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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.

Change Log

  • When a deviant submits multiple deviations close together, they will now be grouped on the Watch Feed. Changed by helloandre
  • In last week's Site Update, we mentioned that under certain circumstances, literature and Journal deviations could end up in a partially submitted state, creating a deviation page and duplicate item without sending a Message Center notification. The affected deviations have since been repaired. Fixed by inazar
  • The sidebar of the Journal Portal was overlaying on top of the site header. Fixed by trezoid
  • When updating one's DeviantID, if a file uploaded to the widget was too large, the upload would fail without any indication. It will now issue an error message. Fixed by szlosek
  • In the Watch Feed, written deviations that had been shared by a deviant would have display issues related to the "Read more" button. Fixed by inazar
  • For Firefox users, trying to change one's email address on the Settings page would result in an incorrect error message. Fixed by baclap
  • Under specific conditions, trying to remove a deviation in storage from one's Favourites would not work, and the deviation placeholder would reappear upon reloading the page. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • The About Us page was not displaying correctly on mobile devices. Fixed by elhsmart

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update

We appreciate the feedback regarding the old Webcam widget; however, it won't be returning. The widget lost its original value as a way to stream a webcam through a static image URL. The widget also caused security issues where deviants were unintentionally embedding URLs flagged by browsers as malicious — causing some pages of DeviantArt to be inaccessible. We've absolutely noted your passion for Profile Page customization and self-expression, and realize we need to offer more ways for personalization in the near future.

Here's some of the additional feedback on last week's update:
  • Deviants were positive about the updated mobile website header, though a few deviants mentioned that they would like to see their message total at a glance.
  • The most common response to the Discuss topic was that deviants edit their deviations to correct typos or to add links in the artwork's description. 
  • Deviants also said that they edit their deviations when they spot an error in their work and wish to correct it, or else when they've uploaded a work-in-progress and want to replace it with the completed work.
  • On average, deviants said they edit deviations 1 to 3 times, though with particular deviations they may edit more or less than that.


Creation Habits

Do you find that you are more spontaneous when it comes to creating art, or do you prefer to work in a set routine? If you prefer a set routine, do you set a schedule with time for yourself to create, or do you fit it into unscheduled time in your day? 

Header artwork: Cooler by IgorWolski 

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This week's Site Update includes bug fixes, your feedback from the past week, and a Discuss topic about art creation habits!
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Namine24 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can webcams come back, I miss my Webcam
BLUE-eternal-laser Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
1 maybe try to add a video comunication similar to skype ? or mic comunication similar to mumble or razer ?

2 maybe move this 'chat thing to the homepage soo that we can use it like on facebook.

3 i also suggest to make the toolbar live soo that we get rid of manual refresh.

4 also, maybe adding the option to have custom social statuse icon for premium member soo that we can have more than just a full star [premium] or a empty star [beta tester] , etc ...

5 maybe add the option to put embeded web aplication [for sub-platform or deviant-art-only web based mmo game or deviant art based sub social platform] that way people could show prototipe for future web site and or prototype for future mmo.  you know, something similar to steam or facebook, but to host experimental platform, code, web site design embeded flash game embeded mmo, embeded unity game, embeded mmo unity game, etc...]

6 update the block option soo that a blocked acount cannot view the acount on wich it was blocked. [yes i am aware that an unloged user could still see the acount that blocked it. but i still think the block option should be updated. i think a block option like on facebook would be just fine. plus rebuilding the hardcoded setting soo that an acount home page have limited info on it unless you actualy connect to deviantart. that would actualy justificate the facebook-style block option and make it usable. [the gallery could remain one of the few things that is still watchable though]

7 i also suggest to make it soo contributor and lower group staff can access group note . because in my group, we where forced to put everyone in the co-founder position to be able to comunicate with everyone.

8 i also suggest to add the option to chose diferent preset of color for our deviantart acount instead of just the green preset. a light blue preset or a yellow preset would be nice

9 i also suggest to add some default preset journal skin soo that we don't have to hunt for them when we pass to premium. [its your bide to decide if you want to make those preset usable for the free acount or not by the way]

10 remove the hashtagh from the search engine, we are not on twitter. this is ridiculous.

