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Article No. 245 February 8, 2008

Hillary Clinton sheds some skin in Aviary

This screencast of Aviary’s image editor in action will blow you away. Remember, this is completely built in Flash. Truly game-changing.

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Alex is CEO of Sideshow , an award winning creative agency. You can read his blog here.

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I don’t think it’s particularly game-changing at all. The Flash environment is touring-complete, so you can make it do anything. I think the real question is, “is this qualitatively, or quantitatively better than the way I currently manipulate images”. For me, the answer is no, not yet. I don’t have to have web connectivity in order to use my editor of choice, and my editor of choice is faster, and has more features. It also builds upon years of “growing up” with the app. Inertia plays a big role in “fat application” use.

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Depends CM – you are speaking in the singular. Is it better for “me”? Aviary was built to allow collaborative editing – something you cannot do in a “me” focused desktop program.

Sidenote, there is an offline version as well, but as you said – there’s no point in adopting that, if you already have a tool you like for offline use.

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To me, even without the collaborative features, having a fully featured image editor running off the web built in Flash is actually a pretty important milestone. If not for the design world (although I believe it is) at least from a software industry point of view.

Some might find this move to web-based apps as a rather mundane ‘next step’ but it is truly going to change the software landscape. Just being able to access my files and work from 95% of the connected machines on the planet must be hailed as a pretty important step.

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Great Photoshop work it little bit amateur it look like examples from Computer Arts magazine. We wish all best to Hillary Clinton.

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@communication – looking at your site and “case studies”, I am not sure why you are referring to anyone else’s work as amateur.

As far as the app, pretty amazing level of sophistication for online.

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While I’m not going to switch to a web app version of Photoshop anytime soon – I do agree with Alex that this is a huge milestone for online apps. Its also pretty impressive what these Flash Developers have been able to achieve.

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While I’m not going to switch to a web app version of Photoshop anytime soon – I do agree with Alex that this is a huge milestone for online apps. Its also pretty impressive what these Flash Developers have been able to achieve.

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@communication – looking at your site and “case studies”, I am not sure why you are referring to anyone else’s work as amateur.

As far as the app, pretty amazing level of sophistication for online.

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Great Photoshop work it little bit amateur it look like examples from Computer Arts magazine. We wish all best to Hillary Clinton.

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To me, even without the collaborative features, having a fully featured image editor running off the web built in Flash is actually a pretty important milestone. If not for the design world (although I believe it is) at least from a software industry point of view.

Some might find this move to web-based apps as a rather mundane ‘next step’ but it is truly going to change the software landscape. Just being able to access my files and work from 95% of the connected machines on the planet must be hailed as a pretty important step.

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Depends CM – you are speaking in the singular. Is it better for “me”? Aviary was built to allow collaborative editing – something you cannot do in a “me” focused desktop program.

Sidenote, there is an offline version as well, but as you said – there’s no point in adopting that, if you already have a tool you like for offline use.

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I don’t think it’s particularly game-changing at all. The Flash environment is touring-complete, so you can make it do anything. I think the real question is, “is this qualitatively, or quantitatively better than the way I currently manipulate images”. For me, the answer is no, not yet. I don’t have to have web connectivity in order to use my editor of choice, and my editor of choice is faster, and has more features. It also builds upon years of “growing up” with the app. Inertia plays a big role in “fat application” use.