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April 12, 2012
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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 Submit Interface (Beta Testers Only), 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 Writer Toolbar (Beta Testers Only)
Formatting in 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

  • 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 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 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 toolbar stopped working. Fixed by aMoniker
  • 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 thumbs was generally broken in IE. Fixed by Alisey
  • The 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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AlphaPower Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   General Artist
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.
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.
crazyking-3d Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
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.
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.
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
XToriRoseXD Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
completely agree with you
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:
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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