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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


Update to deviantART Mobile

In October, we launched the new mobile site to everyone, and while we stand by its design and functionality, we received valid statements regarding older devices not being compatible with the new layout. With this in mind, we've brought back the old mobile site for older devices, with the option to switch to one or the other depending on your preference. 

For said devices, a banner will appear on the main deviantART page that says, "Touch here to switch to deviantART's legacy mobile site," which will reload the page with the old mobile layout if tapped. If you would like to return to the new mobile layout, you can do so by tapping the Menu button and selecting "Switch to New Mobile Layout" from there.

Please note: while we are bringing the old mobile site back for these devices, it is a legacy version of the mobile site, meaning that we will not provide updates to this layout, and technical support will be limited. 

Proposed Changes to the Anthro Gallery 

KovoWolf is heading up potential changes to the category structure of the Anthro gallery, and your feedback would help shape changes made in the future. 


Change Log

  • A horizontal scrollbar was present in Firefox for some users at a narrow browser resolution. Fixed by yury-n
  • There were some errors encountered when purchasing discounted items with deviantART Points, if the buyer didn't have enough Points before the discount was applied to the total. Fixed by yury-n
  • There were some delays in processing thumbnails for newly submitted deviations, as well as sending deviantWATCH messages. The backlog was quickly processed. Fixed by chris
  • More Like This was briefly unavailable. Fixed by chris

Sta.sh / New Submit

  • Some deviations stated they were submitted from Sta.sh when they weren't. Fixed by samshull
  • Items in Sta.sh now display which app they were submitted from. Fixed by adahacker
  • Logging into Sta.sh in Safari would sometimes fail and display an incorrect error message. Fixed by adahacker
  • Pressing escape would exit both the deviation and the stack, for fast browsers. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The description box wouldn't expand when content was pasted in. Fixed by samshull
  • When submitting a deviation to both Scraps and Groups, the deviation would go to the Groups but not to Scraps. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Deviants were unable to set preview images for ZIP files. Fixed by adahacker
  • When submitting text, the page would always trigger a "Mature Content not selected" error, even if it was selected. Fixed by adahacker
  • When adding text, the text preview wouldn't reflect the text's actual spacing. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When changing files, the new image would take the place of the category examples. Fixed by kouiskas
  • There was a javascript error when categorizing items written in Sta.sh Writer as Journals. Fixed by adahacker
  • Some deviation types were displaying an incorrect image preview during upload. Fixed by samshull
  • New deviants were being asked to agree to the Terms of Service with no way to actually do so. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Category errors wouldn't display properly when updating an already published deviation. Fixed by adahacker

Sta.sh Writer


  • Some Literature categories were displaying entries as Journals. Fixed by kemayo
  • The Google Webfonts list was out of date. Fixed by kemayo
  • Using "Edit with deviantART muro" would sometimes save slowly, and could get stuck on the "saving..." overlay. Fixed by kemayo
  • Sta.sh comments showed raw HTML when you restored a page after restarting your browser. Fixed by inazar
  • When leaving comments in Sta.sh, the comment field would not be blank after posting. Fixed by inazar
  • The "Show More" button in the sidebar was misaligned in IE8/9. Fixed by Alisey
  • Long titles in the sidebar would overlap. Fixed by Alisey
  • Thumbnails were not evenly spaced in the sidebar in Firefox. Fixed by Alisey
  • In Firefox, when copy and pasting content from a web page, hidden HTML code would sometimes become visible. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback


Thanks for the feedback left on last week's update! Here's some of what you had to say.
  • Deviants were pleased with the new tool to improve More Like This results. Nippey suggested that it would be helpful for the original deviation to scroll, so that members can have an easier time comparing the results to the starting deviation.
  • SougonNaTakumi mentioned that it would also be useful to mark particular deviations as good or bad matches for the source deviation.
  • Some deviants would like to be able to go directly to their Profile from Sta.sh. Suggested by Aren-Elsa
  • Deviants would like the option for endless scrolling on deviations in their Message Centers. Suggested by Yamitora1
  • Members would like to be able to change permissions for a Group Gallery Folder from that folder's page, rather than having to go to the Manage Members section of that Group's admin area. Suggested by IceWolf762
  • Some deviants would like to be notified if they are logged in for two or more sessions at once. Suggested by Bemari

