Monday, October 10, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Featured Workspace: Ignaty

Posted: 10 Oct 2011 06:02 PM PDT

This is the home workspace of UK-based author Ignaty. It’s a stylish place to work on a glass table. Even the coffee mug fits the theme – a true work of art. Ignaty comments:

My home workspace. Wish I had more free time to work there.


I wonder if it would look so nice if he did work there more often! ;) His workspace contains:

  • a 15″ MacBook Pro plugged into a HP ZR24w monitor
  • an iPad 2
  • his wife’s iPod Nano charging under the desk
  • his favorite coffee mug. He likes his coffee strong – two big spoonfuls and no sugar – if you’re offering.

I love this workspace. It is both elegant and functional – a fun place to drink a cuppa and spend a productive day.

What do you think of Ignaty's workspace? Let us know in the comments.

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Announcing Windows AppStorm!

Posted: 10 Oct 2011 10:00 AM PDT

We're immensely pleased to announce that, after months of waiting, a new member of the AppStorm network has landed: Windows.AppStorm!

Complimenting Mac.AppStorm, Web.AppStorm, iPhone.AppStorm, iPad.AppStorm, and Android.AppStorm, our new Windows site will be offering reviews and roundups covering the entire Windows ecosystem, including Windows Phone 7, and games, along with tips and tricks to get the most from Windows.

We’re incredibly excited to bring you excellent Windows content of the high quality you’ve come to expect from AppStorm – daily reviews, how-to’s, roundups, news, and opinion. Read on to find out the best way to get involved!

Subscribe and Stay Up-to-Date!

We have some absolutely fantastic posts lined up over the coming weeks, and we’d hate for you to miss out… There are a few different ways to subscribe to Windows.AppStorm – hopefully one of the following options will work for you!

Get Stuck In

As a treat for all newcomers to Windows.AppStorm here are a some links to articles published in the interim, you won’t be disappointed!

We’d love to hear any of your thoughts, comments, or post suggestions for the new site, so please feel free to drop us a comment below. We’re really excited about the future of Windows.AppStorm – I hope you enjoy everything we have lined up for you. Thanks for reading!


PhotoDune Status Update: September

Posted: 10 Oct 2011 08:37 AM PDT

PhotoDune stats

Collis dropped by PhotoDune last week to give us a status update on how the site is progressing. Here are some exciting stats to share.

Full steam ahead!

Now it its second month of beta, PhotoDune is steaming forward. After taking a look at the sales and traffic numbers, Collis put together the following bullet points:

  • Sales continue to grow. In July (private beta) we had 1700, in August we had 4200 and in September we posted up 7200 sales! I’m sure the big guys will still get a chuckle out of our numbers, but I must admit I’m pretty excited! And we’ve had a lot of good feedback from our buyers about the quality of images which is great!
  • Last month we had 150 authors with at least 1 sale, this month we’ve almost doubled that number up to 265 authors who’ve had a sale!
  • New items per day have swelled up into the thousands, and should increase more (see below about the rate limit change!)
  • Last month I noted reviewing as something that needed more work. Well thanks to the hard work of Jarel our review manager and his fantastic team at MicrostockSolutions (MSS), we have really amped up our review capabilities and team size, and are now getting through three times as many files a day.
  • We seem to be establishing some early trends on what our buying audience is interested in. Over on the Popular Files page. Solarseven really seems to have nailed our market, and image for image outsells everyone on PhotoDune by an enormous margin! He ranks #10 on our Top Authors for PhotoDune, despite having a portfolio of just 235 images! A good lesson on how to do well on PhotoDune it would appear!

Things We Need to Work/Think On!

What direction is the site heading and what’s on the horizon?

  • Uploading with Model Releases – We’ve had some complaints about our upload process when model releases are involved. We’ve fixed a few bugs, but there are some underlying differences in how we do things on PhotoDune. I need to figure out if it’s a case of getting out better info about our process, or changing it. Either ways – it needs work! :-)
  • We’ve had quite a bit of discussion about our non-exclusive rates over on the industry forum microstockgroup.com, and as I’ve told them that’s still something on the discussion table here at HQ, so no word just yet!

PhotoDune website

What’s changing?

We’ve been keeping a close eye on user’s suggestions and here are a few changes that are in the works.

