Aviary Launches Windows 8 SDK with 6 Partners


We’re proud to launch Aviary’s Photo Editor SDK for Windows 8, specifically designed for apps on Windows 8 tablets and PCs. This new SDK joins our existing SDKs for iOS, Android, HTML5 & Windows Phone 7, collectively used by our 3,500+ partners.

We worked closely with AMD and Microsoft to build this SDK from the ground up, optimizing our photo-editing technology by leveraging unqiue AMD APU architectural advantages.

We’ve achieved significant performance improvements by implementing filters and effects through the new heterogeneous compute language C++ AMP. Computations are performed on the highly parallel graphics processing unit (GPU) cores inside the AMD APU instead of the more serial central processing unit (CPU) cores. Applying CAMP allows for processing of our complete range of filters and effects instantaneously – on average 16x faster than comparable processors, according to benchmark studies conducted by AMD.

Launch Partners

But don’t just take our word on how well the Aviary SDK performs. We've partnered with some old and new friends for this exciting launch, all available for download in the Windows Store this week!


Whether you are a serious Twitter user or just a beginner, this is a wonderful app! Rowi has a simple, streamlined, easy to use Metro interface.


This app features a beautiful new way to view your photos in Windows 8. You can also create custom collages from your favorite photos, or from new ones that you take with the Photo Booth feature.

Volet by Volevi

VOLET offers a diverse selection of frames that allows  you to easily create unique photo collages. With the addition of a seamless integration of the Aviary SDK - VOLET users can apply a variety of edits and effects to their photos before creating their collages. Upon completion of your collage, VOLET allows you to share directly to Facebook.


MyFrames helps you combine multiple photos into eye-catching frames. With thousands of adjustable frames, borders, patterns and a customizable background, your photos will all have a completely unique look. MyFrames turns you into an instant expert in combining photos.

Photo Annotater

Photo Annotater browses, searches, sorts and allows you to annotate photos in almost every format. You can also take new photos via webcam and apply various image processing techniques to touch up your photos. The Overlay feature supports combining up to 4 images over one background image - with complete control over how they overlay each other.


Selektiv is a simple yet very clever new photo editing experience. Instead of applying filters to the entire image, Selektiv gives you the creative freedom of applying effects, well,  selectively! By simply painting over the area you want to affect. This allows you to easily make the subjects of your photos really stand out and opens a world of new and amazing possibilities for your images.

Every effect is precisely adjustable yet the interface is minimalistic and intuitive so that you are always in full control of the result. And once you are done creating, sharing your results is just a few clicks away. Bring new life to your pictures, with Selektiv.

Windows 8 developers - you can download and use Aviary’s SDK, available immediately here: http://aviary.com/w8

If you’d like to try out the features and functionality first, download Aviary’s Photo Editor app for Windows 8 from Microsoft’s app store.

Contact us if you have any questions at partners@aviary.com - we would love to help you integrate Aviary!

And mark your calendars for Aviary’s Photo Hack Day 4! We’re inviting hundreds of developers to join us at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA for a weekend of photo hacking fun, inspiration and prizes. For those who are new to the Windows 8 experience, our friends from AMD will be on hand with brand new Windows 8 devices and technical resources to help get you started.