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Introducing thoughtART Technology

A few years ago, deviantART teamed up with several university laboratories across the United States, and we are proud to finally announce the fruits of our efforts. Thanks to recent advancements in neurological science, we're unveiling a revolutionary new platform in artistic creation. Our device uses touch-sensitive pads built into your existing keyboard and mouse to monitor your brainwaves and transmit them directly to our site. Excited? Welcome to the new age of thoughtART Technology!

What is thoughtART?

It may sound like something from science fiction, but the technology behind thoughtART is actually quite simple. Each person has unique patterns mapped into their brains correlating with the cadence of the firing of their synapses. Our new platform taps into how the brain processes these synapses and translates them digitally. In the same way that you can "see" an image in your mind when starting on an artistic endeavor, this feature strives to create that right on the digital page without the artist lifting a finger!

The Browser-Brain Interface

When you connect to thoughtART, the technology syncs with your nervous system to discover your artistic style, preferred palette, and ideas that have been floating in your head that you just haven't had time to put to paper. Once connected, the system measures the pulses generated by your temporal lobe and your levels of acetylcholine to read the exact thoughts you're experiencing. The process is 100% harmless, and you will experience no discomfort while your brainmap is being generated.

thoughtART

Create

Create with thoughtART
Happy April Fools' Day 2014!

Put aside your brushes, pencils, and tablets, because thanks to the round-the-clock efforts of deviantART's partnering science labs, you only need one tool to create the masterpiece you've always dreamed of: your mind. You'll never have to lift a brush again.

thoughtART

Search

Search with thoughtART
Happy April Fools' Day 2014!

Take a break from creation and spend a few minutes getting inspired. Using the same state-of-the-art technology, deviantART has also calibrated the system to help discover the art of your dreams. Sit back with thoughtART Search, and let your brain tell you what it wants to see. (Although the process is completely safe, we recommend resting the creative brain at 30-minute intervals.)

Your Observations

Since this is a brand-new product, we'd love to hear your feedback! What type of art are you generating with thoughtART Create? What does your brain like to browse in thoughtART Search? Let us know!

Publishing Your Findings

Share your creations and findings in the comments on this article, and let the world see what the power of your mind can do.




DeviantART is proud to announce a new partnership with 3D web publishing service, Sketchfab!

Sketchfab, a leading platform to publish, share, and embed interactive 3D content, allows you to bring your 3D artwork to life in real-time without a plugin.


Fella by AlphaPrimeSaviour

Read Sketchfab's announcement

Integrate 3D Models Into Your Journals


Deviants can now embed 3D models into deviantART Journals using Sketchfab embeds.  DeviantART is always aiming to make content on the site more engaging and interactive, and this integration benefits both creators and those who enjoy browsing incredible content.

Sketchfab is not just for the creators; the platform is helping to unlock incredible 3D content, while creating a new form of online media that anyone can browse and enjoy.

3D artists often share the models behind their final renderings or the progress work on their designs. Using our integration with Sketchfab, artists can now create Journals so that their audience can really see the 3D work that goes into their deviations.


How It Works


To embed your Sketchfab creations into a Journal, create a free Sketchfab account and upload a 3D model in one of Sketchfab's 27 supported formats. After you've finished uploading, simply copy and paste the embed code into your Journal.



Learn more about uploading to Sketchfab 

Examples




Canabalt Diorama by adambromell


Futuristic Ghetto Building by DennisH2010


Lego Guy Alien6 by chaitanyak


Honda NSX Concept 2013/14 by AlphaPrimeSaviour (Check out AlphaPrimeSaviour's Sketchfab compilation)

Show us how you're using it!


If you share your 3D creations using our Sketchfab integration, leave a link in the comments, share it in the Sketchfab-3D Group, or tweet it to Sketchfab and deviantART using the #dA3D hashtag.

With the large 3D community on deviantART, we feel that deviants will really benefit from seeing 3D work in a whole new way on deviantART.

This is just the start. More Sta.sh integrations are on the way!


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


Save the Date


Mark your calendars for April 7th! When the clock strikes midnight in the wee early hours of April 7 in Los Angeles, we’ll be launching a truly devious deal that you’ll want to be a part of.

Real-life llamas for all to ride? The very first deviantMEET in outer space? Free pie? Who knows! Check the article for your chance to win a 'Til Hell Freezes Over Premium Membership, and check back on April 2nd for the big reveal!

