If you’re a Picasa user upset that Google plans to end support for your favorite photo-editing and management app, here’s a consolation prize: the already-useful Google Photos just got a lot better.
Its new editing tools make it easier and faster to touch up multiple photos. Instead of having to save each individual photo and exit editing mode once you’re done cropping or removing red-eye, you’ll now simply move on to the next photo in the album and your changes will automatically be saved. Should you change your mind (maybe you cropped the top of dad’s head off?), just click “Revert to Original.”
Speaking of cropping, there’s a new aspect ratio selector that lets you get an exact crop. Choose from original, square, 16:9, and 4:3, and then drag the rectangle to wherever you want to crop the photo.
That’s about it, which might seem like a fairly small consolation prize for Picasa users until you realize that even before today’s improvements, Google Photos was already a very capable photo tool.
In his review, PCMag analyst Michael Muchmore praised the interface, which is “clean, minimal, and pleasing, with thumbnails of your photos organized by date.” One of the best parts is that Google’s search technology is built in, making finding the best of hundreds of baby pictures a simple task.
As for remembering exactly where your photos were taken, Google has plans for that too, though they’re still experimental and not available to active Photos users, of which there are more than 100 million. This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.