Adding nice images can significantly increase the appeal of a web page. However, to get an image to look just right often involves many pre-processing steps. To make that job easier we are pleased to announce the following new features:
Drag-and-Drop upload of images and video
Quick image resize to preset or custom dimensions.
Crop and zoom images within the editor
Drag-and-Drop Media Upload Feature
We’re introducing a new upload mechanism that supports drag-and-drop of image and video files.
You can now now drag and drop an image or video directly into the blue drop zone located in the right properties panel. No more browsing for files or navigating the file folder hierarchy. This new mechanism also supports adding mouse-over, table and cell background images.
We have implemented this feature with the latest HTML5 technology with no Flash involved.
Built-in Image Manipulation Features
Resizing an image to the appropriate size to fit the layout is a routine chore. We are making it easier by enhancing the Text and Image editor to resize automatically on upload.
You can now drag any image into the drop zone and it will be automatically set to the default size. Choose from 3 predefined image sizes: small (150px wide), medium (250px wide) and large (400px wide), or define your own. Even though an image may be resized, the system maintains the original image so it can be adjusted later. Also all resized images will appear with enhanced detail on a high resolution retina display.
Last but not the least, you can now adjust images right in the Text and Image Editor. You can easily crop an image and zoom into a specific area of an image without using another tool. The result will be instantly available for viewing and in the context of the page. This feature also applies to mouse-over images. The image crop and zoom feature is available via the Advanced Option switch, and the source image needs to be larger than the viewed image.
We hope these new features will make it easier for you to employ images to create the exact look you are looking for. Gone are the days of adjusting the image with other tools and iterating until the final results “come out OK”. Please stay tuned as we are already busily working on the next set of enhancements and useful new features.