Never expected it to be over this soon, but Flash was really brilliant! Also remember the good really old days were 2 advanced launched V3 and loops still consisted of 2 keyframes
I see it! Fantastic! Thanks Lance!!
It’s incredible how in a stock market nobody talks about the design. There are competitors sites that have based their fortune on an appealing design (and if you look at their sources you would like to kill yourself).
People buys what looks good, nobody can look at the code on the preview pages.
And let’s say that code and design are 50% & 50% important. Well, if the designers must learn as3, then the coders here MUST learn to design…
If you code “bad” (and let’s demonstrate this) you can’t be featured.
If you design bad… nobody cares.
Sad marketplace. On TF people get rejected also 10 times… some are never allowed to publish anything.They don’t push you to make html5 or php6, they only care about overall quality… they reject you also if the file you upload doesn’t look good.
I completely agree with everything P&K has said till now in this topic (hi P&K )! This whole discussion moves to AS2 vs. AS3 everytime but let’s stick to quality control. The bar should be raised at least 10 times higher. It’s already visible when comparing the thumbnails of the files in comparison to those on ThemeForest, let alone the files itself.
Even when a template looks ‘quite’ nice, still every to often I see major disappointments: scrollwheels not working for scrolling, no deeplinking, button hitareas that are too small, etc. etc. etc. That isn’t an AS2 /AS3 discussion at all, it’s just a matter of not paying enough attention as an author to your file because it will be accepted anyway.
I have created AS2 files up till now and also never ever had a complaint from a customer. Like P&K says, it is only about XML breaking down or loading problems for example. If I would build my templates in AS3 , I would create EXACTLY the same files as I do now in AS2 . That’s also why any motivation in the AS2 /AS3 discussion is pointless here, a high quality standard can be reached with AS2 easily (I hope my templates proof so, and I definitely feel that templates of e.g. Damojo, P&K and DS proof so).So, once again, let’s stick to the point of the topic. Quality control has to get 10 times higher for these aspects:
- Thumbnail design;
- Design of the file itself;
- Interaction consistency in the file;
- Originality of the file;
- Amount of predefined options of the file;
NOT AS2 /AS3. I am disappointed that my AS2 files in the future will not be able to get special promotion, I am quite sure I do a good job in user experience, and that’s what it’s about in my opinion.
I’m aware that the set of aspects is difficult to use for ‘simple’ animations for example, but I am sure it will also be possible to have a quality standard for those files. Everyone, including me, is very enthusiastic about the files of Kontramax for example. I’m less enthusiastic about many other animations, hence there is a spectrum of quality there also.
Sales are extremely low here for the past 1,5 week. But hey, maybe I need to add some new files !
I know, I know, with every change someone is going to moan about the fact that something familiar has become different. But here I really felt like I need to say something about it. I understand the need for a division between major categories on the homepage of each Envato marketplace. However, it works good for Themeforest for example, with Wordpress, CMS Themes, eCommerce, etc. being really different and equally distributed categories. But the division on ActiveDen is a joke imho. Flex and Unity3D still are a small contribution to the total amount of new files coming to ActiveDen. I doubt whether anyone is going to use the filters at all.
Now, I wouldn’t think that would be a big problem if it wasn’t for the ‘Show Popular Files’ button to disappear. My routine on ActiveDen has been to check out the popular files every sunday evening as long as the button existed. Looking at the sales of the top sellers of that week in the week following to that, I think I wasn’t the only one with that routine. Now, all there is, is a little ‘Popular Items’ text button in the bottom right corner, not leading to the top sellers of the past week but to files that are not popular at the moment, but mostly were very popular in the last couple of years.
I would really like to see the orange buttons back in top of the thumbnails with a direct link to the popular sales of last week. There is plenty of space to keep the division between categories beside those buttons… Now fingers crossed ...