Photo Editor by Aviary

 
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Learning(i)

Just enough options for shutterbug teens.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Simple controls, not too busy or crammed in.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

You can buy sticker and effects packs via in-app purchase. Also, you have the option to print to Walgreens in some versions.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Teens can post to a variety of social networks with a single touch. It's not clear whether Aviary's privacy policy applies to its mobile apps or just to the Aviary.com website, but the policy says kids under 13 shouldn't use it. The app doesn't require users to submit personal information.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing
  • photography

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • imagination
  • innovation

Communication

  • presenting
  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Interface is a bit on the plain side and effects are not jaw-dropping, but it's generally well-designed and easy to use.

Learning Approach

Kids will feel empowered by the little things, like the ability to customize interface and storage options as well as embed in other applications. 

Support

Access to Web-based developer knowledge base and API information empowers kids to develop their own apps.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing
  • photography

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • imagination
  • innovation

Communication

  • presenting
  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn digital photography and graphic arts as well as communication skills if they decide to use captions or post to share sites. The app also offers kids the ability to explore the world of software development through API tools and the ability to embed the app into others. Photo Editor by Aviary is a good tool for teens interested in photography and digital creation. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Encourage your teen to take many photos before beginning to edit.

  • Check out basic photography books from the library.

  • Pick one concept, like framing, for gentle hint material that'll improve photo quality.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows
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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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old March 6, 2015
 
LEARNING

YAY FOR EDITING!

Now, before I learned photoshop, I used this. ...Even with my knowledge of photoshop, I still use this to be a weirdo.
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