(1) Extended License pricing increase

Here on the forums, and also over on Microstockgroup we’ve had a lot of people voice their concern about our Extended License pricing. This is a combination of a low pricing multiple, and a different approach to ext. licensing. Along with that feedback, we contacted a number of top authors to gauge their input before further reviewing it.

As you may have realised we offer extended licenses of different image sizes. This is different from most marketplaces which offer just the largest size with an extended license. Personally I think it’s kind of neat to have many tiers because different customers have different needs. Someone wanting to sell the photo on a postcard for instance needs a large print-ready resolution photo. Whereas someone making an iPhone app will just need a 640×960 size.

For our extended license pricing we apply a multiple to the regular image price. Previously that multiple was 5x, we’ve now revised it upwards to 8x.

This means if you need an extended license on the largest size we offer you are paying around $72 – which is fairly standard for the industry. However if you are a buyer looking for just the small size you are paying upwards of just $8. Of course for that price you get a *tiny* sized image!

I think that some photographers may still groan at offering *any* sort of extended license for $8, and of course we still have a simple opt-out for extended licensing. However personally I think with this revision it fits better into the industry standards while continuing to offer something new to buyers.

(2) Increasing from 50 submissions p/day to 250 p/day

As you will have seen from Pete’s announcement last week and our author dashboard notification, we’ve increasing our submission limit! We previously had an artificial submission limit of 50 photos per day to ensure we didn’t crumble under the load of resources and reviewing. Two months in and we’re feeling more confident and we’ve now increased that limit way up to 250 images per day. I imagine this is going to yield a much faster library growth, and of course is a bit more pleasant for photographers as an upload experience!

Of course this also means we are opening the floodgates to some extent, so we’ll be watching closely our review times to make sure we don’t move the bottleneck somewhere new :-)

What’s in store for October?

So what’s coming down the pipes this month? Collis answers:

In October we kick off a really cool GraphicRiver/PhotoDune bundle which will feature a lot of our current photographers. As you guys know we share revenue on our bundles at a 50-50 split regardless of exclusivity. Bundles are very popular with our buyers and have sold up to $200,000 worth in a matter of days. But primarily they are a way for us to drive new buyers to check out contributor content. So I’m pretty excited about this bundle as it will showcase some of the best PhotoDune content to our massive pool of buyers!

Pretty exciting stuff! We’re glad that you’re using and enjoying the site. And we’re always on the lookout for feedback and ways to improve the site. We await your response!


Submission Tip: Improve Your Tags (AudioJungle)

Posted: 10 Oct 2011 05:00 AM PDT

Howdy talented authors! In an ongoing quest for transparency, we bring you another submission tip. These are regular juicy tidbits about our review process, and address issues that can trip up authors. This tip is aimed at AudioJungle authors, but may be relevant to authors in our other marketplaces.

Today we have a brief look at tags.

To improve your tags, think like a buyer. As a buyer, what words would you enter into a search that would return your music? This way, you can more easily come up with more efficient tags.

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


Graphic Designer Bundle by Envato

Posted: 09 Oct 2011 08:23 PM PDT

Of all the many marketplaces we run here at Envato, the one I use the most myself is GraphicRiver. So I was very excited to get to pick out $500 of files from GraphicRiver and PhotoDune to include in a Graphic Designer Bundle which is now on sale for just $20!

The reason I love GraphicRiver is that while I can usually create (or recreate) most things myself, it saves me a lot of time and effort. And there are some really cool ideas, images and effects that can be combined to awesome effect. I don’t know what other designers think of the site, but for me personally, I love it! And I picked out a whole bunch of my favourite items for this bundle, not all of them though – so there’s still lots of reasons to go shopping!

In this bundle we’ve also included 42 photos from our recently launched PhotoDune photo marketplace. While photos aren’t as reusable as add-ons and effects, I picked out what I think are some really gorgeous photos which I think will be useful as placeholders, as backgrounds, for concepts, and for a variety of other uses.

Maybe it’s just because I love graphics and design, but I would buy this bundle in a heartbeat. If you love a bit of Photoshop, you’ll have so much fun with these files, and they’re bound to come in handy on projects.

Buy the Graphic Designer Bundle

or check out just SOME of the $500 of files included in the bundle:

… and there are plenty more beautiful items and images included. It’s really a great deal, and definitely one for your toolkit! Don’t delay though, it’s only available until Friday midday (Australian time!)

Buy the Graphic Designer Bundle

OK that’s enough marketing from me, now back to your regularly scheduled programming ;-)


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