Google adds document scanning to Chromebook Camera app, GIF creation coming soon

Camera-related technologies have become more important than ever in this era of remote working and digital communication. Back in August, Google talked about how it has enhanced the video calling experience for Chromebooks via the Camera app, and now it has introduced some other capabilities as well.

A screenshot of document scanning in Chromebook camera app

First up is document scanning that enables the Camera app to scan and digitize physical documents into PDFs and JPEGs. This feature is present for both the front-facing camera and the rear one - provided that your Chromebook comes with it. You can also share scanned documents directly via email, social media, and Android phones in the vicinity via Nearby Share.

A screenshot personalized angles via Chromebook Camera app

Next we have personalized camera angles where you can configure your external camera with the Chromebook Camera app and then use Pan-Tilt-Zoom features to personalize angles for your photos. All of your preferences will be saved so you can resume from where you left off even if you are interrupted in between your adjustments.

Other features that Google recommends giving a try are the Video mode, the self-timer, scanning QR codes, and "save for later". Another capability the company plans to add soon is the ability to directly and quickly create shareable GIFs that are five seconds in length. However, Google has not revealed a release date for this feature as of yet.

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