Tip Tuesday: Quick Crop

Over the next few weeks, our weekly tips will be focusing on how to do quick, simple edits of your images with Aviary's tools! [youtube width="550" height="344"][/youtube]

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Major Update to Aviary's Chrome Extension

our Firefox extension update yesterday, but simultaneously depressed because your preferred browser is Chrome? Luckily, just in time for the weekend (I know, FridayFriday, it's stuck in my head too), Aviary's here for you. Our updated Chrome extension is available as of today!

Install the updated add-on now!

If you've never used our extension (codename: Talon) before, here's a quick refresher.

Once the extension is installed, you'll see a button with our logo on it right next to your search bar in Chrome. Click to reveal a multitude of options for capturing the page you're browsing:

  • Capture visible portion of the page
  • Capture the entire page (that's right, even the part you can't see!)
  • Quick launch any of our advanced editors
  • Jump to useful pages on, like your dashboard and settings

By default, the extension will open up screenshots in our image markup tool (Falcon) so that you can quickly crop or add text and arrows before saving, but you can choose which application to launch by going to the extension options through that same dropdown menu.

Now that we got the basics out of the way, let's get to the fun stuff: the brand new features in this version of Talon!!

You can now edit any photo on the web without leaving the page with our Simple Image Editor (Feather).

Right-click on any image on the web (or click the tiny "a" that appears in the bottom left corner of large images), and select "Edit Image in Aviary." This will launch the lightbox of Feather right on the spot! (Again, you can change your preferences so that you can use this functionality to launch images in one of our advanced editors, but Feather is probably your best bet for quick edits.)

Once the Simple Image Editor appears, you'll have the ability to quickly resize, crop, remove redeye, add effects, and more! Give it a try, it's pretty fun :)

Click save, and you'll be presented with 2 options: you can either save the new image to your desktop, or host it using your existing account on

We're really excited about this new functionality, since it brings us one step closer to powering the whole world's creativity. Install it now to improve your workflow, save some time, and edit on the fly!]]

Tip Tuesday - Screen Capture Anywhere

Did you know that Aviary has an online screen capture tool? Well we do, and it's awesome! Just visit Talon, our online screen capture tool, and enter the url of the page you want to capture. It'll wait 10 to 15 seconds for the page to finish loading, then take a snapshot. This is a fantastic trick if you're not on your regular computer and don't have access to our browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome. But wait, there's more - if you add in front of any website's URL, Talon will automatically take a snapshot of that site. (Try it, it's fun!)

Mind is officially blown!


Aviary: Top 5 Best Chrome Webapps

Lifehacker, Our apps are listed as the 5 best Chrome webapps! "Aviary is like Photoshop in your web browser, and it's capabilities are almost mind-blowing."

Check out our apps in the store, and be sure to rate and comment them! If you're using Chrome, you can install it right into your browser!

View the full post here.]]

The Chrome Web Store Launches

Chrome Web Store has officially launched! The Chrome Web Store is an online marketplace where users can search, browse and use web-based applications and extensions. From productivity tools to research sites to interactive games, the Chrome Web Store helps users find the best applications on the web.

Google's New Web Store Icon

What does this mean for us?

All our apps, including our new HTML5 Photo Editor, as well as our audio and image editors will be showcased in the store! It'll be a great and easy way for users to find us.

"The web has become an incredibly powerful platform for innovation, allowing users to do much more online than they ever imagined," said Sundar Pichai, VP of product management for Google Chrome. "The Chrome Web Store showcases the power of the open web and we're excited to have Aviary as a part of it."

We're just as happy as Sundar, and looking forward to the possibilities!

Aviary releases Google Chrome screen capture extension!

We just released an extension for Google Chrome that allows you to do screen capture right in your browser! This will currently work for people using the latest development build of Chrome (4.0+) (and will work for everyone else once Google releases the beta version of Chrome, with extensions support).

You can download it here.

The extension adds an icon to Chrome that allows you take a screen capture of the visible portion of any webpage and open it instantly in Aviary's visual markup editor (Falcon) where you can crop it and add arrows and notes. You can also change the default editor if you'd prefer to open it in our other apps (like our advanced image editor or color editor).

Once you have a screenshot you can easily download it to your desktop or if you have an Aviary account, save and host it online at Aviary. You can easily push the screenshot to Twitter, Facebook and other locations too.

The extension also lets you quick launch any of your favorite Aviary editors.

There are some limitations because this is an early release and Chrome doesn't allow some functionality just yet. One limitation is that we can't capture the full page (that is normally hidden until you scroll down) and we can't capture Flash content. Both of these things are available in our Firefox addon for screen capture. We expect that in future releases these options will be supported.

Here's a quick video showing it in action:

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PS. Happy Thanksgiving! Please remember to thank the turkey for being so delicious.