Thursday, May 17, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Envato’s Most Wanted – $2,000 Reward for the First 20 WordPress Calendars

Posted: 17 May 2012 03:25 PM PDT

Envato's Most Wanted

We’re putting a $2,000 bounty on the heads of Envato’s most wanted file type – WordPress Calendars on CodeCanyon. The first 20 files uploaded (and subsequently approved) to the WordPress Calendars category each get $100 (with a maximum of 3 files or $100 per author).

Details

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

  • Date Posted: May 17, 2012
  • Prizes: 20 winning files will get a share of $2,000 of prizes! 20 x $100 “cash” prizes are payable ONLY via either PayPal or Moneybookers/Skrill). Not only that, all winners will receive the much-desired Most Wanted Bounty Winner Badge
  • Maximum Prizes per Author: 3
  • Closing Date: June 28, 2012 (12 p.m. Central US Time)
  • Files We’re Looking For:
    • WordPress Calendars

File/Contest Requirements:

  • Multiple submissions from the same author must all be different to one another.
  • Normal CodeCanyon upload instructions apply
  • By entering this contest, you MUST sign and agree to keep any WINNING entries online for a minimum of 2 years: http://www.formstack.com/forms/envato-envatos_most_wanted_entry_agreement See form for full details. This form MUST be completed once your item has been APPROVED on CodeCanyon 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:

WordPress > Calendars

It's as simple as that! The first 20 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:

PLEASE READ FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS HERE

Good luck! :)


Apple Releases Flashback Patches for Leopard Users

Posted: 17 May 2012 03:00 AM PDT

Last month, Apple released Flashback fixes and removal tools for Lion and Snow Leopard accordingly. For those still using Apple’s Leopard, the patch was not available at that time. However, if you happen to be a Leopard user, you’re in luck.

Apple has issued a Leopard fix that comes with the same removal tool found in the other operating systems. In addition to that update, Apple also pushed a second 1.11 MB patch for Leopard that will disable versions of Adobe Flash Player that don’t have the required security updates.

Although the systems affected have not dropped significantly since last month’s updates, these fixes should help decrease the number of computers affected by the Flashback trojan a bit more. As always, it is encouraged to keep your computer up to the with the latest software.


Goodbye Envato Wiki, Hello Knowledgebase!

Posted: 16 May 2012 06:53 PM PDT

Out with the old and in with the new! As we say goodbye to the Envato Wiki, we say “hello” to the awesome new Knowledgebase.

The hardworking Jess Hooper has been busy filling the Knowledgebase with important information from the old wiki and anything new she thought you might need. We asked her about the system and why it is better than the old one.
Jess says:

The Knowledgebase is a central place for all information relevant to authors, buyers and users. For all the Envato sites.

Lovingly created, our new Knowledgebase will help you find answers to all your important questions. In the past, each marketplace wiki was different, now you can find all the information you need in one place. How helpful is that!

As you have a look around and familiarize yourself with the Knowledgebase, Jess has some handy tips for finding what you need, fast.
She says; “the category organization is actually more useful than the search. It’s best to browse by categories.”

After all that hard work, Jess is excited to see the Knowledgebase as a finished product, but she says

it’s got a while to go yet. There’s still a lot of content I’d like to add.

This is where you come in! Check out the Knowledgebase and tell us what you think of it. If you can’t find what you are looking for, fill in a support ticket and we’ll make sure it’s added.


New & Improved Marketplace Categories

Posted: 16 May 2012 06:33 PM PDT

It’s been a busy, busy month on the Marketplaces with our Growth Team hard at work adding a whole heap of new categories and organizing some of our current ones. Let’s take a stroll through the Marketplaces to introduce you to these new and expanded categories.

GraphicRiver

GraphicRiver saw our most additions by far, with seven new or improved categories being added to the site. Here they are in all their glory:

  • Photoshop Styles – a ton of PhotoShop text-effects and style collections
  • Facebook Timeline Covers – Ever since Facebook introduced their new timeline and timeline covers, files of this nature have become very popular. Now we have a separate category just for them.
  • Loyalty Cards – A common collateral piece for many small businesses are Loyalty Cards as something to hand out to try and pull in repeat business. We feel Loyalty Cards could do very well on GraphicRiver so we’re adding a sub-category for it.
  • Packaging – Packaging design is a common element many businesses need. And it’s an obvious fit within GraphicRiver’s Print Templates section.
  • Photoshop Actions – Photoshop is one of GraphicRiver’s most popular categories. Now we have even more selection with our new Actions category which currently includes photo, text-effects and utilities.
  • Signage – We’re thinking big with our new Signage category. It will cover everything from large posters, to billboards and vehicle wraps. It’s currently being filled with great content with a $1000 reward for the first 40 accepted designs.
  • Business Cards Sub-categories – Business Cards is a pretty popular category with over 3,000 items. Yet it has no sub-categories to make it easier to find the right type of item. We’d like to fix that by launching several sub-categories.

CodeCanyon

Not to be outdone, CodeCanyon adds some organization within its WordPress Plugins category:

  • Interface Elements – We bring some better organization to the WordPress plugins with the addition of this new Interface Elements sub-category.

3DOcean

3DOcean also receives some love with the addition of a few new sub-categories:

  • HDRI Sky Sub-Categories – It will be a whole lot easier to find some awesome HDRI skies with the adding of several new sub-categories including daylight, overcast, blue cloudy and sunrise & sunset.
  • Base Meshes – Base Meshes provide a nice starting point for 3D model makers, so we added a dedicated sub-category underneath 3D Models.

So now get out there and start designing for the new and improved categories :)


Envato’s Most Wanted Winners – Illlustrator Actions

Posted: 16 May 2012 06:31 PM PDT

Many congratulations to the following authors who took part in our Envato's Most Wanted event where we invited authors to submit Illustrator Actions to GraphicRiver.

Here are the winners:

  • equipo3 – $25 for submitting 1 item
  • kontramax – $100 for submitting 4 items
  • tangz989 – $25 for submitting 1 item
  • 2mediax – $25 for submitting 1 item
  • design-king – $25 for submitting 1 item
  • weirdeetz – $25 for submitting 1 item
  • igortomko – $25 for submitting 1 item
  • atma1 – $25 for submitting 1 item
  • iltaen – $50 for submitting 2 items
  • interspace – $50 for submitting 2 items
  • jrchild – $50 for submitting 2 items
  • rungs – $25 for submitting 1 item
  • punedesign – $50 for submitting 2 items
  • zarins – $25 for submitting 1 item
  • sbjewel – $25 for submitting 1 item
  • mixmedia87 – $25 for submitting 1 item

Please Note: A few more winners may be added to the list above who have yet to sign the prize agreement form.

All winners will be receiving cash (PayPal/Skrill) payments within the next couple of weeks and have also been awarded a Envato's Most Wanted Bounty badge!

Meanwhile, you can see all the entries to the contest within our Illustrator Actions category.

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


Your Say: How many icons are on your desktop?

Posted: 16 May 2012 06:13 PM PDT

KDE on ArchLinux by okubax

How many icons are on your desktop? Last time we asked the question we discovered that many of you are quite minimalistic with your icons, some with none at all, and others with the bare essentials. But not everyone. A huge percentage of commenters had dozens or even hundreds of icons. How do they all fit?

This time I’d like to get a better of the proportion of tidy versus messy desktops we have out there. Just choose the answer that best sums up your desktop as it appears today.

Do you have any hints or tips about how you keep your desktop tidy, or how you you make the most of that particular piece of digital real estate? Do any of you automate the process? Let us know how in the comments. We’re dying to know!


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