something that’s pretty much expected by the market in any modern device. With Chrome not having this function, it’s something that’s hindering Chrome’s usability (and just gives Chrome OS haters all the more to brag about). But, now that’s about to change with this new update. Woo.

Google’s Francois Beaufort stated on Google Plus that the native image viewer will be able to resize and crop images, which is a feature I’ve personally been itching for. Instead of having to download third-party apps to edit images in the Chrome web store (as good as a Photoshop alternative as they might be), I’d rather much be able to double-click an image and perform resizing and cropping instantly and quickly for images that need quick adjusting.


It was also stated that the resizing works on images that you have saved in your Drive. That means all images that you have downloaded form the Internet, on your USB drive, on your external hard drive, saved on your Drive account, and wherever else you have them on your Chrome OS-powered device or Chromebook, you can edit them directly with the image viewer. Awesome. Ain’t it? You’ll be able to make quick changes before deploying an image on your Google Drive account. That’s actually pretty high-level tech- relatively.

All Chrome OS users can appreciate this update- both causal and professionals alike

Resizing images will be quick and easy with the built-in Chrome image viewer (without the need for another app). This is something we've been expecting from Chrome OS (via Chrome web store).

Resizing images will be quick and easy with the built-in Chrome image viewer (without the need for another app). This is something we’ve been expecting from Chrome OS (Pixlr via Chrome web store).

For most people, this is a minor convenience. For graphic designers, artists, and even photographers, this is a super handy feature. Instead of launching another app, logging in, and then resizing the image just for such a small image adjustment, it’s a lot easier to simply make the changes with the Chrome image viewer. It’s like cutting out a whole bunch of steps for a simple image adjustment.

It’s nice to see Google continuing the development of their operating system. Given, this feature is something that’s already to be expected by a lot of users from their OS already, but even then, it’s nice to see that Google didn’t overlook this function. Each update brings more and more goodies to the table. I’ll be using this function almost daily when it rolls out. It’s gonna be one of those “small things” that make the difference in this case, provided that most people won’t even notice it.

Either way, this will save a lot of unnecessary effort in making touch-ups or quick adjustments to pictures. It’s a well-appreciated update.


Well, we- the Chrome OS fans hardcore enough to read and write about you enough, appreciate it.

About Andy Z.

Andy is a casual-hardcore Chrome OS fan and contributes to the site regularly. He likes computers, tech, sports cars, videogames, and of course, Chromebooks. Thinker. Introvert. Geek. You can find him on Twitter (@platytech), or send him an email (platy@platypusplatypus.com).

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