11 also consider adding a manga-comic part on deviantart soo that we can read manga-comic-BD from deviant around the globe without having to rely on mangapark for manga or on custom blog for comic.

12 make it soo that if a deviation is in a group favorite [not the actual gallery] it is show under the 'this deviation is in x group' widget on the deviation's pages also notice user when someone add one of their deviation to a group favorite.
canttel Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dont post this here he was fired he does not care anymore post this to suggestions where they at least act like they care
BLUE-eternal-laser Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
i posted this 14 month ago.

14 month ago, he was still here.

also, there is a suggestion forum on this website ? thats new, and awesome. but i dont know where it is .   would you be kind enough to give me a link to this mysterious suggestion form ?
canttel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BLUE-eternal-laser Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you kind sir
Verstegen Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Maybe it is an idea to make the custom box available to all deviants?
And for premium members, there could be an extra option to add multiple custom boxes?

Or maybe some different value's in sizes of the custom boxes for all deviants and premium deviants?
OEmilyThePenguinO Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"We appreciate the feedback regarding the old Webcam widget; however, it won't be returning"

so basically you don't appreciate the feedback.. because you're just following through with what thousands of users disagree with already. 
Esytha Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay but like
In the "Your Feedback" section
Howcome you didn't mention all the negative feedback about webcam removal
xElectricWings Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
They did.. They just chose to not do anything about it
CartoonsandMonsters Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I read in a journal that there's a virus that happens when you log out, please remove or block it.
carl951 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
I think it would be a good idea to allow people to re-upload there images that are shown within the replay video of instead of just the finished product anyone else agree?
JustSquidsYay Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student General Artist
There's a spyware virus on DA called Heartbleed, can you please try your best to block it? I'm extremely worried :'(
ikazon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015   Writer
Hi there! The item you're referring to isn't an issue. :) Heartbleed was a security bug (not spyware or a virus) that affected several major sites last year. However, DeviantArt was not among the affected sites, and we stated so when it happened:…

We do our best to monitor situations like these, and if we had been affected by anything of the sort, we would have notified people immediately. :) If you ever have any concerns about this in the future, please feel free to contact the Help Desk!
JustSquidsYay Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student General Artist
I was very gullible, I realised that about 2 days ago while reading comments on people's journals ^^;
BlindAndBeautiful Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You are now shitty
MarioVsSonicFan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015 Not Leting Me Upload Files Or Pics So I Think thats A Bug 
MajorasMasks Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
To create, I mostly need just music, but luckily I usually have inspiration for pretty much anything, at any time.   :)
Zerocool3809 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
was the next button removed or am i just missing it bc it makes it hard to view multiple pictures in a stack without it
NarutoSakura2 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
No, you aren't the only one who has that problem. I am missing the "Next" button, the "Previous" button, and the "Browse All" button too.
shamanalixxx Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
And when I hit Back while going through a stack of Messages, it takes me back to all Messages (main page) and not the stack I was perusing. Someone wrote me after my complaint that it was fixed. But it's not. Help us, Obi-Wan dA!
Egeskjold Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Having the same issues, no next, prev and browse all buttons.
Sith-Lord-Revan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Same here. It works perfectly fine in another user's gallery, favorites and such, but they are not there when viewing things in my inbox. 
faunaria Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I have a random suggestion~

I really like the "Mentions", where you can see where someone has used your username (in other words, seeing who's talking about you ;D ). It's so much easier than having to go to a Deviant's profile and spamming their comments with thing like "Hey, check this out! I mentioned you here!"

That being said, do you think you could do the same with Groups? It would be really helpful as an admin to know who has a possible interest in their group, and how they can help the Deviant in case they have any questions or hesitations about joining!
Thanks for your time~! ;w;
PinkieCandySparkles Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
but...but I liked the webcam widget. oh well that was quick thinking if you thought it caused problems kudos to you DA staff :) 
immortalrae Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Do you find that you are more spontaneous when it comes to creating art, or do you prefer to work in a set routine? If you prefer a set routine, do you set a schedule with time for yourself to create, or do you fit it into unscheduled time in your day? 

Im both. I do really good when it spontaneous, but by not being in the habit my skills start to lack or I never feel in the mood.

