I couldn't find anyone else that had raised this issue . . . is anyone else having this problem?
I have had no trouble whatsoever navigating the new upload system and using it to stick images into my posts, and I was thrilled to see that the alignment can now be set before the image is inserted. That would be especially useful for those posts where I have 35-50 images. Unfortunately, no matter what alignment I specify before I "Insert into Post," the image is inserted with formatting not set and I have to go in through the "Insert/edit image" icon to align it properly.
Furthermore, the uploader will only insert images at full size, even when I specifically request thumbnails. I have tried going in and editing the media settings to standard thumbnail size to no effect. When I insert an image that I want thumbnailed and aligned left, this is the HTML code I get inside the brackets with the image source link: img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1158" . . . When I manually align and size it correctly, the code of course changes to: img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1158" style="float: left;" width="128" height="96" and everything works properly. In short, the original code that the uploader inserts appears to have no effect whatsoever on the formatting of the image.
Of course, I CAN align and resize and each and every image after I've inserted it, but then it suddenly becomes more work than it was before the dashboard change. What gives? Why doesn't it just thumbnail and align as instructed before inserting?