Raven Vector Editor offers users all the tools they need to produce original, scalable vector art. Images produced can be used as logos or applied to t-shirts and other garments. The application allows users to work with lines, paths, curves and objects. The user can control gradient, color, fill and stroke for each object. Layers are included so the user can add layer masks, import SVG (scalable graphics) files and group layers together. Raven Vector Editor encourages collaboration as well and provides tutorials to help its users improve their design abilities. Images can be uploaded or imported from many popular online resources, including Facebook, Flickr and Picasa.
Raven Vector Editor is a part of the Aviary family of online applications, which currently includes around 16 products. The company builds its tools to supply creative internet users with a way to improve and explore their talents. The company survives through funding provided by like-minded investors. The current headquarters can be found in New York City. Aviary appeared in 2007 and currently includes Vice President Michael Galpert, CEO Avi Muchnick, CTO Israel Derdik and Angel investor Reid Hoffman.
Aviary Raven and the rest of the advanced suite of Flash tools was shut down in September 2012. The company is now focusing on providing photo editing tools for third party mobile apps.
Raven Vector Editor stands out for two main reasons. The first reason is the free access provided to all internet users who are willing to create an Aviary account. The second is the many capabilities of the application. Users can create professional, original vector images using layers, color effects and much more. Raven Vector Editor can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection, making it easier for users to collaborate as well as work independently from anywhere.
The Raven Vector Editor website uses the same header that is found on all Aviary products, which features a pleasantly textured blue sky and a solid green banner. A soaring black raven with a red eye glides towards the right, with a pair of flying birds (presumably more ravens) silhouetted in the distance. Links can be found in the green header to help the user discover more Aviary tools or learn more about the company. A tutorial video is also presented along with application highlights and information.
Users who already have an Aviary account can log in to Raven Vector Editor right away. Those who do not can click the gold “Sign Up” button found in the green header, to the right side of the homepage. The following page presents the user with six registration options. The first five are found in stylish, 3D egg logos for Facebook, Twitter, Sound Cloud, Yahoo and Google. Users who prefer to make a new account can enter their username, password and email address in the spaces provided below the eggs.
Cost is another appealing aspect of Raven Vector Editor and its sibling Aviary products. All users can access all current features for free. All that is asked of the user is to create an Aviary account. There are no subscription fees or other charges, even when working on multiple images.
Raven Vector Editor is a great tool for anyone who would like to produce a unique image. Users can upload photos and other images and edit them however they like. The application is easy to use and includes tutorial assistance for new users.