Thursday, April 5, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Community Spotlight – What’s Hot on the Forums?

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 01:21 PM PDT

What's hot on the forums

It’s that time again! Let's take a quick look at some of the hot threads and topics on the Envato Marketplace Forums! Buckle up…

Soundroll breaks 10,000 sales – We had our first ever AudioJungle author break 10,000 sales. Congratulations to Soundroll!

Spring Running Challenge – The unofficial Envato Marketplace running challenge is in full swing. If you’re a fan of punishing your body with exercise, be sure to check out this thread.

Envato Analytics Upgrades – We’ve been looking at doing some upgrades to our Marketplace Analytics. Drop by this thread to tell us what you’d like to see in the next version.

Envato Elite Countdown – If you can’t wait to achive Envato Elite status, show the world with these Elite Countdown templates.

Need an Pinterest Invite? – Authors are handing out Pinterest invites like candy. They’re going fast, so get your name in!

Post Your Pets – If you have a pet and you want to brag to the world about it, swing by this thread. P.S. Remember to post a picture of your pet, not put your pet in the Post Office box!

Till next month. I'll see you on the forums!

Community Superstar Winner – PhilLarson

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 01:01 PM PDT

Community Superstar Winner Phil Larson

With a new month upon us, I’m pleased to announce March's Community Superstar winner. He’s been an AudioJungle rockstar since 2011 and has already made a big impact on our Marketplace Forums. A huge congratulation goes out to PhilLarson!

Who is PhilLarson?

While Phil has only been a forum member for a little over four months now, he’s left a big impression with his friendly and helpful attitude.

Phil hails from the United States and has been writing great music for over 10 years. We’ll let you listen to some of my favorites in a just a bit.

Phil LarsonPhil enjoys making bed sheet forts on his days off

This time around, instead of making up nonsense about our winner, I thought I may as well ask Phil for a little write up about himself. This is what he had to say:

Phil is married to his beautiful bride, Kylee, and they have a little buddle of joy: Hashbrown, a beagle mix. He is the son of Lloyd Larson, a relatively known choral and piano composer in the church music realm, and the brother of redhead actor, Jeff Larson, in the State Farm commercial, “Casual Wednesdays” with Gary Cole, known for his role as the boss in the 1999 hit movie, “Office Space.”

Phil can mostly be found behind the drumset playing anything from show choir to jazz gigs to church worship to rock concerts. At the heart, though, Phil is a rocker. AudioJungle has broaden his horizons as he has enjoyed trying to diversify his portfolio by composing music of all styles (Yes, even a country song…though he doesn’t always consider that music). Phil also enjoys writing on his blog and has 2.5 chapters of a book finished (nevermind that he hasn’t touched it in about 4 months).

Ultimately, he wants his life to be a vessel for good by reaching out to his local community through acts of service, trying to develop meaningful relationships wherever he goes, joining others in imagining better ways of doing life, and encouraging community online in the Envato Forums! :) Phil is extremely thankful for these marketplaces as he has a lot more time on his hands since being laid off in the latter part of 2011. If writing for AudioJungle can become a full-time career, Phil will die a very happy man.

Thanks Phil! I’d also like to add that Phil loves writing in the third person. Way to go you!

And if you're also wondering what kind of tunes Phil throws down – here are some of my favorites:

Symphony of the Stars

Indie Grunge Anthem

Be Moved

Acoustic Love

Triumph of the Underdog

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 PhilLarson!

iBooks Author Released: Start Publishing with Freedom

Posted: 04 Apr 2012 11:00 PM PDT

Apple has released the free, yes free, iBooks Author app. The OS X application is aimed at any author wanting to create any type of ebook.

The app features a number of templates that are available for authors to quickly get started on their next project. Video and audio can be dragged right into the project’s window. You can also interact with other applications such as Keynote, for adding slides, iBooks, for previewing the ebook and iTunes for syncing. There is also a neat feature that lets you preview a book on the iPad via the USB sync cable.

This is great for many Envato readers and users. If you have ever wanted to create an ebook, whether is a WordPress tutorial or a guide for freelancers, you can now take advantage of the full power of the iPad and HTML5 with ease. This is your chance to do so without having to learn a bunch of code. Even if you have HTML knowledge, you can also insert custom HTML anywhere in your book.

iBooks Author is a free download in the Mac App Store. You can download it right now, if you have a Mac running OS X 10.7 Lion.

Keep an eye on Mac.Appstorm as they will surely have a review soon.

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