This is a guest post by William Judd
Popular photo-editing tool Aviary is now available for Windows Phone developers to use in their applications. Aviary is currently used for online image editing on a wide number of online applications including Flickr and imgur, as well as iOS apps like Halftone. It’s a big boon for the platform, as the Metro-styled SDK has been released for free and could be useful for a wide range of apps, allowing developers to focus on the essential parts of their application instead of implementing their own image editing features.
Aviary has launched in four current Windows Phone apps: Twitter client Rowi, Foursquare app 4th & Mayor and photo apps Postcard on the Run and Rekap. I couldn’t find the latter two in the UK marketplace and the place to use Aviary in 4th & Mayor (so I’m not sure if it’s been added yet), but it was easily accessible in Rowi just by adding a picture to your tweet. Aviary loads up pretty quickly (at least that’s the case for the Lumia 900) and allows for basic photo editing tasks. There were also filters and effects a la Instagram, but these weren’t populated with any options for some reason.
So it looks like Aviary isn’t making a massive splash at the moment, but it’s certainly great news for Windows Phone developers and hopefully we’ll see photo editing integration care of Aviary arrive soon into more apps that need it. For more information, check out the Windows Phone SDK on Aviary’s site.