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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

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.

Change Log

  • 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

deviantART muro

  • There was an unusual issue encountered when a deviant exited from muro without making any marks. Fixed by mudimba
  • When launched from 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 Fixed by kouiskas
  • The layout of thumbs when inside of a stack was broken. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Uploads to wouldn't appear in Internet Explorer until after refreshing the page. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When logged out and leaving a comment on a 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 Writer

  • 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 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 Comments, the "Add Media" tabs in the Writer sidebar would display unevenly. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback

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 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

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This week, the Site Update includes free deviantART muro brushes, a text brush for Beta Testers, a new deviantID widget, and two new deviantART Twitter accounts!
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The-Flat-SteakBooty Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why isnt there   no any options  to get  points with the mobile?!
SuperSonic68 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Hey, I'm not sure if it's the update, or my own doing, but I cannot seem to find the "Download File"/"Download Image" button anymore for any Deviations. Files that I've downloaded before no longer seem to have download links. Usually they are located below the "Browse More Like This" window and above the Share options, but now don't seem to be available. Any help would be most welcome.
Itti Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the way conversations are displayed in group notes much better than in 'normal' notes. It's also the reason I prefer using gmail to other email systems - being able to see the whole conversation right there. I would love you to make notes work like in the mockup above, that'd be awesome! :D
bllueart Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
I personally like the 'notes' system as it is. If anything, it would be great to have the previous note in the conversation more handy, but I wouldn't like - or more like I'd dislike - to have the whole conversation show up that way. Me and my friends tend to write really long notes, so the present layout seems nicer to me.
I also liked the fact that the notes are different from the comments. It feels more private this way, so if I were to choose, I'd preffer it to stay as much as possible as it is.
pwassonne Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not sure if it's too late, but I'd like to say I like the idea of the conversation-style layout for Notes - I personally find the current layout messy and I can't see what is what at first glance.
StarshineBeast Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'd also like to comment that deviantart is being left behind in regards to the comics and webcomics genre. Many other websites have formatting available to where you can scroll through comic pages or at least press a button that says "next page" or "previous page" or "first page." is one of the first that I can think of that hosts comics in a very nice, likeable format.

I would also like the ability to rate a comment. Not just "like" or whatever, but "agree" "disagree" "helpful" "funny" "love" "infuriating" "awesome!" etc without responding with a message that has only ONE emoticon attached to it. I'd like to assign several ratings at once and do so without commenting.
StarshineBeast Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think that we need a way of collecting comic pages into one single deviation, rather than scattered pages. I would rather be able to sit down and read a chapter of a comic rather than go on a hunt for multiple pages in a person's gallery.

These are excellent suggestions about the need to collect comic pages into one viewable deviation:


We also need the ability to subscribe to certain folders within a group. For instance, I might be in an anime group but have no interest in Naruto-themed fan art, so I would uncheck that box so I would receive no Naruto-themed art from that group. Or maybe the group, while it's a great group, has a mature folder. Rather than fill my inbox up with mature deviations or blanked out images, I could unsubscribe from that folder.
ZarieoZ Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
finaaaaally :squee: I asked for the DD twitter account along time ago. Really glad you finally did it :happybounce:
danlev Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
ZarieoZ Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You were the one who replied to me about it last time, you told me you'd try. So Thank you :tighthug:
JonMan94 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
One item I think that should be tested is the ability to edit and redact our comments, along with permanently deleting comments on our pages, though in case of abuse, that these comments are still view-able by DA staff. I think all of us in the community would appreciate the addition of such a small feature.
SallysFunnyKiss Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thankies for the free brushes! ^^
eurosgraphix Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very Interesting and Useful Updates!! :-)
hmheather Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Storm-Aurastar Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Woot - free brushes!! :D Thanks!
GrappleMace Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Hey, here's a thing. Make it so people can't make a comment with a FREAKING EMPTY muro drawing.
GrappleMace Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
And the conversation notes idea isn't bad, but don't make the color difference so obvious. You guys need to stop using white. have you realized that we hate white and love DevGreen yet? just make it a slightly lighter green. White is obnoxious, rapes your eyes, and just looks bad.
YueLights Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the free brushes^^
iluvdevilschild Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the idea for Notes. :) Please do that.
OgawaBurukku Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have liked the new profiles for a while now, so I'm glad to see those are going to be implemented on everyone's sites.


This is silly, but I really don't like the "leaving deviant art" page you are taken to whenever you click an outbound link. I'd rather the page just open in a new tab or window or something. It never bothered me enough to complain, but I'm doing a webcomic on my own domain and I track things like where people are coming from, and with deviantart it just shows as that outgoing link page. I'd like to know the specifics, and since it's always kind of bothered me... well, just thought I'd bring it up here. I have no idea if it is just me or if other people feel the same way, but bringing it up regardless.
JustinMallari09 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
how does this work? pls help me...
Clu-art Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there,

here is a wish for stash.
I want to switch from stash to my da page. As it is now I can only change to the da mainpage. Or does I miss something?

Thank you very much.
fervvent Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this has less to do with the site and more with mobile things, but the people at deviantart should definitely work with windows phones to create a (working!) free app for deviantart
antidevian Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
por favor, aprendan que algunos pocos, no nos interesan estas cosa, dejen de estar llenandonos la caja de mensajes con estas cosas, ponganlas en un lugar que solo los interesados vean
General-EbonRose Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nonono! T_T I don't want to use the new ID. I put a lot of work into how mine looks now and I love it.

