Thursday, November 3, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Explore AppStorm on the New Raven Browser

Posted: 03 Nov 2011 04:30 PM PDT

I’m typing this in a new browser for Mac OS X called Raven. It’s the new browser on the block (still in beta), and has a focus on its Web App Shop.

Joshua Johnson covered it recently on Mac.AppStorm, and has been boasting that the developer has built a custom AppStorm app for the browser. “Pretty sweet!”, he says.

You can see the AppStorm app in the top left of this screenshot. Installing it adds a “blue lightning” icon to the left of the screen, and clicking it displays the following:

The app displays the Mac.AppStorm front page. There are icons down the left for Mac.AppStorm, iPhone.AppStorm, iPad.AppStorm and Web.AppStorm. It’s simple, and works well.

Clicking on each icon rapidly switches between each site. It would be great to see icons for Android.AppStorm and Windows.AppStorm. These may have been skipped since Raven only works on a Mac.

Maybe we’ll see a Tuts+ app in the future!

Have you tried Raven? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


Pets of Envato Part 1: Dogs

Posted: 03 Nov 2011 04:42 AM PDT

Pets can be great companions, cute and cuddly, or balls of energy. They can be naughty, and they can cause tears. They bring joy into our lives, and sometimes sorrow. The Envato team are mad about their pets.

Some have cats, some have dogs. There is the odd bird and fish. And some of the team have full-on menageries. In fact, there are so many pets that they won’t all fit in one post. This article has become a series!

So, what’s more popular – cats or dogs? In the Envato team it’s dogs by a mile. In fact, all the dogs won’t fit in one post – you’ll meet the rest of our dogs next week. After that we’ll bring you the cats, and finally the more exotic pets and menageries.

If you’re part of the team and haven’t had the chance to send me your pet, it’s not too late. Email me the details, and if you like some photos. If necessary I’ll add a fifth week to the series.

So, starting with half the dogs, here are the pets of Team Envato, as described by their owners. We’ll start with Ryan because he suggested the series. Great idea Ryan – and Ibby.

Ryan, Developer

Heidi is an 8 year old mongrel (Alsatian, Blue Cattle, Staffy and Pincer). She is a good dog. Good dog Heidi. She mostly does what you tell her and her favourite game is fetch. She knew how to fetch, bring and drop before she knew how to sit!

Jessica, Reviewer

This is Lando. He’s almost two, and more than anything he likes to hang out at the park and go swimming. He’s sometimes naughty but always redeems himself in the end.

Kevin, Editor iPhone.Appstorm

I currently have two dogs in the Whipps household. The oldest is Freckles, a lemon beagle which means that she’s mostly white with little reddish patches. She’s 7 or so now, and is quite fat. No seriously, she’s a very fat dog. We bought a new dog door recently, and she has to squeeze through it to fit. It’s a little funny.

The second dog is Scrappy, a black and white dachshund with dappling across his chest. He’s about 5 now, and although he is very cute and cuddly, he also likes to bark at anything that makes a noise. Both of the irises in his eyes are screwed up (a natural birth defect), so he has some issues seeing things we imagine. Still, we love him.

Ian, Editor Webdesigntuts+

Daisy is just shy of three. She was hit by, and dragged along underneath a car last year (one of the least pleasant things I’ve ever witnessed), losing her right eye in the process. She survived though, and still runs with me on bike rides until I’m knackered. Funnily enough though, she sticks to the left side of my bike these days.

Sid, Windows.AppStorm

Pets are awesome! I have three pups — grown dogs maybe. Their names are Fluffy [4], Goofy [3] and Boo [1]. They’re furry little hooligans and work hard at preventing me from getting work done.

Cameron, Phototuts+

Jack (Poodle, 4 years old) – Jack doesn’t like anyone to touch each other or for people to leave rooms, but he loves people and will attempt to lick off your face.

Eva (Chihuahua, 1 year old) – Eva sounds like a duck. Her barks is so small and grunty, it sounds like a quack. He is also addicted to lick, but does not limit her taste to faces. She will lick anything
(couches, the floor, your shoe) for hours. As you can tell from the photo, she is also a watch dog.

Adam, Editor Aetuts+

Our Dog is named Colden and he is 2 years old. He’s a Shiba Inu and we are crazy about him!

I once went camping with Colden and he ended up chasing after something while on top of a mountain and didn’t come back… my friends and I stayed up most of the night calling him, but with no luck. My wife was on a girls trip that weekend so I had to find him before she got back… this mountain was an hour from where I live. For 3 days, I drove back each day asking anybody I passed if they had seen him and no luck. I finally had to tell K and she was wrecked…

When she got home I went up with her one more time just so she could have a chance to at least try herself even though I was done with it… It was a tough night with lots of crying and praying. We stayed the night on top of the mountain hoping he’d see our fire… I didn’t have much hope.

