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Hi :)
Maybe a bug-report / feature-request to ask for a change?

It would make sense to me if grabbing the corners kept the aspect-ratio but
grabbing the sides, or top or bottom allowed you to distort the image.

Inkscape does it by showing the width and height of the current selection
and then has a chain-lock between them.  When it's locked the image keeps
it's aspect ratio.

I had no idea about the shift key locking the aspect-ratio so thanks for
helping make that easier for me!

Errr, i often find people distort logos and images even though they use
packages that supposedly make it easy to keep them undistorted.
Regards from
Tom :)

On 12 April 2014 20:55, Brian Barker <> wrote:

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!

Brian Barker

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