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themespirit says

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

It only took me a day or two to get used to the size of it. It’s awesome.

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themespirit says

Yes, of course I agree that design is subjective…

One man’s ice cream is another man’s Marmite (or Vegemite for the Aussies).

But anyone with even a single working eye can see if two designs look and operate the same.

I know I’m not an author yet, but I’ve working in the industry for around 15 years and produce my best work under pressure. Whether that pressure is a looming deadline or trying to please an opinionated client.

I have been working on an item for TF for the past 4 months (only 1-3 hours a day as I work full time), and I don’t want it to be easy for me to get it approved. I want to be pushed to produce something unique, otherwise how can I expect to make any sales.

In my time as a web designer I’ve seen so many changes to how things are done. I learn new things daily even now. This is what I find so great about what we do, we are constantly learning and developing new ways of doing things.

Sorry for the rant… Steps down off soap box

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themespirit says

I’m confused as to whether it’s supposed to be a ‘coming soon’ template or a ‘one-page’ template.

If it’s a Coming Soon template then you need to focus on that part of the template, in terms of getting it all working (and looking) correct.

Yes you can have additional elements apart from the count-down timer, but it needs more focus.

Think about what potential customers need a coming soon page for… to let visitors know when it’s coming, a brief overview maybe, somewhere to sign-up for updates, and that’s about it.

You don’t need pages and pages worth of unnecessary animations.

Think quality over quantity!

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themespirit says

Well said Tommus, +1 to that.

Originality seems to becoming scarce these days.

I visit TF on a daily basis, to see who’s doing what and to check out the forums, and some (albeit not too many) of the files I see approved actually shock me as to the quality.

I’d break it down as follows:

10% are of a sub-standard quality (to quantify, themes which 1 year ago would have been rejected).

40-50% are very similar if not identical to existing themes, and offer nothing new.

The rest (40-50%) are of a quality I expect from Envato. Which is still a good %, but could be higher.

I think it’s edged too far towards quantity over quality.

These are my personal opinions, no offence intended to anyone, but we all know it’s true.

btw Tommus, I always thought you had a very strong and varied portfolio. Certainly one of the more original collections.

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themespirit says

Link works for me but without showing the actual template, it’s difficult to give accurate help.

The screen shots do look nice, but still images can give a false representation of how the template actually runs.

‘Minimum requirements for quality’ does not always relate to design, it relates to the quality of your code as well.

Don’t give up, as I say from the still images it looks nice but if you want further help from people you will need to share a link to the actual template.

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themespirit says

where’s my trousers?

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themespirit says

Congrats Justin, it’s a big step and i’m sure you wrestled with it for a long time before making the jump.

In my day job I use Toggl (www.toggle.com) as I work full-time but mainly remotely from our main office, so this helps me tracks hours spent on tasks.

And whilst it’s not really a scheduler, it may be useful now you are doing it full time to track how long certain aspects of design and development take. So if you know you want to launch a new theme around a specific date, you’ll know roughly when you need to start it by.

Good luck for the future

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themespirit says

Whenever these issues come up in the forums, it surprises me that hardly anyone ever mentions the ‘Search’ facility in the top right… Yes believe me there is one there.

Personally when I’m looking for something specific, the site search function is always my first port of call. You can also narrow it down to search within a specific category, for example if I’m looking for a WP theme that uses Bootstrap. I go to the WP category and the search in that for BS (I meant Bootstrap, by the way ;)

It would be interesting to know if many people actually use the search function, or is it just me?

Maybe making the search function better and more prominent would stop people just going straight to the popular files pages first, and would certainly make Authors think harder about their use of keywords for their items.

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themespirit says

After ZX Spectrum, it was C64, Amiga 500+, PC and now iMAC

Oh the memories. It brought a tear to my eye.

Nothing beats Manic Miner on the ZX 48k rubber keyed Speccy!

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themespirit says

I thought that if it was a soft reject the reviewers outline what the main issues are… don’t they?

If not i’m pretty sure you can request further information on a ‘softie’ !

EDIT…

I think I mis-read what you meant with the original post…

So you’re saying that different reviewers are telling you different things to fix each time?

If that’s the case then it does suck a bit.

I’d open a support ticket with all the information, ie. reviewers names and the changes they mentioned and ask for a definitive list of final changes.

Good luck

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