- Your Say: Which web browser do you use?
- Community Superstar Winner – Enabled
- The Envato Copyright Policy
- 3d Game Model Competition
- Best of Tuts+ in October
Posted: 02 Nov 2011 03:32 PM PDT
Posted: 02 Nov 2011 09:55 AM PDT
November is only a few days old and that means it’s time to announce October’s Community Superstar winner. October’s winner does a bang-up job over on the Marketplace forums. Congratulations to Enabled!
Who is Enabled?
When I contacted Paul (Enabled) informing him that he was our Community Superstar winner, you could almost feel the excitement rushing through the Internet’s tubes. Paul actually offered to let us interview him for this piece. So instead of me telling you who Enabled is, why don’t I just let him?
I graduated from Universitatea Aurel Vlaicu, Applied Informatics And Automatics, but it had nothing to do with what I'm doing now! Web Design was just love at first sight! A big special thanks goes out to Cosmin Cotor who had the immense patience to teach me a few tricks here and there! Thanks mate!
My favorite activities outside work are going swimming with my girlfriend (this summer I kind of skipped out, too much work), and taking long drives! Anywhere. I just take a knife and stick in the map, and I'll go there! I just love driving! I also enjoy learning new things, whatever strikes me as being nice, I'll try to learn it and perfect myself! Being a fulltime freelancer gives me the time I need to learn new stuff and enjoy time with my girlfriend…
I had no formal training whatsoever. I loved programming since I modified my Sony Ericsson k800i. It was quite complicated, you needed to HEX code everything in it, and that's where I fell in love with programming. But didn't quite know where to go from there. That's why I chose the Informatics college, where I met Cosmin Cotor. He showed me some rocket animation made in Flash using Tweener (at that time it was rocket science for me!). So slowly and painfully I learned Flash, but by the time I'd finished (or became more proficient), Flash was already going downhill. But still, it was the start that I needed to advance into other programming languages!
Ooohhh yes! This is what I take great pleasure in showing! I have 2 BENQ 22" LED displays, 1 iPad, 1 HP Mini laptop (both are great for testing sites on smaller resolutions and of course tablet compatibility, touch screen and what not), a Cyborg Rat 9 5600DPI laser mouse, and a Apple Keyboard, both were quite the investment, but they help. I can't imagine my life without the fast low profile keyboard and the ergonomic hand shaping mouse! As for the hardware specs, I have 12 Gigabytes of DD3 at 1600Mhz, a AMD QUAD Core Phenom X6 3.3 GHZ Black Edition, Dual(2x) Sli 2GB DDR5 256 Bit 4GHZ nVidia GTX560. And last but not least, about 3 terabytes of storage!
Also, I needed a custom made desk for all of that. So, on a nice Sunday, my Dad and I solved that problem really fast! No need to pay for a custom desk that's just a designer’s fashion. A few wood planks and some screws, and voila, the masterpiece is in the picture bellow!
To be honest, this was my first upgrade. The first thing I purchased with the money that I made from developing. I used to have an old laptop Acer Aspire 5315, a great machine, but that just didn't cut it anymore!
Hehe, well, the first ThemeForest file I made, I just opened Photoshop and made a sketch, then started polishing stuff up. Of course, PremiumPixels, DailyPSD, Creattica were of HUGE help! And I don't mean copying stuff! I am highly against that. I just mean referring to ideas, corners, borders, styles etc. As for the code, I am a great fan of W3C School. That's where I learned everything from and that's where I go for help. Rarely, a forum message is required, but that is usually after a night of not sleeping and trying to figure it out myself.
Once the design is mostly done, I have a very good friend Stefan (a.k.a PixelCloth) which, has a million tons of patience with my noobish design skills and he’s good at criticizing my work! I extend my immense gratitude to Stefan! His design skills are just AMAZING! Thanks mate!
