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Site Update: 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 Visual Refresh
Today we have released a visual refresh of, 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 In addition, when viewing something in another user's, the topbar will display their icon and username, to indicate that you are in their 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 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 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

  • 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 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 Katara-Alchemist
  • 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


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?

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iloveDRAGONok Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
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.
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.
blknblupanther Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Everything in my was deleted! Why?! I had quite a few important things in there! D:
xCherryChelseax Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
How can i update this now?
Starlig Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012   Artist
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.
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. :]
Cheshire-Lunacy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ah Thanks :)
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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