Useful feature when cropping ("borrowed" from Preview)…

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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » June 8th, 2007, 5:02 am

Hi Nick,
In Preview.app when using the Crop tool, stroking the Option key displays the size of the cropped area when adjusting the size of this area.
A nice feature (imho) that could be added to most of the BeLight app (if not all).
The units could be toggled between pixels and the default ones (as set in prefs) using Shift (and Option).
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Postby Nick » June 8th, 2007, 9:44 am

Hi Jean-Jacques,
Right, it's a nice feature. I haven't seen it before.
I will add your suggestion to the wish list.

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Postby Nick » June 8th, 2007, 10:57 am

Small addition about what SP already has.

SP has a crop-in-place feature.
Select an image. Then click the Crop button in Inspector > Image (the resize handles will turn to red crop handles) and switch to the Geometry tab.
Now, when you drag the crop handles, the Inspector shows the size of cropped image.

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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » June 9th, 2007, 1:53 am

Hi Nick,
You're right about SP and the Crop tool but the main difference (with Preview and its own Crop Tool) is that the displayed values are not updated in realtime in SP.
You have to release the mouse button to see the new sizes (height/width) rightly displayed.
A not so friendly feature (imho).
On the other side, you may adjust sizes of the cropped image using the Width/Height fields of Inspector>Geometry>Size settings (typing in the fields, the right values you wish before or after validating the Crop command).
A nice way to adjust focus on precise part of the image maintaining its original size (or other). Of course, you change resolution of the image doing so!
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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » June 11th, 2007, 2:42 am

Hi all,
I found this tip from the Peachpit Press website:
The Power of Preview: Ten Tricks for Getting More Out of Apple's Little PDF Viewer.
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