Thursday, November 10, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Envato Marketplaces Reach 500,000 Items!

Posted: 09 Nov 2011 09:21 PM PST

Five years since the very first item was uploaded to the Envato marketplaces, the item count has reached 500,000! That’s an enormous amount of approved files and is an incredible testament to the hard work of our authors. Marketplace authors spend hours designing and creating each item, just take a moment to think about the total hours it would take to create 500,000 files!

Whether you are an author or a buyer, more items on the marketplace is a great thing. It shows that Envato is growing and that our authors are creating quality products and giving buyers more choice over the range of marketplaces.

It’s been a big year so far, on the 12th of September the Envato Marketplaces celebrated 1,000,000 members and now this! Take a look at the approved files as they appear on the infographic. That was two months ago and in that time the approved marketplace items has jumped from 354,435 to 500,000. That’s a whole lot of design.

Looking back in time, the oldest file on the marketplaces is Collis’s 3D Box Menu, it’s a flash menu of buttons featuring a spinning 3d box, originally posted on FlashDen (now ActiveDen).

Collis posted on the forums a while ago about his files and the beginning of the marketplaces.

“When we launched FlashDen I moved over my Flash files, and then later when ThemeForest launched I added some website templates and WordPress themes. I don't do very much though and I'm terrible at support so I keep meaning to clear off my files since I'm not a very good example of what an author should be like!!!

Nonetheless my files have made me a good $14,000 – of course I spend it all on other authors files, particularly when we have a new category as it's always good to inject cash in

Anyhow as you might imagine I love Envato!!!”

It goes without saying that those authors who are producing the most amount of items are full time Envato authors. The top author within the Envato network (ActiveDen, ThemeForest, GraphicRiver, etc.) made over $40,000 in one month alone!

Regardless of your monthly earnings and your personal item count, we want to say a  big thank you and congratulations to the entire community for creating over 500,000 incredible items! We are so proud to have such a creative and dedicated community. We hope that those items are earning you a pretty penny or two and we look forward to your creative pursuits in the future!


Pets of Envato Part 2: More Dogs

Posted: 09 Nov 2011 09:10 PM PST

Last week we confessed. We love our pets. A lot. You could tell from the photos, hey. Not to mention the adorable descriptions and touching stories.

This week we introduce you to the other half of the Envato dogs. Yes, there are really that many dogs in the team. After all, they are a man’s best friend. You’ll meet dogs that are high maintenance, dogs that sleep under the covers like humans, dogs that train their owners, and even a dog that has pooped on his owner. Three times!

We’ve included lots of cute and crazy photos. And again, the pets are described in the words of their owners.

Brandon, Wptuts+

Ender is a 1 year and 4 months old Chocolate Labrador. He’s a super high energy dog and his favorite stuff to do includes going on hikes, swimming, and playing at our city’s dog park with lots of other dogs!

Mark, Marketplace

Rocky’s a 3 year old English Bulldog. He also answers to the name Mr. Balboa, and Rock Lobster. He really doesn’t like to do anything besides eating and sleeping. He’ll occasionally run around trying to eat a full sized soccer ball, but 5 minutes of running always results in 5 hours of sleeping. Since he was a puppy, he’s had an obsession with wiggling under things and now sleeps under a blanket (talk about high maintenance). He’s also snores incessantly.

Josh, Marketplace

Pebbles the Chihuahua (4 years old). Pebbles was the first to join our family.  We were all so excited to have this little angel!  Since then however she has pooped on me personally three times, once while I was sleeping.

Tuffy the Yorkie (3 years old). Tuffy is a 3lb ball of sweet, a tad on the dim side but a nice little guy that must endure being carried around all day like an Action Figure by my 4 year old boy Asher.

Rosebud the Golden Retriever (2 years old). Rosebud was a gift to my son Noah and has successfully eaten a small greenhouse, 6 grape vines and 4 blackberry bushes… She loves to play ball and is convinced she is my best bud.

All in all these three rascals keep things interesting around our house.

Jeffrey, Code Evangelist

Trash. It’s a long story, and, no, he’s not abused. The person we bought him from was complete white trash. We joke that we saved the dog from white trash, and, somehow, that evolved to him being referred to that way. He’s quite spoiled, and is 6 years old.

Our dog, Trash, might as well be a human being. He sleeps like a human – vertical, under the covers, with his head sticking out on his pillow. Ryan’s dog likes to play fetch. If I threw a frisbee for Trash to catch, he’d likely give me a long stare that translates to, “Well that was a stupid thing to do. Go get it.” Yeah, he doesn’t play fetch very well. But he’s quite good at watching movies, and helping me work (as he lays in his dog bed underneath my work desk).

Ibrahim, Support

Ibby and his wife just inherited a Golden Retriever. He describes how it’s all going:

She is great, it’s amazing that a dog just asks for love and a couple of toys :D We are enjoying her so far, we love taking her to the park and see how she gets crazy in the grass. lol.

Drew, Support

Gigabyte, aka gigi buns, buns, bunny, little buns, bunzaroo etc. is a mini daschund and just turned one year old recently. She’s an absolute sweet heart and just took second place in a halloween costume contest. She loves giving kisses, burrowing under the covers, and playing with other dogs 5 times her size. We’re grateful to have her in our lives and she brings us a lot of joy.

Jami, Community Moderator

Jami doesn’t just have a pet – she has her own super hero – SuperCharlie. He even has his own Facebook page! Charlie tells his story:

I was found at the Ben Gurion Airport, brought to a local kennel, and rescued when I was 5 months old. My breed is still a mystery but people say I look like a Golden Retriever/Sheltie/Collie mix. I live now with Jami and Einat. It sure beats those kennel cages!

Here’s a fun Charlie fact: He only knows Hebrew commands & words! Don’t bother telling him to ‘sit’. He’ll just look at you funny.

Who’s training whom? Charlie making Jami Gibbs look like a fool while trying out a doggie agility course.

Charlie looking amusedly at Jami Gibbs because she had to get on her stomach to take this photo.


That’s it for this week – and that’s the end to our dogs. Next week, you’ll meet the cats of Envato!

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