Microsoft announced that it is adding new photo editing features to OneDrive on the web and OneDrive for Android. And yes, they are coming to OneDrive for iPhone and iPad, but not until later this year.
“Relentless innovation has made OneDrive a world-class app for file storage, sharing, and collaboration,” Microsoft’s Paul Diamond writes. “We’re now extending that same commitment to a refreshed photos experience that will enhance the joy you get from your photos.”
Here’s what’s new. Yes, it all looks fairly obvious and seems, to me, to be an attempt at catching up with Google Photos.
Cropping. OneDrive now lets you crop to the image sizes and aspect ratios (square, 9:16, 16:9, 4:5, 5:4, 3:4, 4:3, 2:3, 3:2,1:2, and 2:1) expected by social media apps, or you can use a free-form crop.
Rotate and flip. OneDrive now lets you easily rotate an image left or right by 90 degrees or flip it by 180 degrees. There is also a new incremental degree rotation feature that helps you straighten images.
Light and Color Adjustments. OneDrive helps transforms your pictures with adjustments for brightness, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, and color saturation, and then compare the edited version with the original. And you can save the changed image separately or overwrite the original. (Version History will recover mistakenly overwritten images.)
In addition to these changes, Microsoft is adding some more features to OneDrive for Android, including Chromecast support, which lets you cast a photo slideshow or video to any Chromecast-enabled TV or device, and new organizational capabilities that can optionally create folders based on upload source. That way, when you use a specific app, like WhatsApp or Instagram, to share photos, they can be organized in OneDrive separately from your main camera roll if you wish.