One Week Left to Enter! Win $3500

Hey guys! Just a friendly reminder that you only have one week left to submit your collection via the comments portion of this posting. So hurry up. Time’s a’wastin!

How to Enter

To enter, you’ll need to be a member of our marketplaces, so if you aren’t already create a free account on any of them: FlashDen, AudioJungle, GraphicRiver, ThemeForest or VideoHive.

Then here’s how to do create your public collection to enter:

1. Decide on the theme of your collection (e.g. Best Vector Illustrations, Killer WordPress Themes)
2. At the top of the page where your username is, click the Bookmarks link
3. Name your new collection in the Create a New Collection box

4. Add an awesome image to represent your collection
5. Add a description for your collection
6. Make it publicly viewable (this is important!), then click Create.

Then all you need to do is find up to 30 of the best files across the marketplaces that fit your theme and add them using the Bookmark This Item feature on the right of each file page!

To make sure we know about your collection, link to it in a comment at the bottom of this post by June 15 2009 to enter.

Benefits of the Smarty Template Engine

Smarty, the not-so-well-known Template/Presentation framework, has been used for years by professional web application developers. It hasn’t caught on so much with mainstream coders – perhaps because of a “why do I need this?” line of thinking. This article will explain why!


How to Integrate the jQuery Galleria and jCarousel Plugins

There are loads of great jQuery plugins, some more useful than others. The two I’ve recently used quite heavily are Galleria and jCarousel. Both well known for their flexibility and the ease of customization. But what if you’d like to make them work together to build an image gallery?


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 wanted to use a ThemeForest theme on their service so that anybody who created a 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.

Essential Apps for Professional Designers and Developers

If you’re new to freelancing or web design/development, then chances are you’ll be picking up applications left and right to accomplish all sorts of tasks. With all the applications available, it can be quite overwhelming to pick and choose the best ones to fit your needs. Often times there is no clear winner, applications can and will be equal, it just depends on what suits you best.


40 Really Awesome Resources for Design Inspiration

Sometimes the hardest part of being a designer is finding the inspiration to create. Fortunately, the web community can be very inspirational, and there’s an abundance of fantastic content out there.

Whether you’re in a creative rut or you’re just out of fresh ideas at the moment, here’s a great collection of websites to get your creative juices flowing!


Diving into PHP: Day 16

Continuing on with our OOP review, we’ll begin to build a real-world database abstraction class. We’ll review the __construct magic method, as well as the mysqli object.


WordPress for Designers: Day 15

We’re back with our Wordpress for Designers series! Moving on with our ‘Paper Business’ theme, it’s time to bring in the slider. Today, we will build and implement a jQuery slider plugin into WordPress, style it properly, and discuss how we will pull out the information from the admin panel. Let’s get our slide on!


Win $3500 to Spend on the ULTIMATE Creative Setup!

Today Envato is very excited to bring you our BIGGEST competition yet! This is an awesome chance to win $3500 in cold, hard cash to spend on the ultimate creative set-up. You’ll also win up to 30 of your favourite Envato Marketplace files and a year of Tuts+ membership. And best of all it’s dead easy to enter, read on to find out how.


Ask JW: How to Bring in Your Twitter Feed With Javascript

For this week’s question and answer, we’ll discuss how to use Javascript/jQuery to utilize the Twitter API to bring in a list of tweets.