Thursday, April 19, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Featured Desktop: Bassam Rajput’s Windows Desktop

Posted: 19 Apr 2012 05:00 PM PDT

Here is a very clean desktop by Bassam Rajput. Click the image for a full-res version on Flickr. The label center screen sums it up perfectly: “Be original.”

On his Flickr page, Bassam lists how he achieved this gorgeous Windows desktop:

  • Samurize – equalizer
  • Rainmeter – Weather,clock and other gadgets
  • Launchy – written commands
  • Fences – to hide desktop icons
  • RocketDock – to replace start bar
  • Glass2k – to achieve transparency
  • Start Killer – to get rid of the start button
  • MiniLyrics – to display the lyrics
  • for the wallpaper

What do you think of his desktop? Let us know in the comments.

Would you like your desktop featured on Envato Notes? Upload your screenshot 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 #envatonotesdesktops. Either way, add an interesting description. Each week we'll choose and publish a new screenshot.

Creattica Redesign: Spectacular Inspiration

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 11:25 PM PDT

Creattica Redesign

It’s a month of new beginnings over at our design and inspiration gallery Creattica. April has seen the site undergo a complete redesign with a whole new streamlined grid-style layout for its over 50 different categories. On top of that, Creattica now has better navigation, a new UI Elements section and a growing Freebies area of now over 700 items. All this and over 14,000 featured works from some 100,000 members. It’s quite the site!

But that’s not all, let’s first take a look at some of Creattica’s top work from its wide selection of categories – and then stay tuned for some exciting news at the conclusion!


Authority blowing away


The Dancer


Highland Interior by Night

Walther P22

War Machine 3D Model

UI Elements


User Login

Simple Breadcrumb

Photos & Retouching

mr Altamirano

Louise by KSB

Zombie Soldier



Guifx Website

Bokche Creative Studio

WordPress Freebies

Nova WordPress theme

Elegant Best Business and Portfolio Theme

Portafolio Free WordPress Theme

Vector Art

Black Rice

Cat & Owl

Stormtrooper – Polygon Pixel


Mobile Interface

Controlled – GUi – Graphical User Interface

Music App

Tablet/Phone User Interface

Flash Websites

Interactive agency portfolio

Oblique FX


The Future of Creattica

When we started Creattica (originally Faveup) back in 2007, we wanted it to be one on the top inspiration galleries on the web. And as the site has grown and changed over the years, we find ourselves with what has become one of the biggest, broadest and most in-depth galleries of design out there. So I guess we can say – mission accomplished!

Over these past few months, Envato has really started working on focusing on our core products of Marketplaces and Tuts+ sites. So while we love Creattica, we find ourselves in the regrettable position of having to put the site up for sale soon. We really want it to go to an awesome home, so if anyone would like to express interest in the sale or get more details, please contact us here.

I’m certain we’ll find some new owners who can keep Creattica growing and evolving on into the future. And in the meantime I hope you enjoy the new design and all the gorgeous work as much as I do!

North Korea’s Official Government Site Uses ThemeForest

Posted: 18 Apr 2012 11:12 PM PDT love to dig for the truth. And when they dug into the source code of North Korea’s official government site, they found the word “envatowebdesign”. It’s true – they bought their site template from ThemeForest for just $15.

Files from Envato’s marketplaces keep turning up in places we never expect. This one takes the cake. The theme in question is Blender HTML Portfolio Template by ignitethemes.

Wired explain that the discovery was made by a political science student:

Michael DiTanna, a junior at Fordham, got an assignment in his Korean history/political science course to browse North Korean official media and analyze its content. He quickly checked out the official webpage — and decided to check under the hood…

I had to present on this in class and everyone was pretty shocked.

Given that the site is being used to propogate North Korea’s socialist ideology, I’m not sure whether congratulations to ignitethemes are in order.

The real win is that ThemeForest received such “interesting” attention on’s front page today.

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