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Integrates the Aviary photo editor into Plone.

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collective.aviary integrates the Aviary photo editor into Plone.

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To enable this package in a buildout-based installation:

  1. Edit your buildout.cfg and add add the following to it:

    eggs =

After updating the configuration you need to run ‘’bin/buildout’’, which will take care of updating your system.

Go to the ‘Site Setup’ page in a Plone site and click on the ‘Add-ons’ link.

Check the box next to collective.aviary and click the ‘Activate’ button.


The Aviary photo editor is a proprietary web widget that can be embedded in any website with just a few lines of Javascript, adding simple yet powerful image editing to an existing workflow. It is optimized for the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer (IE9). The editor also works in mobile browsers, so it will function on handheld touch-screen devices, but it works best on tablets.

collective.aviary replaces the standard Transform tab in native Image content type with a new one that invokes the Aviary photo editor.

The Aviary photo editor in action.

To-do list

Not entirely unlike


Adds an Image Editor link near the image widget allowing the user to rotate, flip, blur, compress, change contrast & brightness, sharpen, add drop shadows, crop, resize an image, save as, and apply sepia. Was the first attemp to enhance Plone image editing options but, let’s face it, who wants to use a user interface à la GIMP these days?


Integrates Aviary, FotoFlexer and Pixlr into Plone. Unfortunately, Aviary support was broken when we test it and it was the only service we wanted to use. On the other side, creating a new package with support only for Aviary allow us better control of its features.

Allows images to be manually cropped using Jcrop, a jQuery image cropping plugin. This package aims to be THE cropping solution for Plone that just works ™. Unfortunately, the package only use case is cropping on the scales given by and not on the original image.

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collective.aviary would not have been possible without the contribution of the following people:

  • Marcos F. Romero

  • André Nogueira

  • Héctor Velarde

  • Juan Pablo Giménez

You can find an updated list of package contributors on GitHub.

Development sponsored by Simples Consultoria.


1.0b1 (2013-12-30)

  • Add the z3c.autoinclude plugin. [hvelarde]

  • Override atct_image_transform when the add-on is installed instead of creating a new view and action. [hvelarde]

  • Fix package dependencies. [hvelarde]

  • Launch aviary at transform view load (closes #3). [jpgimenez]

  • Disable portlet columns at transform view. [jpgimenez]

  • Simplify HTML and move editable image inside content-core. [jpgimenez]

1.0a1 (2013-12-23)

  • Initial release.

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