Google+ adds pan and zoom feature for photos, as Facebook announces mystery press event for next week
Today Google rolled out a new feature for Google+ that enables users to zoom into, and pan around, high resolution images from within the Google+ desktop site. The changes come just 4 weeks since Google lifted restriction on the size of images uploaded to their social network, either manually or via the automated ‘Instant Upload’ feature baked into the Google+ mobile app for Android. Google does however limit the total image storage space for each user to 5GB.
Google+ technical lead Dave Cohen announced the feature on his personal Google+ page, noting that: “Higher resolution photos will offer more to explore, so we’re excited to launch pan and zoom just weeks after launching full-size backups of your Android photos”.
To zoom and pan on a high resolution image simply use your mouse wheel to zoom in or out, then click and drag to pan right, left, up or down. If you don’t have a scroll wheel for your mouse you may be out of luck. As far as trackpads go, it’s also potluck. Some Windows based trackpads appear to work, whereas other do not. Mac trackpads appear to be compatible. If you’re not seeing the update on your machine be patient, as rollout can take several hours to reach all users.
The update was announced just a few hours after Facebook sent out an invitation to the world’s tech press inviting them to attend a mystery event that the social network will be holding on Tuesday January 15th at their headquarters in San Francisco.
Whether the two announcements happening on the same was sheer coincidence, or whether this was Google’s attempt to steal a bit of the limelight is anyone’s guess, but it will be interesting to see if any more new Google+ features materialise in the next few days. Silicon Valley is a small place, no doubt each company has an inkling as to what each is other is planning.
As for Facebook’s announcement, no details regarding the nature of the event have been provided as of yet, but it’s likely to be significant. Facebook doesn’t usually hold events like this unless they have something big to announce.
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