The Aviary photo editor as it will appear in Flickr.

Flickr today is announcing a partnership with startup Aviary to roll out a new photo-editing experience for Flickr users starting later this week.

Aviary replaces Picnik, the photo-editing service that Flickr has been using up to this point. Google, which acquired Seattle startup Picnik two years ago, plans to shutter the service later this month as part of the search giant’s push to streamline its business.

Flickr, which is part of Yahoo, notes that Aviary’s editor is written in HTML5, which allows it to work on devices including Apple’s iPad.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Aviary COO Paul Murphy says the company plans to eventually make premium tools and content available to Flickr users as an option for them purchase.

The deal is a potential boon for Aviary, a New York-area startup backed by investors including founder Jeff Bezos. The startup offers underlying photo-editing technology to developers of apps on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and the web.

About 3.5 million photos are uploaded to Flickr every day, and Flickr says tens of thousands of its users edit their photos on Flickr each day.

Flickr says Aviary will roll out to users on its site over the next two weeks, starting on Thursday. Flickr users should look for Aviary in the “Actions” menu.

[Editor’s note: Former Picnik CEO, investor Jonathan Sposato, is GeekWire’s chairman.]

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  • Avi Muchnick

    I especially love the Editor’s note. Jon Sposato is all class!

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Aviary on this big pick-up!

  • tiggyfooo

     no way dude, who comes up with that stuff??
    http://www.Total-Privac dot US

  • Martin

    Flickr adopts Bezos-backed Aviary for photo editing, replacing Google’s Picnik.

  • Stevevaz

    Aviary editing is feature-free. Hello 1993 called – it want’s it’s primitive white balance back. What a let-down from Flickr! 

  • Floydantoined

    I too was disappointed with the lack of features and the service does not yet seem to be running glitch-free.  Rotation is limited to 90 degree adjustments.  There is no feature to straighten the horizon as there was on Picnik.  The editing image is small and it does not enlarge for touching up.  So far, I am not impressed.

  • disgusted

    Aviary is absolute garbage.   Not even in the same league as picnik.  I’m not impressed at tall. 

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