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mbudm says
Does coding whilst designing affect the way you design?
I think it depends on what your working on. If it’s an image rotator you can probably just code the whole time with the design in your head but if it’s a template I usually do some designing on the stage first and go from there.

Yeah I should probably qualify what I said – I am completely in template land now. I tend to photoshop the design first up, and then revisit photoshop whenever the design is not working out.

But for smaller files and especially effects driven files like image rotators (where the effect is the value in the file) then yeah I think you’re right coding and design are really the same dept – I still haven’t really found a way to mockup transition effects yet – I just need to jump into Flash and see what it can do.

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mbudm says
Does coding whilst designing affect the way you design?

Yes. A developer/designer has to know his own capabilities. He/she also has to know whether they are able to push the boundaries of their capabilities. Like sports, but not to the extent of the required physicality of sports, it takes discipline. The more you push yourself, the more you’re likely to achieve.

When you conceptualize about an idea, you in turn calculate, determine, approximate, and estimate what you can and should not do. It all makes a part of the process of achieving that concept in an end result.

I think here you are talking about a different thing to what i was trying to say. This is more about you’re overall ability and improving that, whereas I’m talking about coding and designing as two different ‘headspaces’ – no matter how far you push yourself or how good you get, I think this will always be a factor. To run with your sports analogy, a triathlon competitor may find they run/swim/cycle better when they are focussing on one of those things than when they are training to do all 3.

Say you do a project where you design and develop, then you do a project straight after with a team where all you are required to do is photoshop mocks. Do you feel as though you design better/worse or the same? For me – if I try and code and design at the same time then I don’t feel the design is quite as good as I could have made it, so I try and wear my designer hat on a different day to my developer hat – if I can.

And to bring it back to the thread topic – perhaps this is more difficult nowadays as coding can be much more complex.

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mbudm says

I really like the way this thread is going – basically we’re all in agreement but it’s still an interesting discussion.

OOP is good but not necessary Procedural code will never die (roughly translated most timeline code is procedural)

The important thing is to have a method or system and stick to it. If there is a consistent pattern to the way you organise things, and you comment then your code will be more or less understandable.

Related to this is that I think most people who use Flash are designers who have become developers and I often wonder if we are reaching the point with ActionScript where complexity get’s too much and we either become more of a developer or partner with a true developer.

I know that when I spend a lot of time in code I don’t design as well so I need to have separate days where I do either/or. I’m not sure how doable this is for a lot of designer/developers out there.

Does coding whilst designing affect the way you design?

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mbudm says

We are super super worried about black hat SEO abuse. It was bad enough before we added tags to our own search for the amount of flagrant keyword stuffing. If we were too lose google juice from an author taking things too far the entire marketplace would suffer.

It’s a very tough problem to solve, and exactly what the right thing to do is we haven’t figured out yet

I think you have a pretty good army of volunteers with the self interest to police this – more so than most sites ;-) Also note that there are currently options to get GA-like stats – I think there is a script over on ThemeForest that does this.

On the other hand you may be right as I suppose if it’s easier ( built in) then more people may abuse it, and it only takes one transgression for Google to bring down the wrath of… something… on envato

With the tech problem – can anything be determined from the etsy source on how they do it – assuming etsy also use GA for there in-house analysis it might shed some light on how to handle multiple GA codes.

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mbudm says

This would be absolutely amazingly, splendiforously, awesomely grand and great to have.

The only drawback is that I’d spend all day crunching numbers and testing various ways of presenting my files to get the best possible sales/views ratio.

Re: keyword abuse – I guess we’re talking about black hat SEO sort of behaviour. This is prevalent if the ultimate aim is to just get traffic that a % of which will click on ads, but our aim is to get sales so I doubt you would be able to convert a high % of traffic into sales when that traffic arrives at you page expecting to see a banner rotator and finds a background animation…

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mbudm says
^ To use drag and drop with external AS classes create an empty movieclip, place it on the stage, give it a linkage and treat it like your document class.

You can do this with as2 as well.

Link the movieclip symbol to a class, then attachMovie (or even drag it to the stage I suppose) that symbol as you would with any symbol in your library. All methods and properties of the class will be accessible via that instance of your MovieClip Symbol.

M

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mbudm says
mbudm – i fell your pain, I have tried to preview your site for the last week and haven’t been able to.

Hey you can always follow the link to the preview on my site ;-)

It finally clicked for me a couple of hours ago that Lance is the FD site manager (I try not to spend too much time here as it is easy to cruise the forums and not actually do any work) So I sent him a mail pleading that my issue get looked into. Surely there’s some sort of statute of limitations on waiting for help…?

Or John seems active at the mo’ – want to check it out JB?

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mbudm says

Not sure if it’s related but I still have a preview not working.

It’s been in support for a week ( Ticket ID: 41677 ). I got an email saying it had been escalated to the site manager on Thursday and that is all I have heard.

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Maybe at least you could give us, authors that will be on frontpage the next max 3 days , 1 more extra day there…to compensate for things?

I’m glad that your bundle is so successful collis, but my WP theme has been under ‘knife’ for 3 weeks and I only got 6 sales today because of that same bundle.

If I don’t hit the popular section, I’m simply toasted. When my other template disappeared from the popular section, I only got 1 more sale and that was it.

Do you understand how this bundle is both a blessing and a curse?

Let’s take Kriesi as well for instance, he has a new theme out and usually his pieces sell like hot cakes. He sold none today yet.

Same thing for me with a flash template that I have been working on for a while – went up Tuesday morning, lotsa nice comments but minimal sales – now off the homepage. To make matters worse – the preview isn’t even working (SWF encryption problem according to the reviewer) and I haven’t heard back from support in oh – 2 days now. Frustrating? Err… just a little bit.

I appreciate the 70% of the 1 or 2 sales I’ve had but on balance, I think I have seriously lucked out.

EDit Lucked out… this week

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mbudm says

Yep always 50% up front – takes 30secs via paypal. I may lower this % for bigger jobs or for repeat business.

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