Partner Spotlight: Sweetspot

Sweetspot for iPhone is a new and simple way to curate and share your favorite experiences. A curation is a collection of photos, text, and tags that together tell a story. Whether you're documenting a recent road trip with friends, keeping track of your favorite restaurants or bars, or sharing a list of your city's essential museums and monuments, Sweetspot for iPhone is built for you. You can use the app to follow friends, family, or your favorite actors, artists, chefs--and discover new experiences. With the power of Aviary's iOS SDK, Sweetspot provides users the ability to personalize their photos with ease. When building curations, users can pull in photos from their Instagram and Facebook accounts, add locations from Google Maps, and then use tags and text to tell their story. Oh: and it's free.

You can download Sweetspot for iPhone right now on the App Store!

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Migration of Our Homepage

At Aviary, we strive to not only provide our users with a seamless, fast, and fun photo editing experience, but also to safeguard our users and the personal data that is entrusted to us. Recently, the engineering team has undertaken the task of migrating the existing Aviary website to an entirely new backend with revamped databases and code base. This was done primarily to upgrade the existing site to support new features and functionality which we will be rolling out over the coming weeks. However, a parallel goal of this conversion process was to improve the security of our online Aviary accounts and better protect the users who visit our site. Since we were basically starting from scratch, it was a perfect opportunity to review our code from a security perspective. In this post, I would like to provide an introduction to a number of the security measures we take, as well as a brief background of the threats we are protecting against.

 

Full HTTPS Support

With the latest release of our website ...

Aviary, Adobe and Empowering the Future of Mobile Creativity

We can barely contain our excitement today as we announce that Aviary has been acquired by Adobe. Together we will build and connect the next generation of creative applications.

While this news undoubtedly points to a fantastic future, it is worthwhile quickly recalling the recent past to help explain why this acquisition is such a tremendous next step for all concerned.

Aviary was founded to bring creative freedom to the world. In everything we’ve ever done, Aviary seeks to inspire people to express themselves freely and creatively. Many people are familiar with our self-titled photo apps — with intuitive editing experiences and an ever-expanding collection of creative content (custom photo filters, frames, stickers and more).  In fact, we’ve had more than 100 million downloads to date! But the platform that's powering these apps behind the scenes has always been the largest part of our efforts. It also forms the backbone of a free SDK that we offer to third-party developers. This allows us to extend our technology and creative tools not only to Aviary app users, but to users of thousands of other creative mobile apps that today are used by millions of people to edit billions of images each month. It also gets at the core of Aviary’s philosophy: that mobile creativity happens best across a diverse ecosystem of apps that users are free to choose, not in silos.

Aviary's HQ in New York City is very close to the offices of Behance, the creative community that joined Adobe 18 months ago – and that is now a cornerstone of Adobe's Creative Cloud offering. Over the last year, we've gotten to know Behance co-founder Scott Belsky, who now serves as Adobe's VP of Products and Community. Scott and Govind Balakrishnan, Adobe's VP of Product Development for the Creative Cloud Ecosystem, have been driving an initiative to extend Adobe technology to third-party creative applications — an effort that manifested itself in June when Adobe launched its Creative SDK in private beta. As we all talked (and talked, and talked…), it became obvious that we shared a strong vision for mobile creativity. It became even more obvious that we should join forces, accelerate combined efforts and better serve even more app developers and even more people wanting to be creative on mobile. Today, we start that journey together.

Already, our teams are brainstorming on things that we can accomplish together. We will continue to support and enhance Aviary's SDK as part of Adobe's broader Creative SDK offering. While ensuring no interruption to Aviary's developer community, or their apps’ users, we plan to add additional components and services for developers to incorporate – such as the ability to save creations to Creative Cloud in Adobe file formats, access Photoshop technology, and connect creativity across devices using the Creative SDK.

On behalf of everyone at Aviary, I’d like to thank our developer partners and the millions of people who use Aviary-powered apps. Your support has gotten us this far. We’re now going to deliver so much more for you – as part of Adobe.

For more information, read the Adobe press release here.

Tobias Peggs, Aviary’s CEO

Feast for the Eyes: Food Photography Tips & Tricks

Camera phones have become the standby tech-weapon-du-jour for many of us. Like little documentarians we wander about recording our daily lives. We steal photos of our environments, pets, plants and people. A critical component to many of our lives is a habit that hardly escapes our scrutiny or our trigger finger, our meals.

Photo: Eunsan Huh

Photo: Eunsan Huh

Do you enjoy the aesthetics of a well prepared spread? Have you sought to record the radiance of a seasonal bouquet of produce? Maybe you’ve tried to nab a shot of your crispy chicken and sweet stamped waffle at brunch only to find that the image is anything but appetizing. Do not be foiled.

Consider this your first foray into the glamourous world of culinary creativity via your mobile phone. In the following weeks be on the look out for additional installments to this food photo compendium.

