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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

Importing to deviantART muro from

You can now import files from your into deviantART muro, right from your file itself! Clicking the button will automatically import that image as a layer in deviantART muro, so that you can easily work on an image from anywhere you go. 

Change Log

  • The Forum sidebar would display closed threads. Fixed by kemayo
  • Thumbnails in the More Like This section of the deviation page have been changed to a crop style and now show 15 thumbs instead of 6. We are aware that this display is not currently clear for Literature and Journal deviations, and we are looking into a fix for it at this time. Fixed by ZombieCoder
  • In some browsers, trying to scroll through the content of a modal would scroll the page instead of the modal. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The Critiqueable portal wouldn't display deviations past January 23rd. Fixed by yury-n
  • Opening the "Send a Note" button on a deviant's Profile in a new tab wouldn't work. Fixed by yury-n
  • The Points transfer modal had no password entry field when using iOS devices. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Command+click (ctrl+click) did not open new tabs when used on some menus. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Opening one's Friends list sometimes resulted in a fatal error. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The "More from this artist" section sometimes did not show on deviation pages. Fixed by yury-n
  • Notes would sometimes create drafts even though the note was sent. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Some deviants experienced an occasional "Content Encoding Error" in Firefox. Fixed by chris and shadowhand
  • Deactivated, but logged in users were unable to access the Join page until they logged out. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The Group creation process briefly was not working properly. All delayed applications have now been processed. Fixed by banks
  • Users could not go back to search results from a deviation page by using their browser's "Back" button. Fixed by muteor
  • For a brief period, there was an error when trying to adjust one's Activity visibility settings. Fixed by yury-n
  • The "Watch Redraw" button on deviations created in deviantART muro did not work if the deviation was accessed by using the "Next" or "Previous" buttons. Fixed by shadowhand
  • ANSI deviations weren't displaying properly. Fixed by kemayo / Submit

  • Dragging to select items wouldn't work if done at the bottom of the page. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Deactivated users were able to submit text. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When an uploaded image meets the minimum size requirements, the sidebar now reflects the ability to sell Prints. Fixed by drommk
  • Uploading images when trying to submit an Installable Journal Skin did not work when accessed through or by browsing to the deviation using the "Previous" and "Next" buttons. Fixed by kemayo Writer

  • The "deviantART" section of Writer's sidebar would display as blank. Fixed by inazar
  • Writer did not display properly on a 1024px screen. Fixed by Alisey
  • Uploading multiple files to the Writer sidebar would not work consistently. Fixed by Alisey
  • Indentation would not be retained when pasting text with 1/2 inch indentation from Microsoft Word into Writer. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update!
  • Feedback regarding the Forum sidebar was generally positive. 
  • In addition to the Forum sidebar, pushyreeder suggested a view counter and tagging options for Forum threads.
  • Deviants were positive regarding giving gifts. Some deviants mentioned that it would be helpful if a person's Wishlist automatically included their Print or clothing size preferences.
  • It would be helpful for the "Give Points" modal to display how many Points you currently have. Suggested by Kira-Ani-McGrath


The Commissions Portal
We've been busy testing an early version of our brand new Commissions Portal! Check out spyed's journal for the latest details about what's in the works and be sure to share your feedback! Read more »

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Make Money Selling Premium Content

Fri Mar 8, 2013, 3:01 PM

DeviantART allows you to make your high quality stock, photoshop files, tutorials, comics, fonts, pixel art, textures, adoptables, brushes, line art, and more available for download. Edit your deviation, set your price, and generate profits. Withdraw profits as cash, or make purchases on deviantART.

How to Start

To sell an existing deviation as a digital download, edit your piece and check the box for “Premium Content.” Upon saving, you’ll have the opportunity to review the usage licenses and set your price! We support the sale of everything from high-res image files or image sets to PSDs and zip files!

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Why Sell on dA?

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  • Connect instantly with millions of potential customers
  • Increase the exposure of your art
  • Make your work accessible to a large network of creatives
  • Keep 80% of Every Sale
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Site Update, March 7

Thu Mar 7, 2013, 8:10 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 a discussion topic for the community.

