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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

Updates to Literature Appearance

We've made some changes to the way literature and Journals display on deviantART. In order to provide a more unified experience, we've updated the format of literature deviations and Journals to better display your text, as well as to optimize the reading experience for your readers!

In addition to the updated background, we've made sure that familiar tools for readers have been retained with the new layout. Readers can change the background from light to dark, enlarge the text, and more, using the buttons presented at the top of each literature deviation.

Screen Shot 2012-10-12 at 10.27.14 AM by ikazon

Additions to Writer

An Emoticons tab has been added to the "Add Items" section of the Writer sidebar, allowing you to add deviantART emoticons directly from the sidebar. This gives you the ability to click and add emoticons to your text instead of requiring you to manually type them out. 

In addition, an "Open Draft" option has been added to the File menu in Writer, so that you can easily pull your recent drafts from the Writer without having to load extra pages!

Screen Shot 2012-10-24 at 5.36.59 PM by ikazon

Group Journal Editing in Writer

Group Admins who have Journal editing privileges can now edit Journals posted by others through Writer, which makes it easier to edit, maintain and collaborate within your Group. An "Edit with Writer" button is now available on Journals submitted through Writer in Groups where you have editing privileges.

Previously, this functionality partially existed using the original Journal editor, but the Edit button was only available when browsing through that Group's Journals using the Journals tab. This method still exists for Journals created using the original Journal editor; Group Journals posted from Writer will now open in Writer when using this method.

Updates to the New Submit Art Page (Beta Testing)

Several updates were made to the new Submit Art page, which is currently being tested by a select group of members. These changes include the integration of Prints submission, a function to remember your settings from one submission to the next, and an easier means of changing your main file!

Art Thumbnails in Journal Thumbnails (Beta Testing)

When encountering Journal thumbnails on site, the scrolling thumbnail will now also display thumbnails of the artwork included in those journals, so you can see the included artwork before viewing the Journal!

Change Log

  • The Community Relations Newsletter for September and October has been posted. Added by Moonbeam13
  • For a short period of time, the top of the Message Center would display "No Messages" regardless of how many messages were actually present. Fixed by allixsenos
  • Journals briefly could not be posted from the Journal section of a Group page. Fixed by kemayo
  • Various changes were made to the category structure. Some older deviations were moved from invisible closed categories into active ones. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Some ANSI deviation files were not recognized as a playable format when submitted. Fixed by randomduck
  • The Edit Journal button was hidden when Beta Testing was enabled. Fixed by kemayo
  • Some literature thumbnails showed no text preview when browsing. Fixed by kemayo
  • Publishing Journals was very briefly not available. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Deviations published in some literature categories did not have controls for toggling text and paragraph formatting. Fixed by kemayo

More Like This

  • Clicking the "Show More" button when browsing would sometimes cause IE 8 to jump to the top of the page. Fixed by banks
  • Users with the deviation preference 'zoomed in' would occasionally see a zoomed out image when reloading a deviation page. Fixed by banks
  • Browse and More Like This styles were tweaked for better use on mobile devices. Fixed by banks

  • Publishing options were being cut off in Linux. Fixed by drommk
  • Published Writer items would have an incorrect grey background color for people testing the new Submit Art page. Fixed by kouiskas
  • On a published deviation, switching to comments would always be empty. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Updating a published deviation via API or changing the main file of a deviation would reset the size preference for that deviation. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Comment counts were not being displayed properly in Fixed by kouiskas
  • Drag and drop didn't work in the Opera browser. Fixed by kouiskas Writer

  • A very small number of deviations submitted with Writer had encoding issues. Fixed by kemayo, inazar and jekor
  • Raw indent characters were not preserved. They will now be turned into spaces. Fixed by kemayo
  • Pressing the tab key did not indent paragraphs. Fixed by kemayo
  • Unknown HTML tags in text pasted into Writer were not being removed. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback

