Simple Image Editing in Chrome OS

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The other day BlogsDNA brought you a quick tip on how to grab a screenshot using Google’s Chrome OS, an increasingly popular computing platform, thanks to the  size and price of the hardware. The operating system has been built to give a familiar Windows-like feeling, complete with task bar and system tray and even desktop wallpaper. But, despite looks, the platform is tremendously different in most every way.

But now that you know how to take a screenshot you really only have half of what you need for true productivity. In a large percentage of cases, you’re likely to want to do a bit of editing. You can always use online programs like Photoshop.com, or grab an app from the Chrome store, but if you need only limited capability then the built-in editor can work just fine.

To access it, grab your screenshot, and then head down to the taskbar to locate the Files program — it’s the the blue icon with a white file folder  displayed on it.

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Double-click the image you wish to edit and it will pop open in a new window displays several options along the bottom of the screen. Included are various views, slideshow, edit, print and trash.

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Edit provides the ability to crop, rotate and alter the brightness. As I stated, this isn’t exactly full-fledged imaged editing, but for simple screenshots and the like its better than nothing.

Conclusion

Chrome OS may not provide the most sophisticated editing capabilities, but in a surprising number of cases, it will do what you need. In other words, its a competent solution and, with the platform gaining momentum, more and more capability will be available on the operating system.

Alan Buckingham

Alan Buckingham

Alan is an avid fan of all things technology, including Microsoft, Android, Google, and more. When not writing about or using gadgets and software, he can be found on the trails hiking or mountain biking. View author profile

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