October 2010

Oct 28
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Make more money by double dippin’

Thu, 10/28/2010 - 13:35 — julie

There are many factors involved when it comes to being a top author, but one of the big ones is using your time efficiently. This isn’t like a normal job where you can zone out for an hour and still collect the same paycheck. If you’re not working, you’re not making money. On the other hand, if you can do twice as much in the same amount of time, you can make twice as much.

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Oct 28
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Best Of Web And Design In October 2010

Thu, 10/28/2010 - 03:00 — julie

Wrapping up October the end of the British summer going into autumn. There’s some great illustrator tutorials featured in this months roundup as well in-depth tutorials some great quick tips worth checking. If you have missed out on on goings within the design community this article is the perfect catch up.

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Oct 27
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Members Area Tutorial: Create an Amazing 3d Text Effect

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 19:47 — julie

Members Only Tutorial

This tutorial is available exclusively to our FanExtra members. In order to read the tutorial and download it’s original .psd source file you must sign up as a FanExtra member.

If you sign up today you get access to over 120 .psd source files, as well as our weekly members only tutorials and other content!

Create an Amazing 3d Text Effect

Final Image

The result of this tutorial is shown below:

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Oct 27
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Introduction to the Envato Marketplaces & How to Start Making Passive Income

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 13:00 — julie

During our recent Chicago meetup, I was able to meet a lot of great people with some serious skills in their respective creative fields. However, there was a strange trend that started to emerge as I talked to more people. It seems that our community typically falls between two categories: those that use the Tuts+ sites and those that use the Marketplaces.

So for those users who are getting trained on our Tuts+ sites, it’s time to showcase your talents on our Marketplaces and begin making some serious passive income.

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Oct 27
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This Week’s Featured Items

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 10:09 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

ActiveDen Featured Author: majd_abdul

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is majd_abdul who joined in July 2008, has a portfolio of 19 items for sale and has racked up 961 sales!
View majd_abdul’s Portfolio

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Oct 27
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FanExtra Membership Giveaway (1 Years Subscription)

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 01:01 — julie

FanExtra Membership Giveaway

To help celebrate the successful launch of our new network: FanExtra, I’ve decided to host a contest. As some of you may have seen, we just launched a forum as part of our new network. You can access the forum below:

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Oct 26
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Review of WebHostingBreak.com

Tue, 10/26/2010 - 10:14 — julie

I know, it’s crazy. My friends think I am insane when I told them I’m gonna write a post about other hosting review sites. The web hosting world is an extremely competitive industry and it sounds insane to even mention just a bit about other websites that are doing the same thing like you.

But, I think you guys should know more about this awesome website – Web Hosting Break (http://www.webhostingbreak.com).

About Web Hosting Break

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Oct 26
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Design a Halloween Pumpkin Patch Text Effect

Tue, 10/26/2010 - 00:14 — julie

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

Step 1

Create a new document (600X600px) and then create a new document called ‘background gradient’. Fill this layer with a radial gradient ranging from 241e3b to 071225.

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Oct 23
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FanExtra Launch Week Over

Sat, 10/23/2010 - 19:19 — julie

FanExtra Launch Week Over

Well that’s it folks, the FanExtra launch week is finally over! It’s been a fantastic start for the network, with a fast growing members community, and a ton of great content to get things rolling. Today I’d like to share some of the plans for the network with you. You can also view the launch week content summary below:

DAY 1:

FanExtra Network Launch
Create a Google Docs Icon

DAY 2:

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Oct 23
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This Week at Envato

Sat, 10/23/2010 - 09:32 — julie

And another week comes to a close. The year is flying by, and the weather is starting to warm up for us Australians. Even Melbourne had temperatures in the high 30°s this week. (That’s in Celsius, not Fahrenheit, guys!)

I’m starting to plan a brief holiday – my brain is telling me it needs a break, and hasn’t been as cooperative as usual. I’ve been traveling too much this year, so I think I’ll spend a few weeks at home, enjoy Australia’s lovely Gold Coast, and turn our jungle back into a lawn. Until then, there’s plenty to do!

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Oct 23
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Freebie Friday

Sat, 10/23/2010 - 03:16 — julie

Well, the end of the week has arrived, and it’s time to pass out the freebies. Here’s a great selection from the Tuts+ sites and elsewhere.

