Max was nice enough to send me an invite for the online application service Aviary, or more precisely the main website and the image editor application which are freely accessible after registration. Users can access their dashboard through the main interface which displays a list of featured images, collaborations and recent images alongside your latest activities.
Here you find additional links to upload images to Aviary, invite friends and launch the online applications that are enabled for your account. In my case only the image editor and a link to apply for an invite for the other applications. More about those later.
It's only possible to upload one image with a maximum size of 5 Megabytes at a time and add the usual information (tags, title, description, rights) to it. It takes some time before the image is available depending on your upload speed and the load of the service. Max told me that he experienced a slow down of the system while uploading which I did not.
The usual community functions are available. Users can comment on and rate images, download the images and participate in the forums.
Phoenix the Image Editor
The image editor loads rather slowly but offers a wide variety of functions. Users can load images from their profile or from their computer. I'm not that into image editing but the functions that I would be looking for are all there. I can resize images, add text, work with layers and add several effects to it.
Someone who is using Adobe Photoshop or GIMP could definitely compare it on a professional level. It's fine for the average user, that much I can say.
Images you work with are automatically saved and opened again when you open the image editor again.
The list of applications, or tools how Aviary calls them, is impressive. A total of 18 tools is listed on their website including a music generator, vector editor, video editor and a desktop publishing layout generator.
Users can signup to receive initiations for those tools once the invitations become available.
I have five Aviary invites and want to share them with you. I prefer at least one user with experience in Photoshop or another image editor who would like to write a short comparison which would be surely interesting to read. I would publish that comparison here at Ghacks.
If you want an invite reply here in the comments. Please add if you have experience with another image editor and would like to write that short comparison. Thanks again Max for the invite, it was really nice to think of me.
Update: You no longer need an invite to sign up for Aviary.
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