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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


Improved deviantART Integration on Twitter and Facebook

We're excited to announce that we just implemented enhancements to the way deviantART links display on Twitter, giving you and your artwork more prominence and exposure! Not only do these changes give artists a bigger presence across Twitter by allowing them to reach a bigger audience, but they also encourage proper attribution.



Change Log

  • For a brief period, "Next" and "Previous" buttons were not available for comment threads. Fixed by $shahyarg
  • When viewing the emoticon directory by creator, clicking on an emoticon creator's name would open their page inside the emoticon modal. Fixed by $shahyarg
  • Clicking the "Next" and "Previous" buttons to browse through pages of Notes did not work properly. Fixed by $aMoniker
  • Comment stacks in the Message Center would display oldest comments first regardless of what setting was chosen. Fixed by $yury-n
  • In some conditions, adding a Profile or Group widget by dragging and dropping would put the widget in the wrong place. Fixed by $yury-n
  • Some EXIF data would display incorrectly, for some camera models. Fixed by $yury-n
  • There were frequent Flash timeouts in dAmn for Chrome users. Fixed by $shahyarg
  • Film deviations flagged as mature content did not work if 'view anyway' was clicked. Fixed by $yury-n
  • Line heights between rows of thumbnails were not consistent in various browsers. Fixed by $shahyarg
  • The "Jump to result" feature on Browse pages was broken in Internet Explorer. Fixed by $banks
  • For Internet Explorer users with endless scrolling enabled, the URL did not change when scrolling through deviations, so users could not refresh the page and keep their place. Fixed by $banks

deviantART muro


  • File saving would fail in some instances in Safari. Reported by ~oOChocolateOo, fixed by $mudimba
  • Some modals would improperly have a black background in Safari. Reported by ~oOChocolateOo, fixed by $mudimba
  • If the eraser tool was clicked and released without moving the cursor, it would not make a mark. Fixed by $mudimba

Sta.sh


  • Comment counts did not show on some Sta.sh items. Fixed by $drommk
  • Sta.sh pages displayed inconsistently for logged out users. Fixed by $drommk

Sta.sh Writer


  • Pressing "page up" in Chrome on Windows would add a second shadow to the default skin. Fixed by $Alisey
  • Javascript errors would occur when trying to apply an unsaved skin. Fixed by $Alisey

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback left on last week's Site Update! Several deviants left passionate comments, and as such we wanted to address them.

Any new feature launch takes time to get used to, and that timeframe differs from person to person. Additionally, it takes time for us to review feedback, analyze the issues people have, identify which concerns are because of bugs (vs. feature requests), and to discuss internally to decide on an appropriate plan of action.

We've identified some areas that deviants have mentioned they missed or were confused about (such as the "change main file" option being hard to locate), and have collected this feedback to discuss ways we can address, or fix, these concerns. As we progress, we will continue to monitor feedback and concerns to ensure that we are taking the actions that will best benefit the community and site as a whole.

Thank you for your bug reports!
There are some bugs that deviants have mentioned; in some of these cases, bugs do not occur consistently, or there are only scattered reports. In those cases, we have a harder time recreating them in order to fix them. If you encounter a bug of any sort when submitting, please file a New Submit Inquiry at the Help Desk. Any information you provide can help us to recreate the bug, and then locate and fix the root problem more quickly.

Here are the bugs related to the new submit page that were fixed within the past week. Thank you for reporting these bugs!
  • The "Submit" button would sometimes require two clicks. Fixed by $drommk
  • New deviations didn't reflect that Prints were enabled, upon submission. Fixed by $samshull
  • There was an error loading the Edit page, when editing deviations. Fixed by $drommk
  • Editing a deviation would mess up the site header. Fixed by $adahacker
  • The autocomplete function built into some browsers did not work on the Submit page. Fixed by $adahacker
  • Selecting "Reset submission" would sometimes result in a blank page. Fixed by $drommk
  • The Submit page will now prompt a warning if all Gallery folders and Groups are deselected, to help clarify where the submission can be found. Fixed by $adahacker
  • Unicode descriptions did not display correctly on the Edit page. Fixed by $drommk
  • Visual improvements were made to the Submit Prints form. Fixed by $drommk
Here are some of the known issues that we are currently looking into:
  • The "change main file" option does not work consistently for Internet Explorer 9.
  • There is no way to upload multiple files at once from the Submit page.
Coming Soon: Multiple Submissions and Scheduled Submissions
In addition to the improvements we have made and will continue to make, the launch of the new submit page means that we can now implement more new features that the old submit page did not support, such as multiple submissions (previewed below) and scheduled submissions. These two projects are currently in development, and are some of the most frequent feature requests that we've received.