Once the design is complete and Stefan likes it I start coding, commenting, creating the documentation and thumbnail, and off to the rejection note… aaa upload! I'm actually the only guy who is happy to get rejected. I always get the chance to perfect more and more and more. And Ivor and Sid always comment a LOT in the rejection notes. So their help is more than invaluable! Thanks guys!
As for Flash files, some of my files are unique, and the social networks trend gave me a few unique ideas! The Flash Like button (NOT FACEBOOK RELATED) is my best selling file! Just woke up with the idea! Hey, a like button that has a counter mechanism with a cookie would work wonders! And there you have it! TheFlyingTinMan had a lot of patience with me on that file! It was the moment when ActiveDen requested previews to be hosted on Envato servers and the preview faked… oh boy… Thanks Steve!
Well, this I learned the hard way with my first files! Polish, polish, polish, polish some more. Take all possible aspects into consideration. Ask yourself if you would buy it? Is it easy to install? Will the buyer have trouble using this part, or that part, or is the documentation well built? Giving support is a nightmare when you have LOT of files, but mandatory in my opinion! Sales are directly related to ratings, and comments, and not giving support is a massive mistake! So making the file as stable, easy to use, customize and install will guarantee sales, good ratings and happy customers! Most of my freelance work comes from customers that purchased files from me! And that makes me quite happy! I usually spend a lot of time freelancing, 90% of the working time! 10% is dedicated to Envato (sadly I am still trying to learn WordPress now so soon the percentages will flip! )
To be perfectly and 100% honest with you? Nothing! Maybe a tweet, a post on Facebook, but that's pretty much it! A good file sells itself.
I must say I have 2 favorite authors, CosminCotor, and PixelCloth. I love their determination! Both have put in great effort to get where they are at the moment, plus they are quite good friends of mine! Keep up the good work guys! Both of them helped me in situations where other people would have just turned their back and said “I don't know!”, there aren’t a lot of decent people out there, so I appreciate their kindness and help! Thanks a million mates!
Along with the ultra-cool gold superstar community badge (that only lasts for 12 months!), the prize this month is a 6 month Tuts+ premium subscription, a $30 Rockable ebook voucher and a $20 marketplace credit. Congratulations Enabled!
Posted: 01 Nov 2011 11:00 PM PDT
Do you find copyright a little fuzzy? Over the next week we’ll bring you four helpful articles on copyright from the Envato Wiki. This article can be found on the wiki here, and outlines Envato’s policy about copyright.
Do you have any questions not covered in these articles? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll put something together to clarify.
Envato operates an online marketplace, through various content specific sites, at which Members are entitled to sell and buy the right to use works created and/or owned by selling Members (Sellers).
Content offered for sale at each Envato marketplace are works which are protected by copyright.
In this policy reference to "works" means any work in which copyright subsists – be it a drawing, sound clip, moving image or photograph.
Copyright is a complex area of the law. There are many misconceptions surrounding the use of works which are protected by copyright.
Copyright laws were first introduced with the advent of book publishing and since then have been updated to address the advent of new technologies permitting works to be created in different ways.
However, sometimes the law struggles to keep up and from time to time when no obvious guidance is available it is necessary for Envato to make a considered decision based on the existing law and the likely extension of that law.
In order to improve knowledge among Envato members and reduce the number of copyright misconceptions, Envato maintains a store of information and reference materials on the topic of copyright for those who want to know more about the subject. This is to be found at Envato – Copyright 101.
Dealing with copyright is also made more difficult because copyright works may involve representations or records of images in which other rights exist, such as a trade mark or a design or a performance. There are also, in certain places, special laws which protect well known public buildings and laws which give famous people rights to their own image.
While copyright laws are broadly consistent throughout the world there are these additional special laws and also copyright laws are open to different interpretations according the cultural norms and social values of the territory in which the laws are being interpreted by the courts.
Copyright laws and practice will continue to evolve and Envato will update its policy from time to time as circumstances dictate.
2. Respecting copyright
Above all else Envato recognizes the importance of copyright and respects copyright.
