In addition to a revamped video editor inside Google Photos, Google is showing a number of new productivity and personalization capabilities for Chromebooks that will go live in the upcoming months.
Basic film making capabilities have been available on Google Photos for a while now, including the ability to easily create themed movies by choosing photographs and other clips. The interface is currently being redesigned for Chromebooks with a focus on quickly creating high-quality movies. The alternatives with themes are still available:
Choose a topic and the people (or pets!) you want to highlight, and Google Photos will create a movie from both still images and video footage. Even from your lengthy videos, it makes an educated choice of the most significant moments.
Alternatively, you can use Google Photos’ emphasis on its potent search tools and manually arrange everything to create your own movie from scratch.
A timeline is located at the bottom of a widescreen user interface that fills the full monitor. A control panel on the right allows you to change brightness and contrast, apply filters, and add a title card. It also features numerous Material You buttons and other flourishes. Additionally, you can adjust the aspect ratio, overlay music, and cut clips.
This fall, Chromebooks will get the new movie editor that is part of the Google Photos app first.
On the subject of productivity, Google recently provided a sample of the PDF editing features that will be added to the Gallery app. These features will allow users to fill out forms, sign documents, highlight text, and add additional text comments. In addition to the time, battery life, and Wi-Fi connection status, the date is now displayed in the bottom right corner of your screen.
You can easily tap through the events in the monthly Google Calendar view that appears after you tap it. You will notice a list of notifications directly above this sort of widget while it is open. An update will similarly group alerts from the same sender and use larger buttons. Next week, these modifications will begin to take effect.
You will be able to save Virtual Desks thanks to an upgrade that will be available in late September.
With the August release of ChromeOS version 104, users will also be able to set backgrounds from their Google Photos library using a newly designed Wallpaper and style tool. You can choose an album, and it will change your background every day.
Using one of the new screensaver photo frames, you may also watch your favorite photos drift over your screen or sway in the breeze.
Last but not least, ChromeOS will now have system-level bright and dark themes that affect every aspect of the operating system.
As an added bonus, some brand-new wallpapers were created for both themes, so your background will also subtly change from bright to dark.
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