Adobe has acquired popular photo-editing toolkit Aviary for an undisclosed amount, the companies announced today. With millions of people already using Aviary-powered photo-editing apps and thousands of developers using Aviary's SDKs, across mobile platforms, the acquisition accelerates Adobe's strategy to make Creative Cloud a vibrant platform for third-party apps, through a new Creative SDK. Currently under development, Adobe Creative SDK is a software library that enables developers to tap into Adobe's creative technologies to build mobile apps and drive new connections between mobile devices and Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications and services.
"Aviary has an exceptional team and technology platform, as well as expertise serving a robust developer ecosystem. We're thrilled to leverage Aviary's technology to make our Creative SDK even more powerful for app developers," said Scott Belsky, vice president of Creative Cloud Ecosystem & Behance at Adobe.
The acquisition will boost Adobe's Creative Cloud offering. It will also enhance Adobe's up-and-coming software library called Creative SDK which will allow app developers to use Adobe's software offerings and application programming interfaces or APIs previously only available for internal company use.
Aviary CEO Tobias Peggs was quick to assure users that the acquisition wouldn't mean an interruption in service for the community or the apps themselves. Instead, it will be business as usual while the two companies work to incorporate Photoshop technology, the ability to save work to Creative Cloud in Adobe file formats, and more.
Aviary will continue operations as usual for now, which will include providing support for the Aviary SDK, according to CEO Tobias Peggs. The Aviary team will also work closely with Adobe-owned creative community Behance and Adobe's creative cloud platform.