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May 17, 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

Username Changes Now Available

DeviantART has been around for almost twelve years, and in that time, we've seen artists grow from hobbyists to students to professionals. As a member of any community, your identity can change and grow over time.

For years, we've been getting requests from the community asking for the ability to change usernames. We realize that as an artist, it's important to give you the ability to change your personal brand, just as you change your interests, skills, and art types.

This week, we added the ability to change your username in your Settings. To change your username, you must have an active Premium Membership.  (The reason there is a "fee" associated with the change is because switching usernames is a complex technical process that can create confusions for fellow deviants.) 

Improved Journal Widget

The Journal widget on your profile can now be customized to display one long entry, multiple short entries, or one long with the rest short.

New Journal Widget by danlev

There is now a pencil menu on the corner of each Journal you publish, making it a bit easier to edit your Journals without having to visit the Journal's page and then clicking the "edit" button.

Pencil Menu on Journals by danlev

Bug Fixes


  • Journal Skin installation is now a one-click process! Simply click "Install to Journal" and you'll be taken to a new Journal using that Skin. Added by $muteor
  • For a period of time, items that are removed from the cart page were still stuck in the cart at the end of checkout.  Fixed by ArtBIT
  • There was a short-lived outage of the deviation storage system. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Various issues with the display of literature and journal thumbnails were reported. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Browsing deviations in your Message Center using the "next" and "previous" buttons was limited to the current page of thumbs. Fixed by muteor

deviantART muro

  • Discovered an issue with playback when Brush strokes were too short. Fixed by mudimba
  • The "save as" operation was optimized. Fixed by mudimba
  • Fixed a bug allowing deviantART muro to still work if the drawing couldn't be loaded.  Fixed by Nodren
  • Some deviantART muro thumbnails went missing. Fixed by sgrahamUK
  • Improved error detection for network issues. Added by sgrahamUK and  mudimba
  • Some duration statistics were incorrect. Fixed by Nodren
  • Identified a rare edge case with when drawing could not be loaded and deviantART muro was not working.  Fixed by Nodren

  • It wasn't possible to delete descriptions on stacks for a period of time. Fixed by adahacker
  • Deleting all but one item from a stack and then going back to broke the page. Fixed by adahacker
  • Clicking "submit" without first closing category picker did not work. Fixed by adahacker
  • For a period of time, deviations with no descriptions displayed "click to add description" for other members. Fixed by adahacker
  • Journals could sometimes get removed from "my journal" when edited. Fixed by adahacker
  • The login page didn't always detect if cookies were disabled. Fixed by adahacker
  • Using cmd+click on items in stacks didn't select them. Fixed by samshull
  • The "friends" button on the "send note" popup was broken. Fixed by samshull
  • Deleting items sometimes resulted in a phantom "deleted content" thumbnail in Fixed by samshull
  • Muro recordings can now be embedded in Writer. Fixed by Alisey
  • Fixed some issues where Writer didn't save when the subject and metadata was changed. Fixed by kemayo
  • There was a case where clicking into Writer would empty its contents. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback

In last week's discussion, we received some great feedback on our discussion questions. Feedback included: 

  • Collaborative drawing features in deviantART muro were a very popular idea.
  • Many deviants would appreciate the ability to switch between a simple and advanced group management system.
  • Some deviants would like the ability to toggle whether or not journal skin changes were retroactively applied.
  • Some deviants would also like additional documentation on Journal Skins and related features. From ~Nironan12
Bugs, issues, and feedback from previous Site Updates

Discuss!  Lightbulb

Last week we received some great feedback on Group affiliates and member management. One of our discussion questions this week is groups-related, while the other is related to the visual display of signatures: 

Group Discussions: How do you feel about the admin discussion forums on Groups? We've seen a lot of members attempting to have conversations using the comments on a Group's profile, but would you like to see a discussion forum feature specifically for these types of discussions?

Group Discussions by danlev

Signature Visual Changes: Some members suggested that font color of comment signatures should be a bit lighter, making it clearer that it is not part of the actual comment. It's also a possibility that emoticons and avatars in signatures could be slightly faded out. What do you think?

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Repcomfandalorian Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
A few suggestions I have: I'm not a huge fan of the new thumbnail size for favorites. Maybe a way to change that for personal preference are in order (either as a premium member or a generic member.

Also emoticons: eye-roll (maybe 8-} ), and somehow creating a bow\curtsy icon.

I've had some consistent issues with the comment sidebar emoticons. I can usually tell someone I love the deviation. but joy and wow are among those I can't figure out.

If it's a bug, can some site guru fix it, and if it's just me, can someone explain what I'm doing wrong?
Mmatt0904 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that their should be a section in the toolbar/tab thing at the top for current contests held by dA as well as the latest site update :D
Jack-Kirby-Crosby Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
why can't you select what section of your work you wish to preview, some work is difficult to assess based on the thumbnail size currently available!

for example i may only want to show people the face in the thumbnail but when they click on it they can see the whole body.
UnleashedNeko Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Please allow ">" & "<" into Deviation Titles :L
AlphaPower Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   General Artist
x-Ren-x Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
I'm not sure whether this has been suggested before, or whether it could be taken in consideration: could it be possible to make it so deviations aren't "duplicated" between original deviant and groups in one's Deviantwatch?

I watch a load of artists - as my dA is some sort of inspiration bookmark for me - and a load of groups; it will often happen that I'll have a considerable chunk of my messages duplicated between the notification I get from the original artist who posted their artwork and the group which featured it. Most of the time this happens instantly. It can be nice to be reminded of a piece of art which gets featured a few weeks or more after the artist has submitted it to dA, but it looks a bit untidy in my opinion when I have the same deviation in the artist's stack and right next to it in a couple of groups' stack.
Perhaps it could be done so that individuals could set their own preferences: if they don't mind it at all leave it as it is; if they do they can decide how many days (with a maximum, I guess) there have to be between an original submission and a feature in a group (or more groups...) to have the piece of art re-submitted to their deviantwatch.
Manajerkop Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
For Writer documents, I noticed there is no option to add a picture thumbnail like we can do with HTML documents. This would be very convenient for people who write using and want to illustrate their stories.
DragonTygress Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When you're editing the widgets for your user page, at the bottom where there are widgets you can add, the 'preview widget' and 'add widget' buttons are all the same color, so it's very confusing. it'd probably help if they were made separate colors.
(I thought they were different already, but I checked just now and they aren't. So unless it's just a glitch or something, changing the colors would really help. Thanks.)
maxprodanov Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
It would be nice to have a "delete deviation stack" button inside the stack itself, instead of having to go back to the messages page.
punkion Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how can i pdate my journal widget??
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