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You know how we often talk about the old Créu Official Site being a "Template Shop"? Let's continue the conversation!


Today we have a SPECIAL surprise for you! Keep on reading to find out!!




So, backtracking a bit... literally... whenever you went to www.creu.com.br and clicked to obtain a certain feature for your Blog - in this example, a Créu Cat mouse cursor - you'd see a pop-up with some options, like this:



From there, you could download the .cur or .ani file to your computer for personal use, or copy the HTML to paste straight into your Blog's code!



Here's an actual code snippet example. Some were meant to be placed at the beginning of your HTML code (<head>). Others, such as images, could be placed within the <body>, like in a column. The snippets usually came with instructions, so no coding knowledge required! In HTML, everything between <!-- --> does not actually show up on the published page.

<!-- CURSOR CRÉU -->                                                                     <!-- ATENÇÃO: COLE ESTE CÓDIGO HTML ENTRE AS TAGS <HEAD> E </HEAD> DE SEU BLOG! -->                                                                     <style type="text/css">BODY{cursor:url("http://www.creu.com.br/download/cursores/CURSORCREU8.ani");}
</style>



Now, remember I said we have an exclusive treat for you? Créu Yeah!!


A wonderful member of our #creucommunity on the Créu Official Discord Server - the incredible @leninnog who's developed Byter Bot - has kindly volunteered to bring back to life one Créu mouse cursor - with trails too!!





Test out the adorable blast from the past here:

https://leninnog.github.io/Creu-Cursor/





Thank you so much for your contributions, leninnog!!





Alright, so what else did we have?


Oh! One cool (yet slightly annoying) feature from the 2000's were the "MIDI Players". You'd visit a Blog and suddenly this "monotone" music would play. The owner chose the song too, you couldn't change it. Thankfully, there was an option to pause!


If you're curious about what the "MIDI" format sounded like, you may check https://www.midiworld.com/files (I am not responsible for anything on that site, this is for educational purposes only!)



So! As I was saying, we offered Créu-themed MIDI Players, where all you needed to add was your music file!


Sadly, we don't have a demonstration for you guys today, because the code we used back then is a deprecated technology called ActiveX, which is no longer supported in web browsers... But we will update the Blog if something comes up!



For now, enjoy some more old Créu pop-ups!








Last but not least, here's a little homework for you! To honor the fact that 2000's Bloggers usually listed the pages they liked, you can now try this yourself! Just copy & paste the code below into your HTML site - like in the old days - to add a "fanlisting" of Créu Cat or Petita!!




<!-- Código HTML do FANLISTING PETITA --><a href="http://www.creu.com.br" target="_blank"><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/131153_d12d932f07e049eb8edb2ff690becbe4~mv2.gif" alt="Fanlisting Oficial PETITA" border="0"></a><!-- Fim do código -->



<!-- Código HTML do FANLISTING CRÉU --><a href="http://www.creu.com.br" target="_blank"><img src="https://static.wixstatic.com/media/131153_b2c96307d23146b0bd0359af553542f2~mv2.gif" alt="Fanlisting Oficial CRÉU" border="0"></a><!-- Fim do código -->



Let us know in the comments how these worked out for you! =^^=


Question: would you like to see more 2000's features come back to life??







You know how we often talk about the old Créu Official Site being a "Template Shop" back in the day?


Let's share a bit more about that!



First of all, it's important to know that Blogs really weren't a thing until before the 2000's. I still remember reading about the whole blog trend in a magazine. Yes, there was online life before social media. Even before Orkut! A Blog was essentially a "diary" where you'd write about your day and things you like. Except, instead of being locked away in your drawer, now it was out in the world for everyone to read. You could also make a blog together with your friends or dedicate them to celebrities of the time, like Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park and Blink 182. Every teen HAD to have a blog if they wanted to be cool in the 2000's.


And these blogs were FULL of cute decorations and GIFS. Having a cute GIF on your Blog was a gift, because they were rare to find - usually you had to send and receive them over e-mail. Crazy, right??


I was fascinated with those adorable little animations. As you know, I've always loved the Art of animation, and the whole internet world was just magic to me. But that's when I realized something... the GIFS had one problem - they weren't original! Users usually animated super famous characters or just had something kinda boring. There wasn't a DEDICATED character who could provide décor to blogs. And so, Créu Cat came to the rescue!!





So! The most important part of the Blog was, of course, the template! Basically the whole look and feel of it. And if you wanted something cute, exclusive and original, you went to www.creu.com.br !



Here's some Templates you could download back then! These came complete with the HTML code for each Blog host, such as Blogger or UOL Host, from <head> to <body>. All you needed to do was just copy the whole text, paste it on your HTML editor and BOOM! Cute Créu Cat on your Blog!!







(in case you're wondering - no, the web addresses in these pictures aren't accessible anymore)



Note that vintage browser...


Oh! And we also had some interactive, real Flash headers for Blogs!! You could actually play them inside your HTML with the respective codes. Since Flash technology won't work anymore, here's some videos of their behavior:



The old Créu Official Site was a one-stop shop for everything cute you could ever need for your Blog. Templates, midi players, cursors, GIFS... all featuring a truly exclusive and original character meant to bring joy to the internet!



It is a bit sad that a lot of the old content wouldn't really apply much to today's modern internet world... I think. Blogs are still alive in a way or another (in fact you are reading one!) but we certainly don't have that crude HTML magic anymore. Blogs are mostly known today for personal recipes or fashion stuff, with social media doing the whole "diary" part. Very little HTML exploration.



But do not worry! I will be sharing with you all some historical content from the old Créu Official Site! Next post I will be showing some HTML codes for widgets! Stay tuned!!




What do you think? Would you have a Blog with any of these Créu Cat headers?






Did you know that the Créu Cats actually had a human friend, back in the 2000s? That's right. His name was Fred. Here's the actual description from the vintage Créu Official Site:


"FRED, short for Frederico, is a 12 year old boy with light blue hair who loves animals. On his free time, Fred volunteers at a cat shelter.

He is the foster parent of the Créu Cats, with Créu being his permanent and loyal best Cat friend. When Fred grows up, he wants to work as a game programmer."



So yes. Fred was awesome. And he was able to talk to the Cats too! Like, who wouldn't want a friend like Fred??


However, as the purpose and focus shifted to Créu Cats' existing to decorate the Web with their cuteness, Fred didn't quite fit the narrative anymore. I mean, he was cute, but he wasn't a cat. He would kinda mess up the whole "Créu Cats" chemistry. It reminds me of when I'd watch old gen My Little Pony and freaked out a little when a human showed up... It just felt kinda weird and out of place. Even though Fred had the absolute best intentions, the Cats just didn't quite need him anymore.



Anyway. To break the ice, here's some EXCLUSIVE images of Fred, circa 2000, when PriVer was still a teen. Remember, there were NO YouTube tutorials or Instagram art tips back then, only magazines!








So there you have it. Say, would you like to see Fred make a comeback too?? Would he be all grown up now, or still a kid? What would he say?!



Fred. Friend. Forever. Gone but not forgotten.






PS: There have been reports of MORE secret Créu characters from back in the day. Anyone from the old days remember who they were? They may or may not make a comeback at some point... ;)





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