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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.

Sta.sh

  • When logged out, the "Edit with Sta.sh Writer" button on deviantART wouldn't redirect to the right place after logging in. Fixed by $samshull
  • When viewing someone else's Sta.sh stack, it wasn't possible to open items in new tabs. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • Going in and out of edit mode on a Sta.sh item using the browser history would break Sta.sh. 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

Sta.sh Writer


  • Sta.sh Writer developed some padding issues, which made for inaccurate previews. Fixed by $kemayo
  • In raw HTML mode (command+e or ctrl+e when in Sta.sh Writer), autosave was not functional and the toolbars were disabled. Fixed by $kemayo and $Alisey
  • Importing multiple thumbs from Sta.sh 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 Sta.sh 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.
  • Eclipse--Designs suggested the ability to "+Watch" a Journal entry to get notifications when new people comment on it.
  • NicBelroque suggested that members should be able to browse a Group gallery by category the way you can for an individual's gallery.

Discuss!

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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RiaTheWolfGirl Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional 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.
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Xiaooyu 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
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HeartsxxEmma Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
What happens to the subfolders when your premium membership is up?
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:iconzarahlaurice2013:
Arts are not just done on papers however we can also make one online as well as with computers. - Reputation Repair
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SideQuestPubs 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.
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EeveelutionLova Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait..... I see Deviants with Subfolers that AREN't premium..
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Davendra-SH Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THE SUBFOLDERS STILL REMAINS EVEN IF OUR PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP EXPIRES :iconsuperw00tplz:
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anelebiscarra Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really? yay!
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TemariAtaje 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.
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darkSoul4Life 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.
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