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If you’ve been looking for a simple way to edit photos online, then you’ll want to check out Photo Zoe, our sponsor this week. Powered by Aviary’s photo editor, it’s the easiest way to use Aviary’s features to edit your photos in your browser now that Aviary has shut down their own online photo editing app.

Photo Zoe is easy to use. Just upload your picture, then click the Edit button in the top to see all of the editing options. You can then enhance your photo, adjust its brightness, contrast, and sharpness, tweak it with Instagram-style effects, add stickers, frames, and captions, and more. Need to crop, rotate, or resize your picture? You can do that, too.

When you’re done, save your photo and close the editor pop-over. Then, just click the Download Photo button to save your creation to your computer. It’s just about as easy as editing your picture with a native app on your computer.

Go Try Photo Zoe!

It’s not the next Photoshop, but Photo Zoe is a great way to quickly enhance your photos online for free. If you loved Aviary’s quick photo editor, then you’ll have to give Photo Zoe a try.

And if the black background doesn’t suit your tastes, check the About page for a bonus extra theme!

Think you’ve got a great app? Sign up for a Weekly Sponsorship slot just like this one.

Most web apps are aimed at text-centric productivity: word processing, email, notes, project management, chat, and such. Then, there’s a special category of web apps that go far beyond what you’d expect from a web app, making your browser turn into apps that could rival Adobe’s Creative Suite. It seems the bar would be far to high for new advanced photo editing apps, but just this week, we looked at Photo Raster, an exciting new full-featured photo editing web app that’s currently in beta.

There’s tons of options for editing photos online, from apps like Adobe’s Photoshop Express which lets you do some basic edits, to more advanced apps like Sumo Paint that’d let you create new images online. Apparently, it’s tough to make a business out of advanced multimedia web apps, though, because the front-runner in advanced web apps, Aviary, recently shut down its pro web apps, focusing instead on light editing that others can embed inside their own apps.

I personally could never get into using Aviary’s apps, or other very advanced multimedia web apps, as much as I liked them. The main problem is that it takes extra time and steps to upload pictures, then edit them and export them back to your computer, only to upload them again to WordPress to use in an article. I do basic cropping on images in Facebook and other apps all the time, but that’s the extent of photo editing I do online. For everything else, I use Preview or Photoshop CS6 on my Mac.

How about you? Were you frustrated when Aviary’s pro apps were shuttered, and do you still use advanced multimedia web apps?

“The best camera is the one you have with you”, the old adage goes, and with the proliferation of smartphones with high quality cameras, it’s more true today than ever. Even though I only have an aging phone with a 1.3 megapixel camera, it’s still the first thing I’d grab when I need to take a picture.

The same is true for photo editing. Sure, Photoshop is powerful, and many of us couldn’t live without it. Love it or not, Creative Suite is one of the first things many people install on their computers, right after Microsoft Office. Aviary’s advanced web apps have made it possible to kick Adobe’s apps to the curb to a degree, but they’re still often more trouble to use.

But what if Aviary’s tools were built into every app you ever use? That’s exactly what the future might hold. Let’s take a look at Aviary’s new APIs, and how it might be the best photo editor just because it’s the editor you’ll always have with you.

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Google, in association with Samsung and Acer, is launching the new Chromebooks today, a set of notebooks that run Google’s cloud-based operating system. If you’ve already seen all the coverage of what exactly the Chromebook is, including on AppStorm, you’ll know that a Chromebook has no local storage, and all applications are in fact web apps, just like the type we review here.

The Chrome Web Store is, as Jarel Remick explains, a marketplace for web applications that puts regular apps into a marketplaces with ratings and reviews. If you’re a new Chromebook user (or, anyone who’s started using the Chrome browser), today’s review might help you in choosing which apps should be your first install and could be the ticket to replacing a traditional computer.

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Aviary is an Internet brand well known for its efforts to push the limits of web apps to make them look and function like a desktop app. They have web apps in almost all the verticals Adobe’s Creative Suite of apps operate. While all their apps require Adode Flash player be installed, their recently launched image editor was developed completely using HTML5—meaning no more pesky plugins.

On top of being open, Aviary helps you embed the image editor in your digital domain. If your website deals in images you now have a great online image editor at your disposal. Now, isn’t that awesome?

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Music mixing and editing apps for the desktop cost dearly and is a huge stumbling block for those who are testing the waters & to those bootstrapped garage bands. Thanks to Aviary’s music creator, Roc, now anyone can create music and beats completely from scratch and right from within their browser.

By simulating almost 50 different instruments, from orchestral instruments like harps and flutes to more obscure instruments like the balarimba and hammered dulcimer, Aviary’s music creator is quite feature rich. We’ll take a look at Aviary’s newest app after the jump.
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