The self titled best photo editor comes really close to the title.
Simple photo editing
Add Stickers to photos
In App Store for additional purchase
GaIPhoto editors are plenty in the Play store, from the mighty Photoshop to the attempts made by amateurs. But there are a few which stand out from the crowd and today I’m reviewing the self-proclaimed ‘Best Photo editor’ Aviary.
The app comes in a light package of 10 MB and shows your pictures in the first page. There is no folder view so all your pictures are visible here. Folders to be shown can be change in settings, so all those wallpapers won’t distract you for long. Selecting a picture takes you to the editing page, where all the magic occurs.
There are a total of 20 options to choose, from the most commonly used ‘Enhance’ to the fun ones like ‘Stickers’ and ‘Memes’.
On selecting an option, the bottom bar changes to give more options related to it. I went with ‘Effects’ and got lots of effects to choose from. ‘Effects’ are basically filters with come with lots of pre-installed ones and more can be downloaded from the store.
The effects can be fine tune by just moving the finger up and down on the screen, which just makes sense on a phone. There are no little dots and weird knobs to rotate to fine tune things, just a simple swipe.
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Though the app is free to use and has the basic features for free, a lot more effects and stickers can be purchased in the store. The prices are around $2 for them. There are specific ones like dreaming and memes to some really cool ones to choose from. Though their use is purely optional and doesn’t come in the way of normal use, it may become expensive if you like to use a lot of effects and stickers since no batch purchase discounts are available.
Other options like Brightness, contrast, sharpness and saturation have a small dial which works on swiping left to right. The dial is skeuomorphic in design, but fairly precise. There is a slight vibration of the device on rotating it, completing the retro feel.
A recent update, added a long awaited feature in the app namely swipe to undo. This is a very welcome change and makes things even easier.
If you don’t like to play to much with your pictures and just want to enhance it a little, there is an option called ‘Enhance’ which has options for HD picture, Color fix and Illumination. I tried them and they do work nicely.
After finishing the job, it opens the share page, cutting off one extra step in the process. This does feel like a good touch from the devs.
It’s a very good app if you don’t mind the IAPs for additional stickers and effects. Having said that it does have to compete against Adobe Photoshop and Google’s own editor in ‘Photos’ app, which is powered by snapseed and has more effects to choose from and is totally free.
The app was recently acquired by Adobe, so we don’t know what the future holds. They may use it to make their app better or the other way round or maybe both will benefit mutually. Till then it’s a very solid app and worthy for a place in your device.
Simple to use
More effects can be bought from the store
SDK for other app support
Store prices are unregulated
Design doesn't fall under Android Guidelines