Posts Tagged ‘aviary’

A long long time ago I had reviewed Aviary software suite and praised it for its ability for it’s artistic ability in their software suite. What appeals the most about Aviary software, is that it truly was made ahead of it’s time. Think of Aviary Tools as the open source (free) CS4 suite. Creation on the fly, from where ever your sit your bottom at (with internet access). Before we were using terms like “cloud computing”, Aviary was pushing there tools, to be able to manipulate vectors and photo effects, image editing, even an audio editor, all from the web, that’s pretty fucking powerful.

When I wrote the review, it was still in BETA, and some of the apps were limited in functionality and ability, and worst of all, they planned on charging for it. This was a huge turnoff, like having a beautiful woman with a full package, yet she plans on getting genital warts. Yah exactly…  Well some smart business minded folks over at Aviary decided that charging customers would be a turnoff (possibly Mozilla? jk) and now Google has acquired them and it is included in Google Apps! To a reader of my blog that typically reads the political satire and rants, this may not be a big deal to you, but trust me, it truly is. Aviary allows a user to log into their software tools from anywhere with net access, and modify photos, paint, draw, create, design, edit audio,  I mean the list goes on. And did I already say it’s FREE?

Ok so I can’t say I will be leaving CS4 anytime soon, and there is an obvious learning curve, but you do have the ability to do some creative damage with Aviary Tools, and it is pretty powerful. The online community behind Aviary is strong, knowledgeable, and friendly, so if you get lost or have questions, you will be able to ask and receive answers from people who already know what there doing. Check out the video after the jump (jk, that is the lamest term bloggers use)

To start using Aviary click here

Google has released a browser, called Google Chrome, for now it’s only pc based, but a mac version is coming. I downloaded it within the first few hours of being released. I haven’t played around with it to extensively, having been using my highly optimized Firefox 3 browser, it’s very hard to switch browsers that lack certain add-ons and abilities. Immediately I noticed it didn’t block those annoying flash game adverts, which cause pages to load slowly, and there just plain annoying to look at.

I did like the ability to drag a tab away from the current window and bring it back, and when I’m not perusing pron, errr…inappropriate material, I do fancy the home page, as well as the thorough browsing history by date

The overall UI (user interface), is pretty boring, it’s reminiscent of Vista, which is no classy, modern, nor high tech looking, and I would prefer to have a default skin that looks awesome than to wait for someone to reskin and all that jazz just to make it look decent..

So for now it’s lacking, but hey its still in Beta, if you want to download it for yourself onto your PC, you can download Google Chrome HERE, however if your a Mac user, which I am writing this post on, well *sigh* you can just sign up here to be notified when it comes out. In the mean time, why don’t you sign up for Aviary as well ? Review on that to come very soon…! I have 5 invites for Aviary so you could use peacock and pheonix, first to ask, first to get…


EDIT: PS here is a icon that replaces the shoddy one that comes with it for you Rocketdock users 😉

Google Chrome Exempt Icon