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Site Update: Sta.sh Visual Refresh

Fri Aug 10, 2012, 12:20 AM


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.

What's New


Sta.sh Visual Refresh
 
Today we have released a visual refresh of Sta.sh, deviantART's upload and publishing platform, giving it a cleaner, more modern look. One of the most apparent things you'll notice is a major change in the header, which is now white, to match the rest of Sta.sh. In addition, when viewing something in another user's Sta.sh, the topbar will display their icon and username, to indicate that you are in their Sta.sh and not your own.

Screen Shot 2012-08-09 at 11.21.51 AM by $HAL2008

In addition, we've made some major improvements to Sta.sh Writer. There are now additional options in the menus, including a selection in the Edit menu that lets users toggle between rich-text and HTML mode, for our more code-oriented artists. And best of all, we've completely overhauled the Sta.sh Writer sidebar, making it more intuitive and simpler to use, giving you a great deal of additional options. 

Screen Shot 2012-08-09 at 11.22.34 AM by $HAL2008

Introducing the First Ever Creative Grants Recipients!


On May 1, 2012, deviantART introduced the Creative Grants program - a source of funding allowing artists to make creative dreams a reality. We're pleased to announce the first cycle of funding has ended, and from the over 500 applications submitted, the Creative Grants Board has chosen the recipients! These were the projects that the Board found exciting and innovative, and will benefit particularly from a Grant. Check out these amazing projects!

Change Log

  • Launched Free Premium Membership Day on August 7th, deviantART's 12th BirthdayAdded by $muteor
  • Launched the Create A Story Contest for our birthday! Added by $shadowhand
  • The ability to submit Group journals was briefly unavailable for some Groups. Fixed by $KnightAR
  • Custom folder icons did not display for the newly released Gallery subfolders. Fixed by $muteor
  • In the Message Center, the "View Original Comment" display did not adhere to the new comment signature style. Fixed by $muteor
  • The Watchers number on Profile pages was not updating, and was different than the number on Gallery Stats pages. Fixed by $muteor

Sta.sh

  • Reduced full page reloading if items weren't changed. Fixed by $samshull
  • Images with a transparent background were showing with a grey background. Fixed by $kouiskas

Sta.sh Writer


  • Launched a custom undo/redo implementation. Added by $Alisey
  • There was a Javascript error when showing the autosave notification, making it not show up reliably. Fixed by $kemayo
  • The "Apply" button for Journal skins wasn't working. Fixed by $inazar
  • Alignment options in the Writer toolbar weren't working properly in webkit. Fixed by $Alisey

Your Feedback


Thanks so much for the feedback in last week's Site Update! Here are some of the suggestions you had to offer:
  • Some members suggested that comment signatures should be slightly darker.
  • Thanks for the feedback about Group galleries and Group favourites! It was really helpful to hear how each of you manage and submit to Groups differently. We will use this feedback as we continue to improve the Groups platform.
  • The green subfolder bar should disappear when there are no subfolders created. Suggested by MissLunaRose
  • In the Shop, it'd be helpful to see what a deviation will look like when printed on a Mug product. Suggested by Blue-Koi
  • Alphabetize the Group drop menu on the submit page. Suggested by 8manderz8
  • The "Random Deviation" feature should have the option of displaying only deviations within a certain category. Suggested by dweckie
  • Add the ability to apply one CSS to all gallery folders at once. Suggested by Katy-L-Wood
  • Group admins should be able to remove deviations from their group from the deviation page, rather than having to search for it in their Group's gallery. Suggested by Jenetikitty
  • Group Notes should have folders like personal Notes do. Suggested by WindieDragon
  • User Gallery layout to look the same as the Group Gallery layout, so that there's a preview of all folders from the main gallery page. Suggested by AnnaKirsten
  • Limiting who can vote on a poll (i.e.. Groups limiting poll votes to their Members). Suggested by serel

Discuss!

Channels on deviantART
Channels on deviantART are streams of art, which allow you to create a dashboard of your favourite artists, art types, and even search results. Do you use Channels? If so, how often do you use it, and have you set your own Channels, or do you stick to the default Channels provided? If you don't use Channels, is there a reason why not? What ways do you think Channels could be improved?

 Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment on this article!
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:iconilovedragonok:
iloveDRAGONok Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow!
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:iconendorell-taelos:
Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012   General Artist
Also no offense to the suggester of this suggestion:

User Gallery layout to look the same as the Group Gallery layout, so that there's a preview of all folders from the main gallery page.

If made this would cause a lot of frustration to a lot of people around dA. A lot of people use their featured area as blank space and direct people into folders on the side and even used their featured area for works they want most seen.. If this was made in the the group gallery layout, this would cause a lot of rage as it's not something that can be deactivated.