What's New

The Forum Sidebar

A sidebar has been added to Forum pages! On the main forum page, the sidebar displays recently popular threads, and on specific forum pages, the sidebar collects and displays recently popular forum threads from that forum. 

On individual threads, the sidebar includes Share buttons, so you can easily share a Forum thread that interests you. In addition, it includes a button that lets the creator of a thread close that thread on their own, which has been a frequently requested feature.

Change Log

  • In an effort to consolidate features, the Shoutbox has been removed from the Chat page after over ten years on deviantART.
  • The "Give" modal on Profile pages was sometimes cut off at the bottom. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Some special characters would break the Help Desk contact form. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Clicking on drop down menus on a Profile page and then clicking on a deviation on that Profile would still show the opened menu on the deviation page. Fixed by muteor
  • Deviation pages would not display if opened in a new tab from the Daily Deviations page. Fixed by allixsenos
  • Some thumbnails in the deviantART Shop were missing category info display. Fixed by muteor
  • The Poll widget would get stuck in edit mode if editing was canceled. Fixed by shadowhand
  • dAmn was not working for Windows 8 and IE 10 users. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The link to the My Correspondence page was misplaced in the menu on the mobile site. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Navigating from one deviation to another using the arrow keys would scroll the screen in addition to navigating to another deviation. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The button on deviation pages to see comments left when it was in was broken. Fixed by muteor
  • When previewing the Commissions widget, you could not rearrange the list order. Fixed by aMoniker
  • The Photoshop Actions sub-category in the Resources & Stock Images gallery did not allow .ATN files. Fixed by shahyarg
  • In the Message Center, there were issues browsing through deviations when starting on a single item and moving to deviations in a stack. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Character countdown displays used in some text entry fields around the site were broken. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The +Watch button disappeared from the Artists view for More Like This results. Fixed by yury-n
  • When browsing deviations from the Message Center, the "Remove from messages" button would carry over to an unrelated deviation if it was opened in a new tab. Fixed by muteor
  • The API's update call would erroneously require a file upload. Fixed by randomduck
  • When purchasing a Print, the finish would be incorrectly labeled as Glossy by default, even though the default option is Lustre. Fixed by shadowhand / Submit

  • Uploading items were incorrectly labeled as "processing". Fixed by kouiskas
  • When submitting a Journal to a Group and "My Journal", the Message Center notification would only show up for the Group. Fixed by kouiskas
  • A "Deviations that are exclusively submitted to groups don't allow prints" alert would appear under certain conditions when publishing journals. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The "You have selected" section of the category selector would appear as empty when nothing was selected, instead of being hidden. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The download button on deviation pages briefly went missing. Fixed by helloandre and samshull
  • Errors in the submission form no longer display as browser alerts and are now more user-friendly. Fixed by kouiskas Writer

  • Writer documents would briefly display at max width in Fixed by kemayo
  • Embedding a deleted deviation would make the embed disappear. It now shows a placeholder if the deviation is deleted. Fixed by Alisey


Giving on deviantART
You can give gifts (Prints, deviantARTGear, Premium Memberships, and Badges) to other deviants by going to their Profile and clicking on the "Give" menu in the top right of their page. Have you given a gift to a deviant? If so, how often do you do so? How do you feel about the process? Do you find it straightforward? What ways do you feel the process could be improved on?

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Site Update, February 28

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 8:13 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.

