New Marketplace Features Screencast

A lot has happened within the last twenty four hours, and, understandably, there’s a lot to take in! If you have a few moments, why not view this screencast and learn about some of the new features in the marketplace redesign that we’re all really excited about? When finished viewing, don’t forget to leave a comment, via the forums, and let us know your thoughts!

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New Redesign Sneak Peek

For those of you who haven’t yet checked it out in the newsletter or forums, we’ve leaked a couple of screenshots of the redesigned forums – check out the screenshots below!

As you all know, the Envato marketplaces are going through an extensive redesign which we’ll be launching by the end of this month.

Besides giving the sites a bit of a facelift, we’ve done our best to take on board as much of your feedback as possible, and added many new features in order to make the marketplaces even better! :-)

I wanted to give everyone a ‘sneak peek’ of what you can expect, so here’s a couple of screenshots based on our new and improved Forums.

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We hope you like them, and we wanted to say a special ‘thank you’ to everyone who’s supported us and given us great feedback over the years!

We’re all working hard to add the finishing touches, but you can expect the grand unveiling by the end of the month. Stay tuned!

By Popular Demand: The Resale Licence

We have been getting a LOT of requests from buyers wanting a licence to use files in products for resale, so we’ve made one!

The licence is called the Single Use Conditional Resale Permitted Licence ["Conditional Resale"]. You can read about it here.

Right now every author is automatically opted-out, so you will need to opt in if you wish to sell your files under this licence (see instructions below).

The Conditional Resale licence allows a file to be used in an item for resale, and it’s priced at 50 times the cost of a standard single use licence.

So for instance, you could buy this licence if you wanted to:

  1. Put a GraphicRiver graphic on a t-shirt for sale in a store.
  2. Put a FlashDen preloader into a Flash theme for sale.
  3. Put a VideoHive video and an AudioJungle loop into software that would allow people to make their own custom video with music.
  4. Put a ThemeForest theme into software that would allow people to create intranets.

How Do I Opt-In?

If you wish to offer your file under this licence, all you need to do is:

  1. Go to your Account page.
  2. Go the the Edit tab.
  3. Click on Item Licences.
  4. Click the boxes next to the licence name to opt-in.
  5. Press Save!

If you have any questions support will be happy to answer them!

200,000 Members and Counting!

The Envato marketplaces have reached a new milestone – we’ve surpassed 200,000 members!

It feels like only yesterday that we were celebrating 100,000 members. In fact, it was less than 3 years ago that we celebrated our very first member!

Our 200,000th member, Adreher, has been credited with US$200 to spend on the marketplaces as a little thank you for joining us. Thank you to everyone who’s joined us to buy files, sell work, or just contribute to the community.

On August 21st Envato will be 3 years old, and we have a big celebration planned (hint: authors will be especially happy with this one)! So stay tuned, and here’s to the next 100,000 members!

Your Favourite Collection: The Final Frontier

It was a nail biting finish with only 5 votes between the top two collections, but the winner of the Envato Marketplaces Collection Competition is:

Finalist 5: The Final Frontier

by circuitbomb

“Space. It is colorful. It is infinite. These are the voyages of the starship Envato. It’s continuing mission…”

Congratulations Circuitbomb, you’ve won US$3,500 to spend on your ultimate creative set-up!

Each of the 10 finalists have won the contents of their collection. Thanks to everyone who entered, and watch out for the next big Envato competition!

Who Should Win US$3,500? Vote Now!

The recent collection competition generated over 3000 fantastic entries, and judging has been no easy task! Thanks to everyone who created a collection and entered. Here’s our top 10 entries. The one with the most votes will win US$3,500 to spend on their ultimate creative set-up!

Finalist 1: Life In The City

by ahmednaguib

“A collection about cities, modern buildings, industrial sounds, videos of a town in motion, or a building in color, you will find it here, brought and made by some of the greatest authors in their fields, enjoy!”

