Google Chrome Is Working On A New Screenshot Editor, Currently Accessible Via Its Canary Version

Google is currently working on a new screenshot editor feature for the Chrome browser, allowing users to screenshot webpages and edit them to their liking.

The first we heard of Chrome’s screenshots feature was via a few stray lines of code in a relatively old Canary build. For users unaware, Canary is an open-access beta version of Chrome, which is essentially used as ground zero for any and all tests and experiments that devs want to run before officially introducing them to Chrome proper. Between this and Chromium, there’s a lot of resources that Google’s essentially left to the wild for users and developers alike to draw from. Canary builds are advertised as being relatively unstable, owing to their finicky, untested nature. Therefore, users that rely on Canary are usually just on the lookout for new features that’ll be added to Chrome proper; so, I guess this is the sort of hub where people like Matt Navarra or Jane Manchun Wong hang out, right? Bit of an inside joke for the writers here at this e-journal, but now let’s move on to brass tacks.

Screenshots: they’re everywhere, and they’re incredibly useful, especially with almost all forms of information exchange and documentation occurring online. Heck, our phones straight up became COVID vaccine identification cards ever since the certificates started being issued online. Overall, what I’m trying to say is that screenshots can be rather useful. While they’re mostly taken via mobile interfaces of the same platform, some users also take umbrage towards taking them via desktops and whatnot. This feature, for the nonce, is for the latter individuals. Currently, the new screenshot editor can only edit screen caps taken via laptops and larger computers, but the tools will hopefully move on to mobile phones as well.

Speaking of which, what even are the new tools? Previously, all users could do with screenshot editors on Chrome was just draw lines and whatnot to their own preference; basically, Google gave users the pen from Paint. Now, however, users can go through a variety of different colors, change screenshot sizes, add text and emojis, and other such previously unavailable features. Currently, the new screenshot editor is only available to Canary’s desktop interface, but we’ll hopefully be seeing implementation elsewhere after the Chrome browser itself sees the new feature being integrated. Canary users can get the improved screenshot editor by enabling these 2 flags chrome://flags/#sharing-desktop-screenshots-edit and chrome://flags/#sharing-desktop-screenshots. After restarting the browser users will be able to see the screenshot icon at the right side of the omnibox sharing button and from there they can edit the screenshot to play with the additional editing features.
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