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May 4, 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 Writer Toolbar
Formatting in Writer just got easier! Check out the brand new Writer toolbar, which includes new functionality such as adding lists, links, 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 Dan14lev  by danlev

Oh, and we have an exciting new feature coming next week! ;)

Bug Fixes


  • There was brief nightly site outage that occurred several nights in a row that was caused by a technical issue. Fixed by chris
  • Paging on comment threads pages was briefly broken. Fixed by muteor
  • Some portions of submission process such as group and folder selection was misbehaving for short period of time. Fixed by kemayo and allixsenos
  • The Groups affiliates widget in the "random" sort mode did not properly support paging. Fixed by mpsb
  • The "Add to Wishlist" behavior on Prints pages was inconsistent. Fixed by mpsb
  • Editing journals from the deviation page was unavailable for some time. Fixed by kemayo
  • Selection or editing of journal skins which resulted in inability to submit journals was briefly broken. Fixed by allixsenos

  • Watchers were being notified on all updates regardless of whether "Notify your deviantWATCHers" was selected or not. Fixed by adahacker
  • The ability to submit to your gallery without submitting to a folder (including "Featured") was missing. Fixed by adahacker
  • The "Disable & Members Only" sharing option wasn't selectable. Fixed by adahacker
  • The current state of the license options wouldn't be restored properly when editing. Fixed by adahacker
  • Submitting to a new gallery was always triggering notifications to be sent to deviantWATCHers. Fixed by adahacker
  • Gallery folders were incorrectly displayed as valid options on journals. Fixed by aMoniker
  • A writer thumbnail on top of a stack would the stack's name instead of the top-most item's title. Fixed by adahacker
  • New submission wasn't working on oauth app deviations. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Legacy journal and news couldn't be edited with the new UI. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Writer items including images wouldn't be submittable through the new UI. Fixed by aMoniker
  • The license drop-down overflowed in Windows Chrome. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Emote codes wouldn't work right when editing a deviation's description inline. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Emotes now have a proper "alt" HTML attribute. Fixed by inazar
  • Searches in the sidebar are now sorted by popularity instead of newest. Fixed by inazar
  • Writer UI elements have a higher Z-index, so skin CSS can't possibly obscure them. Fixed by inazar
  • Link tool url field autofocuses. Fixed by inazar
  • Sidebar thumb spacing adjusted to look cooler. Fixed by inazar
  • The "preview" icon was updated. Fixed by inazar
  • On the "Edit" menu, the wording was change from on "insert big thumbs" to "always add full size images" for clarity. Fixed by kemayo
  • When opening a Writer document, the loading is now smoother. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback

  • Once a deviation has been submitted to a Group's gallery folder, admins should be able to redirect the deviation to another folder rather than rejecting it and asking them to submit to the appropriate category. From =The--Last--Hope
Bugs, issues, and feedback from previous Site Updates

Discuss!  Lightbulb

Last week we received some great feedback from members about Group Messages. We'd like to hear more about Groups!
  1. Groups profile widget: Currently, in the Groups profile widget, we display the Groups you're an admin or member of. How would you feel if Groups you are watching were also listed on this widget?
  2. Stacks in message counts: In the messages menu, the number of deviantWATCH messages you have refers to individual messages. If you have stacks enabled, would you prefer it if this number counted stacks rather than individual messages?
  3. Splinter menu vs. unsplintered menu: In the top navigation of deviantART, do you use the "splinter" version of the messages dropdown (where each message type gets its own link in the header), or do you use the "unsplintered" version of the menu (where all messages are consolidated under the messages dropdown)? Why do you prefer that version over the other?
  4. Group messages and notes: Currently, on the splinter version of the messages menu, Group messages and notes are listed under the dropdown. Would you prefer it if Group messages and notes were splintered out as well and not hidden under the dropdown? Suggestions originally from =XxMasquradexX and ~Ni3nk3
Splintered vs Unsplintered by danlev

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AlphaPower Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   General Artist
MysticalAngel101 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I prefer the unsplintered menu, as I only get on dA for a few minutes every other week at the moment, I like being able to know at a glance whether I have any 'personal' messages (such as comments or replies), which I try to reply to promptly, or whether it's just deviations, which I can come back to at a later date. :)
MysticalAngel101 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
As an amendment, I didn't actually notice the principal difference between the two menus, I didn't actually know that was an option. Looking at the pic above, I would most likely prefer the splintered menu. :)
caper-dj Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've noticed that when using the writer that it crowds the paragraphs together after I preview...

I end up
with paragraphs
looking like this!

Is there something I'm missing? I've tried the text alignment options but it doesn't fix it. It's annoying, anybody know how to fix this? I'll be avoiding because of this. It makes it impossible to read prose.
kcm199527 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student Writer
has anyone else had the problem when you try to submit something you wrote, it defaults to journal and doesn't give you a choice to get out of it?? i'm seriously getting frustrated with it...also, is there a way to have the preview be a picture instead of the actual writing?
meryvamp Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Writer
YES!! I second this!! I want to have my thumbnail be a picture of a commission I had done instead of the actual writing. Why isn't there an option for this in writer? :(
kcm199527 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Writer
DX i don't know!! but you can put a picture into the actual writing part...but when you try and upload it, it only gives you the choice of being a journal... :tears:
meryvamp Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Yes, I've tried that. You can put pictures in the actual text, but the problem with that is that no one sees it in the thumbnail previews, which is kinda the whole point because most of my readers see my stuff via group icons. So I'd want them to click on it when they saw it posted in a group. If you put the artwork in your actual writing, people would still see it, but they'd have to click on the thumbnail before they'd be able to view it.

I don't know why it is so complicated for Writer to have this feature if the old system was able to have it. :shrug:
kcm199527 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Writer
:o i get what you're saying...i'd have thought you'd be able to put one on through editing like you can with a regular upload, but you can't...:grump:
meryvamp Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Writer
Lol.*runs over to the new status update to whine some more* ;)
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