Envato encourages its members to do the same. Indeed it is up to everyone in the Envato community to understand, and play by, the copyright rules.
Envato recognizes that copyright is a valuable economic right. It allows the owner of a copyright work to make an income by allowing others the right to use the work. This is the purpose of the marketplace – to provide a forum at which Sellers and Buyers can come together to conduct business.
Of course in conducting a marketplace Envato needs to be alert to the risk that works may be offered by a Seller who is not authorised to do so either because the Seller does not own the work or because the Seller has copied the work.
Envato does not offer a copyright clearing service and relies on the promises made by Sellers as to the ownership and origins of the works offered by them.
There is a process of works being evaluated by Envato before they are allowed to be offered at the marketplace but this evaluation focuses primarily on quality control issues.
If there is any obvious breach of copyright Envato will not allow publication on an Envato marketplace but approval to upload should not be taken as an indication that Envato has cleared copyright.
While Envato is based in Australia, Envato's objective is to comply with copyright laws in other key jurisdictions, including the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Envato will act promptly to remove content if it suspects infringement or is notified of alleged infringement.
3. What we expect of Sellers
Envato expects Sellers to respect the copyright and other proprietary rights of others.
Before a Seller offers his or her first work on an Envato marketplace, the Seller must successfully complete an online tutorial about intellectual property rights, including copyright.
It is the responsibility of each Seller to check, and ensure, that he or she owns or has the appropriate rights to any work uploaded onto an Envato marketplace.
A Seller must not upload any content unless they own the content or have obtained appropriate licenses and consents from the copyright owner.
If in doubt ask – don't assume!
Envato has developed house rules which should be followed by Members offering works on an Envato marketplace. While these are not required by law, Envato expects that, by adopting and following these house rules, the scope for infringement will be reduced.
4. What we do before Sellers can sell
Envato will check the content each Seller submits for quality purposes and while doing so Envato may identify, and notify the Seller of any, potential copyright issues.
However, Envato is not obliged to review any content a Seller submits for copyright compliance or to notify the Seller of potential issues.
Sellers must not assume that Envato will check and verify the existence or ownership of copyright. Acceptance of content by Envato does not mean that Envato has checked and cleared copyright.
5. What we expect of Buyers
Envato expects buying Members (Buyers) to respect the copyright and other proprietary rights of others.
Buyers should only use any works acquired in accordance with the terms of the license for which payment has been made. Buyers should also observe the house rules which Envato has developed for buyers . While these are not required by law, Envato expects that, by adopting and following these house rules, the scope for infringement will be reduced.
It is up to the Buyer to ensure that he or she has obtained all necessary licenses, clearances and consents that may be required for the Buyer's specific use of the work.
Envato relies on Buyers to behave responsibly by complying with the terms of the license which they are granted to use the work. These are limited use rights and must be strictly observed.
If in doubt ask – don't assume!
6. What to do if you believe your work is infringed
Envato does not authorise or condone infringement of copyright.
Envato does not, and has no obligation to, police copyright infringement but we will act promptly if we receive notice of an alleged infringement.
A Member, who believes an infringement has occurred, is able to give us notice by the following the steps outline in What Do I Do If I Am A Victim Of Copyright Infringement? .
If you believe that a work offered on an Envato marketplace infringes on your copyright you should send Envato this notice.
If you believe that a work acquired through an Envato marketplace has been used in a way that infringes on your copyright you should send Envato this notice.
7. What we do if we receive a notice of or if we suspect infringement
Envato promises that it will respond promptly to alleged copyright infringement promptly.
Where the copyright infringement relates to a work uploaded to an Envato marketplace, Envato will take down the work on receipt of notice of alleged infringement.
The alleged infringing Member will be notified and will have an opportunity to file a counter notice to prove (in the case of a Seller) his or her authority to offer the work or (in the case of a Buyer) to use it as used.
In many cases Envato has found this is the end of the matter.
Often a Seller will not press for the work to be restored. Sellers are entitled to do this without admitting liability.
