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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.

New deviantART Thumbnails

This feature will be rolled out to everyone over the next few days.

DeviantART's thumbnail images just got bigger and better! Starting today, we've increased the size of deviantART's thumbnails and, by popular demand from the community, we're also giving you a "Thumbnail Grid" mode.

Here's a run-down of what's changed:
  • We've made all thumbnails bigger!
  • Deviations display in tidier rows with no unnecessary cropping, allowing you to see the art as it's meant to be seen!
  • For literature thumbnails, the background has been lightened and much more room is given for text.
  • Very tall and very wide deviations zoom in on the image instead of showing a hard-to-click, hard-to-see skinny thumbnail. We wanted to keep cropping to a minimum, but we think this new approach is much better for the artwork.
  • Frames have been added around wide, small, and transparent deviations to keep each row tidy.
  • The information underneath each thumbnail is left aligned for better readability.
  • The Newest and Popular sorting options have been combined into one menu to simplify things and save space. 
From Browse and Search pages, you can switch between Thumb Wall view and Thumb Grid view, giving you control over how the new thumbnails display. 

Thumbmode by $danlev

Thumb Wall

A compact and dynamic wall of art.

The Thumb Wall places several deviations in each row and will justify their placement based on the size setting for the browser. This allows for a dynamic view to deviations, where each row will bring you new art to look at. Because of the displacement of artwork based on the row justification, every piece of art is given the chance to stand out!

Thumbwall by danlev

Thumb Grid

A tidy grid of art.

The Thumb Grid was designed with the organized member in mind. For users who like their viewing experience to be orderly, the Thumb Grid sticks to a certain number of deviations per row based on the size of the browser, and it keeps deviations in columns, so that deviations are presented evenly spaced and each piece of art is given a bit of room to breathe.

Thumbgrid by danlev

Try it out: Browse Now

Change Log

  • All users have been migrated from our outdated time zone and daylight saving time settings to a proper time zone. This means that future daylight saving time changes should be automatic and more accurate. Please check your settings to verify that the timezone we have placed you in is correct. Fixed by $shadowhand
  • The deviantART World Map has been overhauled!  The frame rate of animations has been doubled, items now wrap around the world through the Pacific Ocean, and the shadow map properly refreshes itself. Added by $kouiskas
  • Groups that were closed and then re-established did not track pageviews accurately. Fixed by $shadowhand
  • The FAQ breadcrumbs were not properly formatted. Fixed by $DEVlANT
  • Users of some popular extensions for Google Chrome experienced browsing errors after updates were made to those extensions. Fixed by $muteor
  • The Edit button went missing from Group Journals. Fixed by $ZombieCoder
  • Em dashes (—) stopped working in Journal titles. Fixed by $shadowhand
  • Links to literature deviations in the Featured Deviation widget resulted in 404 errors. Fixed by $KnightAR
  • The "More Journal Entries" link being was cut off on user pages. Fixed by $shahyarg
  • Deactivated accounts were able to collect folders. Fixed by $muteor
  • The "Comments Disabled" box was not properly formatted when the deviation was viewed while navigating using the "next" and "previous" buttons. Fixed by $shadowhand
  • Ctrl+clicking on stacks in the Message Center did not open the stack as expected. Fixed by $DEVlANT
  • When activating Edit mode on a profile that had a video embedded, the video overlapped into the Edit page. Fixed by $shahyarg
  • Improvements have been made to error messages in the Shop cart. Fixed by $KnightAR
  • For some users, the deviantID picture was impossible to change after upgrading to the new deviantID widget. Fixed by $DEVlANT
  • The logos used for the Share buttons were out of date, and the Twitter logo was incorrect throughout the site. Fixed by $drommk
  • The Featured folder was not an option for the Gallery Folders widget for Groups. Fixed by $DEVlANT
  • The oAuth API Application approval was not showing the information details for apps. Fixed by $KnightAR
  • Getting blocked by a Group erroneously removed all favourites that the blocked user shared with the group. Only deviations that are exclusive to that Group should have been removed from favourites, consistent with user block. Fixed by $shadowhand

