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In our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing 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 Sta.sh Submit Interface (Beta Testers Only)
Sta.sh, deviantART's upload and publishing platform, has a redesigned submission process! This new version, which is only available to Beta Testers, includes a simplified and tidier interface that makes it easier to understand and use. In addition to the visual changes, we also added the ability to submit to multiple Gallery folders.


Screen Shot 2012-04-12 at 1.21.13 PM by danlev

New Sta.sh Writer Toolbar (Beta Testers Only)
Formatting in Sta.sh Writer just got easier! Check out the brand new Writer toolbar, which includes new functionality such as headings, lists, and text alignment! Though these formatting styles worked in the previous version of Writer, they could only be used if you manually typed in the HTML or copy and pasted from another application.


Screen Shot 2012-04-04 at 11.37.43 AM by danlev

Want to try these features? Upgrade to a Premium Membership and enable Beta Testing in your Account Settings.

Bug Fixes


General
  • When using the "next" and "previous" buttons to browse through "newest deviations" and "newest favourites" from the Profile Page widgets, the "back" button was not working properly. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Search on chatrooms page was slow and caused excessive stress on the database. Fixed by shadowhand
  • A minor display issue about long Group names in the Message Center has been addressed. Fixed by ZombieCoder
  • Some Group Profile Pages did not list all Journals in the "recent journal entries" module. Fixed by allixsenos
  • Group administrators lost ability to edit settings for the blog widget on the Journal tab of Groups for a short time. Fixed by helloandre
  • The Journal Skin editor modal appearance was severely dated. Fixed by mpsb
  • deviantART's oEmbed API had several corner cases where it was not fully compliant with the specifications. Fixed by drommk
  • Some links on automated emails were not working properly. Fixed by drommk and ZombieCoder
  • When editing an item's title, the box now expands vertically as you type and never shows a scrollbar. Fixed by samshull
  • Updating the main image of a deviation that was submitted from Sta.sh now correctly updates the EXIF information. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When selecting only one item, broken hovercards would appear on other items when they shouldn't have been shown. Fixed by samshull
  • When the last row of items had only one item, hovering it would make the pager jump. Fixed by samshull
  • Clicking on the title of a thumbnail in Writer would open the deviation instead of adding it to the piece. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Added a new preview and share buttons on the header of Sta.sh items. Fixed by kemayo
  • Reloading writer reopens your current draft instead of creating a new one. Fixed by kemayo
  • Links clicked in the writer preview window now open in a new window. Fixed by kemayo
  • Uploading from the Sta.sh toolbar stopped working. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Sta.sh had upload errors in IE8. Fixed by inazar
  • Writer toolbar showed the underline button highlighted when a link was focussed. Fixed by inazar
  • Pasting a deviation to move it within Writer would reset its width and height. Fixed by Alisey
  • Dragging deviations from the sidebar not onto writer would result in them reverting back to a weird position. Fixed by Alisey
  • Dragging and dropping Sta.sh thumbs was generally broken in IE. Fixed by Alisey
  • The non-Sta.sh Journal editor now gives the "put-art-here" hover indicator to everyone rather than just subscribers, since thumbnails are not restricted to just Premium Members anymore. Fixed by kemayo
Your Feedback

dj-corny suggested that the deviantART navigation should stick to the top of the screen when scrolling down the page so that it's always available. 

Suggestion: Sticky top menu by dj-corny

RockstarVanity created of visual mock-up of advanced Poll settings, which includes the ability to close a poll and limiting voting to certain groups of people.

Mock-Up for Suggested Poll Revamp by RockstarVanity

In the Suggestions ForumtheOrangeSunflower brought up the idea that there should be a way to view all collections that a deviation is in. This would not only be a great way to discover new artwork, but it'd also make collections more visible and encourage members to curate their own collections.  


