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July, 2011

Freebie Friday: Freebies on AppStorm  

by posted in Free Files
Jul 31

The AppStorm team have been hard at work again. Here is a huge bunch of great free apps and web services they covered.


Access Anything In Seconds with LauncherAccess Anything In Seconds with Launcher

You’ve no doubt heard about quick-launcher apps, they are utilities that are triggered by a keyboard shortcut and that let you do things like open apps or files a lot faster than if you did so by going into the menus. You just have to trigger the bar, type in what you are looking for and press enter. The great thing is that it works for so many more things than launching apps.
The app that we are reviewing today is one of these utilities and it’s called, of all things, Launcher. Come take a look at what it has to offer!
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New Melbourne Office: Hard At Work  

by posted in Team
Jul 30

A typical day at the Melbourne office: everyone focused on their own monitor with lots of work to do.


Envato Zoo Opens its Doors  

by posted in News
Jul 29

Envato Zoo
What’s this? Another launch from Envato? And what is Envato Zoo? Perhaps a new marketplace for buying and selling exotic animals? Read on and all will be discovered…
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Featured Desktop: 3alisha  

by posted in Community
Jul 29

This is the Windows 7 desktop of 3DOcean author 3alisha , who is also ActiveDen author iPlus Studio/SimplyDo. (Click for full-sized image.) It is sparse, attractive, and nicely themed, with a few useful gadgets, and only the most essential icons.
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Envato Wallpaper for Desktop/iPhone/iPad  

by posted in Free Files
Jul 28

Browsing through our wonderful GraphicRiver library, I’m always astounded by the immense quality our authors generate. There are some simply beautiful files on the site. Since I’ve been thinking a lot about vectors lately, I was perusing the vector library and came across a file that I thought would make a lovely wallpaper for my desktop. Continue Reading

Code Retreat  

by posted in Developers
Jul 28

In December last year, Corey Haines ran a Code Retreat here in Melbourne. I was lucky enough to attend, and I have never improved my craft as a software developer so much in a single day.

Now I’m running one at Envato’s shiny new offices on Saturday, August 27th.

What on Earth is a Code Retreat?

It’s a day of deliberate practice, a chance to focus on software development techniques without the distraction of having to deliver real software.

When you have to deliver a product, you always cut corners. You don’t follow all the principles of good design, you don’t have 100% test coverage, you don’t do TDD rigourously. And that’s fine; you’re working within constraints.

But to get really good at any of those things you have to practice them without those constraints. You have to take them too far and see what happens.

A Code Retreat is a chance to do this, and share what you learn with others that are doing the same.

You can read more about Code Retreats here.

The Format of the Day

The day starts at 8:30 AM and goes to around 5:00 PM. It’s free, and Envato is putting on breakfast and lunch.

You’ll be working on a particular problem throughout the day (Conway’s Game of Life), in sessions of about 45 minutes. You’ll pair with somebody different in each session, and it’s up to each pair to decide what language they want to use.

Here’s the important bit: at the end of each session, you’ll delete your code. The only thing that you’ll take away from the session is what you’ve learnt. There’s no pressure to deliver a working product.

We’ll probably get through 5 or 6 sessions, but it depends on how people are feeling.


We’re opening 20 spots to start with, and we may add a few more later.

Registrations open at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 2nd, and it will be first come, best dressed.

Go here to register.

(If you miss out, fear not. There will be more Code Retreats in future!)

I hope to see you there!

Your Say: Does Lion have you roaring or purring?  

by posted in Your Say
Jul 28

YAWN by v1ctory_1s_m1ne

We want to hear from you. Each week we give you a chance to share your thoughts, opinions and ideas. Have your say!

What’s your take on the most recent version of Apple’s Mac operating system? Using it or waiting? Loving it or hating it? Using gestures or giving gestures back? Do you find natural scrolling natural? Which new features do you love, and which changes do you hate?

Author Interview: SportTipsWorld  

by posted in Authors, Interviews
Jul 27

A Pommy in Brisbane, a family business, tinkering with computers, and “partay”-ing. This week we meet Steve Ryan (SportTipsWorld) from CodeCanyon.

If you’re an Envato marketplace author and would like to be interviewed for the blog, head over to this form. We’d love to hear from you.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

My name is Steve , aka Ste and also “Blue” to my mates. I am a fella, mind you I have been known to don a dress and high heels for our wild Aussie parties. But that’s another story…

I live in Brisbane’s Northside, but we are currently relocating to new offices on Brisbane’s Bayside, in the Cleveland area.

I actually hail from a little cruddy place called Coventry in the UK, where I was born raised and trained in various things, none of which ever really amounted to anything. But we had a good life back in the UK.

However the pull and lure of Australia as a possible country for us to relocate to, became more and more appealing, mainly because of the UK economy, but chiefly to give our kids a better chance of work and a safe environment to live. My kids are aged 21, 20 and 18.

The eldest of whom is joint managing director of our company 422 Pty. Ltd. My daughter, the middle one, works for us as a data entry and systems analyst, and my youngest is at St Lucia QUT University studying Engineering and Mining.

We run a small company. In fact we don’t even trade “as yet” but we herald from IT backgrounds, I via machine code and my son (Business Partner) via programming and solutions.
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New Melbourne Office: A Creative Mind  

by posted in Team
Jul 27

The creative mind of designer Rod Blackney is fueled by Coke. And the odd game of chess.

Developer Mark Turnley (guy to the left) drinks more Coke Zero than is good for him. Pictured is John Barton, marketplace development lead, getting thoroughly beaten at chess by Mark.


This Week’s Featured Authors  

by posted in Authors
Jul 26

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors.

bluegestaltX ActiveDen Featured Author: bluegestaltX

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is bluegestaltX who joined in February 2009, has a portfolio of 14 items for sale and has racked up 1919 sales!
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ProTunes AudioJungle Featured Author: ProTunes

Our current featured author here on AudioJungle is ProTunes who joined in June 2008, has a portfolio of 36 items for sale and has racked up 158 sales!
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THBThemes ThemeForest Featured Author: THBThemes

Our current featured author here on ThemeForest is THBThemes who joined in December 2008, has a portfolio of 10 items for sale and has racked up 1213 sales!
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VProxy VideoHive Featured Author: VProxy

Our current featured author here on VideoHive is VProxy who joined in June 2010, has a portfolio of 37 items for sale and has racked up 1341 sales!
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Szilard GraphicRiver Featured Author: Szilard

Our current featured author here on GraphicRiver is Szilard who joined in April 2010, has a portfolio of 18 items for sale and has racked up 329 sales!
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iJatrat 3DOcean Featured Author: iJatrat

Our current featured author here on 3DOcean is iJatrat who joined in April 2010, has a portfolio of 15 items for sale and has racked up 96 sales!
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arl1nd CodeCanyon Featured Author: arl1nd

Our current featured author here on CodeCanyon is arl1nd who joined in November 2009, has a portfolio of 14 items for sale and has racked up 998 sales!
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Pressmaster PhotoDune Featured Author: Pressmaster

Our current featured author here on PhotoDune is Pressmaster who joined in May 2011, has a portfolio of 20845 items for sale and has racked up 166 sales!
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