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Change Log


  • Mature content would display in the Prints Shop even if the mature content filter was enabled. Fixed by lepidosteus
  • When ordering Prints, the email notification that a purchase had been shipped would be delayed. Fixed by yury-n
  • For a brief period, the icons on the Sent Notes page did not change to reflect when a Note was read. Fixed by iconocrash
  • Super Group icons were not displaying correctly in the Groups widget on one's Profile. Fixed by lepidosteus
  • Many error messages on the Submit page would display as pop-up alerts, and will now display inline on the page. Fixed by yumeruby
  • Print submission was broken for a short period, displaying thirteen error messages. Fixed bysgrahamUK
  • Editing an Announcement in a Group's Admin Area would change its time stamp to 2306w 5d ago. Fixed by duraseb
  • The page navigation buttons on the Groups Portal and Shop would continue to offer extra pages, even if the maximum amount of results had already been reached. Fixed by lepidosteus
  • Uploading to Sta.sh via FTP was briefly not working. Fixed by chris

Sta.sh Writer
  • Buttons on the Sta.sh Writer toolbar would not alter all of the text selected, or would not visually change when selected text was altered. Fixed by Alisey
  • The Link popup would not display if a Journal Skin was installed. Fixed by kemayo
  • Journal Skins with unbalanced tags in their header or footer would prevent the "Done" button from working properly. Fixed by kemayo
  • When pasting external links into Sta.sh Writer, they will now update to show they're external. By kemayo

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us:
  • Feedback regarding the implementation of Google Analytics was generally positive. A few deviants mentioned wanting it to be a feature available to everyone.
  • Responses to the Discuss topic varied. Some deviants said they prefer to request critique from specific friends in private, while others mentioned asking for general feedback and working from there. A common response from deviants was that critique was most preferred on works in progress, and that asking for critique on completed work was not as useful.

Discuss!


DeviantART's Social Channels

Do you follow deviantART's social channels on Facebook or Twitter? What do you think of the content and artwork we share on these networks? What sort of content would you like to see us share more of on either or both of these sites? 


Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment here!
Lightbulb Check out a list of common suggestions!
Lightbulb Want to keep track of known issues? Check out our Status Forum!
:bug: Find a bug? Report it to the Help Desk! (Be as detailed as possible!)

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


Google Analytics For Your Profile (New Premium Feature)


Premium Members can now use Google Analytics to get meaningful insight about the traffic to their deviantART Profile! Using our new Google Analytics integration, you can access comprehensive statistics about your audience, traffic, and art.

Here's just a sample of some of the stats you can see:
  • Traffic charts, graphs, and statistics by date
  • Traffic demographics (geographic locations, languages...)
  • Visitor stats (new visitors, returning visitors, time spent on pages, number of pages viewed, bounce rates...)
  • Top sites and social networks sending you traffic and, for some social networks, the individual posts that are linking to your content
  • Search engine keywords people are using to find your Profile Page and content

Improve your artistic reach with the help of Google Analytics!

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Change Log


  • When setting up a custom domain for one's Portfolio, it did not allow for several recently introduced Top Level Domains. Fixed by elhsmart
  • For a brief period, it was not possible to add new images to one's Portfolio. Fixed by ArtBIT
  • The World Map would stop operating if left open for a prolonged time. Fixed by ultramouse
  • Measurement unit switchers would appear for some Art Gift products even though there was no need for it. Fixed by lepidosteus
  • When replying to comments from the Message Center, if you opened a second reply box before commenting on or closing the first, it would be impossible to close either comment box. Fixed by ultramouse
  • Setting a password for Portfolios was no longer working. Fixed by ArtBIT
  • Flash files could not be submitted to some contest categories. Fixed by duraseb
  • When giving Points, rapidly clicking the "Give" button multiple times would cause that amount to be sent repeatedly. Fixed by ultramouse

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  • There were various issues with saving redraws on Friday, which led to the final rendering of some redraws not appearing identical to the end product. Fixed by mudimba

