As of today, we have decided to make using Aviary's suite of editing tools FREE for everyone.
At Aviary, we believe that everyone in the world should have access to powerful creation tools. We therefore chose our company mission to be We make creation accessible to everyone. Our powerful set of tools helps fulfill this mission by enabling small businesses, students, artists & creators across different genres.
As a business, we did need to bring in revenues to cover our costs and development and to accomplish this we created a tiered pricing plan for certain types of uses. Although this was financially successful for us, the side effect of this was that our tools and their features (in their full capacity), were not truly accessible to everyone.
We have long felt that to better serve our core mission our complete feature set needed to be in the hands of everyone - not just those who could afford it. Fortunately, our recent round of funding (by Spark Capital, Bezos Expeditions & others) enables us to finally achieve this goal as we shift revenues opportunities to other exciting areas that don't limit individuals in any way. We are excited at the opportunity to stay true to our mission. Not many companies are so fortunate.
What does that mean exactly? Now everyone can:
* Save private files on Aviary.
* Add your own automatic watermark or go watermark-free.
* Access all tutorials.
Existing subscribers who signed up in the last 30 days can request refunds. [email@example.com] For all other past Blue plan members, we will cancel all future recurring payments directly. You will remain on indefinitely as our legacy Blue Supporters (recognized by the blue badges wherever they appear on Aviary's site) and you will continue to gain first access to all alpha products we release (rumor has it that a new one is floating around). And of course, we can't thank you enough for supporting Aviary's growth and development. That means the world to us.
Thanks for your continued support and we looking forward to seeing what you create.
What you waiting for? Go create something AWESOME !
Friday, February 19, 2010
Omaha, NE - A day care bus drops off a seven and three-year-old at 60th and Manderson Streets, but the kids can't find their way to their new foster home.
That's because the home is 28 blocks away.
Police reports show a neighbor called police after she spotted the girl and her younger brother standing outdoors for several minutes. A white van had dropped them off. She invited the children inside to keep them warm.
The older child told police "they were supposed to go to their new foster home but did not know where that was." According to the police report, the address was about 28 blocks away.
Police are investigating whether child neglect is involved.
Daycare provider De'Borah Willaims says it was a delivery mix up that had two foster children out in the cold until a stranger came along. Williams says she took a three-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl from her daycare and dropped the children off near 60th and Manderson Street. Williams thought it was their new foster home.
The kids waited outside in the cold for several minutes until Michelle Fuller came along and took them into her parents home. She then called police. "Well I just did what anyone would do," said Fuller
Williams realized her mistake when she got a call from the childrens' foster mom. She turned back around to get the kids. Police had already picked them up. The kids are now with their foster parents.
On Thursday, Williams returned to the place she made the mistake to thank Fuller for making sure the children were taken care of. "It was an honest mistake and I'm just glad you took them to safety and you are an angel to me," said Williams.
Reported by Kathy Sarantos Niver, firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated by Devon Patton, email@example.com
Uploaded by shannonpatrick17 on 19 Feb 10, 8.38AM PST.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Great article on Color Theory, with many examples. .
via: Color Theory for Designers, Part 1: The Meaning of Color - Smashing Magazine :
("Green is a very down-to-earth color. It can represent new beginnings and growth. It also signifies renewal and abundance. Alternatively, green can also represent envy or jealousy, and a lack of experience.
Green has many of the same calming attributes that blue has, but it also incorporates some of the energy of yellow. In design, green can have a balancing and harmonizing effect, and is very stable. It’s appropriate for designs related to wealth, stability, renewal, and nature. Brighter greens are more energizing and vibrant, while olive greens are more representative of the natural world. Dark greens are the most stable and representative of affluence.")
Thursday, February 4, 2010
From Brendan Perry Newsletter:
At last I am delighted to announce the dates for the first stage of my world tour for 2010.
After this initial phase of concerts I will be joined in mid april by Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) as part of a double headline tour which will travel to South America, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. In the summer we will be returning to Europe and then on to the US and Canada in the autumn.
I will post these future dates to everyone as soon as they become available.
I shall be selling regular and special editions of my new album ARK at these shows but for those unable to attend, ARK will also be made available at a later date via digital download and online sales. Other items including the obligatory official tour poster will also be available for purchase.
best regards and a belated happy new year to everyone!
Sun 14 March PORTUGAL, LISBON - SANTIAGO ALQUIMISTA
Mon 15 March PORTUGAL, BRAGA - THEATRO CIRCO
Tue 16 March SPAIN, MADRID - HEINEKEN MUSIC HALL
Wed 17 March SPAIN, BARCELONA -BIKINI
Fri 19 March FRANCE, PARIS - LE BUS PALLADIUM
Sat 20 March BELGIUM, BRUSSELS - BOTANIQUE
Sun 21 March GERMANY, COLOGNE - GLORIA
Mon 22 March GERMANY, BERLIN - PASSIONKIRCHE
Tue 23 March GERMANY, DRESDEN - ALTERSCHLACHTOF
Thu 25 March POLAND, WROCLAW - SONGS FESTIVAL CAPITOL THEATRE
Fri 26 March CROATIA, ZAGREB - MOCHVARA
Sun 28 Mar BULGARIA, SOFIA - PARTY CENTRE 4-KM
Mon 29 Mar ROMANIA, BUCHAREST - SALA PALATULUI
Tue 30 March HUNGARY, BUDAPEST - DIESEL CLUB
Wed 31 March CZECH REPUBLIC, PRAGUE - ARCHA THEATRE
Thu 1 April POLAND, KRAKOW - ROTUNDA
Sat 3 April LITHUANIA, VILNIUS - CONGRESS CONCERT HALL
Sun 4 April FINLAND, HELSINKI - NOSTURI
Tue 6 April RUSSIA, ST. PETERSBURG - GLAV CLUB
Wed 7 April RUSSIA, MOSCOW - GLAV CLUB