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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.

What's New


New Deviation Page Testing

Deviation pages are one of the most visited areas of deviantART. With hundreds of millions of deviations to view, and 65 million people browsing the site each month, we want to ensure that navigating deviation pages is as seamless as possible, allowing visitors to get the most of their viewing experience.

Powered by data and feedback from our logged-out tests, we're now ready to test new vs. old deviation pages to deviantART's logged-in audience. Testing two similar, yet different, versions of our deviation page will allow us to gather information and effectively compare which version performs better and is better received by the community.



The New Profile Tabs

As part of an initiative to make deviantART more user-friendly and clearer, tabs on the Profile Page have received a visual and functional uplift!

The tabs on Profile Pages (Gallery, Prints, Favourites, and Journal) have been visually improved for consistency, cleanliness, and an overall up to date appearance. Navigation elements have been moved to the left column of the page, and the placement of major elements of each tab have been aligned so that the transition from one tab of one's Profile to another is more smooth, natural, and clean.

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New Journal Category Tree


In our continuous quest to improve the deviantART experience, we have made some changes to the Journal categories that have resulted in a much more condensed and simplified group of selections. The simplification of categories will make the Journal submission process even easier, and make it easier to browse and find Journals you love.

The old category tree was trying to be too specific, which in turn made it tough to find the right category to submit to. The new categories are meant to be clearer, broader, and more inclusive. Starting today, all existing Journals will be migrated to the new category tree.


Visual Uplift to deviantART muro

DeviantART muro has received a visual uplift! The tools have been visually redesigned to look more sleek and clean, while still encompassing the familiar look and feel of deviantART muro itself, and elements of the interface have been toned down to help bring focus to your artwork.


Change Log

  • A curse word in a style sheet title caused the site to be blocked by some overzealous security systems. Fixed by dt
  • When browsing a deviant's Gallery by category, there was no way to browse subcategories. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Some visual issues would occur on Profile Pages on the mobile website. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The +Watch button did not work in Internet Explorer 8. Fixed by szlosek
  • Users were unable to purchase 1-month subscriptions through PayPal. Fixed by sgrahamUK
  • The DeviantMEETs category did not allow .PNG files. Fixed by iconocrash
  • The "Remove from Messages" button on deviation pages did not always work when on touch devices. Fixed by fartprincess
  • When viewing Prints, changing the aspect ratio would not update the preview image. Fixed by helloandre
  • Pagination was missing for the "Who Faved this?" modal on the mobile website. Fixed by muteor
  • The total given for the number of deviations displaying on the last page of a Browse or Search result would be incorrect. Fixed by helloandre
  • If the first item in a stack in the Message Center said "This Deviation is no longer available", deleting the full stack would not work. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • For a brief period, Scheduled Submit would not submit deviations at the time scheduled. Fixed by randomduck
  • When viewing an RSS feed for Journals, it would contain non-Journal deviations. Fixed by kemayo
  • Browsing using the "Next" and "Previous" buttons wasn't working in some instances for logged out visitors. Fixed by shahyarg

deviantART muro


  • Drawings in comments would default to having white backgrounds instead of transparent backgrounds. Fixed by mudimba
  • deviantART muro was broken for deviants using Safari 5 for a short period. Fixed by mudimba

Sta.sh / Submit


  • Uploading new files in the sidebar of deviantART muro or Sta.sh Writer would create a thumbnail image that would display in front of the upload button. Fixed by drommk
  • Scrolling through files in the sidebar of deviantART muro or Sta.sh Writer after uploading files would make the newly uploaded thumbnails disappear. Fixed by drommk
  • If one submitted a deviation and then refreshed the Submit page, there would occasionally be a "Success!" message, which should only display for scheduled deviations. Fixed by drommk
  • Hovering over a stack to view its contents briefly stopped working. Fixed by kouiskas

Sta.sh Writer


  • Using "Draw in deviantART muro" from a Sta.sh Writer document would not work properly if third-party cookies were disabled. Fixed by inazar
  • When trying to use the Add Media tool while logged out, the "sign in" modal could be partially covered by Sta.sh Writer's toolbar. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us.
  • Feedback regarding keywords was generally positive. A few deviants voiced concern about how the keywords will be displayed, which is something that our UI team is working on at this time.
  • Some deviants voiced concern regarding users' real names now displaying as part of a browser tab's label. To clarify, this is based on what you input into the "Real Name" field that is already public on the deviantID widget on your Profile Page. This is something that you can change or remove yourself, if you don't want it to display, or would rather it display a nickname.

Discuss!

Testing the New Deviation Page
Under normal circumstances we would have a set Discuss topic, but because changing the deviation page is a significant topic that we would like to keep centralized, we request that feedback relating to that specific topic be left on the testing article. General site feedback and feedback regarding other changes made this week can be left in the comments on this article.


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This week's Site Update includes a test of the new deviation page, the new Profile Tabs, an update to deviantART muro, changes to the Journal category, and more!
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
A comment about the  "more like this" feature: It was confusing to me at first, when visiting an artist's deviation page... I thought the same artist had done all of the art shown,
 then I realized I was in a different gallery entirely after I had clicked on an image.
 If it confused me, I think it would be confusing to others who aren't accustomed to this site.
 
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't like the empty box that appears in the first spot my gallery with "submit" in it. It doesn't look good to have it there.
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A-Shiyocchi Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been encountering problem whenever I try to post comments through mobile browser. The page always jumps back refreshing the first time I try to submit the comment, causing me having to type all over again since it'll only work the second time I try to post.

There's also been issues with the messages I get from the groups I'm partly moderating in since any sorts of comments posted in the group wouldn't show at all.
There's also some coding problems since for some reason the target=_blank attribute for CSS won't work. That's all so far I guess..
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livholland Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
There is no way to report a deviation now. Clicking on the button results in a menu rolling down but there is no final submit button or anything.
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Jinkuri Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On mobile, sometimes a journal cannot be viewed completely, as in it will not scroll sideways (Well maybe it's just me) when set to mobile site. 

On the profile, it's really hard to see your page view details (the bar graph). Sometimes it takes me multiple times before it pops open, and the other times it just won't open no matter what I do. This is with te mobile site of course. 
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BeastCrafter Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I realize this is a bit late, but I figured I should bring it up, seeing as it's relevant to the new deviation page design.

I just recently stumbled upon a submission depicting pornographic material, and went to report it. I was very displeased to find no visible way to actually send my report. Is the send button hidden in a conspicuous location on the page? Was it completely forgotten? Am I just retarded and can't find a button located in plain sight? What's the deal here?
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SilverRomance Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe it's the little button next to the Share button.
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BeastCrafter Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've gotten that far. That tiny, seemingly purposefully hidden away button was one of the first out of place things I located in this wonky new page layout. My issue is actually sending the report.
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CRGPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Being as they are late for this weeks one as its the 24th where I am and the last was on the 15th I am hoping and begging that it is due to Deviant Art abandoning this last Layout Update. I haven't spent and hour on Deviant Art combined since then where as the week prior I was spending 15 hours a week.
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MenothsWrath Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Why won't Deviant Art accept the thumbnails for my art?  I can't upload art to this site if it won't take my thumbnails.  :(
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