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PortableApps.com Affiliate Button

Hi, I recently started a webpage at http://darf.ianweller.org/~halosghost/ And I wanted to list PortableApps.com as one of my affiliates. So I created an affiliate button. It uses the PAM logo, but all credit goes to you guys, and I'm only using it to give you guys a little more publicity. Stop by, and tell me if it's okay to use. If it isn't, can you guys post an official affiliate button?

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Nice...

John said that he would make some buttons when he had time.
Can I see the promo button?
(Oh, BTW @ your site: I agree that Frontpage sucks, but CSS makes me dazed so I use KompoZer Portable :D. I made my site using Drupal like this site because of all the awesome features :D:D).

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To see the promo button,

To see the promo button, click the Affiliates link at the bottom of his site, or click here

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here are my buttons:

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Like

I like em... especially the bottom ones, but if we can get PortableApps.com on em, cool. I did these mockups (in like 60 seconds, so they kinda suck):
https://portableapps.com/temp/pabuttonlight.png
https://portableapps.com/temp/pabuttondark.png

Perhaps a couple with the logo in the BG faded and the full site name. A couple that say either "Get Portable" or "Go Portable" or something. And similar ones in German Wink

Thoughts?

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I like the small ones too.

I like the small ones too. But having various versions isnt bad because then people can choose what fits their site best.

I like the ones withj PortableApps and don't think they MUST be only PortableApps.com/ But maybe not all caps because its easier to read and seperates the words Portable and Apps.

I think "Get Portable" and / or "Go Portable" can also be some but yet I fail to see the obsession with German Smile (I'm sure they understand "Go Portable". (And thinking about "Gehe Portable" or "Ga Portable" (Dutch) is... well...

I think that we should collect a large collection of Buttons/Banners and information for linking ASAP to make it possible for the people to link back in style.

PS. sometimes I try things and it takes an hour and I come up with nothing, and on other days I reach the exact same result in 10 minutes.. So I guess the mockups made in 60 seconds, would maybe not look twice as good if you had spend 120 seconds Smile

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More Languages

We'd do em in multiple languages (Italian, French, etc) when we bring other languages online on our site. German is our 2nd most popular, so we're doing that first. And MrE speaks German, which is why I suggested it.

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cool

They will be VERY usefull.

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what do you think?

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dude those are awesome! i

dude those are awesome! i hope u guys could get these officialized so we can start telling the world about PA!

P.S. before these i was using some pics made by Ryan on my page

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Thanks

Thanks for your comments guys, and John / anyone who is planning on making an official one, I would be very willing to submit mine for use.

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Buttons @NeoRame

The Buttons from your second post kick ass. do you have a link on your homepage to download them individually so I can start using what I am going to call the official ones?

Edit: I just saw your first demo post as well, and both of them kick butt. You should host all of them!

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Idea

@NeoRame: Nice, those are awesome.
http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/buttons.html
Look at the thunderbird "reclaim your inbox" buttons. Maybe something like that would be nice.

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I'd

doubt if the PA logo woullook good cut off, but that's just my Opinion.
But I think perhaps 'put your computer in your flash' would work.

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Button Promo Updated

Right, so, I've updated the button I'm using on my site, background image comes from one of NeoRame's Buttons, I just replaced the text. tell me what you think.

link is: Here

Also, I'm gonna start hosting the code for this button on my affiliate buttons page, all credit goes to NeoRame for teh button. If that isn't okay, just tell me and I will take it off immediately.

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to become an official logo

to become an official logo you need the slogan PortableApps.com (please read johns post on the top)

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Huh?!?

I'm confused. Is it a requirement to have "PortableApps.com" on them. I'm not sure that will fit and be able to be read. Plus, Mine currently says, "PortableApps" and links to the homepage of this site. Would that still be okay, or do I need to rework it?

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it should say

it should say PortableApps.com, because PortableApps.com is the official brand name for our project. Just using "PortableApps" as the text could make your button seem too generic. Even if the link pointed specifically to this site, without the .com in the text, it could be interpreted as any set of applications that have been made portable.

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K

Alright, I'll rework my Promo button. I'll edit this post when I have that done.

[Edit]: Right, I have the new promo button updated. It has the text, "PortableApps.com". Link below. Anything else I need to do?

