Thursday, April 12, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Envato’s Most Wanted – $1,000 Reward for the First 40 Illustrator Actions

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 10:51 AM PDT

Envato's Most Wanted

We’re putting a $1000 bounty on the heads of Envato’s most wanted file type – Illustrator Actions on GraphicRiver. The first 40 files uploaded (and subsequently approved) to GraphicRiver each get $25 (with a maximum of 4 files or $100 per author).

Examples of What We’re Looking For


In short, it’s a race to see who can quickly submit quality content based on the following criteria:

  • Date Posted: April 12, 2012
  • Prizes: 40 winning files will get a share of $1,000 of prizes! 40 x $25 “cash” (payable ONLY via either PayPal or Moneybookers/Skrill).
  • Maximum Prizes per Author: 4
  • Closing Date: May 10, 2012 (12 p.m. Central US Time)
  • Files We’re Looking For: Illustrator Actions that automate the creation of dynamic and dazzling graphical content! Our sister-site VectorTuts+ has a great tutorial on how to create Illustrator Actions if you’re not sure how to create them.

File/Contest Requirements:

  • Files MUST be submitted to our AddOns > Illustrator > Actions category.
  • Multiple submissions from the same author must all be different to one another.
  • You are NOT allowed to recreate existing Illustrator Styles and submit them to the Actions category.
  • Normal GraphicRiver upload instructions apply
  • By entering this contest, you MUST sign and agree to keep any WINNING entries online for a minimum of 2 years: See form for full details. This form MUST be completed PRIOR to uploading your items to GraphicRiver if you wish your item(s) to be eligible for Envato’s Most Wanted
  • DO NOT post submissions to this thread. We will be keeping an eye on the category instead to see submissions.

Where Files Should be Submitted

It's as simple as that! The first 40 files to be uploaded (and subsequently approved) based on the above requirements win! Please note that we have some more specific rules to outline and clarify:


Good luck! :)

Spoid Along to AudioJungle Music and FX

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 04:00 AM PDT

There’s now an easy way to listen to AudioJungle music and effects on your Xbox. Just buy the new game called Spoids. (Visit the official website or Xbox Marketplace.)

The authors of Spoids chose AudioJungle for the background music and effects. Congratulations to a huge list of AJ authors – see below. And they have also given us three copies of the game to give away. Interested? Stay tuned for the details of how to win next week!

But before we get to the authors and tracks chosen for the game, check out the game trailer. It looks brilliant!

Music and sound effects used in the game were created by AudioJungle members garethcoker, soundrepository, Symphony-of-Specters, LockeRoberts, clublime, yio, brandtz, UnlimMedia, soundengine, WTBaldoumas, and paweqq.

Here are the tracks.


Sound effects:

Again, a huge congratulations to all of the authors involved. And keep an eye out for how to win a copy of the game.

$2,000 Booty Claimed: Envato’s Most Wanted Winners Announced

Posted: 12 Apr 2012 01:30 AM PDT

Last month Josh Sprague announced the "Envato's Most Wanted" competition. $2,000 worth of bounty was up for grabs – $50 each for the first 40 web and technology related photo manipulations to be submitted to PhotoDune.

Well, time's up, and the bounty has been grabbed. Congratulations to the winners, who you’ll find listed below.

  • Bloomua – $200 for submitting 4 items
  • GraficAndMedia – $50 for submitting 1 item
  • graphicmind – $100 for submitting 2 items
  • iZZYMedia – $150 for submitting 3 items
  • Juanjosejiminez – $200 for submitting 4 items
  • mKrukowski – $200 for submitting 4 items
  • nishagandhi – $150 for submitting 3 items
  • photoslb – $100 for submitting 2 items
  • pbombaert – $100 for submitting 2 items
  • sellingpix – $200 for submitting 4 items
  • studio_21 – $150 for submitting 3 items
  • Tamauro – $200 for submitting 4 items
  • themedia – $100 for submitting 2 items
  • XStyler – $100 for submitting 2 items

Congratulations once again and keep an eye out for future Envato's Most Wanted events across all our marketplaces!

D’Nelle Joins Support

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 11:13 PM PDT

We're very proud to announce the addition of D'Nelle Swagger to the Envato Support Team! She already has Envato experience under her belt as a Review Assistant and along with her roundhouse kicking skills, she's sure to be a perfect fit in support.

She's been kind enough to let us interview her and I hope you're just as impressed with what D'Nelle can bring to the table as we are!

Let's all give her a big Envato Community welcome!

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions, D'Nelle. Please tell us a little about yourself.

Errr…will I stick out like a sore thumb? Here goes: I have a B.S. in Family Science and Psychology and have primarily worked in the realm of domestic violence, child abuse, homelessness, developmental disability, medical marketing and non-profit administration. The opportunity to work for Envato was such a breath of fresh air; I’m constantly looking to develop different skills.

Where are you from and what’s your favorite thing about your city?

I’m a good Midwestern girl, having spent my formative years in Nebraska and South Dakota. I just moved from Salt Lake City, UT to Boulder, CO, and we split our time between there and Nashville, TN. Since I consider Denver to be “my city”, I could go on and on about the diversity, nightlife and quick exit to the mountains. What a beautiful spot.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies?

I’ve spent my free time as commissioner for marriage/relationship education and body combat and spinning instructor with recurring roles in music collaborations, design projects and fitness dvds. Now I am focusing on the arrival of our baby boy due in June, and planning a wedding sometime after. I hope to remember post-baby that I love to read, work out and drink Dark and Stormy’s.

Tell us about your home workspace.

I haven’t had one since November, so I am excited to finally transform a spare bedroom into an office. I like having gadgets, highly questionable comedic material and coffee close at hand. There’s a blank Post It note hanging up as a reminder of how my co-worker would mail them out to me individually to protest our old company’s ridiculous policies on conserving costs.

If you could be a superhero, what would your superpower be and why?

I used to want the power to read people’s minds, but my career kind of killed that desire. Now I just focus on fitting into the outfit that Kate Beckinsale wears in Underworld and wreaking havoc through roundhouse kicks.

Your Say: How do you keep your to do list?

Posted: 11 Apr 2012 05:35 PM PDT

B&W 11/365 by Mitchell Bartlett

We all have hundreds of things to keep track of every day – things to do, people to see, places to go. Some tasks are urgent, and there will be an immediate disaster if you don’t get them done. Others are important, but the consequences of not doing them may take years or months to become obvious. How do you keep track of everything you need to do?

We asked this question way back in 2010, but this time we’ll make it more specific with a poll. The options in this poll are inspired by the answers you gave in the comments back then.

Are you an old fashioned guy or girl and prefer pen and paper for the job? Or do you have an elaborate system using a particular productivity app on your computer, phone or tablet?

Tick the boxes that best describe you on the poll, and fill us in on the details in the comments.

And do you follow a particular productivity philosophy or workflow? Has it made a positive difference to your productivity? Let us know in the comments.

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