Exclusive Freebie: Fall Icon Pack – 10 Social Media Icons

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Oct 22
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Phpmyadmin for newbie section added to this blog

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 09:10 — julie

I decided to add a PhpMyAdmin tutorial help section to this blog because it is one of the most important programs to use if you use WordPress, Drupal, phpBB, Joomla or any other MySQL or database driven website/cms on your free web … Continue reading

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Oct 22
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Launch Week Ends in 24 Hours

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 01:50 — julie

Launch Week Almost Over!

It’s been a great first week for our FanExtra Network. We’ve published 7 tutorials in 7 days, and it’s been fantastic to see people enjoying them.

Lots of you have joined the network and are now enjoying our members area, and we’ve really appreciated the kind emails from you all!

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Oct 21
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Design an Awesome Paint Splattered Dancer

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 21:02 — julie

FanExtra Launch Week (Day 7)

As part of our FanExtra Network launch, we will be publishing one tutorial every day for our launch week. We hope that you enjoy them.

You can also sign up for your FanExtra membership for just $1 for the first month (offer ends Friday 22nd, October). This will give you access to our hundreds of tutorial source files, members only tutorials, hundreds of textures/vectors/icons, and great design discounts! Sign Up Today.

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Oct 20
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Design a Grungy, Rock & Roll Gig Poster

Wed, 10/20/2010 - 19:54 — julie

FanExtra Launch Week (Day 6)

As part of our FanExtra Network launch, we will be publishing one tutorial every day for our launch week. We hope that you enjoy them.

You can also sign up for your FanExtra membership for just $1 for the first month (offer ends Friday 22nd, October). This will give you access to our hundreds of tutorial source files, members only tutorials, hundreds of textures/vectors/icons, and great design discounts! Sign Up Today.

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Oct 20
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 10/20/2010 - 09:37 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

ActiveDen Featured Author: activetofocus

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is activetofocus who joined in November 2009, has a portfolio of 20 items for sale and has racked up 565 sales!
View activetofocus’ Portfolio

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Oct 19
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Create a Stylized Photo Montage from Scratch

Tue, 10/19/2010 - 21:11 — julie

FanExtra Launch Week (Day 5)

As part of our FanExtra Network launch, we will be publishing one tutorial every day for our launch week. We hope that you enjoy them.

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Oct 19
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Author Interview: SimplyDo

Tue, 10/19/2010 - 11:21 — julie

Today we meet Moe Haydar (SimplyDo) from ActiveDen.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

Hi everybody. I am Moe Haydar, known as SimplyDo or iplus on ActiveDen. I live in a small country that falls on the Mediterranean sea, known as Lebanon. I’m 18 years old, and am studying ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering) in the Lebanese American University.

I spend most of my time programming and developing Flash applications and websites for Envato and clients. With what I have left I create mobile games and personal projects.

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Oct 18
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Members Area Tutorial: Digital Painting Lesson: Scarecrow’s Joyride

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 16:19 — julie

FanExtra Launch Week (Day 4)

As part of our FanExtra Network launch, we will be publishing one tutorial every day for our launch week. We hope that you enjoy them.

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Oct 18
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Meet the Staff: Joel Falconer

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 10:10 — julie

Every week we’ll introduce you to an Envato staff member or team. This week we meet the Joel Falconer, and catch up with what’s happening with the business blogs.

What is it like working for Envato, and what are some of the jobs you’ve had with us?

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Oct 18
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Ask Collis

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 07:16 — julie

Collis is Envato’s wise and fearless leader. Every month we’ll choose a bunch of your questions, and Collis will answer them. You can add your questions to the pot by heading over to this Web form. It’s also a great place to catch his previous pearls of wisdom.

Here are this month’s questions:

What car do you drive?

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Oct 18
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Design a Textured Portfolio Website

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 03:28 — julie

FanExtra Launch Week (Day 3)

As part of our FanExtra Network launch, we will be publishing one tutorial every day for our launch week. We hope that you enjoy them.

You can also sign up for your FanExtra membership for just $1 for the first month (offer ends Friday 22nd, October). This will give you access to our hundreds of tutorial source files, members only tutorials, hundreds of textures/vectors/icons, and great design discounts! Sign Up Today.

