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What’s New in WordPress 3.9 Beta – Before and After Pictures  

by posted in Industry News
Mar 17
2014

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Many of you might already be aware that the first beta for WordPress 3.9 is out in the wild, and you can download it and try out some of the new things that are expected to be shipped with this new release, which is expected to be ready sometime in April 2014. Of course, there will be a Beta 2,3 and a Release Candidate version out for 3.9 before the public release. You can check the project schedule here.
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Introducing the Redux Framework  

by posted in Industry News
Feb 14
2014

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When it comes to creating WordPress themes, we often want to provide our users with a selection of options to customise the experience for their needs. As something that needs to be done for each and every theme, it’s nice to find an off-the-shelf solution you can drop into each project to get you most of the way there.

This is where option frameworks come in, and there are a number of them to choose from. A relative newcomer to this space is the Redux Framework.

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WordCamp San Francisco
and WordPress 3.6  

by posted in Industry News
Aug 6
2013

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It’s been just over a week now since WordCamp San Francisco 2013, and I’m still processing all the amazing information shared by the epic lineup of speakers.

I attended via live stream, which in Australia, meant getting up at 1:45am both days, grabbing a coffee, and sitting watching my computer screen until ~10:00am. Then heading back to bed a couple of hours later to start again.

But it was well worth it!
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Google Reader is Dead. Here’s What You Need to Replace It.  

by posted in Industry News
Mar 15
2013

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I was shocked to hear the news yesterday that Google are discontinuing their popular RSS aggregator, Google Reader. I’m not happy – I rely on Reader on a daily basis. What should I do? I was glad to find some great advice by Matt Guay on Web.AppStorm:

“I woke up this morning, grabbed my iPhone to check the news in Reeder — which is powered by my Google Reader account — only to find at the very top that Google is shutting down Google Reader, for good, on July 1, 2013. They said it’s because too few people use it, which is rather ironic since most of us heard the news via articles synced in Google Reader.

“Of course, it’s been a rumor for some time that Google Reader might be the next Google service to hit the chopping block, but it’s not just a rumor this time. Rather, is the first thing the Google Reader team has posted on their blog since 2011. That should, in itself, tell part of the story. And rather than beating around the bush about it being shut down, Google Reader will now warn you itself, rather starkly, that it’s going away. It’s really, really real this time.”

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Survey Results about GPL Opt-in Choice  

by posted in Industry News, News
Feb 28
2013

Last month there was some online discussion around full GPL licensing and the Envato Marketplaces. It started when one of our TF authors was barred from supporting, speaking at and volunteering at WordCamps because he was selling on ThemeForest. While ThemeForest themes sell with a GPL compliant license, WordCamp guidelines require the item to be completely licensed under the GPL in order for the seller to be allowed to participate in the ways listed above.

I posted a response to the ban, and a post about how we are moving forward. As I stated in the second post, most important to me is to get the community’s input on the debate. Since we’ve been working on our licensing generally, this month we put out a survey to ThemeForest and CodeCanyon authors asking a bunch of licensing questions, including a few GPL related ones.

As I promised in that second post, today we’re publishing a subset of the survey results relating to the GPL options. They’re taken from a larger presentation from our data team, with a couple of extra slides I’ve thrown in to explain the contents.

Next Steps

After getting this community feedback, we are now putting into the works an optional 100% GPL license which authors in GPL-based categories (such as WordPress or Drupal) can make use of. It will be completely up to authors whether they use this option. The new option should be available towards the end of March, and we’ll be posting on Notes about how authors can make use of it.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. I’m looking forward to doing more of this kind of temperature check with the community! Go Data!

Responsive Email Templates  

by posted in Community, General, Industry News, News
Dec 19
2012

Responsive web design is accepted across the internet as a great solution for viewing sites on a multitude of different devices. It wasn’t always this way— when responsive design was in its infancy, there were naysayers and those who were reluctant to jump on the bandwagon. My question, and the reason behind this article, is why hasn’t responsive email design taken off in the same way?

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Get the News on Today’s Apple Event from AppStorm  

by posted in Industry News
Sep 13
2012

Today’s Apple event has been much-anticipated by the world and many of us here at Envato. Both Mac.AppStorm and iPhone.AppStorm gave great coverage of the event, and their thoughts of the iPhone 5. Read on for more.
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Is Siri Biased?  

by posted in Industry News
May 18
2012

I use Siri, but not for anything practical. I use it simply for amusement.

If you’re like me, then you may have may noticed something quite amusing. When you ask Siri, “What is the best phone ever?” it responds with “Nokia’s Lumia 900.” :)
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Apple Releases Flashback Patches for Leopard Users  

by posted in Industry News
May 17
2012

Last month, Apple released Flashback fixes and removal tools for Lion and Snow Leopard accordingly. For those still using Apple’s Leopard, the patch was not available at that time. However, if you happen to be a Leopard user, you’re in luck.
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OS X Update 10.7.4 Address a Number of Issues, Fixed FileVault Bug  

by posted in Industry News
May 15
2012

OS X just got a new update and it looks like it fixes a lot of recent problems with the operating system, including that FileVault security issue.
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