Discuss!

deviantART muro for Critique
Some deviants have suggested using deviantART muro as a tool for critique. When giving critique, do you find it helpful to be able to leave a visual representation of what you mean, such as by redlining the work? (Redlining is when an artist draws a sketch over another artist's work to help find flaws in the original art.) As an artist, would you find it helpful if other artists could leave redlines as part of a critique on your art by using deviantART muro?

deviantART muro critique as mocked up by RobynRose


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Dessert Of Your Dreams

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 12:38 AM




Having It

Both Ways


Is it better to possess a thing of beauty, or to experience the ultimate consummation of oneness with that beautiful thing by actually consuming it... and being left only with the memory of its beauty? Leave it up to our deviantARTists to think of a way to have it both ways – but left over as a feast for the eyes, preserved eternally on the digital planes of deviantART.







Craft, design, and artistry as applied to the most delicious and sinful of the culinary disciplines rises forth as we shine warming a light on this small but incredibly skilled serving of artists within the deviantART community. In an effort to taste all of the communities within deviantART, let’s take a quick exit off the main freeway of art categories and stop inside the open-all-night eatery for a re-fuelling of the most important food group:


Cakes, pies and cupcakes

It is a decidedly sweet batch of artwork.


There are rows of identical Twinkies (or used to be) and then there are these carefully crafted monuments to pop culture icons constructed from a palette of sugar and ingenious design ideas. The group dA-Cake-Artists features a wide array of cakes produced by artists from every deviantART kitchen. Sample the artistic recipes given beneath many of these deviations describing the process and story behind each creation. Watch the group for what I am sure will a very interesting Holiday season of elaborately designed edible artworks submitted over the next month. Also check out FoodIsArt.





Many of these artworks fall into the “how could they have possibly made that happen” category. This dragon “Skyward Sword :: Furnix Cake” by cakecrumbs is especially noteworthy. I am sure having a Master's degree in Zoology helped a bit while Rhiannon was designing this dragon. Or was it hours playing Zelda while munching on sweets? Something must stir her incredible talent and skill.







People have always had an obsessional and mystical relationship with the demands of their stomachs, significant enough for eternal recording. When contemplating the Neolithic cave paintings of early humanity and marveling at the loving detail informing the herds of prehistoric gazelle that were the early hunters’ prey, one must wonder, was it the adrenaline rush of the hunt that the artist was trying to capture, or was he merely consumed with mankind’s most pressing daily question:


What’s for lunch?

I am assuming I have to turn in my copy of “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” after that last line. But, one should ask how an artist could complete one of these works on these pages without eating it before it is born (I mean fully baked). Obviously it’s better at the end of the day to be covered by butter, sugar and frosting than paints full of toxic if not fatal chemicals.










Site Update: Improving More Like This

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 6:21 PM


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


Help Improve More Like This

In October, More Like This was launched to all Premium Members, with an additional limited preview open to all deviantART members. If you've used More Like This, you may have noticed that sometimes you might stumble upon results that aren't as accurate as other results. Today, we're giving the community the ability to improve those More Like This results! 

While using More Like This, if you run into results that aren't as relevant as we'd like them to be, you'll see a small notice above those results. Click "help us improve these results" to begin teaching More Like This which results are more relevant.


This tool will present you with a starting deviation and two sets of results. After reviewing both sets, you can choose which set is more accurate, if they're both accurate, or if neither are accurate.


Your input on these tests will help us to provide an even better browsing experience through More Like This, and your help in doing so is greatly appreciated!


Be Vigilant of Phishing

Your account's security is of vital importance to deviantART and we're committed to providing our members with resources and advice on how to stay safe and secure online. To further these goals, we regularly enhance our security protocols and provide additional tools, such as the Sessions Manager, to help you maintain your account security. We recently experienced an incident involving phishing, a tactic by which individuals obtain account information using a false login screen, email, etc., which affected some users on site. As a result, we posted Be Vigilant of Phishing, an article detailing the incident and how to improve your account security. 

