dragging a "grabby handle" would cause the image dimensions to appear on the cursor. Watching those numbers allowed you to control the size to the exact pixel and made it easy to drag all images to the same size.
Glad you caught this. That was a great feature for setting multiple pix to a common size, and other uses.
On advice of a helpful Happiness Engineer, I looked at the WordPress.org News about the revision that gave us the Visual Editor Downgrade:
WordPress 3.9 Beta 1 Announcement
Today's news about it, now Beta 3:
About 1,960 results
I said before that I'd pay for an upgrade if necessary. There is one way I can prevent this kind of sudden downgrade: self-hosting.
When I install "the latest stable release of WordPress (Version 3.8.1)," I can sit still with it and not be an ignorant Beta tester, then upgrade only when I see them release it as "the latest stable release."
Self-hosting is probably not worth the cost for my hobby blog, but in other situations it is looking more attractive than I understood it to be before this Visual Editor Downgrade.
In any case, I'll never recommend WordPress.com again without emphasizing that the free blog users are beta test guinea pigs (and some really loudly squealing ones among us!), and that sometimes the beta can be a a big premature mistake.
I'm so ignorant. I must have ignored a beta tester role warning somewhere when I signed up.
What if a future beta does to the media library something like what we've seen here, and suddenly we lose the ability to manage it for a few weeks? Or the Dashboard?
Time to pay up. I got what I paid for, and it was truly great while it lasted, trusting in something I did not understand (I'm not prepared to say I was mislead, but ...).
It's not like they didn't warn us this was a test version, sorta. In the WordPress.com News visual editor change announcement: Introducing Smoother Editing and New Playlists:
Updates coming to your self-hosted sites, too
All the new improvements we’re introducing today are part of the WordPress 3.9 release, which WordPress.com users test out first. [emphasis mine]
In my first look at that announcement, I skipped over the stuff under the heading with "your self-hosted sites."
No doubt I've been warned many times before. Double doh.
FWIW: I can't find the words beta, test or trial in the TOS.
My thanks to the H.E. who turned on the lights. And my apologies for being ignorant and loud about it.