Thanks very much for the feedback left on last week's update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us.
  • Feedback regarding site navigation was mixed. Many users mentioned that they liked navigation as it is currently, while some mentioned that they would like for it to be more simple. 
  • Aren-Elsa suggested that the site navigation should scroll with the page, so that site navigation can be reached from anywhere on the page without having to scroll.
  • arcelian suggested that a "log out of just this session" button could be added to the site navigation, for deviants who frequently log in from multiple locations.
  • Several users liked the suggestion regarding email notifications when a Note is received, though others mentioned that they would like to be able to turn them off, if implemented.
  • Some deviants would like to be able to watch another deviant's Favourites. Suggested by BojanPapic
  • When leaving a Group, some deviants would like an easy way to have their work removed from the Group at the same time. Suggested by LilaeaBluecoat

Deviants Stop By HQ To Chat!

A group of deviants came to visit us here at headquarters last week for a small pizza party, and to chat about More Like This, the Premium Content Platform, and some other new features. They also shared their thoughts about how they use deviantART and features they would like to see. How would you feel if we had a get-together like this in your area?

Here's a photo we decided to take last minute, after a few people had already left:


The Critique feature allows artists to receive critical feedback on their work. All deviants can give Critique on deviations with Critique enabled, and Premium Members can request Critique on their artwork. Do you give Critique regularly? What do you find useful about the Critique feature? What ways do you feel the Critique feature could be improved?

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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.
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InvaderZynder Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Hello, I was wondering how you write on the journal. When I click the journal, everything comes up but where I am supposed to write.
citizencandy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
How do I edit my literature text with the new layout? All I get is a preview of the author's notes that i can edit. D:
ikazon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Writer
If you click on the pencil button in the top right, there should be an Edit Text option in the menu that appears. :)
citizencandy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh I see! Thanks! I don't know how I missed that...
Memnalar Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Trev, I wanted to drop by and thank all of you for this work. A lot of the things Lit-types have been clamoring for over the years are now happening (have been happening), and I'm not sure you're getting enough credit for it.

Anyway. Day late, dollar short as usual, but no less grateful.
Itti Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love a get-together like that in Edinburgh :w00t:
charliethemew012 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
fine by me :shrug:
khudair Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Thank you
Anime911OwO Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't type on my!WTF!!!
Macca-my-dear Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
There's something wrong with the Categorization? I can't seem to categorize anything :confused:
Kro406 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm having problems posting thumbs and I don't know why in here: [link] it just won't show up....
nopinky Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could we have a way to remove groups from the "Recent Groups" window when submitting a deviation anymore? There are a few groups that I'm not a part of anymore and it's kind of annoying to have them still show up in the window.
Yukyona-G-R Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Student General Artist
stash is deleting some of my images! what can i do? there is a journal about rules?
ikazon Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Writer
Hey there! You'll want to file a bug report at the Help Desk about this. :)
Raylorn Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
How about do a strict crack down on all those spam accounts that have been popping everywhere recently. Banning them doesn't help because they would make a new account anyway. Put all these updates on hold for while.
Shinkou-san Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A way to delete more note messages or like a view more button for it to show more messages to make it easier to delete more a little faster then 25 at a time.
avoyak Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great stuff well done!!
realchicken39 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
my English is not good enough
Otaku81 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Awesome can't wait
General-EbonRose Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I've always felt that critiques should be a feature available to all members to receive, not just premium members. It's the only feature I feel should be that way. I personally don't use it myself, because of this reason (though I do give crit using the feature, if I want it, I'll just hope people give them though comments.)

This is an art site, and I think it should be focused on art, and facilitating a community and environment for the creation and improvement of art, for subscribers and regular members. I like all the bonus features subscribers get - and I feel it's definitely within dA's rights to charge for extra goodies, but critiques feel like something that should be integral to the site as a whole.
MaurizioXD Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Karla-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To be honest the critique feature actually made me stop asking for critiques and giving as many out. I hate the stars you give people, it is hard to be accurate with them and and people are often offended if you don't give them full stars, which is pretty dumb since they have literally asked for critique. But the stars are really weird and the categories listed may not be what the artist is looking for.