Over the coming weeks, we will be posting additional articles on account security to #communityops, our Community Operations group. We encourage you to add that group to your deviantWATCH and to keep your eyes open for our safety and security blogs coming in the next few weeks. Remember, it's everyone's responsibility to ensure you have a safe and secure online experience. 

Change Log

  • The "send a note" button on Profile Pages was not working in Firefox. Fixed by Nodren
  • The background color of the Purchase modal for Premium Content was incorrect. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The sign up page's background color was incorrect. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Thumbcodes for Literature deviations with no preview image could not be used in dAmn. Fixed by shahyarg
  • EXIF data on deviation pages sometimes contained strange characters. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Connections to dAmn would sometimes stay open after the browser was closed, when using Firefox 14+ and the dAmn XPCOM extension. Fixed by KnightAR
  • The dAmn XPCOM Extension was not compatible with Firefox 17. Fixed by KnightAR

deviantART muro


  • A handful of text brush bugs reported by Beta Testers were fixed. Fixed by mudimba
  • Some of the menus were misaligned in Firefox. Fixed by Nodren

Sta.sh


  • The limit for allowed stacks was too low. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When uploading multiple items, the thumbnails would overlap. Fixed by samshull
  • The link to download the ZIP file of a stack was too low and would create an unnecessary scrollbar. Fixed by kouiskas

Sta.sh Writer


  • New buttons have been added on images added from the Writer sidebar, to replace the pencil menu. Added by kemayo
  • When creating CSS for Journal Skins, font weights wouldn't work when using a numeric value. Fixed by kemayo
  • For Sta.sh comments, errors occurred when certain HTML was copied and pasted into a comment. Fixed by kemayo
  • The "conversation" tab in the sidebar for Sta.sh comments would not include the first page of comments on the Sta.sh file. Fixed by inazar
  • Collapsing a Sta.sh comment would break parts of the toolbar. Fixed by inazar
  • There were several sidebar issues in Internet Explorer. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback


Thanks for the feedback left on last week's Site Update! Here's some of what you had to say.
  • Several deviants were positive regarding a potential conversation view for Notes. Some deviants mentioned that they would like to see conversations organized based on the comment that starts the conversation, rather than by having all conversations with one person show up in one place.
  • Deviants were pleased about deviantART muro brush packs being made free for everyone.
  • Both suggestions included in last week's Site Update were met with agreement and support.
  • Deviants would like a tool to resize and rotate selections in deviantART muro. Suggested by bloominglove
  • Some deviants would like to be able to set drawings done in deviantART muro as their deviantID. (Thanks for bringing this up - we'll get this fixed!) Suggested by FadingNinja and notoriouslyMe
  • Deviants would like to search based on image sizes, similar to the way you can search by resolution or ratio. Suggested by petits-bonheurs
  • Some members would like a "Return to Top" button at the bottom of each page. Suggested by mnoruzi

Discuss!

Sta.sh Comments
It's been a few weeks since we launched the new Sta.sh comments, and while we've seen deviants making use of it, we'd like to hear more feedback on it. If you haven't given the new Sta.sh comments a try yet, feel free to do so on this image!


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Odyssey Propulsion 4

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:42 AM

Artists, Writers, Poets. Through artistry and words command and focus this intense narrative for the final two chapters of our story to be published next year. Best selling author CliveBarker will continue to guide us through the final passages and incredible visuals as we head toward the end of our story. Join the Collaboration!


Is Paul’s final scream the sound of his soul being released?


Can he have an existence outside of his corporeal being, outside “nothingness?”


Or is this spectral plane the only reality to the trusted – the only viewing platform offering a truly objective view?


ONLY TWO(!!!) chapters left, and still we don’t know the possible parameters of the alien invasion. Obviously, in chapter 7, being the penultimate piece of storytelling, all consequences and secret alignments of forces must be revealed. And the set-up for the gut-grating, mind-mulching climax of the final chapter. Paul must be forced to put all his chips on “Maya” or “none of the above.”