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:iconalphapower:
AlphaPower Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   General Artist
:icondragontailfaster:
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:iconmock1ngjay:
Mock1ngJay Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
(I dunno if somebody has already suggested this, but..)
I, as well as many others, use the chat rooms to rp. I htink it would be a good idea to allow people to view previous chats in chat rooms, as currently I have to screenshot the chat so I can go back later to re-read previous rps.
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:iconlionesses101:
Lionesses101 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Look I've been having problems going to pages, there always most times seem to be page errors. Deviantart asks me to go to the main deviantart page over and over again. Can you fix it, please? :please:
There may be some glitch.
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:iconcrazyking-3d:
crazyking-3d Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
nice
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:icondigital-jedi:
Digital-Jedi Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Disagree with previous comments. Floating toolbars make things way more fluid. Most folks will get used to it and wonder how they ever lived without it after a time.
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:iconyamitora1:
Yamitora1 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
While viewing our deviantWATCH messages, we should be able to sort them by abz, zyx, number of deviations and we also should be allowed to unstack them if we feel like it.
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:iconfloppyrom:
floppyrom Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
3 ideas:

- button to share on google+
- ability to do a batch change to all the deviations and disable the download full resolution feature
- statistics about the downloads of your deviations in the statistics center
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:iconxtorirosexd:
XToriRoseXD Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
completely agree with you
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:iconpica-ae:
pica-ae Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I have a suggestion :la:

You recently updated the "remove from message center" button on journals and news articles when browsing them from the message center. Most of the people I watch use Skins created for the previous journal look. That means, most of those skins do not display the line that tells me who posted the journal.

This brings up the problem that when browsing, I can only find out by who the journal I am viewing is, by scrolling down all the way :B
News Articles show a "More from…" list on the right, it would be cool to have this item on journal deviations as well :) Might even be an easy fix, since the element already exists ;)

Thank you :hug:
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:icondanlev:
danlev Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm, that's an interesting problem. Good point! Not sure what the best solution would be though. Hmmm...
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:iconpica-ae:
pica-ae Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I quite like the "More from $Dan14Lev in News" list on the right side :) It is at least in close proximity to the title of the journal :)

But then again, if you can think of a smarter way, it would be awesome to see that :eager:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Interface Designer
:thumbsup: seconded! I find it annoying that the 'more from' isn't there :hmm:
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:iconpica-ae:
pica-ae Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:w00t: It's kinda weird not knowing who wrote a journal :dummy: you may get the totally wrong impression :B
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:iconbig-dub:
Big-Dub Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Well, personally, I don't think I need the navigation to move with me up and down the page. The web page layout just fine the way it is.

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Hell is real; So is Heaven. Which one are you going to?
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:iconpje0860:
pje0860 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
hope Devian users get Increased FOR THE BETTER!!!!!
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:iconhyratel:
Hyratel Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
There remains an issue where the footer bar will load a number of deviations which are NOT the collapsed DDs and then quickly windowshade closed.
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:iconseatapp:
seatapp Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Hello! I just wanted to say that the new Fair Exposure frontpage is an excellent idea, and I hope you keep it! Keep up the good work!
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:iconmirix:
Mirix Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
I have a suggestion, how about you deal with this problem: [link]

..and please don't ignore it, there's a big need for some kind of solution, thoughtful one, it's the main page, it's the most representative part of deviantART! The idea given by the author seems pretty reasonable and not hard to do. It would be even more amazing to seek for better algorithm to maintain the idea of "Fair Exposure". I love the idea itself, I know how it is to be in shadow, I appreciate you tried to figure out something, but I'm afraid it didn't work as planned.. So make a pool, make a journal, seek help from people around dA, maybe someone will find a solution to this problem, which will be less harmful. You have a mass of minds that can work for this site! Let us all think! Please, act.. :please:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Interface Designer
In case you haven't yet, you might want to see [link] :D
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:iconmirix:
Mirix Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Thanks a lot! :nod:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Welcome ^^
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:iconladycarnal:
LadyCarnal Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   Photographer
Could you do anything against the constant theft from dA to the other sites too???
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:icongifteddeviant:
gifteddeviant Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   General Artist
Sorry that I keep doing this, but here's what it might look like: [link]
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:icongifteddeviant:
gifteddeviant Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   General Artist
I'm adding to my earlier comment:

Suggestion: Deviants can look at how many comments a deviation has, but what about views and downloads? It would save me, or anybody else, the trouble of going to each deviation to see how many views/downloads it has recieved.

Thanks
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:icongifteddeviant:
gifteddeviant Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   General Artist
Suggestion: Deviants can look at how many comments a deviation has, but what about views? It would save me, or anybody else, the trouble of going to each deviation to see how many views it has recieved.

Thanks :)
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:iconkaes-loveable-adopts:

:bulletpurple:Sticky Navigation Bar
Although it may seem like a good idea at first, it would get rather annoying after a while. In Google Chrome, I have it where I keep my bookmarks bar on at all times. Making the navigation bar the same way, would just take up too much space. It would get in the way of searching and trying to read journals/literature/etc if that makes any sense. At least make it an option for people who do want it and for people who don't.