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Oct 17
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This Week at Envato

Sun, 10/17/2010 - 13:54 — julie

Well, it’s Sunday night already – I’m posting much later this week. I’ve still been battling the flu, and ran out of energy on Friday before I wrote this piece. One great (I think!) thing about working from a home office, is that you can still get lots of work done when you’re not feeling great. I’ve always hated taking time off work – and I didn’t miss one day of school during my final three years.

It’s been a sick year! My wife has been off work most of the week with the same bug, and I’ve heard of a few other Envato employees from around the globe with similar symptoms. Have you been suffering from lots of illness this year?

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Oct 16
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Master a Professional Photo Retouching Workflow

Sat, 10/16/2010 - 17:17 — julie

FanExtra Launch Week (Day 2)

As part of our FanExtra Network launch, we will be publishing one tutorial every day for our launch week. We hope that you enjoy them.

You can also sign up for your FanExtra membership for just $1 for the first month (offer ends Friday 22nd, October). This will give you access to our hundreds of tutorial source files, members only tutorials, hundreds of textures/vectors/icons, and great design discounts! Sign Up Today.

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Oct 16
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30 Minute Redesign: GymDJ

Sat, 10/16/2010 - 14:01 — julie

FanExtra Launch Week (Day 2)

As part of our FanExtra Network launch, we will be publishing one tutorial every day for our launch week. We hope that you enjoy them.

You can also sign up for your FanExtra membership for just $1 for the first month (offer ends Friday 22nd, October). This will give you access to our hundreds of tutorial source files, members only tutorials, hundreds of textures/vectors/icons, and great design discounts! Sign Up Today.

FanExtra Launch Week:

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Oct 16
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Create a Google Docs Icon

Sat, 10/16/2010 - 00:02 — julie

FanExtra Launch Week (Day 1)

As part of our FanExtra Network launch, we will be publishing one tutorial every day for our launch week. We hope that you enjoy them.

You can also sign up for your FanExtra membership for just $1 for the first month (offer ends Friday 22nd, October). This will give you access to our hundreds of tutorial source files, members only tutorials, hundreds of textures/vectors/icons, and great design discounts! Sign Up Today.

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Oct 15
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FanExtra Network Launch!

Fri, 10/15/2010 - 20:06 — julie

FanExtra Network Launch!

We have finally launched our brand new design network: FanExtra.com!

To learn a little more about what the new network has to offer we hope that you’ll watch the video below (otherwise I’ve also written out the details below):

The New Network

We’re so excited about this new network, as it really does have a lot to offer.

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Oct 15
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Freebie Friday

Fri, 10/15/2010 - 09:15 — julie

Have you checked out the marketplaces’ free files for October? Download them while you can!

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Oct 13
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 10/13/2010 - 11:00 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

ActiveDen Featured Author: Enabled

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is Enabled who joined in January 2009, has a portfolio of 17 items for sale and has racked up 326 sales!
View Enabled’s Portfolio

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Oct 13
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Grab the Ultimate WordPress Deal – While You Can!

Wed, 10/13/2010 - 05:00 — julie

We’ve just announced the Envato ‘WordPress Pack’ Bundle, which is a joint effort between CodeCanyon (plugins) and ThemeForest (themes).

Get killer premium WordPress themes, a mobile theme, premium plugins, a psd template, a premium WP theming tutorial and a copy of our best selling WordPress Design eBook all for just $30! It’s a steal, and it’s only available for SEVEN days – Buy the Pack Now!

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Oct 12
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Celebrating the 10th Member of the Tuts+ Family: Webdesigntuts+

Tue, 10/12/2010 - 02:51 — julie

Today Envato’s Tuts+ Network of educational websites grew to an impressive 10 members with the addition of Webdesigntuts+. The new site will cover web design theory, workflow and techniques and will be helmed by veteran designer and ThemeForest top selling author Brandon Jones (a.k.a. epicera).

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Oct 12
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Create a Halloween Inspired Flaming Wooden Skull

Tue, 10/12/2010 - 01:32 — julie

Halloween is Coming! – Time For Our First Halloween Tutorial!

We’re going to be celebrating Halloween in style this year, so please enjoy our first of several Halloween inspired Photoshop tutorials.

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

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Oct 11
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Comprehensive Guides For Understanding The Basic Fundamentals Of Illustrator

Mon, 10/11/2010 - 03:00 — julie

This is a guide aimed more at beginners in order to understand the fundamental aspects of illustrator. These tutorials are simple tutorials which will teach you how to master the basics of illustrator, to help build your confidence familrise you with some tools features as well as what can be accomplished using illustrator. This is a essential resource for any keen designers looking to learn illustrator a fantastic vector software.