Just my thoughts.
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:icondianagrigore:
DianaGrigore Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Awesome updates! I sincerely like them. :D
Channels, huh? I changed the default Channels to some specific gallery categories in order to make it easier for me to make the features/articles that I do weekly. It was a lot of help, indeed.
I think I would fancy another stream of channels right under this one, to be able to see two of them at a time.
:clap:
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:iconblknblupanther:
blknblupanther Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everything in my sta.sh was deleted! Why?! I had quite a few important things in there! D:
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:iconxcherrychelseax:
xCherryChelseax Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
How can i update this now?
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:iconstarlig:
Starlig Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Artist
Cool
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:iconcheshire-lunacy:
Cheshire-Lunacy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
something that I think would be awesome. Is the ability to submit a review in the liture spot. since D.A. has the best functionality for PDF's it be awesome to make a critical review of things one might not like or indead like in a deviation. keeping in mind the anti piracy rule and anti trolling law. it be kinda like a newsletter deviation, that is more proffesional then say a journal entry would be.
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Writer
Hey there! You can currently submit reviews to the literature gallery. They should be submitted to Prose > Non-Fiction > Reviews & Guides. :]
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:iconcheshire-lunacy:
Cheshire-Lunacy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ah Thanks :)
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:iconendorell-taelos:
Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   General Artist
Hi, would you know when it would be possible for group username changes to be available?
and collaborations? It's something that a lot of collaborators on deviantART wants. u_u
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:iconkettouryuujin:
KettouRyuujin Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Writer
Hey...
For the past few weeks, when I've been looking at a folder list (for a deviant's gallery or Favorites) on the mobile interface, if the item most recently added to a folder was a story then some image would be showing. Until just recently, the image looked to be some sort of MLP thing from what I could tell (the image was zoomed out a good bit). Now, it's a side view of a random guy's face. Any idea what's going on? And can this be fixed? Please let me know. Thanks.
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:iconsnow-body:
Snow-Body Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Something what you can do better by our Points
- [link] ( here can you understand it, hope i) XD
because i can't explain it >__>
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:iconchilde-of-fyre:
Childe-Of-Fyre Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, why is it that every time I go into my Stash, I get a message saying my Stash is full, and that I need to upgrade to a "Premium" account to get 10 GBs of storage, while on the very same page it shows that I have 10GBs of 10GBs space free... and this is if it even displays at all anymore...

I do not know WHAT is going on with DA anymore lately, but 9 out of 10 times now, when I try to load DA I am getting weird display errors all over the site (plain white background, no formatting, non-working hyperlinks...), or if the rest of the site works, Stash does not.

Screen-cap of the display errors with the main pages of DA :
[link]

Screen-cap of the display errors with Stash :
[link]

