A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Photo Editor by Aviary is a good photo-editing app for teens who have grown out of simpler apps but aren't quite ready for professional-level functionality. The app is free, but users can buy a variety of sticker or effects packs via in-app purchases for $0.99 to $1.99 (there are also free packs). Posting to Facebook, email, and other share sites is optional.
What's it about?
From the main menu, select the camera button and then the built-in camera or other available app-based cameras to take photos. Select Save (which saves to the camera folder) to return to the app. Kids can choose a photo using the Gallery button. Swipe to browse, tap a photo to edit, and then select from around 20 tools. Changes appear on the screen, and kids select Apply to save and Done to return to the main menu.
Is it any good?
PHOTO EDITOR BY AVIARY may not be the most exciting or powerful photo app available, but it has just the right amount of functionality for teens who aren't quite ready for professional-level functionality. Tools include text, orientation, contrast, crop, frames, saturation, red-eye, and draw (six round brushes with an erase function). The Memes tool adds poster-style captions to the tops and/or bottoms of images, and Splash changes the image mode to black-and-white and then allows the user to draw back the color selectively. The app links to a Web-based support site that provides a knowledge base and API tools if your kids want to embed Aviary into their own Web-based or mobile app for free.
On the downside, on the Android version of the app the camera, pack purchases, and developer website take the user out of the app a bit too much. The app relies heavily on the device-level back button for navigation, and it has no undo or revert buttons (except for the back button before Apply is selected). The text tool is kind of frustrating since the only way to delete text boxes is to drag them off the workspace, though stickers are more flexible with a delete icon.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows
- Subjects: Arts: drawing, photography
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
Creativity: imagination, innovation, producing new content
Communication: multiple forms of expression, presenting
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Subscription price: Android effects and sticker packs Free - $1.99; iOS effects and sticker packs Free - $1.99
- Release date: April 3, 2013
- Category: Photo & Video
- Size: 8.70 MB
- Publisher: Aviary
- Version: Android 2.4.2; iOS 2.0.0
- Minimum software requirements: Android 2.2 and up; iOS 5.0 or later
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