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In our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.

What's New

New Premium Member Feature: Gallery Subfolders

New Gallery Folders for Premium Members by danlev

One of the most requested features we've gotten on Site Updates in the past is the ability to add subfolders within your gallery. As of today, the wait is over! Subfolder capability has been added to the member gallery for Premium Members. This allows users to create folders within a folder, for more specific organization and overall tidiness.

Try the new subfolders feature by upgrading to a Premium Membership.

Comment Signatures Uplift

New Comment Signatures by danlev

Comments on deviantART are an amazing way to interact with your fellow deviants. However, in the past, it was sometimes difficult to distinguish between the comment itself, and the comment signature. Deviants enjoy having a piece of their profile travel with them on deviantART, but the two bodies of text were too similar to easily distinguish. In one of our prior Site Updates, we asked what you thought of signatures. The primary requests were to make signatures a bit less prominent, and also to better distinguish them from the comment itself. We listened to your concerns, adjusting the signature size and color, and adding a clear separation between the comment and the signature.

Remember: If you prefer to view comments without signatures, you can disable them in your Browsing Settings.

Update to Critiques

In the past, any Critique left on a deviation would disappear from the deviation page if a user disabled Critique, or if their Premium Membership expired. As of today, rather than removing the Critique from the deviation, a message is displayed stating "The Artist is no longer requesting Critique on this Artwork", and any Critique you've already received remains visible on the deviation, regardless of the cause for the change. This means that you'll be able to easily access feedback left for you, even if your Premium Membership runs out or you decide you don't want to receive Critique on that work anymore.

Upgrades to Quarterly Check Payments

After receiving a great deal of feedback, we're excited to announce an upgrade to the My Earnings quarterly check payment system! Instead of waiting until the end of a quarter for deviantART to process your check, you can now request a check whenever you'd like! For example, if you made some big sales after submitting a new Print, you can request a check to be mailed to you right away instead waiting until the quarter ends.

Change Log

  • Favorites could not be dragged from the collection bar and dropped into journal entry drafts. Fixed by $muteor
  • The Google PDF viewer that was used to display PDF deviations was unreliable, and would occasionally require a user to log into their Google account. It has since been replaced with a different implementation that will allow most browsers to display the PDF using their own PDF reader. Fixed by $muteor
  • Misclicks or double-clicks on a deviation submission could result in duplicates. Fixed by $muteor
  • Submissions to the Visualizations Gallery misidentified the .pimp filetype as .7z. Fixed by $ZombieCoder
  • The "Show Collections" button in the Deviation Thumbshare forum threads was not operational. Fixed by $muteor
  • A very small number of deviation deletions resulted in notifications concerning unaddressed required release documents. Fixed by $muteor
  • Many people use deviantART logged out -- whether they were just linked to a page from another website or they haven't signed up yet. Since these users are less familiar with deviantART, we've decided to hide signatures for them, making the comments section cleaner and less confusing.

  • When logged out, the "Edit with Writer" button on deviantART wouldn't redirect to the right place after logging in. Fixed by $samshull
  • When viewing someone else's stack, it wasn't possible to open items in new tabs. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • Going in and out of edit mode on a item using the browser history would break Fixed by $kouiskas
  • Merging items has been reworded. Fixed by $aMoniker
  • On the Submit page, the Submit Now button on the bottom of the page wouldn't get the same active state as the top one when submitting. Fixed by $samshull
  • Visiting one's own stack directly and uploading would add new items in the root instead of in the stack. Fixed by $samshull
  • The upload display was broken in legacy browsers. Fixed by $samshull
  • Dragging items to merge them into a stack was broken. Fixed by $aMoniker Writer

  • Writer developed some padding issues, which made for inaccurate previews. Fixed by $kemayo
  • In raw HTML mode (command+e or ctrl+e when in Writer), autosave was not functional and the toolbars were disabled. Fixed by $kemayo and $Alisey
  • Importing multiple thumbs from at once wasn't working. Fixed by $inazar

Your Feedback

Thanks so much for the feedback in last week's Site Update!
  • Many users were excited about our upcoming new browsing experience: More Like This. Some members were confused and assumed it would take the place of Browse — for clarification, it's not! More Like This will be a new way to browse artwork, artists, and collection related to a single deviation. 
  • Members liked the suggestions about being able to pull files from for Premium Content, being able to move their deviations to scraps using the pencil tool in the gallery, and using a deviation as an avatar.
  • rioIu suggested adding filters to Discover, such as the amount of watchers or pageviews artists have.
  • MisterEclipse suggested the ability to "+Watch" a Journal entry to get notifications when new people comment on it.
  • Nichrysalis suggested that members should be able to browse a Group gallery by category the way you can for an individual's gallery.


