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.
deviantART muro Brushes Are Now Free!
deviantART muro, our cutting edge in-browser drawing tool, offers a variety of different brushes for use in creating digital paintings. In the past, we've offered some brushes for free, and others as part of premium brush packs. We're happy to announce that from today onward, we're offering all brushes for free.
Text Brush in deviantART muro (Beta Testers)
We launched a new tool to Beta Testers that allows you to paint words onto your canvas in deviantART muro!
A New deviantID
Over the course of the next few days, we'll be moving forward and transferring everyone on site over to the new deviantID widget. This widget, originally launched to beta testers in 2011 and made available to deviants early on in 2012, is designed to help deviants present themselves as artists or art appreciators, while also making it easy for other deviants to find common interests.
The deviantID widget lets you display information about yourself, your interests, and an image of what you feel represents you, all from one sleek box on your page!
New deviantART Twitter Accounts
Last week we added two new accounts to our network of automated Twitter accounts. We added @deviantARTdd, which tweets Daily Deviations and @dA_journals, which tweets popular Journals.
Get daily inspirational artwork delivered straight to your Twitter feed! Even when you're away from deviantART, you can stay inspired while keeping a pulse on the deviantART community.
These accounts were created to give deviantART members more exposure by increasing traffic and visibility to audiences outside of the deviantART community. They tweet recently popular deviations in a given category. If the artist has a Twitter account, their Twitter username will be included in the tweet, giving the artist's Twitter account extra exposure. Twitter usernames are pulled from the Twitter Widget on your profile. Premium Members, if you haven't already installed it, you may want to do this.
- When in one's own Gallery or Favourites, the pencil menus on thumbnails were missing scrollbars for deviants using the Safari browser with Mountain Lion. Fixed by Nodren
- When purchasing Fine Art Prints, the shipping method selector was briefly unavailable. Fixed by KnightAR
- Selecting a friend from the Note sharing tool would load that deviant's page instead of putting their username into the "To:" field. Fixed by Nodren
- There was an issue encountered in Firefox where some drop down menus on Profile pages wouldn't open. Fixed by Nodren
- Purchasing a Premium Membership for yourself and another deviant in the same transaction would display an incorrect total price. Fixed by aMoniker
- A small number of Film submissions had failed transcoding, and were stuck in a "processing" state. Fixed by yury-n
- Some Forum notification messages could not be removed from the Message Center. Fixed by randomduck
- Phantom Message Center messages affecting some senior members were removed. Fixed by randomduck
- The "Add This Widget" command on Profile and Group pages was briefly broken. Fixed by Nodren
- There were some scrolling issues on deviation pages in Safari. Fixed by aMoniker
- There was an error replying to Notes if a previously typed note hadn't been sent. Fixed by shadowhand
- Ads on Profile pages would display strangely in some browsers when a menu in the topbar was opened. Fixed by ZombieCoder
- On the mobile site, deviation pages were preloading larger images too aggressively, resulting in slower loading times. Fixed by aMoniker
- There was an unusual issue encountered when a deviant exited from muro without making any marks. Fixed by mudimba
- When launched from Sta.sh Writer, images would be zoomed out to a large degree. Fixed by mudimba
- The horizontal flip tool stopped working in dA muro. Reported by phoenixleo, fixed by mudimba
- In Chrome, the functioning tool would sometimes get stuck as the eraser tool, even when a pen or brush was selected. Reported by wrongpixel and DashMerc, fixed by mudimba
- A green background was appearing in Sta.sh. Fixed by kouiskas
- The layout of thumbs when inside of a stack was broken. Fixed by shahyarg
- Uploads to Sta.sh wouldn't appear in Internet Explorer until after refreshing the page. Fixed by kouiskas
- When logged out and leaving a comment on a Sta.sh item, the login modal layout was broken. Fixed by kouiskas
- In Firefox, portions of the upload button were not clickable. Fixed by kouiskas
- Switching from Scraps and back to Scraps in the category selector wouldn't work properly. Fixed by samshull
- A large amount of thumbnails would load in the Writer sidebar upon opening Writer, which would affect display performance. Fixed by kemayo
- When editing an image from Sta.sh Writer in deviantART muro, error messages were unclear. Fixed by kemayo
- Embedded deviations didn't respect mature content settings. Fixed by Alisey
- The "link" option in the toolbar didn't auto-focus the cursor on text input after opening it. Fixed by Alisey
- Error messages when saving drafts were unclear. Fixed by Alisey
- Dragging emoticons from the Writer sidebar failed in Firefox. Fixed by Alisey
- Empty space was appearing at the bottom of the skin sidebar in Firefox. Fixed by Alisey
- The "switch to image" option on deviantART muro redraw deviations didn't work. Fixed by Alisey
- Deviation images would not always scale proportionately. Fixed by Alisey
- Some HTML tags were breaking when an entry was edited. Fixed by Alisey
- For Sta.sh Comments, the "Add Media" tabs in the Writer sidebar would display unevenly. Fixed by Alisey
Thanks for the feedback left on last week's update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us.
- The prices at which deviants mentioned they set commissions varied greatly, though the methods of payment mentioned were fairly consistent, between PayPal and deviantART Points.
- Most deviants who replied to the discussion section said that they usually accept between 3 and 5 commissions at a time, though some said they were willing to take on up to ten at a time.
- In regard to communication with the artist/client, some prefer to use Notes, while others prefer to keep in contact via email.
- Feedback regarding the new Sta.sh comments was positive, and some deviants mentioned that they would like to see that functionality used on deviantART as well.
- Deviants would like to be able to view more than 24 deviations per page in the Message Center. Suggested by Yamitora1
- Deviants would like for a deviation's Favourites list to display what Groups have added that deviation to their favourites as well. Suggested by GenesisArclite
Conversation in Notes
One of many ways in which messaging has developed online in the recent past is the conversation view for personal messages (e.g. how Facebook messages are displayed). What are your thoughts in regard to conversation-type layouts for personal messages? Do you find them easy to navigate or organize? If you don't like a conversation style of layout, what sort of layout do you prefer for your personal messages?
Conversation view as mocked up by MamaELM