I appreciate everybody’s feed back and comments. I didn’t know that only top authors go straight to $40.
As a reviewer, I thought I would try to help with the original question. First of all, I’m not sure who told you the above statement (“only top authors go straight to $40”), that’s not true at all. Anyone has the potential to make a $40 file. It just needs to be good enough.
What reviewers look for in a top priced file is creativity, uniqueness, outstanding design, great features, a variety of features, usability and good documentation. There are other things too, but these are the values that you should concentrate on most of all. These are the same things that customers look for too so it’s not exactly rocket science.
One other myth that probably needs to be pointed out also is, a file that has 300 different modules is not necessarily going to guarantee that your file is priced $40. Having 300 different modules in a file is also no guarantee that it will sell!
The most overlooked criteria that a lot of authors seem to forget about is design. I know there are a lot of Apple haters in the FD forums (shame on you, ha, ha) but an Apple analogy works well here. It’s not necessarily true that Apple Macs or Apple iPods are the best or most perfect computers and/or mp3 players in the world. They’re simply successful because of their design and usability. And when something is designed well and is usable, you can get away with it being priced higher; the price can be justified. So if your Flash files look gorgeous and function really well, it goes without saying that they will be priced higher in the same category compared to other files in the same category.
Hope this sheds a little more light on how files are priced. I’ll let you all get back to creating your $40 templates, can’t wait to see them.
Hey SoundProdigy, yes, I received your submission, thank you!
Just a reminder to everyone that, if you submit a track and it doesn’t get used in the month you submitted it, it will ALWAYS be considered for a future month. You do not need to resubmit that item. You are welcome to submit more/other items if you wish.
Hey Mihai_Sorohan, to make an audio file eligible for the Free File of the Month promotion, (a) your track has to be uploaded and available for sale on AudioJungle and (b) you must submit a request to have your track considered via the special link in this thread. See the first post I made in this thread.
Envato has tutorial sites, one is especially for flash, if you click the top right envato network drop down button you’ll get a flashtuts+ link, click that and get reading!
To be honest for as great as our tutorial site is, its not exactly much use for newbies.I found Flashkit and Lynda to be the best for me
This comment really resonated with me, CheshireCat. It made me realize that there are a ton of tutorials out there for designers and developers fluent and fully versed in Flash/ActionScript, but beginners often get overlooked. I’m glad you made that point as it influenced me to write today’s blog post.
I just published a blog post specifically for a beginner audience to gently introduce them to AS3 . The main aim is to pick out existing video tutorials that new users to Flash, or Flash users with a basic knowledge of AS2 , can spend about 30 minutes watching and working through, in order to see how AS3 works, how it is NOT scary and NOT impossible to learn, and how useful it can be. We hope the right target audience see these videos and realize that AS3 is not as mysterious and difficult as some would lead you to believe.
I had a great conversation with Lance yesterday and he made a great point about how AS2 is going to go away one day and how important it is to migrate to AS3 as soon as possible. AS3 is here to stay whether we like it or not. So anything new Flash users can learn today about AS3 , will be a good investment for the future.
We should give total credit to the people whose videos we’re linking to in the blog post, but we hope it becomes a useful blog series for a beginner audience. Hey, we all need to start somewhere…
Please let us know either privately or via the blog if this is a useful series to continue for beginners or if it could be improved in any way, we love hearing your feedback.