Change Log

  • Documents on the Developers page have been updated and visually improved. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Selecting Notes from the Message Center would take deviants to the Notes page, but would not open the selected Note. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The legacy Journal editor was not functional on mobile devices. Fixed by aMoniker
  • For a very short period, an error would display upon sending a Note from a deviant's Profile, even though the Note would still send. Fixed by chris
  • Thumbnails were not rendering when previewing a comment in the ThumbShare Forum. Fixed by shadowhand
  • A number of dropdown menus around the site were briefly not selectable. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Installable Journal Skins were not working in Firefox for a short time. Fixed by shahyarg
  • For a short period, the Install button for Installable Journal Skins was missing. Fixed by randomduck
  • Thumbnails on the Daily Deviations page were not properly centered. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The "Previous", "Next", and "All" buttons did not appear when viewing Daily Deviations. Fixed by shadowhand
  • A small number of deviation pages would display slightly incorrectly on first loading, and then would jump into proper position once the page was completely loaded. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Error pages were not displaying properly on mobile devices. Fixed by shahyarg
  • For a brief period,  trying to open a chatroom would load a blank page. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Scrolling was broken in Group lists for users with many matching Group names in the "Submit to a Group" display. Fixed by aMoniker
  • "Featured" and "Browse" links on a deviant's Journal were not displaying correctly. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Adding the Journal widget to one's Profile via drag and drop did not work. Fixed by aMoniker
  • Small deviation images would still display with a magnifying glass cursor as though they were larger. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Sales data for Prints was briefly not available. Fixed by yury-n
  • The Poll widget would display oddly when editing on a small-width browser. Fixed by shadowhand
  • If every widget on a Profile page was removed, they couldn't be re-installed. Fixed by aMoniker
  • The BlackBerry badge was not being given out correctly. Fixed by kemayo
  • The color of the Chat page colors was incorrect. Fixed by muteor
  • The +Watch button would disappear from the Artists view of More Like This after the second page of results. Fixed by yury-n / Submit

  • The "Upload", "Compose in Writer" and "Draw with deviantART muro" buttons weren't clickable in Chrome on Windows. Fixed by drommk
  • The category selector broke for a short period. Fixed by samshull
  • An error would occur when canceling the selection of a file from in Internet Explorer. Fixed by drommk
  • Quotation marks wouldn't work in the category search. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The list of suggested categories wasn't updating. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The Submit page would display a category error for .doc files without explaining that the selected category did not accept .doc files. Fixed by drommk
  • Uploading files would trigger a "Do you want to open or save this file?" prompt for some IE8 users. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The progress bar was misplaced when writing a text deviation. Fixed by drommk
  • If an image was uploaded and then canceled prior to it finishing, the thumbnail would remain. Fixed by kouiskas
  • When a validation error occurs, the screen now scrolls to the offending area. Fixed by kouiskas
  • The "Edit Print" button disappeared from deviation pages for a short time. Fixed by samshull
  • The Submit page wouldn't work on Android 4.1.1. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Resetting a submission would cause an unnecessary fade in and fade out. Fixed by drommk Writer

  • Gallery subfolders were not supported in the Writer sidebar. Fixed by inazar
  • The sidebar had some visual display issues in Firefox. Fixed by inazar
  • The toolbar was too tall, which was causing overflow issues. Fixed by inazar
  • The sidebar would remain open when navigating from one deviation to another using the "Previous" and "Next" buttons after leaving a comment in Fixed by inazar
  • Duplicate entries would appear in the Conversation tab of the sidebar, when leaving comments in Fixed by inazar
  • Disconnecting from the Internet would make Writer stop auto-saving, even after you returned. Fixed by Alisey
  • Including literature thumbs inside a paragraph HTML tag in journal entries would break the thumbnail formatting. Fixed by Alisey

Your Feedback

Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update, and extra thanks to those who took part in the Site Update survey. We received over 5,000 completed responses and have just begun to analyze the results.  Your input is highly valued and will help to shape the course of Site Update articles in the future.

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Forward by techgnotic

Picasso seeing a seven as an upside down nose?

Right brain warriors in the new age will be the coveted candidates ordained to lead and guide us; lifting the torch to light the way forward into a brave new beautiful world.

Artists have always feared that they are unappreciated and that the march of progress comes only from business, science and their machines. 1984 was imagined by an artist projecting these exact fears. Our guest essayist suggests the computer will never be our master, but only the super high speed counting machine it was meant to be leaving humans with only one pure task— being creative.

The Right Brain Revolutionby Auren Hoffman

Over the next 100 years, the importance of creativity will trump systems thinking due to the rapidly escalating power of computers.

No, I’m not talking about an apocalyptic “Rise of the Machines,” but rather about the future ascent of people who excel in creativity, intuition, and the marshaling of original solutions, things that computers won’t be able to do for a long time. Tomorrow’s rewards will be won by creative people who contribute new ideas. Call it the Right Brain Revolution.

