Thursday, October 6, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Featured Desktop: Jasmin Alagic

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 04:04 PM PDT

This is the desktop of VideoHive author Jasmin Alagic (The Infinity). (Click the image for a high resolution version.) It’s a fairly busy Windows desktop, and the wallpaper reminds me of a vinyl record (anyone remember them?)- though I’m sure it’s meant to be something else.

There is an assortment of icons on the desktop, including some games and utilities. Commonly used apps – including the Adobe suite – are found on the taskbar. This desktop looks well-used! I love the round date widget in the bottom right corner, and the time widget in the top right.

I’m using one monitor. It’s a Philips 244E. I hope I get another one soon or even two so I can experience the splendor of Eyefinity, but for now only one will do. You can see I like to keep things organized on my desktop as much as I can. Widgets I use here are not Windows Widgets, this is a third party app called Rainmeter and it’s awesome it has a lot of potential for customizing your desktop.

So, what do you think of Jasmin's desktop? Let us know in the comments.

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Envato Remembers Steve Jobs

Posted: 06 Oct 2011 04:17 AM PDT

Envato is Apple-Powered!

I’m surprised by how much I was moved today when I heard of Steve Job’s passing. As I turned to my Twitter feed, I found I wasn’t alone. I hadn’t realized how much Steve had touched my life and inspired me.

As I read through the emotional outpouring of many tweets, two words seemed to reoccur with unusual regularity: visionary and genius. There is no doubt that Steve significantly changed the landscape of personal computing. He not only introduced the world to beautiful and usable interfaces in the Apple products he and his team sculpted – he lifted the game of the industry in general. He was stubbornly persistent to his own vision.

In this post I’ll briefly explore the way the Envato community remembered Steve today.


International Turtleneck Day

The first tweet I noticed today was developer John Barton saying he’ll have to go get a black turtleneck to wear to show his respect. Shortly afterward he noted that on one online store black turtlenecks were sold out in every size except XL.

Later in the day John tweeted this screenshot, with the comment, “I’ll put a recurring thingo in the dev team calendar.”

Have you added International Black Turtleneck Day to your iCal? Did you wear a black turtleneck today? John, if you got a photo, I’d love to post it.

Check out blackturtleneckday.com.

The Team on Twitter

Today Twitter was immersed in Steve memories. The hashtags #RIPSteveJobs and #ThankYouSteve were used everywhere. Here are some from the Envato team that stood out to me:

  • RIP Steve (@rodblackney)
  • Literally every single tweet in my timeline is about Steve Jobs. That says a lot. (@envatowebdev)
  • What a cool dude.  (@Jordan_McNamara)
  • Apple’s home page says so much with so little. apple.com (@chendo)
  • RIP Jobs. What an amazing mind. (@ncwinters)
  • Apples reuse buyback system should have a Donate the money to Steve Jobs Foundation button I’d totally send them a couple of iPhone 3G’s (@imrogb)

The Community on the Forums

Marketplace author 360Degrees started a forum thread about Steve. Here are some comments from the community that moved me most:

  • So sad… he was a genius. (Sonicbyte)
  • Altough we've could feel that it will happen – in the end its shocking and sad. :-( (infuse01)
  • A true genius of our era. (Zoomit)
  • A very sad day indeed. Where would we all be had it not been for Steve Jobs. Typically excellent homepage at http://www.apple.com/. (Generator)
  • Steve Jobs. One incredible man. Rest in Peace. (CreativeMilk)
  • Very sad that he didn't live long enough to really enjoy what he built. 56 years old is way to early. Whether you like Apple products or not he has lead Apple to amazing heights. A true visionary and genius has died. Rest in Peace Steve Jobs. (RightHere)
  • RIP Steve Jobs. You left your mark on our desks, on our ears & in our hands. (josweb)
  • RIP Steve Jobs, but that kind of legacy doesn't rest in peace. It will stir and grow. (garethcoker)
  • The legacy of Steve Jobs affects my life every single day. (cspcreative)
  • He just showed that he can change the world. He changed everything, he set a new trend with an amazing technology. I'm very happy that today on wards Heaven will move on to the Mac platform and will start enjoying what Steve created for the people! Apple… Apple…Apple… Everywhere up above the sky and below the sky…!!!! (myjilson)
  • It's very sad. I worked for Steve for years and wouldn't be who I am or where I am today if it wasn't for him and his work. Join me in sending his family well wishes and good energy through this very difficult time. We have all benefited from what he accomplished in his lifetime. (OhmLab)
  • Whether you're an Apple fan or not Steve Jobs is one of the great visionaries in human history and shaped today's technology. (CordellC)
  • RIP Steve, you will live forever in our memories. A world icon. We have learned a lot from your work and modesty. (FamousThemes)
  • There's no words to describe what I'm feeling right now, it's just ….. sad :(
    R.I.P. Steve! You will be missed and forever loved! (PatrikL)
  • A modern day DaVinci, a true genius and inspiration to many. Rest in peace. (CreativeAddiction)

Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die

Steve knew that this day was coming. He didn’t only have time to reflect on this – he left us with some deep and inspirational thoughts.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.

How did you remember Steve Jobs today? Let us know in the comments.


Logos – Fastest Growing Category on the Marketplaces

Posted: 05 Oct 2011 08:00 PM PDT

A few weeks ago we debuted a new category on GraphicRiver – Stock Logo Templates. I wrote up a post for Envato Notes explaining why we decided to get into selling logos as the concept is a bit controversial.

What I never expected, was that logo templates would be the fastest growing category in September on our marketplaces. Last month it even outstripped our newest marketplace PhotoDune which we’ve been promoting heavily and working on extensively.

Sales have been so phenomenal that one long-time author on GraphicRiver who has been selling consistently since 2009, saw their income go up by a factor of 20x!

Our launch partner Pixellogo has rocketed into the Top Authors on GraphicRiver for September by number of sales, hitting the eighth spot. And thanks to the (relatively) high ticket price of the logo category, when you measure in actual dollars, Pixellogo are closing in on our GraphicRiver elite author Sevenstyles … and it’s only the first month of selling logos on the marketplaces.

We now have 2347 logo templates on GraphicRiver, and that number is fast growing as authors are realizing the potential of this new category. Almost 500 of those logos have had one sale already in just one month.

What is most amazing is that so far our marketing has been extremely low-key for this new category. It seems that there was just a large unmet demand for these things!

Stop in and check out the logos category or last week’s popular logos.


Your Say: Which text editor do you use?

Posted: 05 Oct 2011 05:27 PM PDT

Textmate by Ryan Joy

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

Text editors edit, well, plain text. They are different to word processors – with a different purpose and different set of features.

People tend to get strongly attached to their text editor of choice, and often customize them drastically. Which do you use and why?


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