So far all my posts have been about the Collective and our games, but every now and then something pretty amazing happens that just deserves a good blogging, and this is one of those moments.
A friend of mine called Avi Muchnick (Creator of Worth1000 & Plime) has just opened up his latest and greatest site which lets artists of all genres to not only share their works but create and edit them! The site is called Aviary and it has a whole bunch of tools that will let you do everything from creating patterns, editing sound and video to desktop publishing and even modeling and animating in 3D! And the most amazing thing about these tools is that they don’t require you to download or install a thing, they work on all platforms and run right in your web browser!
The site is opening with its flagship application ‘Phoenix’, a bitmap based editor with many of the cool functions you can find in applications such as Photoshop and GIMP. But what makes Phoenix unique is that all your work is saved on the Aviary servers, so that photo of Britney Spears that you are detouching can be saved and opened up from any computer connected to the Internet, and here’s the kicker… as the application you are using to do the editing is also online you will be adding more wrinkles to the pop princess seconds after logging in!
Another cool feature Aviary brings to the table is collaborative creation. Any image you start editing can be passed on to another artist (or many other artists) for them to pick up where you left off. In this screenshot you can see that the same image has spawned several versions, any of which can be selected for more editing or export in whatever format tickles your fancy.
Could it be that not long from now having Aviary account will become the ONLY thing you will need as a digital artist to go about your business? And go about it without having to worry about backups, software updates, compatibility issues with whatever OS Microsoft produce next ;o)