Often a Buyer will curtail his or her use of the work. Buyers are entitled to do this without admitting liability.
It is sometimes said that copyright owners abuse the willingness of website operators, who readily take down works on receipt of notice of infringement, by giving infringement notices as a means of preventing others from exploiting their copyright works when they have no basis on which to make the infringement allegation.
Envato is not able to make any formal judgement as to whether copyright has been infringed but does encourage Sellers, if they think they have been unfairly dealt with, to respond and provide evidence about the origins and ownership of the contested work.
8. Consequences of infringement
Serious consequences may flow from any infringement of another person's copyright.
You may become liable to the owner of the copyright for damages and other consequences.
Members, who are found to have infringed another's copyright, do not meet Envato's expectations as outlined in this Policy.
Envato reserves the right to deal with such Members as follows:
One Strike Violations: are serious breaches of Envato's copyright policy. They include, but are not limited to, a Member:
Consequences of One Strike Violation: A Member, responsible for a One Strike Violation will have his or her account DISABLEDimmediately. Envato also reserves the right to withhold payment of any money standing to the credit of the Member in the Member's account with Envato until the violation is resolved to the satisfaction of Envato but not exceeding a period of 12 months.
Reinstatement: If a Member has had his or her account with Envato disabled as a result of a One-Strike Violation an application can be made by the Member to be reinstated. This is done by contacting support .
Certain violations represent a less serious breach of Envato's copyright policy and have a less severe penalty. Nonetheless they will lead to more severe action by Envato if the Member does not respond and/or take appropriate action.
Warning Violations: include, but are not limited to a Member:
Consequences of Warning Violation: A Member responsible for a Warning Violation will receive an email warning from Envato. Envato reserves the right to DISABLE his or her account immediately. Continued warning violations by the Member will result in escalation to a One-Strike Violation.
Reinstatement: If a Member has had his or her account with Envato disabled as a result of a One-Strike Violation an application can be made by the Member to be reinstated. This is done by contacting support.
Posted: 01 Nov 2011 10:32 PM PDT
We want you to create low-poly models that are not only good lookin’, but also built so they’ll run smoothly in a game. We don’t care if it’s a zombie for a mobile shooter, an airplane for a flight simulator, or the Zwlarg headquarters for your RTS – we just want game-ready characters, vehicles, and buildings.
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Posted: 01 Nov 2011 08:00 PM PDT
Each month, we bring together a selection of the best tutorials and articles from across the whole Tuts+ network. Whether you’d like to read the top posts from your favourite site, or would like to start learning something completely new, this is the best place to start!
Psdtuts+ — Photoshop Tutorials
This week we are celebrating the launch of PhotoDune, Envato’s new stock photography website with a series of photo effect and photo manipulation tutorials that showcase the images from our new marketplace. In this tutorial we’ll demonstrate how to create a miniature world using some interesting techniques. Many of the photos used in this tutorial are available for free for Psd Premium Members. Let’s get started!
This week we are celebrating the launch of PhotoDune, Envato’s new stock photography website with a series of photo effect and photo manipulation tutorials that showcase the images from our new marketplace. In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a cutout photo using simple selections and advanced transformations. The photos used in this tutorial are available for free for Psd Premium Members. Let’s get started!
In this tutorial we will show you how to create a custom stitched text effect for an iPad Wallpaper. Let’s get started!
Nettuts+ — Web Development Tutorials
Isn’t it funny how most “introduction to Ruby on Rails” screencasts are overly simplistic, and rely on generators like scaffolding? The teacher typically follows up the tutorial by stating that most Rails developer don’t use scaffolding generators. Well that’s not much help then! I’d like to give you the tutorial I wish I had. Along the way, we’ll also rely heavily on test-driven development to build a simple app.
Learning something from scratch is almost always an arduous affair — you simply have no idea as to where to start, or not to start, to kick things off. I loathed learning about the idiosyncrasies of C++’s syntax when all I wanted to learn were some darn programming concepts. As I’m sure you can agree, this is a less than ideal situation.