Understanding The basic Tools

This a collection of tutorials which will teach you how to use the basic tools available in illustrator.

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Oct 08
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Check Out the Latest eBook on the Tuts+ Marketplace

Fri, 10/08/2010 - 02:44 — julie

The Tuts+ Marketplace is now into its second month. Besides hosting tutorials on a host of topics, it is attracting a growing number of eBooks.

The latest eBook, “Rockstar Business” is written by Adii Rockstar – Adriaan Pienaar – one of the cofounders of WooThemes. Adii is selling the eBook exlusively through our marketplace, though the print version of the book is available elsewhere.

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Oct 07
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Author Interview: Yocreative

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 07:45 — julie

Today we meet Caio Caldas (yocreative) from VideoHive.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

My name is Caio Caldas. I’m 29 years old and live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where I studied Graphic Design.

I’ve worked as a designer since 1998, but initially I focused on print media. I was introduced to After Effects while working as an assistant in a motion design studio, which would open a much wider range of possibilities. Giving movement to all my creations made then much more interesting and challenging. I no longer had to worry with printers, 300 dpi files, and CMYK.

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Oct 06
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This Week’s Featured Authors

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 15:21 — julie

Congratulations to this week’s featured marketplace authors!

ActiveDen Featured Author: flashcreed

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is flashcreed who joined in January 2010, has a portfolio of 5 items for sale and has racked up 145 sales!
View flashcreed’s Portfolio

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Oct 04
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Create a Simple, Stylish Custom Youtube Background

Mon, 10/04/2010 - 17:33 — julie

Create a Simple, Stylish Custom Youtube Background

This tutorial will go through the steps of creating a custom Youtube background. It is an essential part of your channel as it will attract viewers and give them an idea of what your channel contains.

When you are following the tutorial it is quite a good idea to go to your Youtube page and frequently upload a JPG version of your PSD to check that everything is aligned and looking tidy. There’s nothing worse than finding something’s off slightly and you cannot go back to change it!

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

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Oct 04
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Meet the Staff: The AudioJungle Team

Mon, 10/04/2010 - 10:40 — julie


Every week we’ll introduce you to an Envato staff member or team. This week we meet the AudioJungle team.

This page is from the Envato Marketplace Wiki. It’s amazing what you can learn there. Have you checked it out?

AudioJungle officially opened its doors in May, 2008. Prior to that, some of our audio was available on ActiveDen, or “FlashDen” as it was known back then. It wasn’t until AudioJungle became an entirely separate site that we started to raise both the quality and quantity of audio in our library.

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Oct 02
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Interview with SiteCloud Founder, Trey Gardner

Sat, 10/02/2010 - 06:52 — julie

Basic Introduction

Ever heard of SiteCloud? No? Well, in case you are looking for some affordable cloud-based hosting, it’s time to get to know them. Founded by Trey Gardner, SiteCloud is growing in lighting speed and making its name rapidly in hosting industry. As there are still little review done on SiteCloud, I thought it’d be a good idea to have a Q&A session with Trey to know more about this company.

So… here it goes (Thanks for the time again, Trey – it’s a great interview!).

*Updates Jan 2011: Also, check out my latest SiteCloud Review.

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Oct 02
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WordPress Plug-in automatically backs up WordPress Database file

Sat, 10/02/2010 - 03:51 — julie

Backing up your database is a hassle, but...Read moreRelated StoriesWordpress Sociable All-In-One Social Bookmarking Plug-InTweetMeme Twitter Plug-in for Wordpress BlogsWordPress Related Posts Plug-In increase Readers’ time on your blogMost Commented Wordpress 3.0 Blog plug-in reviewMake an E-mail subscription feature for your Blog via Google Feedburner VideoHappy New Year, What is coming for 2010 for PCtutorial.info…How [...]

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Oct 01
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This Week at Envato

Fri, 10/01/2010 - 13:48 — julie


What a great way to finish a week and start a new month – new rates for marketplace authors. From the sound of it, we have a lot of people very excited!

It’s great to be back in warm, sunny Queensland. It’s amazing how much warmer it gets even just a few hours north of Melbourne. It’s nice to be back at my own desk, and a chair that doesn’t tilt forward.

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