Discovering the New Features of 3.0: Page 2

Posted December 17, 2008

Eric Geier

Eric Geier

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Cropping images in Draw and Impress works better

OOo used to only offer the cropping of images via a dialog box, by inputting measurements for how much to cut off from the top, bottom, left, and right. However, version 3.0 offers a less crude way of cropping in Draw and Impress. Like other office or photo applications, now you can "visually crop". As shown in Figure 2, after you click the Crop Picture icon from the toolbar, use the cursors on the edges of the image to crop it. It feels just like if you were to resize an image, but instead of shrinking, it cuts off portions of  the image. After you exit the cropping state, the picture edges will function for resizing purposes. If you find you bit off more than you can chew, just click the Crop Picture toolbar icon again to uncrop or adjust the cropping.

If you are a fan of the Crop dialog box, don't worry, its still available. To bring it up, right-click an image and choose Crop Picture. As with pervious versions of OOo, the dialog box (see Figure 3) sports a thumbnail of the image with cropping marks to help you see how it will look.

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