These comparison tables list all generally available Chromebooks from 2011 onwards, including some of the latest 2014 models (2014 has seen the biggest number of new Chromebook launches since they first appeared on the scene.)
The PassMark score is used to compare processors. Although this may not necessarily reflect all usage modes of a laptop or Chromebook, it’s OK in terms of making comparisons between CPU models. It take advantage of multiple cores, so a while a higher PassMark score may not necessarily result in faster operation, it does give an idea that there is more computational capacity available, which is a reasonable indicator of how system performance feels.
One problem remaining in comparing models is that PassMark doesn’t work on ARM chips. Geekbench does, but then it doesn’t have as much consistent data collected across different models compared to PassMark.
Another useful part of the charts, apart from general hints and explanations, is an “DIY upgradability” table for SSD and RAM. Unfortunately since many of the newer Chromebooks have moved to slimmer form factors, most of them have completely lost any RAM slots and soldered everything on to the motherboard. The situation with disk upgrades is a little better, and a fast 2014 Chromebook with upgraded SSD can make an awesome, cost-efficient Linux development laptop without the clunk of a Windows 8 install.
You can now choose the background colour when uploading a file with transparency.
This is especially useful when you upload a .PNG file with alpha channel transparency. In this case, some of the pixels are not fully transparent. However, the .GIF animation format only supports full transparency, so we need to decide what to do with the semi-transparent pixels.
By selecting a background color here, you can blend the semi-transparent pixels into the background while also keeping the fully transparent parts of the image.
Fixed problem with areas of the interface being highlighted when holding the mouse button down and dragging it outside of the edit window. These parts have been made non-selectable so shouldn’t show up with distracting highlighting when accidentally selected.
glowtxt.com now supports semi-transparency for non-animated images.
These are now output as 24-bit PNG files. Animations are still in .GIF format.
This makes it much easier to place text on a web page with a background image, and have it blend in smoothly to the background, or using the text as an overlay in photo editing software. All web browsers support this with the exception of IE6.
Another effect from this change is that using a background colour with text now gives a much nicer shining outline compared to previously. Use the “Super” glow option for maximum effect.
New Large preview mode – displays a single large window which shows the edited image.
Standard preview is now called “compact” mode – the size of this preview has also been increased.
New “Bokeh Boost” processing replace the old “Enhance Bokeh” control. This has been completely rewritten from the ground up to enable you to produce some really cool effects.
Bokeh shapes are now Bokeh Styles. These are in 3 categories, with 18 styles available in each category (for members). Bokeh styles cover the range from lens-like styles to abstract shapes, to motifs and symbols.
New membership option replaces old credit code system. Due to better code efficiency in this release, we can now offer unlimited hi-res downloads to paid members. Credit code users can still use their credit codes, or alternatively they can be converted to a membership account here.
Editing page was redesigned to be more streamlined and have neutral grey borders to reduce screen glare. Flickr group photos are now also displayed on the editing page, along with twitter and external tilt-shift photo related blog updates and links.
The maximum range of the “Focus size” slider has been increased. This means that you can have more of the photo in focus if you wish.
A bokeh effects page was added to show some examples of using different bokeh styles and settings on a number of photos.