Monday, December 5, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Featured Workspace: LoungeKat

Posted: 05 Dec 2011 03:23 PM PST

Here’s the home workspace of Kate McKinnes (LoungeKat). Click on the images for a larger version on Flickr. Kate is a GraphicRiver reviewer, Vector Tuts+ associate editor and reviewer and Tuts+ Marketplace reviewer. She also recently wrote a book for Rockable Press, Rockstar Icon Designer.

Kate surrounds herself with inspiration as she works, including some awesome skateboards she has designed (see below) and a funky doll collection. She loves using multiple monitors, Coke Zero, and nice coffee. Even her coffee mug is cool – it says “PANTONE 186 C”.

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

Would you like your workspace featured on Envato Notes? Upload your photo to somewhere on the Web and let us know about it on our Write a Post page. Or upload it to Flickr and tag it with #envatonotesworkspaces. Either way, add an interesting description. Each week we'll choose and publish a new photo.

Screencast: A Smarter Twitter Page… in Under 15 Minutes

Posted: 05 Dec 2011 04:00 AM PST

Last week we showed you how to supercharge your Facebook page. This week we move our focus to Twitter.

Many authors have Twitter right in the center of their marketing strategy. But are you making the most of it? This screencast from Webdesigntuts+ shows you how to give your Twitter page a makeover in Photoshop – in just 15 minutes or so.

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!

For source files and more details, visit the tutorial on Webdesigntuts+!

Indie Game Dev Bundle Out Now!

Posted: 04 Dec 2011 09:18 PM PST

Create, Design, Play

At Envato we create, we design and we play games. For a community inspired by their formative years playing computer games, Envato want to celebrate our love for game design. Whether you call yourself a certified Indie Games Dev or you want to design your dream game, the Indie Game Dev Bundle is a chance to revitalize your love of games and get creative.

Indie Games Dev Bundle
3DOcean,GraphicRiver, ActiveDen and AudioJungle are proud to announce the Indie Game Dev Bundle! ! Containing more than $500 of the best game development resources including 3D models, Unity game starter kits, textures, animations, audio packs and more, all for only $20! It will inspire you to get your game on. This offer will only be available until 12pm on Monday the 12th of December, AEDT. So secure your copy of this unbeatable deal now and get creative!

Buyers, Help us Help You.

Posted: 04 Dec 2011 07:40 PM PST

Marketplace author CodingJack recently posted this in a thread on the Marketplace forums. We thought it was important and an interesting read for both buyers and authors, so we’ve put it up here for everyone to read. Let us know what you think!
Most authors know that to be successful on the marketplaces quality support is extremely important. Because of this, when someone has a problem with one of our products we want to fix it immediately because:

1) We want to make sure future buyers don't have the same problem
2) We take pride in producing high quality files and bugs are simply not acceptable

I can't speak for other authors, but if a buyer has a problem I haven't solved before, I always look into it for free. Because bugs are a part of life and you just never know about something until you've thoroughly researched it. Unfortunately, researching issues can take a good deal of time. Especially when you are communicating with buyers several times a day.

From my experience, a good deal of issues resolved are customization mistakes. Sometimes my first thought is "why didn't they read the help file" or "why didn't they validate their xml". But then I remind myself that we all make mistakes, it's just human nature. Unfortunately, researching customer issues can sometimes eat up a good portion of the day, and herein lies the challenge.

As a buyer, there are a few things you can do to help authors give great support:

1) Explain your problem in detail.

This isn't always easy when English isn't your first language. But just do your best to be as descriptive as possible when writing for support.

2) Use one source of communication.

Often customers will request support in both the file's comments and through email. Normally this wouldn't be a big deal but because of the volume of questions many authors get, sometimes we have to reference previous parts of the conversation. And when dialogue is taking place in two different places this can lead to confusion.

3) Show us an online example.

Often we can find a problem extremely fast if we can visually see the problem.

4) Send us a complete zip of your current files.

Sometimes when I ask for this I only get a few files and as a result have to merge files with the original source. The problem is that this takes extra time and leaves room for error. When we have a complete zip of everything (including all source files ), we can start testing in your environment immediately and avoid file merging errors.

So lets work together. Help make support easier for us, and the quality of support will rise as a result. :)

Written by CodingJack.

Peerapong Breaks Monthly Marketplace Sales Record!

Posted: 04 Dec 2011 07:35 PM PST

For the second time in only 2 months the Marketplace monthly earnings record has been broken.

Envato would like to extend a congratulations to popular Elite author Peerapong for demolishing the previously held monthly Marketplace sales record of $47,000  in withdrawable earnings made in one month.

Last month, Peerapong – beat the record mentioned above and achieved more than $52,000 in withdrawable earnings for the month of November! Don’t forget folks, we’re talking about one month here. We are overjoyed for Peerapong’s success. Peerapong is the first author in Envato Marketplace history to earn more than $50,000 in one month.

Peerapong's Featured WordPress Theme

As Community Manager, writing these congratulatory posts for authors who continue to succeed and move from strength to strength on the Marketplaces is extremely gratifying and on behalf of the entire Envato team I wish to congratulate you, Peerapong!

As with those who have broken records before you, your story is an inspiration and we wish you the very best of luck and continued success on the Marketplaces!

If you are interested in selling work on the Envato Marketplaces, you can learn more about how to get started earning a living with us on our Wiki.

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