However, I would love to see the Notes have a conversation-style set up. It would make it so I wouldn't have to search for the older notes (because some people like to delete the "so-and-so said..." parts and confuse me). It would make everything much more tidy.
ShirouJune Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I checked your devprofike for curiosity, sure it looks cool :) Can I suggest you have a backup of your code? I'm a beta tester and after the change to the new widget-ID all my code was gone... so... yep, that. kind regards!
General-EbonRose Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah thanks. I've done that now.

I'm sure I'll find a way to make it work.
phoenix509 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Sweet! ^^
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AdeleEevee Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
You should like, make a journal every week of new deviants :heart:
cherrywaffle1003 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My small idea is that people can draw on dA Muro together! Like flockdraw or something. It can be fun c:
General-EbonRose Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
People have been asking for that since Muro came out. I don't think it's gunna happen.
AnomalyAAnonymous Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
CherryWaffles idea is good. :)
SaloGuardione Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Great idea :)!
everfae Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
The Conversation layout is a brilliant idea! I hope you guys don't go down the route of adding a bar at the bottom with tabbed conversations though, it looks tacky and makes it seem like more of a facebook-esque social network than an sort of social network for artists that dA is.
So all in all, I think the conversation layout should be kept in the messages and notes page, with conversation notifications near the message notifications to let you know when you have a new message. Maybe you could have the conversation pop up in a new tab, so you don't lose where you are browsing on dA?
There should also be an option for those who want to revert back to the original notes layout (as it is now), which would give them an option of switching any time so the changes aren't permanent for everybody and only those who which to use it can switch to a new layout.
matt-adlard Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
New ideas working well and converstation piece useful.

:lightbulb: We need an interactive calander for all the DA events thst are set like the Cards for patients in hospitals etc, it would be nice to have advaced noice of this sort of thing, allows some of us time to plan and sort out entries.
Mondlichtvogel Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for making all brushes in dAMuro accessible, it makes this programm much more interesting to me. :-)
Ambyrfire Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the conversation idea a lot. Me and a friend worked on (and in fact are still working on) a collaborative fantasy story, and we noted back and forth with a lot of information about characters/settings/plot events during the development stage. Now, whenever I want to find something from all that information, I have to dig through 20+ pages of assorted notes and multiple versions of each exchange to find what I'm looking for. If a conversation was set neatly in one place, with all of the notes from an exchange right there in their latest version, that would make it much easier.
Eitvys200 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Notes are fine as it is. :nod:
Flahorn Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I loved the very first deviantid because of responsive design. Now it's only 500px :cry:
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I use notes a lot! I have thousands in my note center now, most filed into folders and I have deleted thousands over the years. Notes are an important way for me to communicate on dA.

I like the way the mock-up looks. Notes would still be private?
Ushio-Akuma Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think a conversation mode in Notes would be extremely helpful. It makes sense for how the majority of people use notes, and I don't see it harming any way of using them. This, for me at least, is a must.
As always, thanks dA for all your great work!
TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the conversation in PM's makes it easier, i think, to follow up on what's being said. I like the format
AlanPrince Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I support the Conversation in Notes idea!
raberbagirl Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ugh, please no, I don't want to be forced to transfer to the new deviantID, I like the old one. I like having my "Devious Info," especially my Website URL, easy to see, rather than being hidden behind a dropdown menu.

Yes, I would like to view more than 24 Deviations per page in the Message Center. I also VERY much like the idea of being able to see if a Deviation has been added to a group's favorites, and to receive notifications if my Deviations are added to group favorites. On that note, I would like the option to be notified when groups I watch add Deviations to their favorites, not just to their gallery.

I don't like the "conversation" organization that Gmail (for example) uses - I much prefer each message to appear individually (though I don't mind if previous messages are copied below the new one). Since I sometimes just respond to a small portion of a message and save answering the rest for later, the "conversation" style wreaks havoc with my organization system, whereas it's easier to keep track of what I've answered and what I haven't when messages appear individually.
SinisterEternity Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Hello ? Do the words "New very buggy not even appreciated Submit Page forced testing" remind you of anything ?
Ignoring your Community isn't the solution. Give an option to switch back to the old layout, or at least change the DAMN COLOUR of the new submit page to DevGreen. Is it that hard for you ? CHANGING COLOURS ?
But an option is needed, or just not implementing the new system, as people cannot even SUBMIT anymore. Ugh. I can't believe this doesn't matter to you.
General-EbonRose Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I submit everything through Stash nowadays because I figured that was their new toy they'd eventually force on us (and I wanted to get used to it ahead of time). I haven't messed with the new submission process.
SinisterEternity Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I personally do not use to submit my stuff, just like some others, and well, some people are just completely unable to submit, that's really the main problem here, but the staff doesn't care. :|
LabLayers Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I reallly need a new notes page. The current design is buggy, inefficient, and hard to navigate...
EstrangeloEdessa Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think that Groups need a feature where members can request to be promoted. For example, if you're a Member of a group but you've been there for a long time and you're really involved and you think you deserve to be a Contributor, you could go somewhere on the Group's home page (the top left corner, perhaps, where it could go next to "leave group" and such) and ask.
General-EbonRose Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That would be cool :nod: I require contributors in my groups to have been members for awhile anyway, and there's no system in-place to aid with that.
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