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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

Sta.sh

  • Middle-clicking now opens items in new tabs. Fixed by $kouiskas
  • A strange link was appearing on Sta.sh 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 Sta.sh after submitting it and never having visited Sta.sh 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 Sta.sh items. Fixed by $aMoniker
  • The Group Folder section of the Sta.sh 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 Sta.sh item, the author attribution in the header wouldn't appear. Fixed by $kouiskas

Sta.sh 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

Discuss!

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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:iconyamitora1:
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.
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:iconanastasiamorning:
AnastasiaMorning Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student
I still dislike them
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:iconcrystelclear1104:
crystelclear1104 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't understand all the complaints. I LOVE the new lit thumbnails.
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:iconmaxvision:
maxvision Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thumbnails wont even load!
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:iconthecartoongeek:
thecartoongeek Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'd prefer both.
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:iconbarricade9-1-1:
Barricade9-1-1 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
that is very good for some people who can't read small words.
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:iconphantomteacup:
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.)
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:iconhalfinane-halfmental:
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]
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:iconsuupaarabito:
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 ):
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:icon8dfineart:
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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:iconhalfinane-halfmental:
HalfInane-HalfMental Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I HATE DEVIANT ART THUMB NAILS AND I HATE THE FACT THAT THEY ARE SO UGHH THEY DON'T LISTEN TO US DO THEY THEY DON'T (CENSORED) LISTEN TO US AT ALL WTH DEVIANT ART YOU'RE LOSING MEMBERS BECAUSE OF ALL THE (CENSORED) YOU DO MAKING THE SITE BETTER MORE LIKE DESTROYING IT AND MAKING IT (CENSORED) WORSE THEN BEFORE WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS ANYWAY IT ALL STARTED WITH THE (CENSORED) THUMBS AND YOU KNOW THE MAJORITY OF US (CENSORED) HATED THEM EVEN MOST OF THE (CENSORED) BETA TESTERS THAT'S WHY I HAD MINE OFF DURING THAT TIME SO I WOULDN'T HAVE TO (CENSORED) SEE THE (CENSORED) HORROR YOU ALL (CENSORED) PUT ON THIS (CENSORED) SITE GOD DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL DEVIANT ART YOU NEED TO STOP THIS (CENSORED) ALREADY (CENSORED) YOU DEVIANT ART (CENSORED) YOU ...........

Sorry I had to vent not that I care that Deviant art is becoming more of a horrible site then a awesome one I used to like deviant art before the thumbs which triggered the whole thing yes the new thumbs caused all the (censored) hate it the first place guys .

why does it take on (censored) update to ruin deviant art forever just because YOU like them doesn't mean WE DO at all see just because YOU LIKE THEM DOESN'T ,MEAN WE (CENSORED) DO YOU (CENSORED) HEAR ME
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again sorry about that I know it may take time ..resources but isn't that WHAT YOUR'E ALREADY DOING NOW DEVIANT ART USING RESOURCES NOW FOR THE UPDATES :U SO WHY CAN'T YOU JUST BE NICE AND AGREE WITH THE MEMBERS ALREADY BUT NO YOU GOT TO BE MEAN ABOUT IT AND BLUNTLY (CENSORED) IGNORE US.