Group Gallery vs. Group Favourites
Within Groups, there are two similar ways to collect and promote artwork, that being the Group Gallery and Group Favourites. For those of you who manage or contribute in Groups, how do you use the Group Favourites compared to the Group Gallery? Do you find that you put both to use the same way, or do you find different uses for each? Do Groups you take part in generally use one over another?

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Destiny-FaithAngel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Please make subfolders for the favorites gallery
GlitchhCaniis Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
About subfolders, is there going to be a way to have more folders inside of the subfolders? Here is an example of use I'd have for it:
Wolves and OC's, go inside and go to Ria de la LonMee. 
If there were:
Emotional; Random; With Another Character would be folders listed.
Since there aren't:
Have to search through it to find a specific emotion or look to Ria.

Some others may have use to this too.
Xiaooyu Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! that question!
Will your subfolders disappear when your premium is gone or will they merge with your folder like before? :c
HeartsxxEmma Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
What happens to the subfolders when your premium membership is up?
zarahlaurice2013 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Arts are not just done on papers however we can also make one online as well as with computers. - Reputation Repair
SideQuestPubs Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know it's been a few months, but I've only just begun playing around with some of the Premium Member-only features... such as the subfolders.

Now, if I reorganize my gallery (shifting my three separate ongoing stories and two completed short stories) into a single Sonic & Knuckles folder, creating within that folder separate folders for each story, I'll be able to sort each deviation according to the individual story without cluttering up my main gallery.
I understand that fairly well, and I am quite glad that such a feature has been implemented.

Here is my concern and my question: this is a premium member-only feature, yes? So what happens to those carefully organized stories once my membership runs out?
Do the subfolders I have created remain, and the deviations remain sorted within them (until I choose to move them myself), or will those deviations suddenly find themselves in the main folder (Sonic and Knuckles, given the prior example)?
Likewise, if the subfolders remain, can I continue using the ones I've already created? That is, if I create more deviations that belong to a particular story (whose subfolder has already been made), can I add those deviations to that subfolder, or am I limited to the main folders only?

Finally, is there any plan to allow us to move folders/subfolders from one folder to another?
See, I have three folders so far in the Sonic and Knuckles universe (containing 45 deviations among the three of them), and if I wanted to use those as subfolders instead, I am currently limited to moving the individual deviations.
EeveelutionLova Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait..... I see Deviants with Subfolers that AREN't premium..
Davendra-SH Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
iAmAneleBiscarra Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really? yay!
TemariAtaje Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
If you have a premium membership and are using gallery subfolders what happens to all the art in these folders once your premium membership expires? Does it just go back into the main folder that the subfolders are in or do they get deleted along with the folder. i would hate to have to go back through all my subfolders and put them in the main one again just to make sure I didn't lose anything. I have over 100 things in subfolders.
darkSoul4Life Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
What happens if you have created subfolders and the premium membership expires? I don't want to spent all the time to reorganize my gallery if it goes away in some months. It would also be nice if you can move folders from the main gallery inside another folder so that you don't have to create them again inside the new parent folder and move every single deviation.
Wragziez Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Are these subfolders available for our favorites yet?
PsiPaula4 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
I got a question. Do the subfolders vanish when you lose your Premium membership? I don't have premium all the time so if that is so, it isn't worth it.
xKalisto Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gallery sub folders \o/
Now I just need sub folders for my Favourites & Collections >w<
Aquardial Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
As MANY users have said, sub folders in our our favourties gallery would be a much appreciated feature. For example, I am attempting to collect as many Harry Potter book scenes as possible, and it would be lovely to have chapters within the "book" folders, so each folder does not have 900+ pictures to scroll through!
Thank you for at least giving us sub-folders for our galleries.
PhantomShayle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
I love the subfolders. It makes organization in the gallery so much easier! In the future, could we also have subfolders in our favourites galleries?
Peachfuzz-TC Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
.^. I need to get a premium membership >w< I wanna be able to use that subfolder feature ;n;
Destiny-FaithAngel Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like the gallery subfolder but i think you should add it to the favourite gallery as well
HikariAiSuri Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Maybe I'm a little too late, but I think the subfolders would be awesome if avaiable also for our favourites...
The-Sanrio-fanboy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
When is the new search option coming?
eLsClone Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012   Artist
The resolution size just got smaller.
The change uninformed change
made me nervous.
Thundred Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Totally didn't even notice this was a thing now until I saw someone else's gallery!
Since my premium membership expired in July and this feature came out afterwards.
Definitely going to have to renew my membership now. Bravo!
MelikeBirsenAtes Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
This is the great improvement many of us has been waiting for so long.
It would be more awesome to have the subfolders option in favorites too. It is more needed...
TKAkingfisher Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another cool update would be if you could get sub-folder in favourites. For people who want to sort even more of there stuff.
Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love the subfolders!!

One question....what will happen to deviations in subfolders when my premium membership expires?