Something I am doing this 2015 is a sketch a day project to help me stay focused and keep making art. I usually fit sketches into my break time at work and on weekends I usually work on bigger projects in place of sketches.
absorr Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would really like to see more customization options for profile and gallery pages. Just adding hero headers would be amazing.
LaserSandwich Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Why would you want the webcam?
Ohh, yeah, I know
an animated deviantID?

ayy lmao....Like it was important.
the-absolutus Featured By Owner Edited Feb 2, 2015   General Artist
Ok, widget webcam will not return. But what you do offer not premium members instead widget webcam? You should think about it and give something in return. Also remove the widget webcam does not solve the security problems that you have voiced. Your words seem implausible excuse. Be kind to think over my words and does not irritate people by their actions.
By topic:
I create art as it turns out, when I have the time, desire and opportunity.
Mirria1 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What?! The webcam widget isn't coming back? That's ridiculous. :( I liked it. ¬_¬ It made my, and some others, boring profile page more interesting.
Barry-Patman-1950 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi All, Digital photography and internet has been a huge learning curve for me. I am trying to organise photos to go on Deviant Art. My understanding is, I have to upload them in JPEG and DNG. I have Adobe Elements 4 and Lightroom 3, I have tried exporting photos in DNG, from Lightroom, they end up in My Pictures as; PSD file, with some of the changes I made in Lightroom, undone.

Because I am on a slim budget I can only afford one system like; either an upgrade to Lightroom 5 or purchase Elements 11.
Therefore I would like to know if I could buy one of the above to export my photos in DNG with all my changes.

I thank all who my reply to this and the trouble they may got to.

Barry Patman 
FarTooManyIdeas Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015   General Artist

Ever marked a note as "unread", and then forgotten about it, because the "Messages" tab still says "0 Notes"?

Vote up my idea and hopefully this little "bug" gets fixed.…

Spam-in-a-Box: YESSS
Granitoons Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes. Only discovered some notes recently by accident. Not at all important thankfully!
Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bring back the footer! daily deviations are not getting the attention they deserve. many people forget to go to the today page and look for them.
BreStarlight Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student General Artist
Okay I understand the security issues with the webcam widget but then for those of us with our premium I ask that you make some personalization for them in a timely manner. They are just as important as the premium members and I would hate to see them upset and leave because you took the only way they can edit their profiles aside from the basic widgets given. Thank you for hearing us last week. 

I also think it would be cool if you could add customs to the art space and rearrange where the art space is located on the page.
zaxzx4anme Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
MythTheWolf Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I feel kinda down on the whole 'new custom box' thing. I mean, I liked using the webcam. I was planning on using it.. Maybe you could bring it back?
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Please bring back the footer! :eager:
Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's what i was going to say too. daily devs must be back on the footer. many people no longer look at them anymore.
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Katzenfisch Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
I draw when I want to but you can see how many Deviations I share. Once I tried to draw everyday one picture but my self-discipline is aweful! It has lasted 4 days. I think it would be helpful to improve my skills.
LetltSnow Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
All you did was just make it another custom box. You cant even call it a webcam anymore.

pradeepkumar6388 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
I create when I get an idea
eloy1702 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
In my case creating art is spontaneous. I draw when I want. I don't force myself to do it because the result is usually a disaster.
sira Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015   Digital Artist
Hello.  Could you arrange "Manage Friends"? Thank you!
diegodafirenze Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, you're right
BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
usually all of my ideas for creating art is spontaneous, in that it co0mes to me out of the blue (Sometimes I'm in a place to sketch it out right then, and other times it just sticks in my head for a while as I do other things). I can also be spontaneous in drawing those ideas if I have the time and am in a position to open up my artpad or digital program and just sketch it out.
However, I want to make a sort of schedule for drawing as well, to draw more than I do now and to continue to improve.
LadyKylin Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist
I create art on a schedule because if I didn't I would rarely draw simply because inspiration is not a regular thing. And I found when I only drew when I felt like it, I was not improving.
PleasantlyEscaping Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
The making of art is definitely a spontaneous thing for me. I doodle on my notes in class, open up my digital art apps on my phone when I'm at school, et cetera. I would hate to make creating art a scheduled thing, 'cause I'm uninspired enough as it is. Besides, I hate routines.
rayclnz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Commission work is on demand but still requires me to be in the mood, as for my own creations generally when ever the moment hits me...I have found over the years creativity, for me anyway, is something that can't be forced...the "juices" are either flowing or not.
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