Finalist 2: The Eco-Friendly Collection – Web and Print

by idrawdesigns

“The Eco-Friendly Collection (Web and Print) is a compilation of items across the Envato Marketplaces that relate to going green and being environmentally friendly. Templates can be used as a base for websites and printed material that promote recycling, preserving nature, and anything that has to do with being eco-friendly. Sounds and flash animations can be used to accompany work created on the web.”
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About the Web Services Licence

We’ve gotten some feedback that there’s been some confusion about the web services licence, so here’s the scoop:

  • The licence is only available for ThemeForest files and FlashDen site templates.
  • The licence is for buyers who wish to buy a site template for use on a web service such as a blog platform.

So for example if Blogger.com wanted to use a ThemeForest theme on their service so that anybody who created a Blogger.com account could have that theme applied to their blog, then they would buy the Web Services Licence. Similarly if a customer wanted to create a site that lets their customers create a hosted online portfolio and wanted a Flash template for customers to use, then they would need a Web Services Licence.

Because of the nature of the usage the price point is much higher (50 times the normal price).

As you probably know already, you are free to opt out of this licence at any time, and every file is listed as available under that licence unless otherwise specified by the author.

If you have any queries about this new licence, please direct them to support who will be happy to help.

Important Author News: Back-end Tagging Is Here!

The second stage of planned major search improvements is live. Right now this will only impact authors, but in the future this will help everyone search for files quickly and easily.

From now on when authors upload a file they will need to fill in a series of tags that pertain to their file. The tags have been divided up into categories to help authors pick useful tags.

During the reviewing process, reviewers may edit tags slightly so that wording remains consistent wherever possible (eg. entered tags of “puppy”, “doggy” and “hound” might be edited to consistently be “dogs”). This will make tagging more useful for search.

Please note that if your file tagging is incorrect or missing but otherwise the file is appropriate for sale, you file will still be approved. Reviewers will add or alter tags as they see fit during the review process, and you are free to update your file and refine your tags at a later date.

For now tags will only be visible on the upload and update pages. In the next stage tags will then be used in search and to navigate groups of files, which will be a massive improvement!

In order to add tags to existing files, authors will need to update their files, only filling in the Tagging fields. In order to assist reviewers in getting through any tagging updates quickly, please put “Tagging Update Only” in the reviewer notes wherever possible. This is not essential, but will definitely be helpful to the review team!

We expect a big jump in updates as authors will be adding tags to their existing files, so we ask for your patience if the queue gets temporarily longer. There will be at least a month before tagging will be used in search, so there is no need to update all existing files immediately.

If you have any troubles or questions about this new feature, please let support know, and stay tuned for stage three, where search will be supercharged with tagging!

Licensing options are here!

There’s just so much great content on the Envato Marketplaces these days, closing on 20,000 different items. All those items means there’s many, many different uses for them. So we’ve been working to create ways for buyers to purchase different types of licenses for use. Having multiple licensing options means buyers can get exactly what they need, and for authors it means greater potential earnings!

To begin with we’re adding a new multiple use license that means you pay less to get more usage out of an item. Here’s how it works:

1) Buy a Standard Single Use License.
This is the same license as the old default license, to be used when you wish to purchase a file to use on a single project.

2) Buy a 10 Project License for just 3 x the cost of a Single Use License.
A 10 project license means you can use the same file over and over – up to ten times – without having to buy it again and again.

For more information on what each of these license types entails, please visit this page. If you have any queries or concerns at all, please contact support who will be happy to assist you.

Stay tuned for more useful license types in the future.

Thanks and happy shopping!

Introducing Envato’s New Community Manager

So… you’ve got a problem on the sites or perhaps you just want some advice? You know it’s not quite a support issue, and you’re wondering who you can talk to about it. Well, Envato is very happy to announce that there is now someone whose job it is to help you figure out your troubles. His name is Adrien Gardiner (but you might know him as ADG3Studios). :-)

Adrien has been a moderator for some time now, and as such is one of the marketplaces’ most active, respected and knowledgeable members. Adrien will now also be taking on the role of community manager. He will lead the moderation team as our active forums keep growing, and will be there to answer any community related questions you may have. You can reach him via his site mail, or at adrien AT envato DOT com. You can feel free to write to him in English, French, Spanish or Russian.