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MAMA Scared Stiff Contest Winners

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 7:08 PM
            
The winners have arrived! We sent the 25 most terrifying Semi-Finalists to judges and MAMA filmmakers Andy & Barbara Muschietti and Guillermo del Toro, and they felt your fears come to life through the entries. Now our deviantART judges won't be the only ones sleeping with a night light!
Read the judges' comments below and see the top three deviations that struck terror in the hearts of our judges. Each of our winners will be taking home terrific prize packages including cash and Points!
WOW!!!! the level of work is outstanding!!!!! We are in shock! Have the feeling that childhood fears resonate quite strongly in the heads of these amazing artists. We are absolutely impressed by the skill, originality and hours, days, poured into these pieces.
$5,000 USD  •  8,000 deviantART Points  •  DeviantART Hoodie of Winner's Choice*  •  dA PRO Digital Artist Backpack  •  A Print of Winner's choice from shop.deviantart.com*  •  One-Year Premium Membership to deviantART
$3,500 USD  •  4,000 deviantART Points  •  DeviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*  •  Six-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
$1,500 USD  •  4,000 deviantART Points  •  DeviantART T-Shirt of Winner's Choice*  •  Six-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
* Depending on sizes and subject to availability. Maximum value: $250.00 USD.





We're excited to announce that we just implemented enhancements to the way deviantART links display on Twitter, giving you and your artwork more prominence and exposure!

We're always looking for ways to give artists better exposure -- both on deviantART and across the web. Not only do these changes give artists a bigger presence across Twitter by allowing them to reach a bigger audience, but they also encourage proper attribution.



What's New

  • Artwork will appear larger on Twitter.
  • Titles and descriptions of artwork are now automatically included!
  • Links to Profiles, Groups, Favourites, Galleries, Collections, Journals, and Sta.sh items will now display inline! When profiles are shared, it pulls in your deviantID and bio.
  • Tweets including deviantART links are now eligible to show up in more places across Twitter, including Twitter's "Discover" page, their automated emails, and when embedding Tweets on other sites.
  • In Twitter search, deviantART links are now eligible to show up automatically expanded, giving your artwork more prominence.
  • Artwork will now show up on mobile devices and tablets!


Add the Twitter Widget to Your Profile Page

    Premium Members, if you have the Twitter Widget installed on your Profile Page, your Twitter username will be included whenever someone shares your artwork, Journals, or profile, allowing viewers to easily follow you.


    Remember to Use the Share Buttons

      Remember: Using the share button on deviation pages is an easy way to share content and ensures that the artist will be properly attributed with a link back to the original artwork.


      Plus: Enlarged Facebook Thumbnails


      As of a few weeks ago, Facebook implemented a change which increased the size of thumbnail images in the News Feed from 90x90 pixels to 154x154 pixels. We've adjusted the way these thumbnails display on Facebook, taking advantage of the bigger size, giving your artwork a bigger presence on your friends and fans' News Feeds.

      Screen Shot 2013-01-16 at 5.17.34 PM by danlev
      (Powder-III by ~COLORCASTMEDIA)

      Thanks to aMoniker, who was the developer on this project. 






      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


      The New Submission Process

      DeviantART is proud to announce a new way to submit and share your art. Our new submission process is powered by Sta.sh, our portable creative studio, making it quicker, easier, and more streamlined to submit art than ever before!