what makes a good site is listening to your members and what THEY WANT not WHAT YOU WANT NOT WHAT YOU (CENSORED) WANT DEVIANT ART NOT WHAT YOU WANT GOD DAMN IT
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see what I mean all of this .I mean it is just going to turn into one GIANT (censored) HATE and YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE EVERY LAST ONE AND (CENSORED) IGNORE US LIKE COWARDS BECAUSE YOU CAN'T DO IT JUST THIS ONE THING HOW PATHETIC DA HOW (CENSORED) PATHETIC
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Okay I am done now anyone who wants to vent ..hmm okay I'm done sorry to all those who I may have offended with this rant
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........I'm still mad at this now I'm done ... okay
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:iconetherealbeauty07:
EtherealBeauty07 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"This feature will be rolled out to everyone over the next few days." Just a "few days", eh? What a load of bollocks. It was the 23rd of August when the thumbnails were changed. It is now the 18th of September, and nothing has changed or been said by those who are in charge of this. I suppose that we aren't going to be given the option to change back if this is permanent? :/
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:iconazurellia:
Azurellia Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No no they said over the next few days this feature will be given to everyone. Not like, it's only going to last a few days.
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:iconfrogen15:
Frogen15 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
it is forever?
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:iconetherealbeauty07:
EtherealBeauty07 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately, it appears that is the case. Look here:
[link]

I found this shortly after posting my comment. It seems that we are essentially being given the finger, so to speak. I'm not pleased.
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:iconfrogen15:
Frogen15 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
What the devil!?
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:iconhuntclaw:
Huntclaw Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And the oversized thumbnails are still here.
Is it really that difficult to have the option to switch between these new ones and the previous ones?
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:iconadrianfedele:
AdrianFedele Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist
Personally I quite enjoy the larger thumbnails. Now I tend to have a better idea on what I'm clicking on!
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:iconzayit:
Zayit Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
I do not like the deviantART thumbnails. They are too large, and some images looked better smaller. In the past, if I saw a good image, I could tell it is a good image and may click on it to see it bigger. If I found an offensive image, I could easily ignore it when I could only catch a glimpse, but with large icons, I catch more than a glimpse now and it's more scary than ever. :worry:
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:iconbinarystep:
binarystep Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This sucks on ice.
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:iconcrystalsetsuna:
CrystalSetsuna Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
not sure why people arn't still complaining about this. DA is starting to think we're just getting used to it and thinking they've won the fight!

please, if you want a choice between the old layout and the new, join :iconthumbs-not-toes: in support.
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:iconhalfinane-halfmental:
HalfInane-HalfMental Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
okay so I've been here 1 year now and besides the dreaded thumb nails which was a stupid Idea .-. notice how there's 414 angry emotes .-. idk how many actually like them but I'd guess about idk about 50% or more hate them and again idk 30% or less actually like them .-.
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:iconlacici:
LaCiCi Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh! I thought the deviant art page looked different. TuT;; I like it. <3 The art stands out, ya know? :D
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:icongir-rocks-socks85:
gir-rocks-socks85 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Could you please go back to the old thumb nails for pictures. I can't see anything unless people have their pictures uploaded at a certain size.
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:icondasghul:
DasGhul Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   General Artist
I still would just laugh about you :pointandlaugh:, if this wasn't so damn sad... :crying:
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:iconnoxidamxv:
NoxidamXV Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Having a bit of a problem. I have like 45 messages and I tried to get into it. But when I got there, nothing showed up. I neeeeeeed heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp!
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:iconrisingstarwitch18:
RisingStarWitch18 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You'd probably be better off going to the help desk about that
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:iconkuraiyoukai:
KuraiYoukai Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Thanks for not doing a damn thing to change this or atleast -compromise- with your users.
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:iconnarwhalperson:
Narwhalperson Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually really like the new update. I don't have to click the art all the time, I can just browse trough, maybe drag in a few favorites, and it's quick and easy! As for all you complaining, put on your big girl panties and grow up. Oh well, it's not as neat and organized or oh dear, I can only see a dozen each page, It's a thumbnail, not the end of the world :pat:
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:iconpeterlime:
PeterLime Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
That's funny how Admins are replying messages in last journal, when people still talk about this thumbnails issue, and not a single word in this journal that is dedicated to that issue. It's because the feedback is so negative and they can't admit they make a big mistake?
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:iconthecobracommander:
TheCobraCommander Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I strongly suggest that the thumbnails are reset as they were. The new thumbnail format is very cluttered, to say the least. In addition, they are much too large. It takes an extremely long time to browse through search results that yield more than 120 items, and reorganizing crowded gallery folders is a mere two steps shy of hell. For someone who has an extremely fast connection to the internet, such as myself, that is certainly saying a lot. I can only begin to imagine the headaches caused by slow connections.

