Summary:

Aviary’s suite of nifty online Flash-based editing tools have been covered a few times here on WWD, but the company has now announced that its added an HTML5-based photo editor, codenamed Feather, to the lineup. That’s great news for people who can’t (or won’t) install Flash

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Aviary‘s suite of nifty online Flash-based editing tools have been covered a few times here on WWD, but the company has now announced that its added a free HTML5-based photo editor, codenamed Feather, to the lineup. That’s great news for people who can’t (or won’t) install Flash: iPad users, and those who find that that Flash drains their laptop’s battery too quickly, for example. What’s more, it’s embeddable, so you can easily add a photo editor to your own site.

While the HTML5 editor doesn’t have all the fancy bells and whistles of Aviary’s impressive Phoenix Flash-based editor (it’s missing layers, for example), it does have all the features that you need for basic photo editing:

  • Rotate
  • Flip
  • Crop
  • Redeye reduction
  • Blemish removal
  • Color and saturation adjustment
  • Brightness and contrast tools
  • Drawing and text tools

There are also some special effect filters you can apply, like the “Old photo” filter applied above (these work like the filters available in Instagram and Hipstamatic). The tools are all easy to use and worked well when I tested it in Firefox and Chrome on my Mac; there are “Undo” and “Redo” buttons available if you make a mistake.

Adding the editor to your own site is simply a matter of selecting some options, grabbing an embed code and pasting it into your code. If you like you can customize the functionality that’s available in the editor; Aviary is planning on adding skinning and CSS options for further customization of the widget in the future.

Let us know hat you think of Aviary’s HTML5 photo editor below.

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