Some of my deviations can only be found in sub-folders (and through the browse feature.)
The-WaxBadger Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012   Writer
Subfolders are great, I just took advantage of them myself. Another thing that would be good too would be to have the option of having a folder selection bar above the out-of-folder pieces instead of just along the left or the right, or at least have some way that you can navigate without scrolling all the way down, like maybe having prev/next page buttons for folder look-up.

Also, with stories will there ever be a way to accommodate chapters without having to submit as separate submissions? I write multiple chapter stories, and this has never been an option on DA, and it would be nice if it was. I also know people can also submit as PDF and probably do chapters that way, but that often requires Acrobat Reader to be installed and I don't want to cause issues with my subscribers.
raberbagirl Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
As far as the Group discussion, the one I run is a fanclub for four characters. I use the Gallery section for Deviations including all four characters, and the Favorites for Deviations featuring only one, two, or three of them. So for me, at least, it's useful to have two different ways to collect Group Deviations.
CockatielLover Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Would be nice to throw in this suggestion... an option to delete ALL our notes, not just the ones on one page... especially when you have 6000+ notes... :/
wolffreak51 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student General Artist
i have been having troble working the new updates
DerpyDashHooves1876 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
I'd rather just ignore these site updates if nobody is going to agree with my opinions. I'm out of here.
TlKl Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
I have a suggestion!
Since now we got subfolders, we can be more organised right?
But when we upload new deviations we can only upload it to one folder/subfolder, and then we have to go back to out galleries and copy it to other folders/subfolders (if needed of course) as well
My suggestion would be to instead of choosing only one folder/subfolder, we could just tick the boxes near the folders names so when we upload it it goes to those ticked folders!
okai im bad at explaining but what i mean is instead of picking only one folder and then going around copying it to others, nut when were uploading deviations, there could be a dropdown box and near the names could be little boxes which we could mark it, also letting us mark it different folders. Its the same as before, but instead of picking one folder, we could select mutiple
okai im really bad at explaining but i hope you get my point ^^;
I-is-smart Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol submit directly to such and such subfolder from the submit page, makes since, and i bet they will do that in the future ;)
TlKl Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
;ORSUBGHSB im glad i could make sence for one :'D
Would be really handy if they do! 8D
Username-91 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
+fave! Now it has 205 +faves!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DerpyDashHooves1876 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
The Slide Show isn't working...? :?
I-is-smart Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
working for me, never really cared for slideshow anyway, when i was a noob i thought it was cool, but it really is just annoying and slow and it zooms pixel art so that it gets distorted and stuff
DerpyDashHooves1876 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Oh so what, you think I might be a noob too for caring about the slideshow?
I-is-smart Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no i said "when i was a noob" its how i refer to myself when i was new to deviantart, I was just stating my opinion that i dont really care for them I did not say you were a noob, and i know you have your own opinions, did you have to use a rage emote over it though?
DerpyDashHooves1876 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Disable User Page comments please, and also disable fav buttons please for premium members. :)
I-is-smart Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:stare: now why would anyone want that? i mean i guess i prefer a comment to a fav but id rather get a fav then nothing, and its bad enough people disable comments on art, but not allowing deviants to even talk to them :no:
DerpyDashHooves1876 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Keep your own opinions to yourself please. Thanks. :)
I-is-smart Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD I can see why you want to disable comments other peoples opinions that contradict your own must drive you nuts
DerpyDashHooves1876 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
I believe lindaofcc is right. If I can't give my opinions, then you shouldn't give your opinions either. :shrug:
lindaofcc Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
LOLWAT? I didn't say that you can't give YOUR opinions. The journal said that feedback is welcome. I was trying to tell you that you were a hypocrite. I didn't say that you were not allowed to give your opinions, I was just pointing out the fact that YOU gave YOUR opinions and I-is-smart gave their opinion about your opinion and yet you told them to keep their opinions to theirself. Therefor, you are a hypocrite.

Please, try to understand better next time.
I-is-smart Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
okay now tell me, who told you not to give your opinions? I told you i disagree with your opinions, i did not say you can not give them.
lindaofcc Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So you can give /your/ opinions but she can't give hers? Hypocritical, isn't it?

And why wouldd you wamt to disable user comments? You can always just hide uneeded comments. Although, I think we should have an option to actually delete a comment rather than just hide them.
overseer Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Since we now have the awesome subfolders, would it be possible that when I enter a subfolder and click on the 'back' button, that I'm directed back to the gallery said subfolder is contained within and not my main gallery, please? Or have two buttons. One stating 'back' and one 'back to main gallery'. Or change the button to a kind of folder based link or something.

I found the redirection very irritating yesterday, when I was applying custom gallery 'buttons'.
I-is-smart Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
where it says folder>subfolder the name of the folder serves as a link. you can also hit the browser back button or hit backspace
fudgepudge Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Maybe when you go to a deviation and look at the Statistics of that piece you could see who downloaded that deviation just like you can with seeing who Favorited yours or some one else deviation. I would like to see who downloads my stuff. Just a suggestion. I could also be a way to track down possible art thieves.
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