Aviary Launches Embeddable Photo Editor for Mobile!

Our company mission has always been to power the world's creativity. We started with the web. Why stop there? Mobile apps need love too, which is why we've brought our creative expertise to the land of mobile. Today, we're super excited to announce the launch of our brand new mobile initiative: photo editing for all iPhone and Android apps!

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What this means for you

Developers: imagine your app's workflow. Your user takes a photo and wants to upload it to their profile - but first they need to edit it. Maybe they want to crop it, remove red eye, or add some fun filters. No matter what, they have to leave your app, open one of their photo editing apps, edit their photo, save it to their camera roll... you see where this is going.

Now imagine your app's workflow with Aviary. Your user takes a photo and wants to upload it to their profile. They click the "Edit" button, a screen slides up with one-click editing options, they make their choices and save, and they continue on with your app, with their updated photo intact. Pretty magical, right?


How it works

As of today, any and all mobile developers will be able to inject Aviary's photo editing functionality right into their own app - all without the fuss of developing it on their own. Currently, our SDK is available for iPhone and Android devices. iPad support is on the way, and our SDK is 100% compatible with the forthcoming iOS 5.

Our Mobile SDK lets you focus on the core of your app, while we provide the photo editing tools and maintain them for you along the way. This will not only add extra functionality for your users, it'll bring us one step closer to our mission of powering the world's creativity.

The best part is, it takes just minutes to implement!


Our Mobile SDK includes a great variety of tools and effects, with more on the way. We work hard to make all of them powerful enough to please your pickiest users, but so simple that beginners can start editing in no time. You can choose to include all the tools we have to offer, or customize the toolset for your app to cater directly to your userbase.

Our basic editing tools include:

  • Auto-Enhance: fix any photo with one click!
  • Crop, Flip, Rotate
  • Sharpen and Blur
  • Redeye Removal
  • Teeth Whitening and Blemish Removal
  • Adjust Colors and Saturation
  • Adjust Brightness and Contrast

Our more fun, hip, and addicting features include:

  • Drawing
  • Text
  • Stickers
  • Meme Generator
  • Photo Effects

The details

Both the iPhone and the Android SDK are free to use and implement.

Although our Mobile SDK is ready to go straight out of the box (we designed it to blend seamlessly with the default mobile UIs that your users know and love), there are a variety of customization options available to ensure that our photo editing functionality feels right at home in your app.

  • Android: Choose your toolset, change the color scheme,  and replace the icon holders. (Note: Changing the color + icon holders does require development time, as we do not provide a built-in way to change the interface... yet.)
  • iOS: Same as Android, except the iOS SDK has an easier method to customize the color schemes to match your brand! Just pass in a color when initializing the interface.

Further customization for both platforms is coming soon! If you'd like to be notified as soon as details are available, be sure to follow @AviaryApi on twitter or join our Google Group for developers.

Check out this demo to see how it all works!

What happens next?

We're currently working on a ton of new tools and filters. We'll prioritize new features from this point on based on partner feedback (what your users like, as well as what they wish were included). On top of porting all of the effects from our web-based Effects API to mobile, we also plan to reveal some awesome, never-before-seen effects :)

If there's something in particular you'd like to see included in a future version of our Mobile SDK, please let us know! (You can also use that link to browse and upvote existing requests that you'd love to see come to fruition.)

Launch partners!


One of the reasons we developed this mobile SDK was that we felt there was a definite demand in the market for built-in simple photo editing, but that not every developer has the time on their hands to build or manage such a feature. Whether or not an app's core is photo-related, every user can benefit from additional editing features after uploading their photos. From social networks to geolocation, we've partnered up with all sorts of apps to prove just that. Here are 30+ iOS and Android apps we're proud to have as launch partners!

Get started!

Visit developers.aviary.com/mobile to instantly inject photo FUNctionality straight into your app's workflow. You can thank us later! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or subscribe to our blog to be notified of our latest happenings.

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