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July, 2011

40 Effective Ways To Become a Successful ActiveDen Author  

by posted in General
Jul 26
2011

This article was originally written by Scott Wills for the ActiveDen blog in November 2009, though many of his points are applicable for authors of other marketplaces.

We have amazing authors regularly uploading outstanding files to ActiveDen. With almost 9,000 files already on ActiveDen at the time of writing, it’s important to not only make your items stand out amongst the competition, but it’s also important to make yourself stand out amongst the crowd. Why not check to see if you’re doing everything you can to maximize your opportunities to make profit, contribute to the marketplace in a positive way and lead the way? Here’s our guide to becoming an even more successful ActiveDen author, no matter if you’re a brand-new author, or an author that has been around for years.
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Featured Workspace: Richard Sands  

by posted in Community
Jul 26
2011

It’s about time we featured another non-Mac workspace. This one (click for full sized photo) belongs to Richard Sands, and Richard describes it like this:

Sands – Power Desk: Two separate computers (Dell and HP) each with two monitors. Couple of normal monitors and one 32″ VISIO LCD. Along with a 32″ Samsung LED TV to keep my company…

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Phototuts+ and Lomography.com Partner Up for a Contest!  

by posted in General
Jul 25
2011

Photo by maximum_b

I’m excited to let you know that Lomography.com and Phototuts+ will be joining forces once a month to bring you the best in film photography tips, tricks and tutorials. To celebrate, we’re launching the first collaborative contest open to all Phototuts+ and Lomography.com readers!

The Lomographic Society International is a globally active organization dedicated to experimental and creative snapshot photography. Boasting over a half-million members across the world, the concept of Lomography encompasses an interactive, vivid, blurred and crazy way of life.

Today, we’re launching the first (hopefully of many) contests. In order to enter, you’ll need to find a Phototuts+ tutorial that you like. Use your trusty film camera to execute the tutorial. Then you’ll upload those images to Lomography.com. It’s as simple as that!

Find out more about the competition!

Meet the Staff: Ben Gribbin  

by posted in Team
Jul 25
2011

Driving a Land Rover, making mounts for Macs, having a clean workspace, and living without an iPad. This week we meet Senior GraphicRiver Reviewer, Ben “Gribbi” Gribbin.

What is it like working for Envato, and what are some of the jobs you’ve had with us?

Working with Envato is great! Sometimes, it doesn’t really feel like work :) The guys and gals at HQ are really understanding, knowledgeable and make doing your day to day tasks with company a cinch.

Currently, I work along with the Marketplace team, as Lead Reviewer of GraphicRiver. Being Lead Reviewer means you have a few more responsibilities when caring for files on the site. You may be assigned extra support tickets to help with or give some feedback when other reviewers have queries regarding an item.

I also manage several categories on the site and doing so has been great fun. You get to see some seriously high quality design work, which for me, makes everything worth while.
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Submission Tip: Stricter Policy on Deprecated Tags and Functions  

by posted in Submission Tips
Jul 25
2011

Howdy talented authors! In this ongoing quest for more transparency, here I am, again, with more juicy tidbits about the reviewing process. Let’s look at some issues that we’ll most probably enforce down the road in the interest of keeping overall quality high in the marketplace. These aren’t stringently enforced, yet, but will be soon.

This time we look at a stricter policy on deprecated tags and functions.

As I mentioned earlier, our policy towards deprecated functions is a little bit lenient at the moment. We only dock an author if the tag being used is too old and has a completely better alternative. Moving forward, we’ll require authors to use only current functions and tags. Replacing bloginfo(parameter) with their more specialized alternatives should be a great first step towards this direction.

Chime in at the comments if you have any questions and thanks for reading!

New Melbourne Office: The Lounge  

by posted in Team
Jul 25
2011

A lounge with a view. The most comfortable place to unwind.

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New Melbourne Office: Kitchen and Pool Table  

by posted in Team
Jul 23
2011

The new kitchen and pool table. Two very important resources for creative minds. ;)

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Freebie Friday  

by posted in Free Files
Jul 22
2011

Here are some freebies from around the Tuts+ network!

Audiotuts+

FAC Analog Bass Drum Sample Pack FAC Analog Bass Drum Sample Pack

Eleven analog bass drum samples produced with the Moog Moogerfooger MF101. The modulation of the filter has been performed by Doepfer’s modules. These samples have been recorded through the RME Fireface 800 audio interface at high quality: 24-bit 96,000 kHz. Samples contained in this pack are ROYALTY FREE so use them in your projects.
Grab it today!

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Win up to $1,000 Cash in ActiveDen’s Unofficial Widgets and Apps Competition  

by posted in Competitions
Jul 22
2011

(See the Flash version)

If you’re an ActiveDen author, don’t miss this opportunity to grab $1,000 cash! According to the ActiveDen forum, this amazing competition is run and sponsored by authors, and the end result will be free resources for the community. Great work, guys! The details of this post are taken from that thread.

To win, submit one item that fits the theme “widgets and apps”. Submissions will be voted on according to the following criteria:

  • Is the entry a traditional widget/app? For example, is it something that can be easily added to any website, or easily installed (with AIR or a mobile device)?
  • How useful is the entry? Is it something only a few people would use, or is it something that’s so awesome everyone’s grandmother will want it?
  • How esthetically pleasing is the entry?

Read on for the prizes, conditions, and how to enter.
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Featured Desktop: Jack G’s June Desktop  

by posted in Community
Jul 21
2011

Hi! I just thought I’d share what I look at day-in-day out.
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