  • Middle-clicking now opens items in new tabs. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • A strange link was appearing on for logged out users that should have linked to the deviantART signup page. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • A broken warning was appearing when typing long stack titles. Fixed by $aMoniker
  • Publicly shared stacks were incorrectly displaying the site update articles and creation buttons. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • When changing sizes while editing an item, reopening the menu wouldn't show the updated preference. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • When viewing a deviantART muro redraw in after submitting it and never having visited before, one would appear logged out in Internet Explorer. Fixed by $samshull
  • The display of the description preview in the item editor has been improved. Fixed by $aMoniker
  • The Note Share button was missing on items. Fixed by $aMoniker
  • The Group Folder section of the Submit page would be too tall and unusable if Groups had many folders. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • The pages icon in the header was misaligned on stacks. Fixed by $samshull
  • When viewing someone else's item, the author attribution in the header wouldn't appear. Fixed by $kouiskas Writer

  • Certain events weren't triggering a Writer autosave. Fixed by $kemayo
  • DeviantART Muro redraw embeds shrunk suddenly when you resized them. Fixed by $Alisey
  • Old Journal skins had far too much padding when editing in Writer. Fixed by $Alisey

Your Feedback

Thanks for your feedback on last week's Site Update!
  • Several users mentioned wanting to see Channels more prominently placed. Some said that they would like to see Channels incorporated into the Message Center, provided it didn't add to the message total. Others said they would like to see it included as part of the main page.
  • =Hoshiichan mentioned that Channels are easy to overlook in favor of regular browsing, simply because of their placement in the footer. ~DeviBrigard said that it's easy to not notice the fact that Channels are present in the footer to begin with.
  • Feedback about the Watch Redraw button was entirely positive!
  • Users would like to personally set what deviations show up in the "More from this user" section of their deviations' pages. Suggested by *InsaneKane87
  • Users would like for Super Groups to be able to set folder icons the way Premium Members can. Suggested by ~careas
  • Users would like to be able to view more than 24 deviations/stacks at a time in the Message Center. Suggested by ~Yamitora1
  • Users would like a way to edit submitted deviations drawn in deviantART muro through deviantART muro. Suggested by *Roxyielle


New Thumbnails
How do you feel about the new Thumbnails? Which mode do you prefer: Thumb Wall or Thumb Grid? We'd love to hear how your browsing experience has changed!

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Yamitora1 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was told by :iconelectricjonny: this was the best place to leave feedback on the Turn on Big thumbs feature since it was no longer in beta.

Anyways, I think the size of the thumbs should be scaled back a little. They're big and that's good, but they're a little excessively large. Maybe just a 15-25% reduction at least.
AnastasiaMorning Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student
I still dislike them
crystelclear1104 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't understand all the complaints. I LOVE the new lit thumbnails.
maxvision Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thumbnails wont even load!
thecartoongeek Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'd prefer both.
Barricade9-1-1 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
that is very good for some people who can't read small words.
PhantomTeacup Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
I don't care for the larger size; the thumbs of some landscape-oriented deviations are simply too big-- the idea of thumbnails is to have a small preview that entices the viewer to click for more. (At the current size, it seems to be encouraging some deviants to fave/collect without even clicking on the artwork, which isn't something I want to see encouraged.)
Perhaps if there was an option in the submission process to allow deviants to create their own cropped thumbs in a standardised size, so that the thumb would display the way the artist feels is best? (As I understand it, the old thumbs can't be available as an option because the site would need to store two sets of thumbnails-- if deviants can create their own thumbs then you still have only one thumb per deviation on the site; the custom one replaces the default and takes up no extra space.)
HalfInane-HalfMental Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think there was any need for the borders on things like Stamps and icon Gifs because it's ugly

as shown here > [link]
SuupaaRabito Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012   Digital Artist
Why.. are people mad about this?
personally I love this change !

these commments make me sad ):
8DFineArt Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012   General Artist
the huge thumbnails made me stop browsing daily deviations, today there is another disgusting dd and i cannot overlook it.
sad enough that such crap gets a dd anyway, lol
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