Vectortuts+ — Illustrator Tutorials
Wow, if you’re looking for high quality free vector graphics, then you’ve landed on the right article. We’ve roundup up a massive collection of free vector flourishes. These graphics are composed of a wonderful mix of vintage elements, floral ornaments, swirly design mixes, and are all made of beautifully curved vector art.
InDesign is a powerful design program with so many tools and features it can a bit tricky to find a topic to begin with. With this in mind, we've put together a collection of beginner guides on various InDesign topics like the best way to create a new document, how to import text and images and even useful advice on what to do when a document is corrupted and how to make comments and track changes.
Coloring a character sketch can sometimes take much longer than anyone expects. With a few layer tricks and Graphic Styles, I will show you how to create a character that is quick to ink, easy to edit and a breeze to re-color. Let’s get started!
Webdesigntuts+ — Web Design Tutorials
Let’s whip up a simple, yet effective ‘static admin bar’ in Photoshop. We’ll take a selection of UI elements, and design their various states, ready for building in HTML and CSS.
Today we’ll design a smart, vintage modern background to welcome visitors to your Twitter page. We’ll go over some layout considerations, then dive into Photoshop. Have fifteen minutes spare? Let’s go then!
Paul J Noble’s awwward winning, uniquely designed portfolio site has caught the eye of many people, and not just clients either. Today he’s going to follow up on the design stage of this tutorial, and demonstrate how it’s coded up.
Phototuts+ — Photography Tutorials
Ever stop to think about what is holding your camera when your hands aren’t? Lots of photography tutorials focus on cameras, lenses, and lighting. Even bags and filters get a lot of press. However, there is one important piece of equipment that gets neglected and choosing the wrong one can be a literal pain in the neck. So, we’re going to take a look at various camera straps and how they indirectly impact your photography.
Today’s photo collection is a tribute to all things scaly, slimy, or perhaps even both. We have gathered one hundred impeccable examples of reptile and amphibian photography. Whether these creatures are swimming in ponds or slithering underfoot, numerous talented photographers have found them to be the perfect subjects for many beautiful compositions.
Photographers spend a great deal of energy capturing the best image possible and ensuring the image or print is faithfully reproduced. We may not, however, spend as much energy thinking about how to finish a photograph – print, frame or store it – and archive the image.
Cgtuts+ — Computer Graphics Tutorials
This is a walk through from start to finish of how I made my “Yuki Machi” scene. This tutorial is intended for beginners and students who are making the switch from creating and building assets to creating whole scenes and environments. Ill take you through the processes and techniques I use and show you the challenges l face when making larger sets.
Need some sweet rims for your next vehicle model? Well you're in luck! Because Ivan Momchilov is giving away this epic Dodge tire model, complete with a set of highly detailed brakes. For you 3d Studio Max users out there, Ivan has included scene files for 2010,2011 and 2012! And for the non Max users, we have it available in .obj format as well, making it super easy to import it into your software package of choice. This model's free to all, so download it today!
Today we’ll take some time (did you get it?) to model and animate a clock in Cinema 4D using only Xpresso. We’ll model the clock from a basic cylinder and add some simple materials and lighting to the scene. Once we have the model complete, we’ll begin animating the clock with Xpresso and add some user data to have more control over our final animation.
Aetuts+ — After Effects Tutorials
This is a quick overview of Aetuts+’s “How To Create And Rig A Realistic Puppet” Series. We will be posting a new chapter every day or so for the entire month of October. There are 17 parts total so check it regularly!
This demonstration is about shooting a translucent object, in this case a crystal illuminated by a match, and compositing that object with stock footage of dramatic fire. Finally, we’ll be simulating similar lighting effects in After Effects to reveal a logo.
