Aviary's apps bring the "cool" back to the web-app world, and it was pretty cool to begin with. Aviary has a variety of graphical and audio tools.
- Phoenix – An Image Editor that uses layers
- Raven – A Vector Editor for logos and designs
- Toucan – A Color Editor
- Peacock – An Effects Editor/"Visual Laboratory"
- Falcon – A Screen-Capture device that runs through a browser
- Myna – An audio mixer web app that will add effects and even record sounds
The cream of this crop are Phoenix, Raven, and Peacock. To offer the functionality that they provide is simply unbelievable. They're not sluggish. If Phoenix was given the monicker "an online Photoshop," it wouldn't be an exaggeration. If it were nicknamed the web-Gimp, many would wonder when Gimp found an attractive palette instead of its practical-but-ugly one. The gallery of Aviary work shows a phenomenal depth and breadth of potential.
Raven is for those who like vector artwork. Competing with programs like Inkscape, Raven's biggest asset is its web-nature. Anything that doesn't require download deserves a look, and after seeing the avatars and cartoonish vector drawings in Aviary's vector gallery (See Below), it's clear that Raven isn't missing much.
The Peacock effects deserve at least as much praise as the others. For those into 3-D desktop backgrounds and special effects in general, Peacock offers a new canvas on which to create and doodle. Again, no download required.
The Future of Graphic/Photo Manipulation Online
Now that photo-manipulation has made it online, there's little else out there that won't follow. Web design can be accomplished in the cloud; office documents can all be created there; presentations, concept-mapping, charts, audio...it can all be done online.
The only things that still haven't reached the web completely are video editing and full-featured desktop publishing. Video editing needs too much space for the raw video. Desktop publishing will land on the web soon. If Aviary can make Phoenix (for free!), then someone is going to make a web-app that approaches the functionality of Indesign, or at least Scribus.