The next day as we were hiking back to the trail head to go back home defeated. We looked over and Colden was sitting under our truck… over 4 days later and 2 miles from where I had last seen him. It was like something out of a movie! He ran and jumped into our arms as we were both in tears. He found us!

It was a really key moment for our marriage as Katie kept the right attitude and didn’t get angry or blame me for what happened, and I tried to keep the right attitude by not keeping her from searching herself even though I was positive he wasn’t up there anymore. When I see him at the foot of our bed each night I just remember that God is good. :)

Enjoy this post? There’s plenty more where that came from. Next week you’ll meet the rest of the Envato dogs.


Want to be a Community Moderator?

Posted: 02 Nov 2011 05:32 PM PDT

Are you a fine upstanding citizen in the Envato Community?
Do you like helping those in need?
We Want You!
We are looking for some community moderators to help keep the Envato forums a great place to be.

The position is voluntary and involves keeping an eye out for other people in the community and helping where you can.

What are we looking for?

Anyone is free to apply to become a community moderator for one of the marketplaces. Ideally, the nominees will meet the following criteria:

  • Existing forum users that have experience with the community.
  • Users that have consistently displayed a positive and helpful attitude on the forums and Marketplaces.
  • Users that have a firm grasp on the English language and can communicate clearly.
  • The desire to be part of an awesome community at Envato!

To be clear, this is not a paid position, the community moderator position is completely voluntary, and is best suited for users that spend time on the forums and would like to help. That said, you will receive some moderator privileges, and of course badges, status and the chance to get to know the staff and the community a bit more than you do already.

If you are interested in being a moderator, getting a new badge and being just plain awesome

fill out this form with your details.

We spoke to one of our favourite mods and past community and forum superstar Jami Gibbs, for some practical tips on how to be a top mod.

What do you like about being a mod?

I think the best thing about becoming a mod is having a greater sense of being part of the amazing Envato community.  Of course, everyone should feel a part of the community regardless of if they’re an author, buyer, or mod because of how welcoming members are and the positive environment. But becoming a moderator made me feel even more committed to the community which is a really great feeling.

What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a mod?

A positive attitude goes a long way.  In situations where emotions are running high, the best thing to do is to approach it with patience and a positive attitude.   Oh, and make sure that you’re very familiar with the forum rules, the wiki, and past threads.  You’re gonna need those links handy often. :)

What, in your opinion, are the most important qualities for a mod to display?
Patience and an intense desire to help other people. 


Get $5 Off Our New Rockable Book: “Rockstar Icon Designer”

Posted: 02 Nov 2011 05:30 PM PDT

What is one graphic element that you see dozens, if not hundreds, of times a day? Icons. And Rockable Press have just released a new book all about them: Rockstar Icon Designer by Vectortuts+ Associate Editor Kate McInnes.

You can get $5 off the eBook version until November 7th. That's only a few days away, so hurry!

What’s Inside?

In this book Kate not only teaches you how to whip up a good icon, but she takes you on a crash course through the world of icon design.

Here are some of the topics covered in the book:

  • A historical overview of icons, from the first black and white IBM symbols to today's OS standards.
  • A theoretical look at the creation of icons.
  • The different perspectives and orientations of icons and when to use them.
  • Different icon styles and important style guides.
  • How to design an icon to meet the standards of common uses, including Apple iOS, Microsoft Windows, and more.
  • Step by step tutorials for creating an icon in a variety of styles and perspectives.
  • And more!

You can see a full overview of the book on its Tuts+ Marketplace page, or download a sample from Rockable Press.

About the Author

Kate’s knows a thing or two about icon design. Having worked for years as a successful icon designer, she decided it was time to share that experience with others.

I’ll let Kate introduce herself:

Hi, I’m Kate, the author of Rockstar Icon Designer.

When I first started out in icon design I found that there was very little information to help guide me though the design process. Through a lot of trial and error, I finally came to understand and really appreciate the wonderful world of icons.

During the course of this book, I will share my experiences in the field of icon design. I’ll look at rendering styles and ways to achieve them, and the many uses for icons today. This book won’t teach you how to emulate others. It won’t focus heavily on one OS over another; nor will it turn you into a master overnight. Instead it will help you create designs that will stand up to the test of time and help you better understand the constraints (and the joys) of pixel perfect rendering and icon design in general.

Thanks Kate!

Buy Now and Save!

Be quick and get the book for $19, by taking advantage of Rockable's $5 OFF for 5 Days Only! (Regular price is $24. Offer ends Nov 7, 2011)

Every purchase comes with 3 digital versions of the book (PDF, ePub, and Kindle), so if you're looking to stop dabbling and want to become a Rockstar Icon Designer then get yourself a copy from Rockable's site or from the Tuts+ Marketplace today.


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