Link

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Looks good. Though you were

Looks good. Though you were right about the text becoming harder to read

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I'm Flexible

Well, I'm good with whatever, if you guys want all the text, thats fine, if not, thats fine too. I do have one question though... Should I start work on the other sizes (i.e. how Firefox has like 20 different versions of all different shapes and sizes), or should I wait until we think this one is perfect?

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In my opinion, i'd start with

In my opinion, i'd start with a high-quality larger banner, and work down to smaller sizes.

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specific size

Do you have a specific size in mind? 468x60 maybe? or full-sized 800x128? I'm good with anything, but I need to know what sizes you guys will want.

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i really didnt have any

i really didnt have any particular size in mind. go with whatever you feels makes most sense for a banner or button.

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Okay

On it, I will have the new mock-ups posted soon. And I'll edit this post when it's done.

[Edit]:

Okay, I have 2 other mock-ups done. One is 88x31 and the other is 468x60. Links follow this paragraph. Tell me what you think, and what I need to work on.

88x31 mock-up

468x60 mock-up

They are also on my affiliate buttons page listed with the first mock-up.

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Looks pretty good, but the

Looks pretty good, but the curved parts of the red are pretty pixellated. What program are you using for your artwork?

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Photoshop

I've tried Gimp, but I'm too used to photoshop to make a comfortable switch. I tried to clean up the edges, but I know they don't look great. these are still just promo buttons though. Nothing final, so I'll be working on cleaning up the edges mostly. Anything else I should do/fix?

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For the largest

For the largest banner/button, and the smaller ones if possible, make the "PortableApps.com" bold. This next suggestion isn't as important, and not at all necessary, but maybe make a preview version that uses the "small caps" font setting for "PortableApps.com" like the top banner on our site.

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nice

They really look nice. I think the "Your digital Life, anywhere" could have a "™" and the anywhere could be italic to be more like this sites header.

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Good suggestions

Right, Small caps the non-capitalized characters, embolden "PortableApps.com", italicize "Anywhere", add a TM symbol at the end of, "Your Digital Life, Anywhere", and work on the smoothness of the edges on the two new promo buttons. Got it.

I'll edit this post when I have that done. Any other suggestions for the PA.com Promo Affiliate Buttons?

[Edit]:

Okay, I did a little with the edges, and they look all around, much better, though a little fuzzier. I also did all the suggestions for the Text effects. Links in last post are now up-to-date. Any other suggestions/ideas/general feed-back is always appreciated.

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Looks pretty good. Any

Looks pretty good. Any chance you could upload the PSD file? I'd like to play around with it and see if i can smooth those borders out for ya without blurring them too much.

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PSD

Alright, I'll have the PSDs for the two newer ones uploaded to the server in a couple of minutes. I'll also place a link on my affiliate buttons page. Done. you can download them now.

Hey Zach? have you taken a look at the .psd's? I don't want to bug you, but I do want to finish these soon so we can actually make a proposal for these to be official.

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i couldn't find the links to

i couldn't find the links to the psd's....i thought i had posted to say that....oops

EDIT: Found them, i'll post back later today

EDIT 2: modified 88x31 button and the PSD
modified 468x60 banner and the PSD

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Fantastic

Thank you a ton Zach.

Okay, posting modified button/banner/PSDs to my site. Thanks again Zach. John/everyone else form PA.com, anything else we need to do to finalize these to become official?

[Edit]:

Right, so, new pics posted along with updated PSDs. Can't say Thank you Enough, Zack. And waiting for feedback and update info from admins of PA.com. Thank you guys.

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Not a big deal at all.

Not a big deal at all. Thanks for appreciating

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Image Techniques

Right, so, is it alright if I use some of your techniques in my affiliate buttons? I have it posted already, and I gave you credit, and I didn't just copy & paste, but if your not okay with it, just say the word and I'll delete them.

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go for it...do whatever you

go for it...do whatever you want with my stuff

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Thanks

Alright, thank you for the use of the techniques. And as a side note, while we wait for update from PA.com admins, can you tell me what you think of my sites affiliate buttons?

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Good job. I like them.

Good job. I like them. They're kinda plain, but i'm not sure there's really a good way to spice them up.

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Thanks

Thank you for your input, and again for allowing me to use your techniques, I'll try and work on a way to make them a little more interesting.

In unrelated news, do we know whether or not anything else needs to be done to get the PA.com ones to be considered for the official versions?

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The only thing

I can think of to make them official is John saying that he wants them Smile

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