Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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This Week’s Featured Authors

Posted: 08 Nov 2011 04:51 PM PST

Congratulations to this week's featured marketplace authors!

Cyprog ActiveDen Featured Author: Cyprog

This week’s featured author is Cyprog, who has 8 items, including the newest from the Time & Date category.
View Cyprog’s Portfolio

AliseMusic AudioJungle Featured Author: AliseMusic

This week’s featured author is AliseMusic, who has 117 items, including the newest from the Soul, R&B category.
View AliseMusic’s Portfolio

SaurabhSharma ThemeForest Featured Author: SaurabhSharma

This week’s featured author is SaurabhSharma, who has 12 items, including the newest from the Business category.
View SaurabhSharma’s Portfolio

in_focus VideoHive Featured Author: in_focus

This week’s featured author is in_focus, who has 6 items, including the newest from the Grunge category.
View in_focus’ Portfolio

Sneek GraphicRiver Featured Author: Sneek

This week’s featured author is Sneek, who has 11 items, including the newest from the Banners & Ads category.
View Sneek’s Portfolio

no-thumbnail 3DOcean Featured Author: Moritur

This week’s featured author is Moritur, who has 5 items, including the newest from the Furniture category.
View Moritur’s Portfolio

CroDigital CodeCanyon Featured Author: CroDigital

This week’s featured author is CroDigital, who has 5 items, including the newest from the Buttons category.
View CroDigital’s Portfolio

CartoonSmart Tutorials Featured Author: CartoonSmart

This week’s featured author is CartoonSmart, who has 5 items, including the newest from the Mobile Development category.
View CartoonSmart’s Portfolio

haveseen PhotoDune Featured Author: haveseen

This week’s featured author is haveseen, who has 1964 items.
View haveseen’s Portfolio

30 Days to Learn HTML & CSS: a Free Tuts+ Premium Course

Posted: 08 Nov 2011 04:17 PM PST

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We set ourselves the challenge of designing the most effective and enjoyable way to learn HTML and CSS in one month. The result is 30 Days to Learn HTML and CSS, a free Tuts+ Premium course. We’re really excited to share this with you today! (Plus, get a sneak peek at the new Tuts+ Premium.)

How it works

30 Days to Learn HTML and CSS is a thirty-day video course designed to be completed over one month. Veteran web developer and trainer Jeffrey Way will take you through a new topic each day, giving you the building blocks you need to eventually code an entire website based on a PSD design.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn HTML and CSS, but either didn’t have the time, didn’t know where to start, or didn’t quite ‘get it’, we’re pretty sure you’re going to love this free course. All you need to give us in return is 10 minutes a day to go through each video and build your knowledge.

Part of the new Tuts+ Premium

In the next few weeks we’ll be launching a complete reinvention of Tuts+ Premium, including a massive redesign and UX overhaul, member forums, a library of eBooks and in-depth courses teaching you skills from the inside out.

We’ve also drastically improved the way you access the content you know and love, with the ability to quickly filter content based on topic, difficulty, format, and estimated completion time.

30 Days to Learn HTML and CSS is one of the courses that will be available as part of the new Tuts+ Premium. This course is free, but the rest of the courses are available to members. We’ll be covering topics like HTML5, CSS3, WordPress, digital painting, web design and web typography.

Stay up to date and win a 5-year scholarship

If you’re a Tuts+ Premium member and want to be notified about the new Tuts+ Premium, or an interested non-member who’d like to learn more, you can sign up to our notification list. Every subscriber will have the opportunity to win one of 10 x Five-year scholarships to the new Tuts+ Premium, including access to 670+ tutorials, top-selling eBooks, 1,201 source files and a library of in-depth courses.

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Author Interview: Activetofocus

Posted: 07 Nov 2011 10:00 PM PST

Getting married, attracting more eyes with good designs, and not copying other people’s ideas. This week we meet Chengwen Qian (Activetofocus) from ActiveDen.

If you're an Envato marketplace author and would like to be interviewed for the blog, head over to this form. We'd love to hear from you.

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

Hello. My name is Chengwen Qian (Aven). I’m 28 years old and I live in Shanghai, China.

I currently work  in an online web game company for Flash games and AIR apps development.
I have been using Flash (Flex) and Photoshop for five years, and PHP, Javascript and jQuery  for three years.

I was married on October 1, 2011. Here I am with my wife Lindy in our wedding photo.

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

I belong to ActiveDen. I sell mainly Flash website templates, Facebook fan page templates, galleries and slide banners, etc…

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

I studied at university, including design software (Photoshop, Flash, etc.) After I graduated I worked in a network company and was responsible for Flex, PHP, MYSQL application development. Now I mainly do Flash/Flex web game development.

Describe your home workspace.

Oh, this is where I work, simple!

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

First, we must know what type of products to create. Then, the design. This is really important—a good design will attract more eyes, or an impulsive design will waste your time. Finally, it is the development and the overall effect of adjustment.

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

First, have your own ideas. Don’t copy someone else’s ideas too. Second, user experience is important. For example, make your items simple to use and easy to modify.

What do you do to market your files?

I previously tried using Facebook ads, Google AdWords and put advertising to some project sites. But I didn’t get good results. Now I don’t do anything to promote my items—I need to find other ways to promote my items.

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

New Idea XML Template

I like how you can customize many layers and translation effects.

Note Book Facebook Fan Page Template

I like how it is different to any other Facebook template (http://activeden.net/item/crystal-facebook-fan-page-template/237187 etc.) It uses a notebook style.

XML Gallery V4

This is a full-featured gallery, which supports the picture to zoom in, zoom out, rotate, resize, full-screen. You can add a site logo and multiple categories.

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

I like louros—I like his designs, which I feel is refreshing. Others include damojo and ParkerAndKent.

What do you do in your spare time?

Every day I spend at least two hours on ActiveDen and ThemeForest see check out new products. The rest of the time (4 hours+)  I do outsourcing projects. Of course, will visit a number of forums to see some of the latest technology news.

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