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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Our Biggest Launch of the Year!

In the last three years our Envato Marketplaces (FlashDen, ThemeForest, GraphicRiver, AudioJungle and VideoHive) have grown like gangbusters, with big communities, huge libraries of files and lots of activity. So when we set out to redesign them earlier this year everyone on the team knew it was going to be big. What we didn’t realise was HOW big it would eventually get! Today it gives me great pleasure to show you …

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ThemeForest Community Sound-Off

As ThemeForest has literally turned into a power-house marketplace in this last year, more and more designers are making template designing their full-time jobs. With this surge in popularity, ThemeForest is going through some changes. Beginning tomorrow, we’ll be hosting a monthly community chat to discuss these changes/enhancements/etc.

This is your chance to sound off on any complaints, ideas for improvements, irritations; and at the very least, you’ll have a chance to chat with your forum buddies on a more personal level.

I assure you that all voices will be considered and passed on to the Envato directors for review. The first chat will begin tomorrow, September 23rd at 5:00 (US Central Time). Please refer here to determine the correct time in your city.

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At 5:00 PM (US Central Time), join the chat!

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!

Free File of the Month: September 2009

Free File of the Month

I’m pleased to announce that this month’s free file comes courtesy of rzepak . Please join me in thanking him for providing us with this wonderful admin template for free! I know I’ll be using it!

Author : rzepak

File : AdminTheme – Ultimate Admin Panel Solution

You’re a great PHP programmer, but you find that your web applications aren’t visually appealing? In that case, Ultimate Admin Theme provides the perfect solution!

  • Tableless;
  • Full CSS and xhtml design;
  • Dropdown menu;
  • Two color schemes!
  • jQuery magic
  • jQuery calendar(datepicker)
  • editable textarea with markitup
  • layered PSD included;
  • valid XHTML 1 .0 Strict

Download Here

Usage:

You are granted ONE free usage of the item in a project either commercial or non-commercial. You may not use the file in multiple projects unless you purchase licenses in the usual way. You may not redistribute the item in any way. If you need a different license for this file, you may purchase it here (link).

More From Rzepak

A huge thank you goes out to “Rzepak” for generously offering this template to the community!

Don’t Forget the Other Marketplaces! More Free Files.


Birthday Bundle Success!

When we set out a couple of months ago planning a way to say thank you to all our buyers here on the Envato marketplaces, there was one really stand out idea. It was put forward by our very savvy AudioJungle site manager ScottWills who suggested a fantastic bundle deal. It was a cool idea, but I don’t think anyone here at Envato HQ every expected it to be such a runaway success!

The most immediate consequence is we will definitely be running Birthday Bundles every year in August from now on. So if you enjoyed this bundle there will be more to come next year!

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New Subcategory Featuring 404/Under Construction Templates

Never content to just sit on our fingers, we’re always in search of new revenue streams for both us…and our authors! As such, we’ve launched a subcategory in the “site template” section which features beautifully designed specialty pages. Whether you’re in need of a pre-built 404 page, or a count-down under construction page – while you update your site – we’ve got you covered! Let’s take a look at a few of our current offerings.

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Interview with Founders of Envato Collis and Cyan

One of the best things about working here at Envato is that we have an awesome team of people building, managing, writing, reviewing and working on our sites. Yep, things have come a long way since the early days when there was just a few of us trying to do everything!

Recently our awesome Tuts+ interviewer Emil asked if I minded being video interviewed with some questions put forward by the Psdtuts+ readers. Since no-one really wants to see my enormous head on screen for too long a period of time, I asked my lovely wife and partner in crime Cyan if she’d be in on the interview and we thought we’d put up the video to help celebrate 3 years of Envato.

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Happy Birthday! Grab Your Birthday Bundle NOW + 70% for ALL Authors!

It’s here! The beginning of the 3 day Envato 3rd Birthday celebrations! As of right now you can grab our Birthday Bundle jam packed with $300 worth of some of the best selling files on the marketplaces for a ridiculously low $20. This is an AMAZING deal which will only be online for 3 days during the birthday celebrations, so don’t delay, grab it NOW!

Packed into the bundle are no less than 37 items from across all five marketplaces, including items like Maximus’ top selling WordPress theme “Convergence”, VectorFlower’s “ZOOM / PAN CONTROLS” and Parker & Kent’s “AS2 XML Elegant Portfolio”. These are some extremely popular files at full price, but for three days only you’ll get them along with 34 others for less than the price of Convergence on its own.

More Details of the Birthday Bundle Here

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Next Week it’s Envato’s Birthday! Here’s a Preview of What’s Coming Up …

It was back in 2006 that Envato first launched with our very first site FlashDen. That means next week we’ll be turning 3 years old! Since web years are much like dog years, by my count that makes us pretty darn old. Given how we’ve grown, we’ve decided that this year it’s time we really kicked our celebrations up a notch. Next week for 3 days we’re going to have a massive sequence of birthday events, read on to find out what’s happening …

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