:bulletpurple:Advanced Poll Settings
I quite like this idea. Not sure what else to say about it.

:bulletpurple:Suggestions
I agree with ~FlamerXMagofire and =icefire8521 a deviant search would be really cool :>

Sub-folders. I would so love to have this feature along with many other people. It would be great to not only organize our galleries but our favorites too.
In my favorites on my main account I have something like canines/felines/equines/etc but it would be good to separate the photos from the art.

>Canines
>>Photos
>>Artwork

or

>Animals
>>Canines
>>>Photos
>>>Artwork

If any of THAT makes any sense lol
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:iconz-stellmaria:
z-stellmaria Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The sub-folders idea keeps coming up! I've mentioned it twice myself in earlier site updates and although it was mentioned as an actual suggestion in the first few updates it seems to have been overlooked, or pushed aside. I still love the idea though and I know a lot of other people do too.

I also agree with everything else you've said - I'm not keen on the sticky bar either, but I do like the idea of the advanced poll options.
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:iconkaes-loveable-adopts:
Oh! So it's been included in the site updates before then? Well at least they looked at it I guess. Having sub folders would make everything so much easier and organized! I'm a person that loves to keep things organized, so sub-folders would be great! A lot of people would love to have this and hopefully dA will do something to make that happen.
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:iconz-stellmaria:
z-stellmaria Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it has and I very much hope that they will consider it, because it does come up every now and then... I've mentioned it twice myself, I think, but to no avail. I like organising too and it would be so much easier, because I don't like to have lots of main folders that are very similar (I'm not sure if that makes sense...).
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:iconkaes-loveable-adopts:
I think I'm going to keep mentioning it until somethings done xD
And yes! I understand perfectly. Like comics for example. People have comics and the characters sheets. So a folder with things regarding to the comic would make it much easier (I hope that makes sense XD)
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:iconz-stellmaria:
z-stellmaria Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, exactly! I'll keep mentioning it too and then, maybe they'll pick it up eventually.
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:iconkaes-loveable-adopts:
Lets hope for the best :>
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:iconiluvdevilschild:
iluvdevilschild Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the poll suggestion.
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:iconicefire8521:
icefire8521 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Search for deviants? Or is that coming along with the new search stuff with favs, notes and deviations in v.8? I don't know what version this is.

Subfolders. Many people have been asking, and I thought I'd do it do.

Group donation pools. No need to make accounts just for it!

Special folders for comic pages or lit chapters etc. We don't have to link it everytime.
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TempesTNatioN Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I was browsing Mashable and had an idea, something of which is quite similar to them - Following particular searches either through email or DevSTACKS :)
I also thought I'd reiterate my other question on Profiles, what's going on with them? Hoped I'd be able to edit it more freely and sooner.
x
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:iconflamerxmagofire:
FlamerXMagofire Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
What about a Deviant searcher to look for deviants instead of deviations? :) I made a lil' concept mock-up [link]
If I'm suppoused to post it on a forum or something, sorry, but I never used any, so instead of making unnecesary mistakes, I do this =P
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Doesn't have to go on the forums - but I do recommend putting the deviation to the dA related > dA suggestions category! :D
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:iconflamerxmagofire:
FlamerXMagofire Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Done! Thanks =)
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Interface Designer
No problem :hug:
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:iconazurellia:
Azurellia Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Would it be possible to have all group messages show up in your inbox as well?
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:iconaaniqma:
aaniqma Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
waw
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:icontobysq:
tobysq Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
[Suggestion] I'd like to be able to put journals in storage.
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:iconicefire8521:
icefire8521 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You can delete them, if that's what you want. Or clear them and save what you wrote for later. Depends on what you wanna do.
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tobysq Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That doesn't save comments and other information. :P If I wan't just the post, I wouldn't of bothered posting. Having it for reference in my storage would be useful to me.
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:iconjol557:
jol557 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
WHY NOT MAKE A VERSION IN SPANISH?


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:iconceasarex-the-mage:
Ceasarex-the-mage Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student General Artist
does this cost anything?
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Nope, these updates are free! However, if you want to be a beta tester you have to be a subscriber which does cost money. Beta features all go live for all members once they've been tested though, as long as the project doesn't get scrapped or something like that.
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:iconceasarex-the-mage:
Ceasarex-the-mage Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Ok, thank you for the info.
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:iconkatara-alchemist:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Welcome.
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:iconcingcalimpit:
Cingcalimpit Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Interface Designer
wauwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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