Also I have had mine marked as spam for really stupid reasons and it seems waste off effort that they can just do that. I have often even used helpful links to explain what I mean. It also seems a waste of effort because because you have to get 100 words down, and I think 50 is probably a better word count because you don't always need 100.
dragonautumn Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that looks like it was fun! i would love to know if there was a DevianArt meeting area somewhere where i live. awesome!
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BunnysteeleStephanie Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mewitch1 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the new submit page it seems to function really well
vieri7 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Cool :)
ichigo-nee Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Dark771 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
I wish there was an official PSVita app and the same with iOS
Sunnycat17 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
dA with it's own official app? Same here! >w<
Ryan10009 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
ya im new and i using my ps3 to use and submit my pics and i am wondering when the android section of this site will be mobile because i have an android phone.
starxx1 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fix the submission page for mobile please???!!
Sonicgoose Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Ravenclaw1401 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome!! :D
GenesisArclite Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Two simple suggestions: 1) which groups added a piece to their favourites, and 2) how many up/down votes a piece awaiting approval to a group has gotten. (I'm just going to keep posting this until someone notices)
yasmin-flower Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Artist
gingersketches Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with the suggestion that the navigation bar should scroll along with you :nod: That would definitely be simpler than scrolling to the top any time you wanted to do something, especially with the "Show More" option that's available now, since you can scroll along pretty much indefinitely...
ShnarfBird Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
i like the green submit page better than the white one
jacij Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012   General Artist
Even when I've asked for critique with the feature I never seem to get any. The feature seems pretty useless. You're better off joining a critique group. To be honest unless someone is part of a critique group I rarely leave feedback even if they have the critique option enabled as many people take anything negative really badly. I think many people just assume critique means only comment on the positive. At least with the groups they (in theory) should have read the rules and what critiquing is all about.
DolphinBuster Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
How do you put a cover image for a story? Everything else is fine, but it's just that I can't figure out how to put an cover image for my stories. Does anyone know how to?
CindyWorks Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
many people write in the critiques box a compliment not a critique
Rainbowpocalypse Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Rainbowpocalypse Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If it's not too much to ask, maybe there could be an option where you can search Users and atr
luckynesu Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Sotkettu Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Critique is usually only for the people that want to praise the deviation. Usually all of the polite but negative critique will be marked as spam. I don't give critique anymore because it is annoying to spend over 15 minutes with telling politely about how to improve the picture and then the deviant thinks it is not an useful critique. :(
pianogospel Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
I would like to give you a sugestion:
Is it possible to add in searches the function to find pictures only in black and white instead colored pictures?
HMusshroom Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Yo no sÚ hablar muy bien el inglÚs D:
HatesDemonicBarney Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Hmm...Strange but maybe it's just because i'm new but i have the old submit page still :P...
ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Truth be told, only some of the beta testers were supposed to have the new submit page, it's still in a testing phase as far as I know. Probably a bug that some regular users get it, too.
HatesDemonicBarney Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
TigerHawkmon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
I've never been fond of the critique feature The categories it uses don't necessarily correspond to the purpose of the art; not everything a person does is necessarily meant to be completely original (and is originality even truly possible anymore). I also really didn't like part where you quantify a person's art with stars because it seems really arbitrary anyway; I can't imagine how flawlessly amazing something would need to be to justify 5 stars (you'd have to be one of those amazing masters, and I find they typically don't ask for critiques anyway).

I think it would probably be more helpful if instead of rigid categories that you have to reply to, it was more of a list of optional questions that could help the commenter develop their comments into a thoughtful critique (sort of like the way they teach students to do in art classes) so that people who've never had experience with a serious critique (like might be the case for self-taught or hobby-artists) can feel their way through it.

-As for other suggestions to dA:
I notice there's no preview mode for the box in your settings where you edit your signature. I assume that's just an oversight and not a choice, because its not consistent with dA's other text fields. Definitely, if I'm putting in a scripted link to something, I'd like to know it works correctly before I run around DA with it as my signature; and I've seen a few people proudly displaying broken script for a signature, and it's not pretty.
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