Posts by Mannequin

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  • Has sold $1,000+ on Envato Market
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Mannequin says

Hey all,

I’m working on a preloading function for my first CC project (preloading images) and I was wondering if anyone had any tips or knew of any plug-ins for simulating various Internet speeds locally on my system, so that I can check it’s working correctly/gauge approximate times etc. Searches I’ve done seem to refer to it as ‘throttling the connection’.

Adobe Flash has a feature called ‘simulate download’ where you can select various speeds for testing and I’m after something like it to use in a web browser, but I’m not so great when it’s something that I have to jump through hoops to get working ;)

Firefox apparently had an add-on called ‘Throttle’ or something, but it doesn’t seem to be available anymore. I use WAMPSERVER but looking through the options nothing is really jumping out that might do this.

Thanks in advance for any help :)

26 posts
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 3 years
  • Has sold $1,000+ on Envato Market
  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
  • Sells items exclusively on Envato Market
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Mannequin says

Scott. I thank you for your time to reply such an enormous reply. Makes things very clear. I am not going to spend more of your time here, I am just gonna be quick here.

I think now you are not qualified to do this list. People come to Themeforest and see that list in the homepage, they would think that is the best and recommended for them. But what will they really purchase from items with 2-3 sales a month really?

I also think that you don’t consider the sales shift, old authors begin to loose sales in large numbers because the new authors. You are doing wrong promoting those authors when they are going down actually.

All this means to me that you don’t take this very serious.

Best of luck.
Danny

Just no pleasing some people :|

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  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 3 years
  • Has sold $1,000+ on Envato Market
  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
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Mannequin says

How long would you guess a project SHOULD take that is worthy of being accepted on to ThemeForest in terms of average case scenario for a lone developer with the skills behind them?

Hehe, that’s honestly a really difficult question to answer because it completely depends on what you’re planning to produce and/or how proficient you are at producing that kind of thing in the first place. Do a search on these forums with ‘how long’ as your string and you’ll get back a bunch of stuff. Take Wordpress as an example, some guys take a month or longer, others (probably the more experienced and/or quicker developers) might take just a couple of weeks. I’m guessing you’re thinking of developing an HTML template or something like that and not something for the one of the CMS or Ecommerce platforms (Wordpress, Joomla, Magento etc)? Maybe start off with something simple like an Under Construction page or a Landing Page. They don’t sell for as much as some of the other items, but maybe it’s a good place to start as a way of cutting your teeth?

If design isn’t your forte be sure to check out some of the many posts with titles like ‘why has my template been rejected??’, because they offer some top tips on what NOT to do when designing for ThemeForest and you can pick up some good hints from the guys who’ve been kind enough to offer their advice on where that person is going wrong. Also check out the many designers’ forums (like Dribble) for inspiration if you need it.

And if you’ve only got driving lessons to worry about paying for then I guess just go-for-it! It can be a lot of fun :)

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  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 3 years
  • Has sold $1,000+ on Envato Market
  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
  • Sells items exclusively on Envato Market
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Mannequin says

Hi Dean,

I’m a little bit like you in that I would like to make selling stuff on Envato a full-time occupation. Although I’m a freelancer, I get a little bored of trotting out the same kind of stuff over and over, usually working to someone else’s tiny budget, when all I want to do is make something really cool and fun – but that people also want to buy! (it’s quite a balancing act, but I’m sure any successful author (and I’m not one – yet ;)) will tell you that it beats the 9-5 job any day).

If you’re a reasonably well-rounded developer (design and code) I’d say that you could easily start building Themes now as a one-man-band, although I’m sure you’ve seen that certain types sell better than others (like Wordpress). If you feel like you’ve still got a lot to learn about a specific area than there are quite a few peeps looking to team up, but I’d recommend you have a decent portfolio that shows off your expertise in your field, so that they want to work with you. Initially I tried contacting a couple of authors who’d posted with regard to teaming up in a design role for ThemeForest, but (understandably I guess) none of them wanted to know because all my stuff is Flash-3D-Video-Actionscript based :crying:

However, this gave me even more determination to show them that I can go it alone and I definitely feel like I’m making progress, but it has been a long long haul ;)

In either case, you always have to be determined and be prepared for a few reviewer-rejections as I understand the bar here is now set very high!