      Change Log

      • Several obsolete, deleted categories still had deviations in them. Fixed by shahyarg
      • Firefox for Android was not recognized as a mobile browser. Fixed by aMoniker
      • For a brief period, Journals would always submit to the Personal category, no matter what category was selected. Fixed by helloandre
      • Banned users could get stuck on the Llama Trade page. Fixed by shahyarg
      • For a short time, the navigation buttons for comments on some deviation pages were not working. Fixed by muteor
      • The Share button for Pinterest was broken on Prints pages. Fixed by aMoniker
      • The main menu was not working properly for Android browsers. Fixed by aMoniker
      • Blocked users visiting a critiqueable deviation received an odd message when trying to leave a critique. Fixed by helloandre
      • .png images were not allowed into some categories where jpegs were allowed. Fixed by shahyarg
      • Under some circumstances, the profit display shown on a deviant's My Earnings page could be off by 1 penny due to a rounding error. This only affected the profit's display, and not the profit itself. Fixed by yury-n
      • The "Next" and "Previous" buttons on a deviant's own Gallery and Favorites were briefly non-functional. Fixed by muteor

      deviantART muro


      • Some deviants encountered a redirect error when accessing muro from Internet Explorer 8. Fixed by mudimba
      • There were some errors in certain circumstances when entering text for the text brush. Fixed by mudimba
      • When using deviantART muro in comments, the text brush was unintentionally selectable. Fixed by mudimba
      • deviantART muro is now useable for smaller screen/window sizes. Fixed by mudimba
      • The eraser tools were unintentionally disabled for drawing in selected areas. Fixed by mudimba
      • There were slight cosmetic issues with the "Import Image" interface. Fixed by mudimba

      Sta.sh / New Submit


      • Editing a deviation's category and Prints settings did not work on mobile devices. Fixed by drommk
      • Changing a deviation's main file in editor did not visually display a change. Fixed by drommk
      • Instructions did not appear correctly on the "Submit Prints" and Premium Content checkboxes. Fixed by adahacker
      • The Submit page did not have a "Reset submission" option for deviations created with Sta.sh Writer. Fixed by adahacker
      • When editing already published deviations, the colors and button positions in modals were displaying incorrectly. Fixed by drommk
      • Premium Content was not remembered when "remember these settings" was selected. Fixed by adahacker
      • The "saving" notification for autosave has been updated. Fixed by adahacker
      • The "show preview" link for descriptions was moved outside of the text box, for the sake of clarity. Fixed by adahacker
      • A checkbox to use default settings for prints was added. Fixed by drommk
      • A checkbox was added so the file being submitted as the deviation can also be included as Premium Content. Fixed by adahacker

      Sta.sh Writer


      • There were some rendering issues in Sta.sh comments for Safari 6 users with Mountain Lion. Fixed by kemayo
      • Clicking "done" on Sta.sh Writer while deviantART muro was still saving changes made to an image in the document would cause Sta.sh Writer to exit before the drawing changes had been saved. Fixed by kemayo
      • The Writer sidebar would cover the screen, when leaving Sta.sh comments on mobile devices. Fixed by inazar
      • Some formatting issues occurred for literature and Journal thumbnails, particularly when included in a Journal. Fixed by Alisey
      • The "Conversation" tab in Sta.sh comments would display a single column of thumbs, instead of two. Fixed by Alisey

