Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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This Week’s Featured Authors

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 05:26 PM PST

Congratulations to this week's featured marketplace authors!

golle ActiveDen Featured Author: golle

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is golle who joined in January 2009, has a portfolio of 10 items for sale and has racked up 205 sales!
View golle’s Portfolio

takingaction AudioJungle Featured Author: takingaction

Our current featured author here on AudioJungle is takingaction who joined in November 2009, has a portfolio of 21 items for sale and has racked up 47 sales!
View takingaction’s Portfolio

advolocaru ThemeForest Featured Author: advolocaru

Our current featured author here on ThemeForest is advolocaru who joined in August 2009, has a portfolio of 8 items for sale and has racked up 291 sales!
View advolocaru’s Portfolio

FluxVFX VideoHive Featured Author: FluxVFX

Our current featured author here on VideoHive is FluxVFX who joined in April 2010, has a portfolio of 3 items for sale and has racked up 29 sales!
View FluxVFX’s Portfolio

egirldesign GraphicRiver Featured Author: egirldesign

Our current featured author here on GraphicRiver is egirldesign who joined in March 2010, has a portfolio of 80 items for sale and has racked up 1008 sales!
View egirldesign’s Portfolio

Kontramax 3DOcean Featured Author: Kontramax

Our current featured author here on 3DOcean is Kontramax who joined in December 2009, has a portfolio of 45 items for sale and has racked up 2218 sales!
View Kontramax’s Portfolio

sublantic CodeCanyon Featured Author: sublantic

Our current featured author here on CodeCanyon is sublantic who joined in August 2010, has a portfolio of 7 items for sale and has racked up 102 sales!
View sublantic’s Portfolio

hid37 Tutorials Featured Author: hid37

Our current featured author here on Tuts+ Marketplace is hid37 who joined in August 2010, has a portfolio of 6 items for sale and has racked up 63 sales!
View hid37′s Portfolio


CodeCanyon Case Study: dtbaker

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 05:00 PM PST

Not long ago, ActiveDen manager, Lance Snider, posted an excellent article on double-dipping. If you didn’t read it, the essential idea is that, with a bit of work, you can submit slightly modified versions of an item to multiple categories. An excellent example of this concept in practices comes from author, dtbaker.

dtbaker

1. The PHP Category

Newsletter System

Roughly a year and a half ago, dtbaker, submitted a newsletter manager PHP script to CodeCanyon. That file went on to becoming a wonderful success, selling over 1400 times.

“The simple newsletter extension is an easy to use bulk emailer designed for Magento. The built in newsletter feature of Magento is hard to use and lacking in some key features. This extension will allow you to quickly send professional newsletters to your existing magento shop customer database.”

2. The WordPress Plugins Category

Newsletter System

Over a year later, dtbaker released a modified version of this newsletter manager to the WordPress plugins category. Priced at a higher rate than his initial PHP script, this item, too, sold quite well, and continues to do so.

3. The Magento Extensions Category

Magento Newsletter Manager

From time to time, marketplace site managers will offer incentives to certain authors, in exchange for creating seed content for a new category, or possibly submitting an extra special item that requires a bonus.

To help launch the Magento Extensions category, I recently announced on the CodeCanyon forums that we’d offer a $500 bonus to the first author who submits a high quality extension to this category.

Not one to sit idly, dtbaker used this opportunity to, once again, convert his newsletter manager to the Magento platform. As a result, not only did he receive the $500 bonus, but he also has yet another item for sale on our marketplace, which will surely bring in plenty of sales in the coming months.

Double-Dipping

Notice how the top authors across our marketplaces fully embrace the double-dipping concept? If you’ve spent 100 hours building an incredible item, always remember to ask yourself: “How many different categories can I sell versions of this item in?”


Universal Expressions in After Effects Project Files

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 11:16 AM PST

Expression errors caused by varying languages is not new to any After Effects veteran. And as an author, it’s always important to best support your buyers by ensuring that your project files will work for them without any trouble shooting. It’s important to note that VideoHive members hail from all parts of the globe. We have chosen English as the native language for the site, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make it easy for buyers to work with the projects they purchase within their native language.