For the past few centuries, society has richly rewarded strong systems thinkers, logical, analytical, objective people such as computer programmers who build software, engineers who build bridges, lawyers who write contracts, and MBAs who crunch numbers. But as computers take over more of the pure systems thinking, people with only this skill set will find their importance decline. There are about 4 to 5 million engineers and computer scientists employed today in the US and few will be automated out of existence. But in the next 50 years, those that excel in creativity-- big picture thinkers, artists, inventors, designers -- will rise to the top. It could be as big a paradigm shift in labor market history as when tools made physical strength irrelevant, or assembly lines replaced the cottage industry. The illiterates of the future will not be those who cannot read and write or code, but those who cannot connect the dots and imagine a constellation.

From 1975 to 1994 only 0.5% of psychological studies concerned creativity, but now it’s a flourishing field complemented by an entire industry of self-help books on how to become more creative. A recent IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries identified creativity as the No. 1 “leadership competency” of the future (more than rigor, management discipline, integrity and even vision).


Instead of making a resolution to learn how to code in 2013, you might make a resolution to learn how to draw.

Auren Hoffman


Computers are no match for the average fourth-grader when it comes to creativity.

Auren Hoffman


Instead of encouraging your child to major in engineering, you might encourage her to study philosophy.

Auren Hoffman

In the United States, the key predictive score to spot a good systems thinker-- our future leaders-- has been the SAT and IQ tests. Our universities have, for the most part, outsourced their admissions decisions to these tests. And that was probably a good thing. In the last few hundred years, systems thinking trumped all other talents. We needed to build bridges and understand complex matters. While creativity, emotional intelligence, and other talents have been important, they were relegated to second place in predicting a person’s success. But while high IQ is important, it isn’t very correlated to creativity.

That is going to change.

Over the next 30 years, we are going to see a big societal shift that will give outsized rewards to creativity. Systems thinking, while still important, will move to second-fiddle in the talent hierarchy.

So What To Do?


Education and parenting should aim to provide the conventional skills (math, problem solving, and test taking skills) while also encouraging creative, out-of-the-box type thinking. Computers are no match for the average fourth-grader when it comes to creativity.


Instead of making a resolution to learn how to code in 2013, you might make a resolution to learn how to draw. After a few months of lessons you might begin to observe the world differently seeing details, light and shadows, shapes, proportions, perspective and negative space.


Instead of encouraging your child to major in engineering, you might encourage her to study philosophy, ask smart unsettling questions and practice making unusual and unexpected mental associations.

Albert Einstein said;

“I have no special gift. I am only passionately curious.”

About Auren Hoffman

Auren Hoffman is an industry visionary with a global battlefield view of emerging business, commerce, technology, and social realities that is truly second to none. His analysis of current trends, unique in a revolutionary perspective, makes him sought after as an advisor to a multitude of divergent companies and business professionals. In a recent essay Auren sounded the alarm alerting his colleagues across multiple industries to the radical shift in direction necessary to ensure success by sharing his thoughts on what will be of most value in the coming decades of this new emerging reality - - you, the artist.

Auren’s writing in future-speak. But the future may be now. The gigantic proletarian participation in the arts all over the Internet from deviantART to YouTube to Vimeo or smaller influential places such as Behance or 500 Pixels or the millions of Wordpress blogs and the complete wonder of a genuinely crowd-sourced and peer-reviewed Wikipedia— all of this is a massive popular takeover of the arts— not a revolution but an inconspicuous re-engineering enabled by technology.


Questions For the Reader

  1. Do you believe your art advances the human condition?

  2. Do you believe that those with more creative rather than systems-oriented thought processes are destined to assume the leadership role at this point in human history?  Do you see evidence of this happening already?

  3. Have you ever experienced a knee-jerk fear of advancing, accelerating technology "taking over" all human relevancy? Or have you always felt secure in technology remaining a tool serving a human master no matter how advanced the A.I. becomes?

  4. Are we at the apex of what is achievable technologically and now, as Auren Hoffman suggests, about to enter a Next Phase of human society beyond sheer survival emphasizing the arts?

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