Posts by davmac

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davmac
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I have only just worked out how to login to envato after a few hours of it hanging.. maybe we have the same problem.. and i discovered what it is..

I was browsing and buying from Photodune a few hours ago when without warning all the images across all envato markets were blocked in my Firefox browser.. I checked other web sites and found no similar problems with any..

After rebooting, cleaning etc etc I could no linger even login again to the envato markets..

I then started to check what was happening, and to cut a long story short, it seems as if envato has implemented, today, some serious tracking cookies.. at least attached to all the images in photodune and graphicriver.. the only way I could login was to turn off the privacy badger addon in firefox..

I hope envato don’t intend to persevere with this tracking nonsense because I won’t be using the site if the only way i can do so is to let them have access to my activities.. I don’t care if they play it down as being to improve our experience on the envato markets.. I don’t believe that to be true for a second..

It will be a great pity if i have to shop elsewhere with fewer choices and higher prices.. but I’d rather do that than help these people graduate up to the google school of evil antics..

Please, someone from envato tell me this isn’t true and that I am a paranoid loonie :) and also explain how I am to login and use the sites while remaining as private as I can under the circumstances..

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davmac
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is there some issue with envato file hosting? I bought a powerpoint template and it wants 6 hours to download.. which of course means, murphy’s law intact, that i can’t use it for a presentation on time..

this is not my connection, all else is humming along just fine..

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I may be the only one who does this, but it’s worth a mention anyway.. (I am only a buyer, not a seller)

I buy HTML templates from Themeforest.. so I login to my account and choose the HTML link in the top menu and then bingo all the templates are displayed.. then I have been using the following filters immediately, most of the time..

..first I choose ‘responsive’ as I wouldn’t want a template to be otherwise.. and then sort those results by Newest Items..

I used to type ‘responsive’ in the ‘search within these results’ field but recently the option appears in Tags on the left of the page..

So.. I was searching today and thought it strange that people were still making so many non-responsive templates.. like the number available in total is at time of typing..

5,921 HTML, CSS & Web Templates

and the number shown as responsive when searched within the initial results is;

3,576 HTML, CSS & Web Templates

and the number in the tag list is;

responsive 2,197

so on checking the features of ALL the new templates (5,921) I see they are virtually all responsive and so I have been missing out on seeing them by using the search to find ‘responsive’ templates..

I am delighted to find so many more to choose from but if this happens with other people, or if it occurs with other common search criteria, it might mean that sales are being lost by displaying incomplete or anomolous search results..

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Please forgive a comment that has nothing to do with the veracity of various traffic stats, but as a buyer (not an author) I use this site and others frequently and I’ve noticed a clear drop in the quality of items in the categories I buy/browse in. There also seem to be a lot of much smaller alternatives popping up, particularly for templates (Themeforest type items I mean)

I love this site and will continue to use it as before (also the other envato sites) but it seems maybe there is possibly just a tmp lull as these latest templates are relying more heavily on the header photo to sell what is pretty much a bunch of excruciatingly samey code and layouts.

The laws of physics and the marketplace (not to mention those fine people in the envato marketing dept) will no doubt kick in if there is anything to the alleged stats from Alexa, and things will be all a buzz again in no time..

..so, even if the stats are wrong it would be nice to see some new trends in the available product.. I just spent many hours digging back in time looking for templates today and the ones that are outstanding are mostly quite old with not so recent updates.. we’ve been spoiled for a long time now with the amazing quality and value so its hard to fight off ‘stale’ at some point..

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davmac
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Looking good :) Fine work you do there Rowan! :sunglasses:

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davmac
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Yep.. all looks good now :)

One thing I noticed though is that the Collections list page has an issue with the first Collection layout now broken..

see this here..

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for the last few weeks I notice that the Themeforest/Graphicriver site glyphs/fonts/icons are showing the hex code when viewed in Firefox .. I have FF set correctly to display the site fonts etc so wondered if there might be any comment as to why? :)

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Recently we were forced to change passwords due to the issues with SSL etc. but I see you have now returned to captcha authentication. Can you not either adopt a less frustrating authentication method (there are several) or allow users to choose whether to use it or not?

Captcha contstantly requires refreshing to get two words that are legible and in some cases it takes many attempts and rejections to login to a simple marketplace like this? If you can even separate sellers and buyers (where I understand there may be seller financial info stored) it would be great as I am only a buyer. This is not a request from a dummy newbie in case that’s the reaction I get, I actually work with encryption and security, so while i appreciate the need to provide further authentication, there are several better ways to do it so I don’t curse envato and that awful captcha system daily :)

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Just wondering when the money will be credited to our accounts.. I can’t see any reference to this promotion any more. :)

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