Posted: 21 Jan 2011 10:37 AM PST
The time has come again to raise the bar in terms of quality within VideoHive’s largest section. Motion Graphics was the section that started it all. Once residing on FlashDen, the small section grew into a large section, which then became VideoHive. We feel the section has grown to contain the full range of possible file types, and now that we’ve reached this point it’s time to shift gears and focus on quality.
The last raise in quality standards brought with it a slightly higher requirement to get a file accepted in this section. We weren’t just looking for files that functioned, we wanted files that looked nice too. This time, the standards aren’t just raising, they’re sky rocketing. The reasoning for this is to help prevent saturation, while also ensuring that we’re offering our buyers the best possible file selection.
Moving forward we’re going to be looking for files that we consider broadcast grade. Files that people would expect to see in commercials, shows, and movies. Motion Graphic submissions will need to serve a purpose, be functional, and most importantly they’ll need to be designed well. Some aspects we’ll be looking at are composition, layout, color selection, animation, typography, and balance. We expect the number of rejections to go up during the initial shift to the new standards, but also expect everything to settle back down once everyone is comfortable with these new standards. In the end, I think this move will solidify VideoHive as the go-to place for high quality motion graphics. I’ve always said it’s important for authors to focus on quality over quantity, now inside of Motion Graphics, its the law.
For an idea of some recent files we’ve accepted that I think meet these new standards, please see the examples below.
Posted: 20 Jan 2011 08:41 PM PST
The Mac App Store is not yet two weeks old, and already millions of apps have been downloaded. How many have you grabbed?
I don’t know how impressed you’ve been with the store, but it’s not yet the best place to find free Mac apps. The app store is a great opportunity for developers, and some have made the most of it. So let’s take a quick look at the most-downloaded free apps currently available.
2 Graphics/Photography Apps
2 Productivity Apps
2 Social Networking Apps
1 Music App
Well, those are the dozen most-downloaded free apps on the Mac App Store. Which have you downloaded? How useful is the app store at this stage?
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