So here we are at Chapter Seven of our story. Calling all storytelling individual geniuses! This is the final push before total revelation. This is the Odyssey’s siren call to Greatness.


Submit Chapter 7 Literatureby Nov 30th (5PM PST)
Submit Chapter 6 Artworkby Dec 3rd (11:59PM PST)



Recent Literature Submissions


Sea and Starshine"Well now...aren't you just full of surprises?" Maya's flippant remark could not disguise her irritation or apprehension at Paul's sudden transformation.
Paul seemed frozen in time as he stared at Maya - not knowing if she was addressing him or the creature within. It was then that Paul realized that Maya might never have been been speaking to him.  In his own self-righteousness he never considered that whatever these things were they may place no more significance upon humans than humans would a slug or an amoeba.
His senses dull and feeble - smothered by exhaustion and the remnants of the Proxitol - Paul could feel Tal'Shen pressing into his consciousness.
If We Are To Survive We Must Work Together.
Paul had not the faculty nor the motivation to resist.
"What can I do?"
The Mind And The Body Are One But Your Mind And Body Are No Longer Aligned. You Cannot Control What You Are Becoming.
Paul's mind lost all distinction between truth and deception. Tal'Shen's prese
  To Conquer Land and SeaMaya gasped.  She was too late.  The transmutation had already begun.
At the sight of her, Paul's eyes rolled back and his mouth opened in a high-pitched wail.  The tentacles at his shoulders suddenly burst forth, growing and lengthening to the floor.  Thick, black and coated in a sheer, iridescent mucus, the new appendages continued to grow until Paul's body was lifted into the air.  They continued to multiply, reaching around the walls and ceiling, engulfing the sterile white in writhing, dark madness.
Paul's body hung suspended and lifeless, dangling at the epicenter of his new form.  His eyes, now shimmering with that same rainbow of colors Maya knew too well, centered on her.  The voice coming from him was not Paul's, but also one Maya recognized.  "Ma'Yenneth.  Cease this.  You know there is nothing you can do now."
"So is this how you seek immortality, dear sister?" Maya shouted.  "Ruling the greater part of the Mariana was
  Hit and Run"The bastard survived, huh?"            
 Before Paul or Tal'Shen had time to react, Maya's blade was at Paul's throat, pushing him to the back of the wall. Maya's face was inches away from Paul's, her teeth bared.
"This is what Lysanna, first born of Neiptiún, sends for battle? A tadpole?" The unearthly high-pitched laugh sent a chill down Paul's spine.
"Paul, This Is Our Chance, You Must Distract Her!"  Tal'Shen's voice ringed in Paul's head, and he felt imbued with bravery...or blind stupidity.
 
"You bitch! A few minutes ago I thought you're a friend , now you' re the enemy? Just who or what are you?"
"What I am? Well, love, certainly more than a woman"
 
Horrified, Paul watched transfixed as Maya's hair morphed into slimy tentacles.
 
"Brace Yourself! Here She Comes!"
 
  Hello, sister dear...Paul thought he yelled, "The hell are you trying to do to me?"  But the words got tangled somewhere in his throat, and what came up instead was more of gargle-screech than anything else.
Maya knelt next to him in a jingle of weaponry.  "Do shut up, love," she sighed as she slipped the needle into his forearm.  Paul shut up.  She sounded like Maya.  But of course, if she had been possessed all along, he wouldn't necessarily know the difference.  He struggled to focus his feverish thoughts through the fresh wave of Proxitol-induced nausea.  She looked up in surprise at his silence, and added slightly apologetically, "Not that I'm not terribly concerned about your psychological wellbeing…"  So it's a sarcastic flesh-eating murderous parasite. Perfect.  "I've upped the dosage, it should work better now…"  She was making to leave.  He concentrated on his mouth, on consciously forming the word:  
"Wait."
She spun around.  "Paul

