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allows images to be manually cropped using JCrop JS library

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There has been a need for cropping for a long time and there are lots of addons around that have different ways to achieve this.

There is plip #10174 asking for adding image cropping to plone core which recently got rejected by the FWT. The cropping functionality should go into an addon first that also work for dexterity and can be pliped into core.

This package aims to be THE cropping solution for plone that just works TM.

Why do I need this?

Automatic cropping is already possible, does already handle this via the direction parameter:

<img tal:define="scales context/@@images"
     tal:replace="structure python: scales.tag('image',
                  width=1200, height=800, direction='down')"

However it only crops from the top/center of the image, so in some ocasions this is not what you want. allows you to select the cropping area manually for each available image scale using the JCrop editor

How it works

There is a view @@croppingeditor available for every content type implementing IImageCropping via an object action.

The Interface is implemented by default for ATImage and image.

The editor view shows at maximum three columns:

  • Image Fields column (only visible when more than one image field is available)
  • Image scales column (only visible when more than one scale is available)
  • Cropping editor column

The aspect ratio for the cropping area in JCrop editor is automatically set to the image scale selected by the user.

The image stored for this scale gets replaced with the cropped and scaled version. This way you can access them as you’re used to. For example:

<img tal:replace="structure context/@@images/image/mini" />

This also enables support for richtext editors such as TinyMCE to insert cropped scales into a textfield.

In TinyMCE it will be possible to access the cropping editor directly out of the image plugin right below the scale selection

Load editor as overlay

The editor can also be loaded as an overlay anywhere. Just place a link to the @@croppingeditor url of an image (<image_base_url>/@@croppingeditor) and add some javascript. For example:

(function($) {
    $(function() {

        $(document).bind("formOverlayLoadSuccess", function() {


A Configlet is registered in Plone Site Setup. There you can adjust the maximum Size of the jCrop Editor Image (large_size) and the minimum selectable size of the cropped area (min_size).

You can also set those values in the profile of your (policy)product using p.a.registry mechanism (registry.xml):

  <records interface="">
      <value key="large_size">500:500</value>
      <value key="min_size">10:10</value>

Design decisions

  • make this package as minimally invasive as possible
    • therefore we store the cropped image immediately, so traverser doesn’t need to care about cropping
    • users can access cropped images the same way as the access scales (so it works in richtext editors too)
  • support archetypes and dexterity content (XXX limitation for dexterity: this will only work for images in AttributeStorage)
  • a cropped image gets stored instead of the scaled image. if you want back the uncropped image scale you’ll need to remove the cropped version in the editor

Possible extensions / changes for the future

  • allow to mark scales as auto-croppable in the controlpanel. this enables cropped scales w/o manually defining the cropping area but would require some changes in (extend traverser, change controlpanel)


  • Peter Mathis (petschki)
  • Joscha Krutzki (joka)
  • Harald Frießnegger (fRiSi)
  • Martijn Zweistra (themask96)
  • Daniel Widerin (saily)
  • Wolfgang Thomas (pysailor)
  • Héctor Velarde (hvelarde)


The basic concept of has already been implemented in Yiorgis’s branch of


0.1rc2 (2013-05-03)

  • Include styles for authenticated users only. [saily]
  • Make tests work in Plone 4.1 [saily]
  • Rename acceptance to robot to align new guidelines. [saily]
  • Pin to make Plone 4.1 tests work. [saily]
  • Use correct dependency for with extra [robot]. [saily]
  • Add cropping ui-tests using robotframework [saily]
  • Update to work with zc.buildout 2.0 [saily]
  • Implemented #11 - Mark image scales as “croppable” [jensens]
  • Added tests for control panel and registry
  • Added Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese translations [hvelarde]
  • Small documentation update [saily]

0.1rc1 (2013-03-11)

  • add support for multiple image fields
  • refactored javascript includes so the editor can be loaded as overlay
  • fixed JS error when editor is invisible (ie editor is loaded in an overlay)
  • fixed edit/remove actions when editor is loaded as overlay
  • make editor view more convenient (disable columns)
  • update documentation [petschki]

0.1b1 (2013-03-03)

  • Made cropping work in dexterity-only sites [pysailor]
  • Add travis integration [saily]

0.1a2 (2012-11-10)

  • fix tests
  • add test setups for Plone 4.1-4.3
  • Products.CMFPlone dependency. Right now we only support Plone >= 4.1
  • make dexterity support optional [petschki]

0.1a1 (2012-11-05)

  • public alpha release [petschki]
  • Package created using templer [fRiSi]

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