Sta.sh Writer
  • Journal Skins will now allow the overflow-wrap property. Added by kemayo
  • Sta.sh Writer would attempt to allow deviants to edit stack descriptions, even when viewing a stack in someone else's Sta.sh. Fixed by inazar
  • When on the Submit page, the "Select file from Sta.sh" modal would attempt to use any keyboard shortcuts used elsewhere on the page, and then trigger their effects when the "Select file from Sta.sh" modal was actually opened. Fixed by inazar
  • Searching for community emoticons in Sta.sh Writer's sidebar would stop working after 24 results, for non-Premium Members. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback left on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you had to say.
  • There was confusion among some commenters regarding what browsers we offer support for, in the wake of last week's announcement. We still offer support for more recent versions of Internet Explorer, we have only stopped offering support for Internet Explorer 8. For a full list of browsers supported by deviantART, please read FAQ #38: Which browsers and Mobile OS are supported by deviantART?
  • In response to the Discuss topic, deviants mentioned finding inspiration on deviantART through a variety of ways. Some mentioned browsing through specific galleries or communities that create work that interests them, while others mentioned finding tutorials to help them challenge their own abilities as artists. 
  • Outside of deviantART, deviants said that music and television contribute heavily to their inspiration.

Discuss!


Getting Critique On Your Art

What methods and techniques do you use to get critique from deviants on site? Do you use specific Groups to get feedback? How frequently do you request detailed criticism on your work, and how frequently do you leave detailed feedback for others?


Lightbulb Have a suggestion, idea, or feedback? Leave a comment here!
Lightbulb Check out a list of common suggestions!
Lightbulb Want to keep track of known issues? Check out our Status Forum!
:bug: Find a bug? Report it to the Help Desk! (Be as detailed as possible!)

Premium Members can now use Google Analytics to get meaningful insight about the traffic to their deviantART Profile! Using our new Google Analytics integration, you can access comprehensive statistics about your audience, traffic, and art.



Get Deeper Insight Into Your deviantART Traffic

By enabling the feature on your profile, you can now use Google Analytics to get a better grasp on the deviantART experience that you’ve created for your audience!

  • Understand what types of people are organically drawn to your work. Where do they live? How long are they on your page?
  • See the impact of the marketing you do outside of deviantART. When you share your deviantART work and links in other networks and sites, you’ll be able to track the traffic back to your Journals, Gallery, Profile, and much more!
  • Understand what your visitors are looking at when they’re on your Profile and even for how long! Sometimes visitor trends are unclear until you can see the bigger picture.
  • Evaluate the difference in attention you get for some types of work versus others.
  • See a direct correlation between your marketing activities to deviation submissions and spikes in traffic to your Journals, artwork, or Profile pages.



Learn More About Your Audience 

Knowing who is engaging with your Profile can help you make decisions about where to hang out, what Groups to join, and other things you might want to share with your audience.



Watch Realtime Activity Flow To Your Profile

Google's realtime reports allow you to sit back and watch activity happening on your content right this second.


View Traffic Stats For Your Content

Google Analytics allows you to dive into traffic stats for deviations, Journals, Galleries, Collections, and other areas of your Profile Page. See which deviations are the most popular today and find out where that traffic is coming from.



Track and Analyze Your Watches and Favourites

Our Google Analytics integration tracks when someone watches or adds your artwork to their favourites, allowing you to view charts and statistics of these events. How many favourites did Reddit traffic give you this week? How many new watchers did you gain last weekend after submitting your newest deviation? Did you gain more watchers this month or last month?

Favourites and Watches are available under Google Analytics' "Events" reports. 



...And A Ton Of Other Reports

Here's just a sample of some of the stats you can see:

  • Traffic charts, graphs, and statistics by date
  • Traffic demographics (geographic locations, languages...)
  • Visitor stats (new visitors, returning visitors, time spent on pages, number of pages viewed, bounce rates...)
  • Top sites and social networks sending you traffic and, for some social networks, the individual posts that are linking to your content
  • Search engine keywords people are using to find your Profile Page and content



Measure How Your Activity Impacts Your Audience Growth

Google Analytics can help you make decisions on how you manage your deviations. It can also allow you to see the impact of your on site activities.

  • If you find that your audience is more active on certain days or times, you’ll be able to determine a schedule for posting new art or Journals.

  • Perhaps you’ll find that the more you comment, the more you see your pageviews and watch list jump.
  • If commenting, and critiquing others’ artwork for example, helps increase the level of activity on your Profile, perhaps you’ll decide to do this more frequently.

Ready To See Your Stats?




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