DeeperDeeper
Approaching Paul with calm, Maya, bent down onto one knee. A fresh syringe of Proxitol in her fist.
Recoiling, Paul brought his knee's into his chest. He shook his head and screamed, "No More!"
"Honey, this is a stronger dose. We have tested it, and it works. It will kill the parasite in you, and you will be free." Maya said.
She went to spread Paul's knees. Grabbed them and forced them apart. He fought back, pushing the opaque substance away from insertion.
"I said No More!" The childlike tentacles on his back raised, up, from behind him. Messes of pulsating colors lit the cell up. They began to shake and feel about. Feeling, suctioning, for the first time, like the newly blind. Popping sounds could be heard as it removed a cup from an object. Each new found object would jerk the host from side to side. Forcing Paul to move with it's outward growth. One particularly large tentacle reached up to the ceiling and leeched on. Lifting him off the ground.
"It's to late...." Maya yell
  Truth or ConsequencesMaya gasped in disgust and pulled out her knife.
Paul, still huddled before the toilet, felt his tentacles wrap themselves around his waist as if to protect him.
"Maya?" Paul asked.  Maya didn't lower her knife.
"Jesus, Paul, what--"
"--I was hoping you'd know," Paul said.  "I just woke up and...they were there."
Without taking her eyes off Paul, Maya moved over toward his bed and pulled off the thin blanket.  She tossed it to him, and he covered himself with it.
"I don't know what this is," Maya said.  "I've never seen anything like this before."
Paul stared into her eyes.  Maya averted her gaze and lowered her knife slightly.
His dream.  Something
(Tal'Shen)
had warned him about Maya.
But it had just been a dream.  Hadn't it?
"The Proxitol isn't working on you anymore," Maya finally said.
"Tell me something I don't bloody well know!" Paul said, his tentacles unwrapping themselves from around his waist.  They moved up, spreading ab
  Slip of a Girl"Jesus," said Maya.  
Before she could say anything more, the tentacles on Paul's back thrust out toward Maya.  The right wrapped itself around Maya's arms before she could draw her knife.  The left wrapped itself around her neck, winding up and across her mouth before she could scream out.
Paul hadn't willed any of this.  The tentacles had moved by themselves.
Maya wriggled, trying to free herself from her bonds.  Paul, firmly anchored to her by his tentacles, stood up and moved toward her.
He'd never noticed her smell before.  Actually, he had always noticed a slightly sour smell, but he'd assumed it was just his own stale body.  It hurt to shower now; anytime water touched his skin it felt as if he were being sliced by cold, tiny knives.  Moving closer to Maya, he realized she was the source of the smell.
He breathed in deeply.  Maya continued squirming in the tentacles' grasp.
Looking closely, Paul noticed something else.  He'd thou
  Odyssey: Chapter 5 SubmissionCHAPTER FIVE: ONE DAY AT THE EDGE OF TIME
   Before her eyes could register that the man before her seemed to be exercising tentacles that sprang from his shoulder blades like a set of profane wings, a blue electricity like the phosphorescence of a firing flash bulb filled the room, taking his shape and bordering him and then quickly shrinking until you never would have known that anyone had been there at all.
   Maya dropped the syringe she held, took two steps back and fell into a chair.
   15 miles away, Colin Edmunds was dragging his comic collection into the living room, an archive made up of 5 longboxes of magazines that were neatly bagged and boarded. The sight of them made Pete Andrews momentarily put down his cider.
   "You weren't kidding, were you, mate?" Pete exclaimed as his eyes grew wide. His passion for the art form virtually guaranteed that he'd never retain a girlfriend for longer than a week.
   "Course not," said Col




Recent Artwork Submissions


Chapter 4 - A Dream by littlecrow
Passing Through by lesley-oldaker
Waiting by lesley-oldaker

Chapter V by Micha-vom-Wald
Odyssey Project - MAYA - chapter 5 artwork by zyphryus  Chapter 5 - Psychosis by littlecrow
Odyssey CH. 4 by Cra-ZShaker  Odyssey chapter 4-Dream of the Deep by Solyane21
   V by FalkeSpassVogel   techno-colored psychosis with teeth by puzzledpixel


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