      Your Feedback


      Thank you for your feedback on last week's Site Update! Once again, quite a bit of feedback was left, and so we wanted to address some concerns raised in the comments.
      • Regarding More Like This on deviation pages, while some deviants enjoyed the ways this new feature could get even more eyes on their deviations, others were dissatisfied. Some deviants felt it should be moved further down the page, others felt it would lower traffic to their own artwork, and still others didn't want the artwork of others to display on their deviation pages.
        • Based solely on statistics we've tracked since last week, there's been a great improvement in the amount of traffic since the launch of More Like This on the deviation page. While a rough average for deviantART's pageviews in 2012 was around 80 million per day, on Sunday alone, this number jumped to 91 million pageviews -- 11 million more views in just one day.
        • The More Like This box generally favors artwork created by the deviant whose art is being featured, but even in cases where it displays similar art by other artists, keep in mind that this means your works may be showcased in More Like This results for other deviations. With More Like This, your art stands a better chance of being seen by people who love art just like yours, directly displaying it to its target audience and bringing more traffic to your deviations than by search or random discovery alone.
        • As mentioned in last week's Site Update, this feature is still being tested. It is not yet visible to everyone and is not finalized. We are going to continue the testing process, as we want to do what's best for the community as a whole. During the testing process, we will be open to the successes and failures of various trials and will continue to monitor community feedback. Keep an eye on hq for further journals dedicated to this topic.
      • A few deviants mentioned that they encountered mature content in the More Like This section that they felt they shouldn't see. 
        • More Like This results respect the Mature Content settings of the viewer, so if you see something that you feel you shouldn't see for Mature Content reasons, then it is likely because the deviation has not been flagged as mature. If you feel it should be, go to that deviation's page, click "Report Deviation", and select "Mature Tag Needed" from the options that appear.
      • Deviants would like to use deviantART muro in Notes. Suggested by Ohthehumanityplz


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      Train Your Brain Contest Winners

      Sat Jan 19, 2013, 7:28 PM

      The Art Department (TAD) and deviantART challenged you to submit work in five disciplines, and the TAD judges certainly saw A+ work! The TAD faculty, who did all the judging, were extremely impressed with the talent and promise shown. Check out their winners who rose to the top of the class!

      • A trip for two to tour Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California.
      • Three online classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
      To see the ten Second Place Winners and twenty Third Place Winners, check out this journal on #TheArtDept.
      Ten Second Place Winners will receive:

      Two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.

      Twenty Third Place Winners will receive:

      One class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.

      • A full scholarship to The Art Department Illustration Academy 4-Week Workshop in Kansas City, MO, USA, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
      • Two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
      To see the ten Second Place Winners and twenty Third Place Winners, check out this journal on #TheArtDept.
      Ten Second Place Winners will receive:

      One class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.

      Twenty Third Place Winners will receive:

      One class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.

      • A full scholarship to The Art Department 3-Week Workshop in Kansas City, MO, USA, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
      • Three online classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
      To see the ten Second Place Winners and twenty Third Place Winners, check out this journal on #TheArtDept.
      Ten Second Place Winners will receive:

      Two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.

      Twenty Third Place Winners will receive:

      One class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.

      • A full scholarship to The Art Department 3-Week Workshop, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
      • Three classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
      To see the ten Second Place Winners and twenty Third Place Winners, check out this journal on #TheArtDept.
      Ten Second Place Winners will receive:

      Two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.

      Twenty Third Place Winners will receive:

      One class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.

      • A full scholarship to The Art Department 3-Week Workshop, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
      • Three classes through The Art Department, 3D I, plus two classes chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
      To see the ten Second Place Winners and twenty Third Place Winners, check out this journal on #TheArtDept.
      Ten Second Place Winners will receive:

      Two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.

      Twenty Third Place Winners will receive:

      One class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.

      Exclusively on deviantART, The Art Department is offering a free sneak-peek inside their virtual classrooms through EXPLORE: an introduction to TAD. These recordings were created over a week-long event, where attendees sampled TAD's interactive, online approach to art education while working with esteemed faculty, industry professionals and student representatives.

      EXPLORE is now available on-demand for members of TheArtDept! Check out over 10 hours of demos, discussions, and more with notable artists Jon-Foster, George-Pratt, and SterlingHundley, just to name a few!  

      Explore brought to you by The Art Department

      From world-class faculty comes insightful, educational lessons on a variety of topics and techniques. With free videos that teach the basics, to in-depth sessions that are available as Premium Content, #TheArtDept is your one-stop shop for improving your artistic abilities. More videos and artwork from TAD students and professionals are being added daily, so be sure to watch and join #TheArtDept to get updates!




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