Google has fixed an oversight that prevented some Chrome OS users from accessing the new photo editing tools in the Web version of Google+. Previously, ARM-based Chrome OS machines could not use the Snapseed-powered tools, which provide advanced image editing functions above and beyond the basic editing tools. The Snapseed functions can now be accessed in any Chrome Web browser, including those running on Google’s own branded operating systems.
The fix occurs a month and a half after Google rolled out the feature. Any photo hosted on the Google+ social network can be opened, viewed, and edited with tools similar to those found in Picasa, Google’s desktop photo editing app. These include color enhancements and filters, along with the basics like cropping and rotating. Users can access the feature by selecting the “Edit” link while viewing any photo.
Google bought Snapseed’s owner Nik Software in Sept. 2012 in order to take advantage of its image filtering app. Before that time, Snapseed was popular on iOS and Mac operating systems. A year later, Google’s adaptation and implementation of the app on Google+ has helped advance the company’s goal of making its flagship social network as photo-friendly as possible.
No explanation has been found for why Google had overlooked ARM-based versions of its own OS in the first place. The announcement of the change was made by Google+ Photos community moderator Brian Matiash yesterday, who characterized the change as “an official fix” of the feature. The announcement was removed a few hours later.
SOURCE: The Next Web