Each installment of this series will focus on both a behind the lens photography skill (so you get the perfect shot) and an Aviary editing tip (to help you enhance your image).

Behind the lens: Start by electing to take shots of vibrant, colorful, bright foods and meals. It doesn’t matter if your dinner is divine, if the color is monochrome and the texture is mushy, it’s hard to make the food look appealing. If dishes are covered in heaps of brown sauce (like Poutine), it will probably fall flat on your screen too. The more fresh and new the ingredients you select in cooking are, the better they will translate for your audience. Same with meals, do your best to edit yourself. Beautiful foods = beautiful photos.

Edit with Aviary:  Once you have pushed the “button” and taken your shots, you have another opportunity to spice up your masterpiece with the Aviary Food enhancement. Simply open “Enhance” once you’ve selected  your photo from the camera roll. Next, go to the Food tool. The sweet secret about this enhancement is that it boosts the vibrancy (not the saturation) of your provisions while increasing the contrast between smaller details, adds greater sharpness, and creates a vignette to draw the viewer’s eye toward the fetching fare.

Photo: Eunsan Huh

Photo: Eunsan Huh

Give these simple techniques your best shot and surely the quality of your images will improve. Practice with different light angles, surfaces, and amounts of food to see what works best for you. Remember to have fun and find your Food Photography Signature Shot (see hyperlink to my last blog post). Bon Apetit!

 

Undo / Redo Comes to Photo Editor by Aviary for Android

We're delighted to announce that today we’re bringing Undo and Redo to Photo Editor by Aviary for Android, v3.5.0. This has been our #1 most-requested feature, and we’re thrilled to finally be able to offer it to our users.

The more creative you get with Photo Editor, the more you’ll want to be able to undo or redo your edits, so you can experiment with different combinations of our tools. The feature is super simple to use - simply swipe left or right on your photo after applying an edit. That’s it!

Another great addition to this version is Sticker Flip.  You can now flip the direction of a sticker by tapping on it while it is on your photo.

This update also includes some important bug fixes and other optimizations. Check it out in the Play Store and let us know what you think on Twitter. We hope you love it!

Chow down with Aviary's New Foodie Stickers

Looking for a way to spice up your food photography? Check out the latest addition to the Aviary shop - Foodie stickers! Beautiful and fun word art graphics to add to photos of your favorites meals and culinary experiences. 

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Use them together with our Foodie Effects pack to create mouthwatering shots and give all your friends a serious case of food envy. Bon appétit!

Feature Highlight: Splash

Did you know you can use Aviary to make color splash photography? The Splash tool lets you highlight certain colors in your photos while leaving others in black and white. 

If you scroll a little way over in the tool tray, you'll find the paint bucket icon for the Splash tool.

  • Free color lets you fill in wherever you tap/brush
  • Smart Color only fills in the first color you touch
  • If you accidentally color outside where you intended, use the Eraser tool to bring it back to black and white. 

And of course you can jazz up your color splash photography with simple word art stickers like this one from the Love pack. 

Happy editing!

Meet the Flockers: Annalyn Lavey

We here at Aviary are proud to have a flock of talented, passionate, interesting, and hilarious people. Each and every person plays a special roll in making this company the awesome place it is and we want to introduce them to you. This week we are featuring our hardworking, adventurous Annalyn Lavey.


Annalyn Lavey, Finance

Resides in: East Village, Manhattan
Originally from: Denver, Colorado
Studied: Accounting & Business Management
Follow Annalyn:  Twitter | Instagram


Theme song to your life: Right now : Drake Pound Cake. An Uber bumped this for me on his killer sound system and I fell in love with it.

I collect: Interesting people's contact information.

Do you have a secret talent?: Master Scuba Diver

My spirit animal is: Elephant

Guilty Pleasure: Airplane Tickets

Tell us about the most incredible place you visited: Mabul Island, Borneo : Scuba & Soccer & Stars & Music

How long have you been with Aviary?: 11 months

How do you approach your work?: Everyday with an iced cappuccino from Else Where Espresso or Abraco.

What influential factors have most shaped your career?: Fabulous mentors and a bit of prepared for luck.

What is the best part of working at Aviary/in Cooper Square/East Village?:  I walk 5 min to work.

What are you currently reading?: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz & The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

What are you currently listening to?: Uner - Pallene Check it out! 

If you could time-travel to any era, where would you go and who would you meet? 1920's, the ring leaders of prohibition.

What do you want to be remembered for? Fabulous adventures & stories to match encouraged over great meals.

Where do you find inspiration? On the ski slopes and at 3 hour dinners with my friends/new acquaintances.

Favorite thing about NYC: Meeting new people.

Favorite Quote: "Saying goodbye is like saying hello but in reverse"

Favorite Aviary pack: Era FIlters.

Favorite Aviary tool: Focus