Had this been released before “The Great Redux Unification”, I might have looked at it. However, these days, I now find most “new” options frameworks a waste of time since what I’d considered to be the top four options frameworks came together into the Redux framework. Though, I do welcome anyone’s attempt to try to compete. For the moment, I have stopped considering themes for purchase that employ their relative unknown / custom frameworks over Redux. If I don’t know for certain what options framework is being used then I actually ask the author. I don’t believe this new one can rival Redux now or will anytime soon.
That’s not even considering the new extensions being offered on the Redux marketplace. I love the UI / UX consistency they’re striving for in this latest version for both the developer / end-user. I thought Redux was easy to use before the 2 hour free webinar they offered but things seem even easier / more clear now! It’s not that complex at all as frameworks go but I the unknown is still often feared. I’ve mostly used it for private client plugins and themes. No public commercial ones yet.
Why would you release something for free and charge for the documentation? The documentation is the main thing that would make the users actually use it. It’s like giving someone a car for free but asking $7,500 for the keys.
While bfintal’s execution might leave something to be desired, this is certainly not the first time someone has done so, here’s a prominent example which may have inspired this sort of model (even though it’s a theme framework instead of an options one)...
The Theme Hybrid framework is available completely free to download and enjoy. You only need to pay if you need access to our in-depth documentation and the support forums.
I suggest potentially using the following service…
Click where it says “Click here..” and type “Gravity” in the search.
Then repeat the click here / search process but type in “CRM” (pick any one)
You will then see all the already existing automation options.
I’m not surprised it happened as much as much as surprised that the offending theme author’s account wasn’t checked by the potentially several reviewers (mistakes do happen but multiple times?) at the very least for proof of extended license purchase. If this is a difficult thing to do during the review process, it definitely needs to be made easier.
Since Envato should be able to check the submitting account holder’s already purchased licenses to ensure that proper licenses were purchases during the review process BEFORE approving them, the fact these review oversights may have really occurred is surprising.
Especially in the case where the theme author has no history of ever having bought even one extended license. The author isn’t the only one that has lost money on this, Envato missed out on their cut too.
The required written proof of permission from an author should have to accompany the theme package when submitted. Running afoul of any of these issues should be a instant reject situation, right?.
Did you somehow miss this one? – Use-your-Drive | Google Drive plugin for WordPress – http://codecanyon.net/item/useyourdrive-google-drive-plugin-for-wordpress/6219776
There’s always someone willing to work for what amounts to peanuts. What follows is that the client then says – “I paid $200 for this?! What a POS!”. Too often but not always, you get what you pay for.
Having used both Joomla and Drupal as well, I don’t blame ThemeForest’s audience or think this behavior is necessarily limited to TF. It may just be because these other CMS platforms have simply failed to market themselves / cultivate a ecosystem (with a future) as well as WP has to the masses as an easy to use CMS. Drupal is my favorite between these two. However, I use WP because clients love it and that’s where the money is right now.
Can I contact you directly?
Yes, you may. Please feel free to contact me using the “Email” section of my profile page which can be found here (while already logged in ThemeForest) – http://themeforest.net/user/WPWiseOwl
After you’ve purchased the theme on your own account, you can also contact Ed from his profile page / email section here – http://themeforest.net/user/SwiftIdeas
I’m fairly familiar with the code / framework used by Neighborhood / Dante. In fact, if you look at the change log for a recent update to the Dante theme, you’ll see I’m credited there – http://dante.swiftideas.net/changelog/#v21
Im even more stuck now as I was before lol
Sorry, about that. Hopefully the following helps…
+1 to the underscores site that contempoinc suggested.
Redux is an theme options framework alone that gets included into a theme rather than a theme framework itself. Also check these out (for examples of how to implement / use bootstrap 3, redux, woocommerce, etc in a theme)...