In this tutorial you will learn the workflow on how to set up a scene for an animated pack shot of a phone in CINEMA 4D and composite it in After Effects. Perhaps you have developed a revolutionary iPhone app that you want to show off to the world, or maybe you just want to learn the basic workflow of compositing 3D passes in After Effects. Either way I hope this tutorial will help you along the way.
Audiotuts+ — Audio & Production Tutorials
As you may have already realised Im a pretty big fan of all things Apple. Not only do I utilise Apple computers in my production process but I also lean pretty heavily on IOS-based devices in the studio.
In electronic dance music, DJ’s often loop tracks to cheer up the crowd. In your music productions, you can also use this effect to create an uplifting effect for what’s to come. This tutorial shows you how to create such a loop effect on vocals, using Reason 4.0.
Today we are going to cover how to add some flavor to your chords and compositions using 7ths in both major and minor. It is surprising how many people know how to play them but do not really understand how they are built and function (guitarists I am talking to you!).
Activetuts+ — Flash, Flex & ActionScript Tutorials
We’ll be looking at how to create a XMPP chat application that can be used in many different scenarios. You’ll learn how to integrate an external database with Ignite Realtime’s Openfire Jabber Server and how to use the XIFF library to create custom XMPP extensions that can be used to send custom data across a network.
Designers vs. developers – it is an argument as old as computers. The truth is, though, neither can live without the other. A brilliant UI design is as worthless without functionality as is the best piece of code with an ugly, unusable frontend. In this first post on UI Basics for developers, I am going to try and lay out some simple ground rules that devs can follow to make sure their apps, templates and prototypes are as beautiful as the code itself – and usable to boot.
For this chapter of AS3 101, we will be diving into the mechanics of the Flash event system. If you’ve been following along so far, you’ll have seen events in use, dating all the way back to the first episode of the series. The editor and I felt that it was time to write up something to be formally included in the curriculum, so if you’ve ever seen those lines of code about adding event listeners or dispatching events, and not quite caught on, then this is the tutorial for you.
Wptuts+ — WordPress Tutorials
Next in line for our WordPress Cheat Sheet series, The Basic WordPress Theme Anatomy Model! If you haven’t seen the first posts in this series, this is a new batch of these quick pocket guides that you guys n’ gals can download, save to your phones for a fast reference, or even print out and keep next to your desk while you’re working on customizing WordPress to do your bidding.
Ready to learn how to make your first WordPress theme? This tutorial series will take a step by step approach, making use of a "learning theme" affectionately known as WordPress Training Wheels, to help teach the subject. This series will take the absolute WordPress newbie through the basic steps necessary to convert any HTML template into a fully functional WordPress theme.
WordPress is evolving quite faster than ever, and every update gets all excited (especially those who make a living on it). WordPress has released it’s 3.3, Beta 2 version just 2 days ago for testing. This update is focused on more improvements, refining and making things faster and better. Today, we’re going to round up what’s coming in the next big version.
Mobiletuts+ — Mobile Development Tutorials
iOS 5 has been officially released, and iOS developers are eager to begin making use of the many new features available in the iOS 5 SDK. In this article, industry gurus Brandon Trebitowski and Collin Ruffenach reflect on the opportunities, efficiencies, and most exciting features of the latest SDK. This post is a must read for all iOS SDK developers!
Native iOS developers aren’t the only ones with something to be excited about when it comes to developing for iOS 5. A new version of Safari Mobile was released alongside the latest operating system, and mobile web developers now have many new features to experiment with. Get up to speed on the changes in this article!
FreelanceSwitch — Articles and Resources for Freelancers
There is no one set strategy for setting your rates, which is why the process can be so confusing for freelancers. Basing your rates off regional competitors' prices is a very smart tactic, but I think many freelancers forget about something important when putting together rates, and that is their value.
Having a strong brand can be a game-changer for your freelance business.
Telling a client that he is, in fact, wrong can be the hardest thing you ever have to do in your freelance career. It's not something that we generally consider to be a healthy step: it can lose you a client pretty quickly if not handled properly.
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