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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

Create & Sell Motion Books on deviantART

Become your own publisher and create interactive reading experiences with the Motion Book Tool. Madefire's powerful and adaptable Motion Book Tool is now in your hands, allowing you to create expressive stories where audio and visual artistry collide!

 with deviantART’s new Bookshelf feature, you can easily access all of your favorite purchased digital content!

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Change Log

  • When commenting on Film & Animation deviations and selecting a specific time for an annotation, the page would not return to normal after leaving the comment. Fixed by ultramouse
  • Editing a Group's Group Info widget multiple times at once would cause the Group's media type to be deselected. Fixed by shendykurnia
  • It was not possible to click through to see individual deviantMEETs, on the deviantMEET widget available to Super Groups. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • Under some conditions, the page number buttons in the Recent Journals widget would not work after reloading a page. Fixed by ultramouse
  • Users who purchased items from the Prints Shop without creating an account were briefly unable to create Help Desk tickets. Fixed by shendykurnia
  • Resizing an image embedded in a Journal would occasionally prevent edits from saving. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • When requesting a Commission from another deviant, the Correspondence message would incorrectly have a button on the right side. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • The error message one would encounter when an image did not have a sufficient resolution to be sold as a Print was unclear. Fixed by ultramouse
  • Resetting a password to one containing some special characters did not work. Fixed by shendykurnia

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us.
  • In response to the Discuss topic, most deviants said that they don't spend much time managing their Favourites, outside of occasionally creating or deleting Collections. 
  • Some deviants mentioned that being able to search in Favourites or create a subfolder in Collections would be helpful in terms of organizing one's Favourites. Both are included in our list of common suggestions!



Do you post your creations to your Scrapbook? What reason(s) do you have for posting them there, as opposed to your main Gallery? Do you move deviations from your Gallery to your Scrapbook, and if so, why? Do you ever move things from your Scraps into your Gallery?

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This week's Site Update includes the release of the Madefire Motion Book Tool to the deviantART community, the launch of deviantART's new Bookshelf feature, and more!
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VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Being a jewelry maker, I tend to make huge batches of creations, then take one blanket photo of all of them together, and stick that in my scraps until individual photos can be taken.
Stariva Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I use the scrapbook for WIPs, making ofs and everything that isn't (finished) art. Because I'm not comfortable uploading unfinished things I don't use it very often.
PonyUniverse Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I use scraps for random screenshots of things, random stuff like this… WIPs, etc.
16thSquadSanseki Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I use Scraps for Work in Progress if anything. I used to put resources or different versions of a deviation there but having now it's not necessary anymore.
SougonNaTakumi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Do you post your creations to your Scrapbook? What reason(s) do you have for posting them there, as opposed to your main Gallery? Do you move deviations from your Gallery to your Scrapbook, and if so, why? Do you ever move things from your Scraps into your Gallery?

To be perfectly honest I don't post most of my work to dA any more (amusingly for kind of the opposite reason I've seen a lot of others leave, at least in concept—other people worry about art theft and their ideas being "stolen", and I worry about dA not being a very good community for people who strongly believe in libre media given that everyone is so often obsessed with ownership of ideas and thus I just feel like the idea of it isn't going to penetrate very far :p). With my blogger blog, I get a lot more freedom in how I can describe my drawings given I can edit the CSS and use whatever HTML I want (not some weird limited subset), and another very important thing is that I can put more than one picture in the same entry rather than describing each one separately. (If dA had had the ability to put multiple pictures in the same deviation I might well have stayed and copypasted descriptions from my blog multiposts to the dA multiposts. But as is, I feel like it's redundant to make separate deviations for each picture and also post them in a big multipost on my blog, particularly when tumblr gives me my missing multipost functionality and a convenient image host with very minimal effort compared to all the trouble I have to go to to upload the pictures individually on dA. That's not trivial when I'm a neurotic, busy person by nature who insists on getting a lot of things accomplished and I already spend a great deal of time on the story said concept images are for.)

So... when I actually post stuff to dA these days, which is almost never, it's usually either random fan art/dream drawings that need explaining, or higher-quality stuff I feel like I should get here for... well, I don't even know why. For the record? For my watchers who might not have yet gotten the message I barely use my dA? Maybe just because.

Usually I will put old versions, often lineart of a piece that later gets coloured but sometimes an old version of a vector diagram, in the scrapbook. I don't usually take things out of the scrapbook once I put them in, though I do sometimes re-add them to a gallery while keeping them in the scrapbook. I'd find a button or option on the arrow menu thing or something to put a deviation in the scrapbook useful since it can be tiring to edit deviations to switch their category to Scraps.
AngieART93 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Do you post your creations to your Scrapbook? What reason(s) do you have for posting them there, as opposed to your main Gallery? Do you move deviations from your Gallery to your Scrapbook, and if so, why? Do you ever move things from your Scraps into your Gallery?"

-I only post on the Scrapbook when it's something random or mainly some doodle I made. Not big deal, but with the same caulity as my main drawings.

-I really don't have a reason, at least not a big one. Is just some random pictures, not opposing the main gallery. If my watchers want to see my Scraps they are free to look at them.

-No, I don't.

-Just when the "doodle" is updated. Like, I have been working hardly to improve in the picture, that's when I can move from the Scrapbook to my gallery. :)

vielmond Featured By Owner Edited Jul 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My unrelated, humble suggestion: Allow stuff uploaded through the Stash to be selected as higher resolution version of a print.

Sometimes when uploading a higher resolution image it takes so long—because big images are big in size as well!—the Edit Print page times out (but only when you're done configure and attemps to finally to save the print page, mind you), and you're forced to reconfigure everything from zero. Re-select all the desired canvases and the high res in all of them, re-crop, re-price. That's a hell of a hassle!

If we could select the previously uploaded HQ image straight away this problem would be solved. I would be less mindful of submitting the artwork as a print as I submit the original deviation, because that's another occasion it tends to bug as well and the print may never show up... and there you go, re-cropping and everything again.
fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student General Artist
I do post stuff to my Scraps like if they are just Works in Progress, screenshots, old art that I deem to be crappy :XD: Manips of crossover type things :shrug:
simple-minds Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist
I used to pit stuff in the scraps when uploading, now when I revise, I may put a deviation or two in there. However, as already mentioned, when they appear in the 'more like this' section next to your deviation, what's the point?

Too, when you put a normal deviation you don't want on the featured page into a folder, they too appear on the 'more like this' section. I think only devs in the featured section should be shown on the 'more like this'.

If that isn't an option, how about we have the option to not have the 'more like this' next to our deviation?

Anyway, I digress, ciao.
sarastallet99 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Something I have been thinking on for a while now is a new filter. Since there is A LOT of fan art on DeviantArt it should be possible to put a filter on for spoilers or something similar so you can read from what fandom it is from and that choose to see it or not. I think this would be really good for people that don't like spoilers^^ 
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