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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

Prints Integration on Deviation Pages (Beta Testers Only)

Today we're bringing you an easier way to purchase art on deviantART! When viewing a deviation that is enabled as a Print, you'll be met with a sleek new menu that is designed to be simple, straightforward, and encouraging. 

Group Journal Editing in Writer (Beta Testers Only)

In addition, we're bringing you a feature that makes it easier for members to collaborate using Group Journals. Admins who have Journal editing privileges can now edit Journals posted by others. The feature makes it easier to edit, maintain and collaborate within your Group.

Change Log

  • Some country domain email addresses were not accepted for creating Shop accounts. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The Deviants widget on Groups pages did not respect the order preference set in the widget. Fixed by randomduck
  • On the blog entry page, the text area scrollbar was getting clipped off in Internet Explorer. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The Donate Points widget was not actually invisible prior to a donation goal being set. Fixed by randomduck
  • Ads were temporarily broken in IE8. Fixed by ZombieCoder
  • The iOS6 browser was released with a bug that caches certain requests. Worked around by shahyarg
  • The quality assurance control system on Prints orders was not properly releasing some Prints after they were approved. Fixed by randomduck
  • Sold out or discontinued deviantARTGear had a possibility of getting stuck in the shopping cart. Fixed by KnightAR
  • In the payment details section of a purchase, there was no way to cancel entering a new card. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The search bar in a deviant's Gallery looked and behaved differently than the one on their Journal. Fixed by shahyarg
  • deviantART was not properly capitalized in some places. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Clicking the "Next" button for comments would occasionally break the page. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Opening the File and Edit menus would cause a Javascript error in Internet Explorer. Fixed by kouiskas
  • For Android, the Camera option would be available when pressing upload. Fixed by kouiskas
  • .TIFF files now automatically have a preview image and thumbnail. Fixed by kouiskas Writer

  • The literature toolbar would occasionally double-initialize, making it look like the default settings weren't loaded. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback

Thank you all for the feedback left on last week's update! Here's some of what you had to say.
  • In response to our asking about the Prints submission process, several users mentioned that being prompted to submit every image deviation as a Print was cumbersome, particularly when submitting works in progress.
  • Bloodsong13T and overseer mentioned that selecting options when setting up or editing Prints submissions can become tedious.
  • Feedback regarding the suggestion about comments auto-updating was mixed. Some were pleased with the idea, while others felt it was more distracting than helpful.
  • Deviants would like a way to preview how their art will look when printed before submitting it as a Print. Suggested by overseer
  • Some deviants would like an easier way to create sub-bullets in lists, in Writer. Suggested by Katy-L-Wood
  • Deviants would like to send notes from a Group account. Suggested by aboveClouds 
  • It would be helpful for a deviation sold as a Print to show the number of sales it has had. Suggested by Blue-Koi
  • Some deviants would like to be able to embed video into their portfolios. Suggested by Su5anLee 
  • Deviants would like to be able to download drawings they've done in deviantART muro from their Suggested by Mattehboy


The Friends System
The Watch feature allows you to follow your favourite artist's artwork and activity, while also giving you the ability to mark other deviants as being your friend. How would you like to see the friends system be improved? What features would you like it to have?

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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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Lost-in-Equestria Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Umm you guys doing anything with membership settings? I cannot use my membership... When I try to post journals I don't get the skin, I cannot make polls... but everything that was already there works perfectly. Custom windows etc. However if I touch them, it won't work anymore.
I see ad's etc etc.
I have 14months of membership, would be a shame if they didn't work.
ikazon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Writer
Hey there! That sounds like a bug to me, please file a bug report at the Help Desk about it and they'll be able to help you out. I'm sorry for any trouble you may have encountered with it up until now. :/
Lost-in-Equestria Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I fixed it by disconntecting and reconnecting! :dummy:
Snow-Body Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
suggestion: able to delete spam comments
no normal comments, only comments where we have reportet as spam

i got today 5-6 spam comments under one picture X_X now i have disabled comments because it looks so ugly :(
Nova225 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
By the way...

When will we be able to delete group notes in our group(s) ?
It has been, what.. 2 ? 3 years, and still nothing ?

...they give the option to keep, but not the opposite and EXTREMELY BASIC option to delete ?
What's up with that logic, seriously ?
storystosee Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
The Friend System
If you wacht someone and marked him/her as friend, you could get an Activity Message when he/she got banned

a few people who I watch got banned lately and I always found out late, so I was wondering if this could be an option
WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
:iconnewsboyplz: added to the article collection at #DevNews
Benin6man Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012

1. The site interface still sucks. After more than a month and failed correspondence with the help desk. D.A. still lags like hell. :iconepicfail-plz:


3. YOU blatantly ignore for more than a month peoples complaints. YOU are being completely disrespectful. And people should not stand for such assholishness and snobbery. :no:

Shrink the thumbnails. shrink the thumbnails. SHRINK THE THUMBNAILS.
Shrink the thumbnails. shrink the thumbnails. SHRINK THE THUMBNAILS.
Shrink the thumbnails. shrink the thumbnails. SHRINK THE THUMBNAILS.
Fix the interface. fix the interface. FIX THE INTERFACE.
Fix the interface. fix the interface. FIX THE INTERFACE.
Fix the interface. fix the interface. FIX THE INTERFACE. It still takes up to FIVE freaking minutes for any D.A. page to load correctly. Absolutely ridiculous!!!
You all have no respect for us people who generate your revenue, if you decide to not adhere to our requests. HOW SAD!!! :-(
Pathetic. :pissed:
Sweetlight515 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
G-geez, you don't need to go all out there... ^^;
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Maybe a way to feature one's friends instead of just lumping them together in one box, since they are what motivates an artist? And would a better way to organize them help?
Targeryan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm having issues uploading art on to my deviantart threw stash. its telling me i have to select mature content for everything i upload even if its art that shouldn't need a mature content badge...
ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Writer
Hey there! I think this has been fixed, but could you double check and let me know whether or not it's still causing problems for you? :)
Ellodi-Fune Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
on the "X added Y to their faves" note, it would be nice if it would be possible to post a message directly on their page from your message centre.

and when you deactivate, it's possible to see what new account the peron has like- "Dance5 deactivated their account has moved to Dance345" or something, so people who arn't PM's can find it easier to keep friends
Xeir-Zith Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Writer
SUGGESTION: Concerning the subfolders within gallery folders: TO make it neater in appearance I offer two suggestions

I've been thinking on this for some time now, with the new thumbs being larger now in galleries, I tested it on my own gallery in one of my folders {a story of mine} the thumbs are reduced from three wide per row to two thumbs per row due to the add new folder to the gallery being to the right of the gallery itself. This is annoying because it shoves all the gallery information for the particular gallery over a thumbnail, thus making three per row, into two per row for thumbs. Which is not good and I personally do not like the look of this. Some thumbnails are very wide whereas others are narrow, thus screwing up the neatness appearance.

HOWEVER!! I have a suggestion to fix this.

Why not move the gallery adding to the area directly BELOW the folder details. For example, say you have DEVIOUS FOLDER as a gallery folder name, then you add some folder notes to the new folder inside of it. Once that is done, directly below those notes is the option to add a folder to that gallery. rather then how it is now, where it shoves the details over a thumbnail space, and really screws up the coding.

Its a suggestion I have been kicking around and personally I think it will look a heck of a lot nicer to move the create a subfolder for a gallery folder to the area directly below the gallery folder details area. Some people like to put text in those folders to detail them, and with the add folder option, that text info area gets shoved over a space further into the folder itself, thus making things narrow. It does not look good codingwise if you ask me. So my suggestion as noted above will help with the coding, and make things look nicer and far neater then it is now.


If the above suggestion is not workable, or is too complex to create proper coding, perhaps instead adding an option within the folder details options area to want to add subfolders to the folder, defaulted to YES, and able to check NO, and when NO is checked the option to add a subfolder will not appear in that folder, thus making things look nice and neat and three per row {I am not used to having my internet browser fullscreened, as it drags on computer power for me. and my screen is not that big to begin with anyhow.}

Hopefully these two suggestions can be thought over, or even tried ? Perhaps also taken into beta testing as well to find any bugs with the coding and system for it ?
LittleSardines Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It'd be nice to have a notification/confirmation type thing when someone lists you as a friend. :shrug: As it is now - it's pretty much just a random list of people that may or may not actually be friends.
SuzuriHeinze Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey, maybe that's a small thing that the free members could use! Everyone's tired of the same old deviant Green we have going on constantly. Maybe some alternate colors would be a simple solution, even if it's just for journals?
WhiteKitsuneKnight Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if the idea was dropped, but in the past, the offer was made about comments made by the artist on the artist's work having a special highlight. I believe it was turned down because it was distracting, but what if when the artist comments on their own work, there's a special little symbol? It's not as distracting as highlighting the entire comment, but it lets you know that the artist has a response.
Just a little food for thought from yours truly.
ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Writer
Heya! This wasn't turned down, it can actually be seen on Film deviations right now. :)
WhiteKitsuneKnight Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, all right! I didn't hear anything about it, so I figured I would ask.
Thank you for letting me know! ^-^
ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Writer
No worries! :)
Ninefiftin Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think an auto-updating system for comment would be useful... it'd be as you say "distracting" and even annoying for those unfortunate people that still have a low bandwidth...
Also someone suggested in the comments that we should be able to set a day for the deviations in to be posted on... This would be useful. For example, for those who post comic pages on particular days, and want to keep their rhythm while away from the Internet...
Finally, I'm not really sure to know what is the "friends" thing... I've just noticed that my "friends" appear in the dropdown menu on the top right corner... I use it to instantly know when one of my friend is online, so that we can maybe talk. I think we should get a notification when someone adds us to their friends... and probably many more things. Currently there are no real difference between a friend and another deviant we watch...
Anyway, keep on your amazing work !!! :dalove:
Lupinicious Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012   Photographer
When I submitted art from yesterday, I noticed that you've got a UTF8 encoding error when entering a description in and submitting it to dA. Once it appears in dA, the text is double-encoded (e.g. German umlauts ending up as ä, ö, ü...). You might want to look into this issue.
Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HELLO DEVIANTART: You should put a confirm dialog to delete files from!!!!!!!! Almost happen a catastrophe to one of my tales...(i used the button back and the cache save it...) I think that this have to be a feature of the
vodkaffee Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist
I always thought the friend system should have a chat system for mutual friends
Master-0f-Puppets Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are damn right...
FireWings26 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I would like to see better alerts on birthdays; in turn, making it easier to create things or give gifts.
WOLFWATCHER12 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
good idea i accept to this.
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I would love to be able to divide the watch messages in my message center by the friends list :)
violetstory Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree :meow: :happybounce: :aww:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
violetstory Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:meow: :happybounce:
WhiteMageTifa Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Awesome...idea... but.... i hope they remove the ad's that give your computer virus, i got a really bad one, from a ad here year ago... and my sister got some from here, almost all the time, so far this year she or i haven't gotten any,

