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Photo Editor by Aviary



Just enough options for shutterbug teens.

What parents need to know

Educational value

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. 

Ease of play

Simple controls, not too busy or crammed in.

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

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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.

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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?


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
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
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
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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Kid, 10 years old March 6, 2015


Now, before I learned photoshop, I used this. ...Even with my knowledge of photoshop, I still use this to be a weirdo.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use