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mbudm says

Hi there,

I haven’t scoured this thread so I’m not sure if this suggestion (or something similar) has already been put.

I think the reviewer should attempt to do a basic implementation of the file, especially if it’s a template – ie try and add some content, images, video, your own logo.

This would the allow them to make a better call on the quality of the documentation. If they get stuck trying to do something then they are at the point where the average user will most likely put up their hand for help. Of course this is not so bad as most questions are easily answered but if the process is so smooth that most users don’t have to ask questions then they are much likely to come back and purchase more.

I’d like us to be able to confidently say, “use our files… as easy as a wordpress install” ;-)

M

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mbudm says

One other option I’ve used in the past is to implement an interval or timer that runs for a while after the textField has been populated – just to check if the height of the textfield has changed – then if it has thats the event you can pass on to anything that wants it.

worked 99% of the time.

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mbudm says
Just had a brainfart…. for the last 10 years Flash shaped the web and brought content like no other language. HTML guys always loathed it a bit and tend to not get evolved with AS2 . But now with AS3 there is a bit of a learning curve so even those who are very familiar with AS2 might struggle. I’ve been learning AS3 and I have to say it’s not something you can jump right into and would take a few months to become confident enough to work with. So maybe all this excitement about HTML5 and that Flash is doomed has something to do with AS3 ? Because right now those HTML guys that always stayed away from Flash, are like “hey why do I need Flash when HTML5 could now do similar stuff”. I just think all the hype around Flash being on its way out has something to do with teething problems with AS3 … but I’m sure overtime once more dev’s master it, that won’t be an issue.
but it’s AS3 which has moved flash platform so far ahead ;)

Also, it’s not just as3 that is complicated, so are javascript libraries which are really what powers htm5.

Basically to be a serious web developer now you need to understand OOP + MVC . Whether it’s in ActionScript, JavaScript or whatever is academic.

M

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mbudm says
Holas Hansv! A mi me parece una excelente idea que se le puede dar un poco mas de estudio para asi poder reducir un poco la carga de la lista de espera. Te parece que el tiempo para aprobar y revisar un proyecto es demasiado? Por que? Me imagino que tu idea con la lista de updates tiene que ver con reducir tambien la otra fila de proyectos pendientes de revisar, o me equivoco?

Gracias, mi español lo necesita mas trabajo y practica, pero pienso que otro el gente aqui no les gustan como se dice ‘posts’ en idiomas otros.

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mbudm says

I don’t get why people thing that there may be a blurring of what is customization and what is support. Here’s the broad types of requests I get.

Low level support – usually a reply to look in the documentation, faqs. “Where is…” “How do I change…”

More in depth support – Investigate to see if it’s a bug, if so fix it. If not a bug explain why and add this explanation to faq. “This looks broken to me…”

Customization – initially I respond with a rough howto (especially if it can be done with the options the file already has). If this is beyond the skills of the user then I provide a ball park quote for the work. “I like this but I want it to also do, also have …”

I admit that the first two can take up a lot of time, but I think this is unavoidable. If some people abuse this (more than 5 emails) I simply reply with a terse response… “See Documentation”. Or if the buyer really needs help with even the most basic stuff (like editing an XML file) then I occasionally do suggest that they hire me to do the content population for them.

I envisage this proposal as a way to handle the customizations via envato rather than via paypal and also a way to pass off these requests when I’m too busy.

As for the risk of other freelancers getting their hands on the envato file by quoting on the job without intending to do it – I don’t see this as any different to the way things are now – I’ve got quite a few templates sitting around from custom jobs I’ve done but as I know the licensing restrictions I wouldn’t reuse these – I just keep them in case the client comes back with further work on the project. Licensing relies on people to do the right thing not matter what formal or informal system we use to get customizations done.

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mbudm says
Alright dude, I’m not so smart. I just act like it. So, how is bidding different from a standard estimate?
Bid- Buyer offers author a set amount of money to do his dirty work.
Standard Estimate- Buyer wants you to quote a price in the hope it will be really lowball :)

I just read this whole thread…arrgh 8 pages! However it’s an issue that I’ve grappled with for a while so I was keen to read on.

I think you’ve got a good idea that addresses most the concerns with the bid concept. In fact I’d probably scrap the standard estimate that way the buyer is required to give an idea of their budget.

The way I see it working is;

This goes to the author first, and if he/she doesn’t want to do it they can “pass” on the job.

The job then goes into a pool for hungry freelancers to take on. If no one takes it then the buyer may realise they need to offer more cashola.

Of course, you’d need the transfer of funds/files mechanism in place so that the author receives the cash when the hirer has viewed the completed preview and digitally ‘signs off’ on the work.

...although I think this may be a suggestion that the envato developers quickly whip up a site like elance for us… now what where we saying about valueing developer time?

M

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mbudm says

I haven’t used amfphp for a while but I imagine it would return mysql result set as an array of objects?

Can you do a for..in loop on each array item?

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mbudm says

I think increasing the 15 limit a bit would be a good idea. For my more complex feature rich files it’s hard to cull it down to 15.

Perhaps 30?

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mbudm says
I don’t think even Steve fights for Apple like Arik does on these forums :)

Saafi, I’m going to re-iterate my position one last time.

If someone on a forum were say that “Adobe is going to fail” because “they failed some time ago” then I would object to that statement. It’s the opposite on this forum. It doesn’t matter to me what brand it is, what company, what matters to me is the argumentation one uses in any discussion. Anything ranging from politics to tech to what we’re going to have for lunch.

Ignore the cheap shots AB, you make a good point.

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mbudm says

It’s an interesting time. SWF is ‘open’ but if the only real way to make SWFs is using Adobe® Flash™ platform then it’s not really open, is it?

Thinking back was there ever a serious open source alternative for compiling to swf?

If that happened then all would be well with the world and Apple’s argument would fall down.

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