Hopefully DA fix that issue by now, that the only thing i can think of... because getting virus aren't fun. just want it to get known that the site has gave virus before, I'm not saying they still do but it just something to might wanna look out for.

And Yes i know my spelling is bad. just look over that.
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Yes, that's definitely an issue sometimes - have you reported those ads? If you're not sure how to, see [link] and [link] :)
aradosev2687 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Can we have some more information about what the Friends System would include? What could be improved? What are possible features?
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Interface Designer
That's exactly what they're asking - what do you think could be improved about it? :)
bitmaz Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
very good
tailsfluffy74 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
One question: I was wondering if I became a premium member, then will these ads in the comments go away? I'm kind of close to becoming a premium~:)

Keep up the new updates! I love DA and I hope this site keeps getting better~!:rose:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Though just to be sure, I'm not sure what 'ads in the comments' you mean - it may be worth checking this just to be sure it is actually an ad from dA: [link]
tailsfluffy74 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Here's what I can see [link]

Thank you very much!:D
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Ah yes, I tried without premium membership, it seems it's normal :)

No problem :hug:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Interface Designer
All ads (besides those from dA itself, as in, the occasional advertisement for a sale in the +shop) should go away :D
Honey-Bee89 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question about is it possible to give the things in your a set day for them to be posted on? Like, if I wanted to post something on the 30th of October, but won't be near any computers during this time, would it be possible to set it up so that it will get posted automatically when it hits that date? I think it would be a really handy thing to have, especially for comic book artists. =)
ikazon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Writer
Hiya! That isn't currently an option in, no, but it is something that we've received suggestions for, and we've made note of it. :)
Honey-Bee89 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, okay. Thanks for the reply! I imagine going through all of the comments must be quite time consuming, so I appreciate you taking the time to write to me. :heart:
PhoenixPhlox Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Basically I like the friend system as it is. :)
But I think managing friends should be a bit easier.
When I open the friend list I see groups and people mixed, it would be practical if groups would be a separate part of the list.
And I would be happy if I could move multiple people to a list with the same watch settings as they were in the unsorted list.
HaruTotetsu Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like how the friend system currently is, the only update I'd ask for is the ability to select users on the list and add them to the Deviant Lists we create. One key feature I'd say would be most useful for it would be if we were able to select more than one user at a time.

The only other thing that I can currently think of worth doing is making it so we can block comments on our journals. If this feature is available in that still wouldn't be useful because then we'd have to constantly go back to just to check and un-check the feature if it was only being used while we were going through an emotional time and didn't want people to bother us.

Also, this might be worth doing later on, but how about introducing sub-folders to our favourites, as well. That would be super, for the members that are just here to favourite things, as they can create a collection for their favourite artists and then create a sub-folder for each artist. The sub-folders are great, but not organizable enough I feel, but its a work in progress I'd say. Baby steps, make doing these things easier right?
qwertymaker Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Artist

deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
Bearkata Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012   General Artist
Unrelated, but I was wondering if you guys were still considering the idea of letting us choose which deviations show up in the "more from this artist" column of our deviations? I know the idea didn't get much attention when you first suggested it because the thumbnails kind of shadowed it out, but I still think it's a really good idea; it bugs me to see old works that I'm not quite as proud of show up in there, but at the same time, I don't really feel that they should be moved to my scraps. Plus, they often show up in a really bizarre order that looks awkward. :/
Elanory Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes, a friend system update would be nice! :la:
Probably I'm just to stupid to find it, but is there any function behind friend lists (categories)? I would like to be able to change friend lists (categories) in my friendslist ("Friends"-buton at the top of the page/Who's online?). For example "Who's online of my reallife friends" and "Who's online of my internet friends".^^
Also a bit order in my Deviations messages would be nice. Maybe you could seperate them by friend lists just like group messages (this list you can click on on the left). Then you could add watched people as friend to categorize their deviations by medium or something.
Would be awesome :dummy:
CarefulKoala Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
when i upload to scraps it counts as a deviation .i'd prefer if it did not. im just a little strand but i try to regulate me deviations and my stash gets full.
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