Now, people, can we all get along? I too fell frustrated with this change, which seems to have come out of nowhere, but it was probably an effort to improve the system. I've been through quite a few of these situations, when help is not easily available, and had to learn to, first, be patient. Since we don't know each other, and who does what, I assume that most of those who show up to help, are trying to do just that, help. Whether that actually helps, is sadly, another story. That's part of the kinks of a free system, though.
Specifically about this change (uploading pics), I too see no reason why the flexibility of the old system had to be replaced. It's certainly something that was rolled out before getting a hefty feedback from those who use the system. Again, it's not easy to please hundreds of thousands, etc, but a simple weekly email blast, announcing what's on the Happy Engineers' plate, would go a long way in helping us all.
To those who can't wait, I suggest using the free Lunapic.com (I have nothing to gain mentioning its name here), which has a way of cropping pics, besides of a lot of other nice features. Extra steps too, I know, but I for one, didn't even know that it was possible to go to Media and crop pics there. Last night, nothing seemed to work.
And for now, I wouldn't use that enlargement feature on the blog; it mysteriously stopped making any difference as far as what ends up appearing on the edited post anyway.
Since I use the Sidebar differently than most, I also lament the addition of an irritating extra space between the pic and the headline, but that won't drive me off the Brooklyn Bridge just yet, at least not now.
Not to patronize the professionals behind those changes, it'd also be useful if a quick email would warn us that the system is being 'fixed.' Often, working overnight, some particular features temporarily or permanently disappear, and I'm forced to slice my skin open in order not to scream and wake up the neighbors, while struggling to find a solution and my way around it.
In the meantime, I appreciate all the help that those who can have been giving out of their kindness, specially to some of us who can't even begin to understand the jargon of code writing. Thanks and regards to all
Wesley at Colltales.com