At the absolute least, you must offer the option of having the smaller, original-format thumbnails as opposed to these messy monstrosities that you dare to call "thumbnails"!
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:iconsuniami1313:
suniami1313 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And more calculations based on emotes(been doing this scince the new thumbnails showed up)
Positive emotes:160
Neutral:41
Negative emotes:538!!!
My gosh they realy suck at compairing the negatives to the positives
and i bet there are even more negatives with the un-emoted comments
Learn to listen DA learn to listen ._.
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:iconsuniami1313:
suniami1313 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just asked my mom*who doesnt even care for deviantart* if this is sensible to write this off as "some negative"'s
and even SHE thinks it doesnt make sense
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:iconturkeycreek:
turkeycreek Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Not all pics are displayednot all images show how do i fix this
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:icondestro2k:
Destro2k Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
and seriously
i don't understand, with all this negative critiques you still stay with this setting, you always pray stuff of "comunity"
then please do something for them
they pay you!
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:icondestro2k:
Destro2k Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
just can agree
the old version was way better and looked much more professional as these mashup of dozens different sized thumbnails
some overall setting like the navbar would be great
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:iconxeno-bss:
Xeno-BSS Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I HATE THE THUMBNAILS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHY?

1. The thumbnails are SO big, people can look over my shoulders and brag about the art. IT'S INVADING MY PRIVACY SPACE.
2. It slowed down the internet.
3. All the size and shape looks uncomfortable.
4. With all the size and shape, it looks alot less organized even with grid view.
5. Even though I have a wide screen computer, I see ALOT less art now since the thumbnails take up too much space.
6. Every time I log onto dA, THE HUGENESS NEARLY MADE ME FLIP THE TABLE.
7. NOW THERE'S WAY MUCH LESS dA SUBMITIONS TO SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CAN'T WE HAVE THE OPTION TO CHOOSE THE SIZE WE ARE OK WITH?!
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:iconxeno-bss:
Xeno-BSS Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate this. Who agrees?
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:iconsuzanastojanovic:
suzanastojanovic Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree.
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:iconxeno-bss:
Xeno-BSS Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They just made it worser. I can never get use to this.
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:iconsuzanastojanovic:
suzanastojanovic Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Take a look at this comment [link]
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:iconxeno-bss:
Xeno-BSS Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THOSE FRICKIN BUUTTHEADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! D:<
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:icondaviddeb:
DavidDeb Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I mean I liked the big thumbnail up to yesterday and arranged my gallery in a pretty way with this, but when they changed stuff yesterday, each gallery line hold half less deviations and it creates huge spaces between them, not esthetic at all. Some space big, some small, deviations going way off screen vs others...a total mess
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:iconxerta22:
Xerta22 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
95% of thumbnails don't load for me on my laptop, and therefore I can't even click the pictures. They're just green and blank. Is there any way to fix this?
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:iconautumn-keaton:
Autumn-Keaton Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Smaller thumbs were better. :I
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:iconmarshmallowcookiwolf:
marshmallowcookiwolf Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Fuck that shit. It was still bad when I first got premium.
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:iconshy-ren:
Shy-Ren Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't like these new thumbnails at all. It makes browsing more complicated than it needs to be and things were fine just the way they were. If you're going to insist on keeping them like this, then give us an option to change it back to the old version so everyone is happy.
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:icondragonrider181:
Dragonrider181 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
I don't really like the change... it was fine the way it was
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:iconkenito83:
Kenito83 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
I dont like the change neither. Small thumbs like it was before was so much easier to browse through.
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:iconinquist:
inquist Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Bring back the small thumbnails please!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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