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April 27, 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

Coming Soon: New Submit
Beta testers are currently trying out the new submission process for, deviantART's upload and publishing platform. This new version includes a simplified and tidier interface that makes it easier to understand and use. The feedback on this new process has been very positive, so we will be rolling it out to all members early next week. If you'd like to try it out early, upgrade to a Premium Membership and enable Beta Testing in your Account Settings.

UPDATED (APRIL 30): The new submission process is now live for all members! To try it out, visit your!

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

New Thumbnails (Beta Testers Only)
Just over a month ago, we released a preview of deviantART's new thumbnails. Since then, we've been tweaking the display of the thumbnails based on community feedback. Beta testers are now testing the new thumbnails throughout the site, including browse, search, galleries, and favourites.

New deviantART Thumbnails by danlev

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

Bug Fixes

  • At some browser sizes, print page images were being overlapped by the menu. Fixed by muteor
  • Scraps category had incorrect file type restrictions. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Deviations from the Scraps category were showing up when browsing by newest without selecting a category. Fixed by shadowhand and allixsenos
  • A default font color was missing, which made the site look odd to people who have adjusted their settings to override browser fonts. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The Points modal had display issues when opened while another menu was opened. Fixed by mpsb
  • Sharing tools disappeared. Fixed by samshull
  • Literature thumbnails on stacks don't animate. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When visiting a link while logged out, it would sometimes not redirect to the correct link after logging in. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The "next" button broke for public stacks. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The "delete" button on item pages was not working. Fixed by aMoniker
The following bugs apply to features that are only available to beta testers:
  • Fixed display issues with Film thumbs on the submission page. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Dimmed watermark text when checkbox is disabled. Fixed by aMoniker
  • The page no longer flickers when switching to edit mode. Fixed by aMoniker
  • item pages now have a new submit button. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Inline editing for title/description on item pages. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Fixed some issues with copy and pasting into titles and descriptions. Fixed by adahacker
  • The footer was broken on published deviations. Fixed by adahacker
  • Fixed category picker issues for Internet Explorer. Fixed by adahacker
  • If you edited a skin and then carefully didn't touch your Writer thereafter it wouldn't save the item. Fixed by inazar
  • Opening the 'link' menu scrolls to the top of the document in IE. Fixed by Alisey
  • Regression: adding a link erases selected text in Firefox. Fixed by Alisey
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Darkyd Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What would be the new size of the Literature Author Tag?
JNetRocks Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
I really dislike the Stash submission form. Personally I'd prefer was the same as the regular submission form. :[ The description box is very narrow and difficult to type in, and the preview icon is hovering over the scroll bar so it's difficult to get to a to a specific line to edit it.
AlphaPower Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   General Artist
kaleecee Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
The new thumbnails don't work when one has a gallery folder skin in place, makes everything quite displaced.
I have a large laptop so thumbnails aren't an issue to seeing them in this new format, but it looks a bit messy from my perspective.
Moony92 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could there perhaps be a queue option in St.ash please? It would save the time and trouble of having to submit deviations manually, one at a time.
KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner May 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
I just tried out the new submit, and it's very buggy. I don't think your army of 13-year-old beta testers is quite cutting it (I don't mean to be rude to the beta-testers that ARE doing their job, it's just that I see a lot of little rugrats with a = beside their username that I know are probably not doing their job).

It won't keep spaces between sentences. For example, I'll type something, hit return, and do so more, and it will "save" the progress when I click away to another window or tab....and it'll all turn into a block of text. Spaces are kept, new paragraphs are not. It also does not display :bulletblue: in preview mode, and possibly doesn't display other emotes. I haven't tried. It also doesn't display some special characters (I put a male symbol into the text, and it reverted to its code, and won't show up as what it should be in the preview--just like : bulletblue : didn't.
I don't know if there are other issues...I got too frustrated with it, and quit trying. The new way looks nice, but is too buggy for me to deal with at the present time if I don't have to do so.

Also, irrelevant to the former topic but still important, is there a way to turn off scrolling through messages with the left and right arrows? I hate this because I often accidentally hit < or > instead of up or down, and with becomes a nightmare. So a way to disable it, if it exists, would make my life easier.
iingo Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even though it'll be easier to see the devitations bigger, it still glitches on my phone and other phones. I kinda think it needs to be fixed! It doesn't show the thumbnail all the way!
LaSirenOfEire Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I wrote up a lit piece in St.ash writer and submitted it via (ditto on the formatting issue someone mentioned but I saw the response. ;)) I saw in my message center that someone faved this piece, but when I looked at the stats on on the deviation it shows 0. The fav came in over 14 hours ago so it's not like I'm being over-eager. :lmao:
danlev Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Could you report this issue to the Help Desk and explain it in detail? Thanks!
meihua Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
I really wanted to like the thumbnails. I do like how they look, but as I said in a previous comment, they are too big for my screen and I can only view two rows of art at a time. In addition, I have discovered over the past several days that the thumbs are too big for practicality purposes too. Something about the nature of the big thumbs makes it harder to drag and select several at once - something I do daily when choosing artwork to feature in my groups, or when organizing the galleries and subgalleries at #DD-Catalogue. It's just harder to select thumbs accurately without accidentally clicking on the piece or highlighting irrelevant stuff. Please at least improve this functionality before extending the big thumbs to all members.
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