- Apple Wants You to Upgrade: Free Snow Leopards for MobileMe Customers
- Envato’s Most Wanted – $3,000 Reward for the First 30 Cinema 4D Templates
- Author Interview: ThemeProvince
- Envato Are in Kuala Lumpur!
Posted: 24 Apr 2012 05:00 PM PDT
While Apple is currently testing and pushing out preview releases of OS X Mountain Lion to developers, There are still many Leopard-running individuals out there who have yet to upgrade to the latest version of OS X. Due to this, Apple is encouraging remaining customers of MobileMe to upgrade to Lion and iCloud with a free copy of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard for those still running 10.5 Leopard.
Snow Leopard currently retails at $29, which can discourage customers since Snow Leopard is mostly seen as a small under the hood upgrade. Those who take advantage of this program will still have to upgrade to Lion for $29.99.
The free Snow Leopard upgrade program expires on June 15. MobileMe shuts down a few weeks after on June 30.
Posted: 24 Apr 2012 02:14 PM PDT
We’re putting a $3,000 bounty on the heads of Envato’s most wanted file type – Cinema 4D Templates on VideoHive. The first 30 files uploaded (and subsequently approved) to VideoHive each get $100 (with a maximum of 3 files or $300 per author).
Examples of What We’re Looking For
See our Cinema 4D Templates category
In short, it’s a race to see who can quickly submit quality content based on the following criteria:
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:
Posted: 24 Apr 2012 05:00 AM PDT
Learning ActionScript and migrating to PHP, learning design by exploring themes on ThemeForest, having a workspace on wheels, and aiming to become financially independent through the marketplaces while still at university. This week we meet George Baker (ThemeProvince) from ThemeForest.
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I’m George. I’m 18 years of age and based in the North of England, UK. I’m currently taking a gap year, making money to become financially independent at University.
I primarily sell WordPress themes on ThemeForest. Back in the day, I used to sell Flash templates on ActiveDen.
I originally discovered the Envato marketplaces back when I was about 15, well there was not such thing as Envato back then just ActiveDen. I was looking for a way to make money and this was the way I wanted to go about doing that. I bought some flash templates on ActiveDen to see how they were put together. I started learning ActionScript and over about three months I finally had the skills to create my own templates.
After Flash started to die out I looked to ThemeForest. I started learning WordPress and was introduced to PHP, HTML and CSS. PHP was very similar to ActionScript so that was easy for me to learn. It took me about two months before I was creating fully functional WordPress themes.
Design was the problem for me. I had no experience and to be honest I had no chance of getting a theme accepted at that stage. So I looked at other themes on ThemeForest and CSS galleries then I started to decide in my head what looks good and what doesn’t. This maybe happened over a period of two months.
I created four themes that I thought were not good enough for ThemeForest, so I ended up scrapping them completely. My first theme Adventure was my first “good looking” creation so I decided to try get it on ThemeForest. I guess you just have to practice, it’s as simple as that. Never give up!
I hate having a static workspace so mine is designed to be as mobile as possible hence the wheels!
I first find about 10 good stock photos and base the theme on them. I don’t use Photoshop unless I need it for patterns and textures. I design in the browser and the reason for that is it takes half the time. This is also because I can’t use Photoshop because I’m primarily a developer who has adapted to his surroundings in order to sell themes on ThemeForest.
It’s quite simple really. The top authors work really hard and they get results. Oh and be ORIGINAL!
Nothing. I let Envato do that for me.
Mike McAlister! He’s an amazing designer/developer. His designs amaze me unlike any other author. Go Mike!
I play tennis, cricket and football. Travel the world. And treat myself once in a while.
Posted: 24 Apr 2012 12:24 AM PDT
Envato have been dribbling into Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur over the last week – most of us arrived on the weekend. We’re here for the Envato KL2012 Meetup. We’ve been suffering jet lag, tasting street food, having late nights, riding roller coasters, and sleeping in.
Best of all, we’ve been meeting the team we work with – people we touch base with every day, but haven’t met in “real life”. It’s a surreal experience.
On Sunday night we had a huge generous Welcome Dinner. Cyan and Collis welcomed the team, and we sat down to a scrumptious feast and good conversation.
There’s a lot of us here, but unfortunately not all the team could make it. We miss you!
The food here is great. Breakfasts and lunches at the hotel have been amazing. And at night we go out to explore a huge variety of restaurants around the city.
If you’d like to see more photos, be sure to visit the Envato Photo Stream on Flickr. Jarel is running around everywhere with his camera, and will be updating the Flickr stream regularly. And stay tuned here on Envato Notes. We’ll bring you updates a few times a week.
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