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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

Film & Animation Improvements

Last week we launched some much-needed improvements to Film & Animation to the Beta Tester program, and the changes were so well-received that we're making them available to everyone. Here's a run-down of what's been changed.

Film Submission Through is now properly equipped to support film submissions! can now store and submit film files the same way other filetypes can be stored and submitted.

Film Deviation Page Changes

We've upgraded the layout of Film deviation pages to be more consistent with the rest of deviantART's deviation pages!

New Film by wreckling

While a film is playing, the artist's comments and comments left by other deviants will disappear, so that you can focus on the film without distraction or outside interference. As you reach a point in the film where other users have left annotations, these annotations will appear briefly, and then disappear again.

Film Playing by wreckling

When the video is paused, you'll be prompted with a comment box, so that you can leave annotations at specific points within the film, just like you could before this upgrade. This allows for an up-to-date look and feel without compromising functionality. In addition, comments left as annotations will include the time the comment was left, as easy reference for any deviant reading through the comments!

Film Paused by wreckling

Volume, resolution, and fullscreen controls are all present before the video even starts, for easy adjusting without having to search for options. In addition, when hovering over the resolution button, you'll be prompted with the various resolutions the filmmaker has offered for that particular film.

Film Resolution by wreckling

Creator Comments

The last change we have for Film is the inclusion of the Creator notification, which was mentioned in the Discuss section of last week's Site Update. Before, comments left by the creator of a film would be indistinguishable from other comments left on the deviation, which made it easy for the artist's thoughts and opinions to be buried among the rest of feedback left. As of today, comments left by the deviation creator can be distinguished with a lighter color, and a small box next to their username specifying  that they are the creator of that film.

TLeB0 by wreckling

Try it out! To give the new Film layout a try, just head to the Film & Animation gallery and watch some films! 

HTML Improvements to Writer

When Writer was originally launched, it was a "what you see is what you get" (WYSIWYG) writing engine, which allowed you to see a live preview of what your journal, blog, poem or story would look like and edit its appearance by highlighting text and clicking buttons. One of the more common pieces of feedback we got from deviants about Writer was that it wasn't as useful for members who want more control over their layout, or want to be able to use their own HTML to give what they wrote that extra bit of flair.

To make Writer a better experience for anyone who uses it, we have made Writer into a "what you see is what you type" editor, which means that you can seamlessly use both the WYSIWYG editor and your own custom HTML at the same time! Any HTML you type will be retained for easy editing, even after you save your work!

Head over to Writer to give it a try!

Change Log

  • For a small number of users with an extremely high number of Gallery Folders or Collections, the Gallery and/or Favourites pages weren't loading correctly. Fixed by ZombieCoder
  • Group Invitations and Join Requests were available for sets that were not opened for joining for some groups, resulting in error. Fixed by randomduck
  • The URL of downloaded image deviations could be better represented in the location bar of webkit browsers. Fixed by ZombieCoder
  • When editing non-image deviations, it was possible to turn on watermarks, which made no sense. Fixed by KnightAR
  • In the Premium Content modal, the Download & Purchase button was getting cropped off screen in Firefox. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Some modal windows (such as Give Points and +Watch) and Group widget layouts briefly broke. Fixed by drommk
  • The pencil menu on user Galleries was out of place. Fixed by ZombieCoder
  • Pagination was not working in the "Recent Journal Entries" widget. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The Publish Entry button on the Journal page was briefly not working in IE9.

  • The category selector was broken for a short period.  Fixed by kouiskas
  • When opening small items in, they appeared zoomable when they were already displayed at the maximum size.  Fixed by kouiskas
  • Items that were undeletable and dislayed "deleted content" as their title have been cleaned up.  Fixed by kouiskas Writer

  • Journals submitted through the old Journal Entry page now get the same rules applied to their title as Journals submitted through Writer. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback

Thanks very much for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you had to say.
  • Several users liked the Creator Comment feature added to film pages, and some users mentioned that they would like to see it used everywhere on site. However, some users mentioned having issues with the Creator label. Negai-Boshi and a few other users mentioned that the color of the button is a bit too bold, and that a lighter color may be more ideal. 
  • Some users mentioned that the Creator label wasn't necessary, but the brighter comment color was distinguishing enough, while others said that the Creator label was enough, and the color change was unnecessary.
  • Many users liked the suggestion regarding a filter to find works with Creative Commons licenses, and feedback regarding a higher limit for avatar file size was unanimously positive.
  • Deviants would like a notification of how much time is left before they can submit to a Group again. Suggested by AnkaAI3 
  • Members would like a way to add text to deviantART muro. Suggested by SuperRandomTurnip
  • An auto-save feature for Notes would be beneficial. Suggested by Arisu-Ami-Chan
  • Deviants would like for comments to auto-update when new comments are posted. Suggested by DerpyDashHooves1876


The Prints Submission Process
The deviantART Prints program allows artists to sell high-quality Prints of their work. Currently, the process of submitting your work as a Print follows after the process of submitting your art to deviantART, and can also be accessed at a later time by clicking the "Print Not Enabled" link on your own image deviations. What improvements would you like to see made to the Prints submission process?

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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. In this article is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.
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MewtwoStruckBack Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Ugh, who's the damn Petty fan making these updates?
pazlowq Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
why doesn't st.ash writer allow me to add images from my favorites gallery or gallery anymore? I liked that function
wreckling Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012   Writer
Hey there! Sorry for the super late reply, I just saw this comment a moment ago. You should still be able to do this from Writer's sidebar. If you select "deviantART" from the options, then you should be able to pull from your gallery and favourites.
pazlowq Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012   Traditional Artist
That's cool, I appreciate that you got to me nonetheless. I selected "deviantArt" then a search bar and the friends icon button next to the search bar appear, but no gallery and favorites. There is a little thing under the search bar that says loading, but it disappears after a second and nothing follows. Whenever I put a search term in the bar stuff comes up, but otherwise I have to enter my faves by name and hope they pop up. I liked the old format where it didn't have to load the galleries, they were always options. and then if you clicked them, then they loaded.
shadamysnumberonefan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist writer improvements?
ok , Im only spinning out on this because , I don't know if this has happened to anyone else , but in writer whenever I click on one of the buttons on the top.
For example:
:bulletblack: File
:bulletblack: Edit

It would take the buttons lower down on the screen. :/
and that P's me off because Im trying to write a story and I am paranoid about saving. So , I continuously click the 'SAVE' button.
But the button goes into my text without anything happening.
and the file button does the same with the whole row of buttons.

Something like that also happened while I was writing a journal entry in the other option. sorry , Im not good at explaining , not writer , but the button under your journal entry that says 'write journal'.

that thing.

Whenever I went to click 'Save , upload' it took me to the top of the page and there was no effect. After ages of clicking it nothing happened to I just quit.

yeah....It's just really annoying me...Im holding back from

Hope someone can fix this....

wreckling Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Writer
Hey there! As far as I can tell things seem to be working fine on my end. Is the browser you use when on deviantART up to date?
shadamysnumberonefan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist
erm...what do you mean by 'browser'?
wreckling Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Writer
I mean the program you use to look at the internet (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.). Knowing what browser you use and whether or not that browser is up to date helps us ensure that your experience on dA is a good one. :)
ThisMetalWelshCat91 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Dear Stash Writer...When I am under water staring out underneath the Ocean..Sometimes I am it Shear mass and Size of it...Much like your Stash Writer...I patiently Await a Video Tutorial to appear on Youtube to expedite the time I spend learning it...I just learned last week how to Embed a Youtube Video on my Page..!! Gazing out into the Chazm or staring at the Blank page...Show me your Tools please...Teach me to Fish....So I can start Fishing..I wanted to Develop my Writing Idea....I hate getting Frustrated...That killz my Creativity...Then I have to go look at Boobs or Play Warcraft...VIDEO TUTORIAL PLEASE !!!!
Feanor-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alright. I have no comment on present issues on the update. HOWEVER I have a pressing question about changes to DA layout and content.
Today, I, and every deviant I've communicated with about it, have begun to notice that there is an advertisement placed just below the "Add a coment" box and above the Comment-emotes chart on all deviations. This is not only distracting, but annoying. It ceases, at this point, to be a passive "Billboard" sort of advertising, and becomes an interruption to those writing comments, as well as those simply trying to view the comments on a deviation. If these ads must stay, could they possibly be moved to the bottom of the "comments" section so as to be less of a distraction?
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