I would also strongly recommend that (unless you’re already highly skilled, quick to develop projects and also very confident) that you don’t give up on at least SOME part-time work. If you’re spending loads of time trying to develop skills in unfamiliar sets then it can get pretty depressing when you hit a temporary wall and also have to cope with the added pressure of no money coming in. Better to feel like you’ve got a bit of a financial buffer which will allow you to happily learn and develop in your spare time without worrying about how you’re going to pay the water bill! And I’m really speaking from experience here ;)

I’m sure there are plenty of others who can give you some sound advice, but that’s my two-penneth anyway.

Good luck with it :)

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  • Has sold $1,000+ on Envato Market
  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
  • Sells items exclusively on Envato Market
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Mannequin says

As you’ve ticked yourself as an Exclusive Author, you’ll probably want to disable the link from your profile that enable people to purchase it off your own website for $49.00 ;)

26 posts
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  • Has sold $1,000+ on Envato Market
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Mannequin says

Nice idea :)

<<< Merry Xmas!

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  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 3 years
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  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
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Mannequin says
tsafi said
^ Just thinking about combining this as a dynamic template in WP will be a nightmare i think on the flow….but hey you never know ……maybe someday a WP template will wow me ….who knows …. Now that i think about it,seeing web projects like AE/3dmax/c4d …ingrate in a web site will be even more rare to see ……

No, I can’t see it being easy either and I don’t intend to try just yet – still got a lot of study to do :)

Thanks for the compliment also, Kontramax – but I don’t want to hijack your thread ;)

26 posts
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 3 years
  • Has sold $1,000+ on Envato Market
  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
  • Sells items exclusively on Envato Market
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Mannequin says
tsafi said
Mannequin said
Grats Kontramax! Well deserved :)
Nice use of 3d max /AE/FL ,minimal no mambo jumbo stuff ,I like it .(I sneak a pick at your website :P )

Thanks tsafi, really nice of you to say so. It took awhile, but I’d always wanted do something big combining the 3 programs – they are my favourites :) I’ll probably have to do a bloody Wordpress one as well now! ;)

26 posts
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 3 years
  • Has sold $1,000+ on Envato Market
  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
  • Sells items exclusively on Envato Market
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Mannequin says
Kontramax said
:sunglasses: WOW ! Only now see that I am in top! Cool! With compare in year ago, this november was a less sales, but little more earnings, because probably few new files I have now. Some numbers:

November 2010 409 Sales $1,6k

November 2011 361 Sales $1,64k

Its Great! But all the rest months in year is very low sales due to my seasonal animations. With lower sales tendency soon need to change my profession.. Retrain to night stricter and learn html5 probably? Ohh, I am too old for this.. Future is foggy..

Well, the dream for me is to sell enough of – whatever – to enable me to give up the freelancing and just design/build stuff for online sales. I’ll learn simply whatever I have to to achieve this goal. I was so excited last February or whenever I discovered Envato (purely by accident), but I have to say that all the talk about Flash sales dropping and people painting a bleak future for Flash has kind of soured the program for me, although I will probably continue to release the odd file, while learning and doing other things.

Like Kontramax, I sometimes feel like I’m too old for this :D

PS. Kontramax, if you need a bit of inspiration for learning AE, I’d recommend watching some of Andrew Kramer’s tutorials over at videocopilot.net. He was the guy to get me into AE, because he’s truly a master of his art and it’s also really entertaining watching his tuts too.

26 posts
  • Has been part of the Envato Community for over 3 years
  • Has sold $1,000+ on Envato Market
  • Has collected 10+ items on Envato Market
  • Sells items exclusively on Envato Market
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Mannequin says

Top seller in November, Kontramax! Well done, pal – should be a Happy Xmas for you ;)

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