At 11:48 12/04/2014 -0700, Simon Noname wrote:
I can hardly understand the choice made in the default behavior when
resizing an image. Most of the time, if not always, when I resize an
image it is because it is too large and I resize it so its dimension
will fit the content design. I very rarely need to flatten or
distort an image in any direction. So, for my use case, resizing an
image should keep the ratio by default, and for the rare situation
when flattening is needed pressing additional keys (shift or
whatever) or simply using other handlers than the corner ones would
do the trick. However this is not the choice which has been made in
LibreOffice, and moreover this behavior is not even configurable.
[...] What I would like to understand is why this choice has been made?
I won't attempt to defend this decision, but I think I can see its
logic or origin. The default behaviour is to resize - and reshape -
the image in exactly the way that the mouse dragging is indicating,
without any other consideration. The alternative behaviour modifies
this by taking into account another parameter: the original aspect
ratio. The choice appears to be based on logic rather than
convenience, using the additional key operation to add an additional
constraint rather than to remove one.
Is my use-case so strange and unusual ?
Do common people most often need to flatten the image and not
keeping their ratio ?
Probably not. (I'm a common person; I usually don't.)
Why this default behavior is not even configurable?
... you have to tell a casual user who is used to just use the mouse
to easily resize an image (like it does not only on other well known
document editors but also on wysiwyg web editors), ...
Perhaps those responsible for this (other) software got fed up with
seeing so may distorted images - especially of faces and so on - on
web sites and the like that they decided to give in and make it
easier for users not to make that mistake.
Sorry this is no help!
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