Our good friend Lloyd Alvarez recently released a script for After Effects called ExpressionUniversalizer. It’s available for download on AEScripts.com, and falls under their “name your own price” model. The beautiful thing about this script is that within a few simple clicks, it takes all of the expressions in your project and changes them to universal language. Meaning you can write your expressions in English, and after running the script, your project can be opened in any language and the expressions will always work properly. This effectively eliminates a common issue we see in support. Often times buyers will write in confused about these errors, and the only option up until now was to suggest that they change the language setting within After Effects to English. For someone who’s not particularly comfortable with the English language, it becomes very difficult to work with After Effects.

For the time being, this is nothing more than a simple suggestion. But because the script can be obtained for any price, at some point this process will become a requirement for all projects that contain expressions.


Author Interview: Greg Walker

Posted: 31 Jan 2011 11:30 PM PST

Today we meet Greg Walker from AudioJungle.

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

My name is Greg Walker. I have been married to Heidi for 18 years, and we have two boys. We live in a small country town eight hours north of Sydney, Australia, and very much enjoy the laid back feel here, being close to beaches and rivers… Well you get the picture. "Life is great!"

Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?

I sell music/audio files on AudioJungle, they range from solo guitar instrumentals to more contemporary songs – Heidi adds her sweet vocals to them @ heidiwalker.

How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?

It all started as a kid, using my God-given talent to create masterpieces from nothing which usually ended up in the bin! I was never good music at school, my teacher Mrs Fail could reflect, until I picked up my first guitar. After some self educating and some help from GIT in Hollywood, USA; then on to Los Angeles Music Academy, USA under the amazing Frank Gambale, I was on my way.

Describe your home workspace.

We live on top of a hill, overlooking sugar cane fields and the river, so our work place (home!) has a cracker view.

Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?

Well, this varies from song to song. I usually experiment with riffs or motives then let them sit for a while, then they usually just get tweaked ’til I'm happy. After that, I move onto the next part in the song, and so forth. In the end, a song evolves through a bit of hard work and patience.

What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?

Patience! I know everyone is different, but ask yourself "Is this the best I can do?" Try and stretch yourself physically and musically.

What do you do to market your files?

We market our songs through Radio stations, also through the various ministries we support, playing at conferences and churches mainly.

What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?

Overlander

Time to Breathe

First Light

I like these tracks for there ambient relaxing feel, and they always take me back to their origins in the majestic Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia where we live.

Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?

Paul Agar. Paul plays many instruments, and writes songs for many genres. He recently finished all the music tracks for the hit kids program "Dirtgirl World" and has been instrumental in helping us pursue our musical goals. He has an amazing ear, and awesome creativity, and is just a great bloke!

Heidi Walker. Heidi has an incredible vocal/music ability – so sweet. She also studied with me at Los Angeles Music Academy, and is my beautiful wife… What more can I say?

What do you do in your spare time?

Ha what's that? No if I'm not playing cricket or footy with the boys or hanging with Heidi, I'll be hanging out with God… "What the?"… I know it seems a little old fashion these days, but I love it. Reading the Bible and getting close to Him is such a buzz and is what gets me up every morning. My life has no purpose without Him.

We also work with "Free for Life" raising funds through song sales to buy these poor little kids a new start in life. They estimate around 12,000 girls are trafficked each year from Nepal into India alone, and they are often tricked or sold into the brothels and spend years in there, due to the fact they have no other means of income nor escape.

Free for Life work with a border control to stop these girls going in. They then help them with a new start, often supplying them with sewing skills or even a goat for an income. When I first heard about all this I guess I told myself it's alright not to know, but then asked what can I do now I DO know? Here is just one story…


Featured Workspace: Luis Zuno

Posted: 31 Jan 2011 08:38 PM PST

Macaroni  view

Do you name your computers? Luis Zuno does. He has two Macs, one called Macaroni and the other Macaco. In the photo above you’re looking at Macaroni.

This is Macaroni my main computer where I do all the magic and play Starcraft 2 and WoW.


Here are some more photos of Macaroni:

Macaroni  view

“Another view of my Macaroni computer.”

Macaroni close up

“This is an aerial view you can see and eva an a milk carton siting on a luchbox. :)

Macaroni

And here are some photos of Macaco:

Welcome

“Welcome wastelader to my work and play area.”

Macaco

What do you think of Luis’ workspaces? Do you name your computers? What do you call them and why?

Would you like your workspace featured on Envato Notes? Just upload it to Flickr, add an interesting description, and tag it with #envatonotesworkspaces. Each week we'll choose and publish a new photo. Check out the other entries here.


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