It's not my connection, even though it looks that way, as DA is the ONLY site that I have display errors on when it happens. I think it probably needs to be reported to the HelpDesk, but at the same time, I don't think it's exactly a "bug report" issue, as I can't reliably duplicate it - can't figure out what triggers it - just one minute everything looks fine and loads fine, next minute, bam - display issues, broken hyperlinks, etc... big time. And I can't see where under the HelpDesk it should get reported... lol. And I don't want to report it if it's "just" me...
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Writer
Hey there! I'm not sure what would cause that, but there isn't really any harm in reporting something like this. At worst, it can't be replicated, but at best, it can be fixed for you. Go ahead and file a ticket at the Help Desk about it. :]
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:iconamberspiritwolf:
AmberSpiritWolf Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like the featured folder at all :/ It ruins the feel of my gallery... And also the featured favorites too...
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:iconhaldron:
haldron Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Hi there. :) Sorry for the inconvenience. That folder is a system one (the default that opens when you view a user's gallery) and wasn't supposed to show up in the sidebar. Our deviousTechnology team has fixed that bug. Thank you for your vigilance!
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:iconallixi:
Allixi Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Get rid of the feature folder. Seriously what was the point of it?
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:iconhaldron:
haldron Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Hi there. :) Sorry for the inconvenience. That folder is a system one (the default that opens when you view a user's gallery) and wasn't supposed to show up in the sidebar. Our deviousTechnology team has fixed that bug. Thank you for your vigilance!
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:iconkaty-l-wood:
Katy-L-Wood Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student General Artist
How was it a bug when it had features that aren't normally there? Like the welcome message and the ability to automatically re-order things from newest to oldest/oldest to newest?
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:iconallixi:
Allixi Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, Alright. Good to know it wasn't pernament. :)
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:iconxcoyote:
xCoyote Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not a huge fan of the new featured folder in galleries, as not only is it not customisable, but I already have a folder that contains my featured art. Maybe I'm just being fussy and unreasonable, but I generally don't like it.
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:iconhaldron:
haldron Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Hi there. :) Sorry for the inconvenience. That folder is a system one (the default that opens when you view a user's gallery) and wasn't supposed to show up in the sidebar. Our deviousTechnology team has fixed that bug. Thank you for your vigilance!
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:iconlunicc:
Lunicc Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't like the featured folder D:
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:iconhaldron:
haldron Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Hi there. :) Sorry for the inconvenience. That folder is a system one (the default that opens when you view a user's gallery) and wasn't supposed to show up in the sidebar. Our deviousTechnology team has fixed that bug. Thank you for your vigilance!
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:iconlunicc:
Lunicc Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, ok, thanks you very much :)
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:iconthesarcasticapple:
TheSarcasticApple Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Please remove the 'Featured Folder' you can't do anything with it, and you have it when you click on 'Deviations' Anyway.
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:iconhaldron:
haldron Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Hi there. :) Sorry for the inconvenience. That folder is a system one (the default that opens when you view a user's gallery) and wasn't supposed to show up in the sidebar. Our deviousTechnology team has fixed that bug. Thank you for your vigilance!
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:iconthesarcasticapple:
TheSarcasticApple Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Thanks for notifying me :)
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:iconbobdebob97:
bobdebob97 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student General Artist
The featured folder is completly useless
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:iconhaldron:
haldron Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Hi there. :) Sorry for the inconvenience. That folder is a system one (the default that opens when you view a user's gallery) and wasn't supposed to show up in the sidebar. Our deviousTechnology team has fixed that bug. Thank you for your vigilance!
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:iconlilafly:
Lilafly Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The Features folder is totally useless! So are the big thumbnails! >> Please remove them!
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:iconhaldron:
haldron Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Hi there. :) Sorry for the inconvenience. That folder is a system one (the default that opens when you view a user's gallery) and wasn't supposed to show up in the sidebar. Our deviousTechnology team has fixed that bug. Thank you for your vigilance!
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:iconlilafly:
Lilafly Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, okay. :D Thank you :)
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:iconsweatshirtmaster:
Sweatshirtmaster Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Please remove the "Featured" Folder. It's rediculous and no one needs it.
Thank you.
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:iconhaldron:
haldron Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Hi there. :) Sorry for the inconvenience. That folder is the default that opens when you view a user's gallery, and wasn't supposed to show up in the sidebar. Our deviousTechnology team has fixed that bug. Thank you for your vigilance!
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:iconsweatshirtmaster:
Sweatshirtmaster Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh ok. Thanks! :D
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:iconsnow-body:
Snow-Body Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
REMOVE this "featured" it's stupid >__>
nobody want it, i cant give an icon, CSS or whatever

what other people think: [link]
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:iconhaldron:
haldron Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Hi there. :) Sorry for the inconvenience. That folder is the default that opens when you view a user's gallery, and wasn't supposed to show up in the sidebar. Our deviousTechnology team has fixed that bug. Thank you for your vigilance!
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:iconsnow-body:
Snow-Body Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh good :happycry:
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:icontheargoninja:
TheArgoNinja Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Why do we now have a featured folder? That seems really unnecessary. We already have the Featured/Browse settings. Why do we need a folder for the work that can already be seen? :iconnotimpressedplz:
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:iconhaldron:
haldron Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Hi there. :) Sorry for the inconvenience. That folder is the default that opens when you view a user's gallery, and wasn't supposed to show up in the sidebar. Our deviousTechnology team has fixed that bug. Thank you for your vigilance!
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:icontheargoninja:
TheArgoNinja Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ok. Thank you for letting me know.
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:iconlavenderyouko:
LavenderYouko Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do not use channels. I find art other ways, usually through people I already know.

(sorry, I do not have much to contribute D: )
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:iconyakudus:
yakudus Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
amatir...........
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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:iconyakudus:
yakudus Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
hmmm
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:iconsakkysa:
sakkysa Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a suggestion! :D It would be cool if when someone requests to add your work to a group you are able to see what folder they are putting it into. Sometimes people add my work into folders in which I'd rather not have them in, but I can't see that during the approval process as an artist.
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DreadHaven Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Hello. Recently, whenever I go to check my messages a spare tab gets opened after clicking to messages link. These tabs usually lead to different websites with offers of discounts and such on products.
This only occurs on DA, just wanted to know if there were more cases like it or what I could do to stop it.
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:iconwreckling:
wreckling Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Writer
Hey there! I'm not sure what would cause that, but go ahead and file a general inquiry ticket at the Help Desk, and hopefully they can help you out. :]
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DreadHaven Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Alright, thanks man :)
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:iconi-am-tsukiko:
i-am-tsukiko Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Just curious. Why is it that when non-premium members click "preview widget" in the "edit page," DA thinks that they're dragging the widget, rather than trying to preview? What I mean is, it becomes that little bar that the widgets usually look like, rather than actually previewing, or even just saying "you can't view this" or something.
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