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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


Updates to Literature Appearance

We've made some changes to the way literature and Journals display on deviantART. In order to provide a more unified experience, we've updated the format of literature deviations and Journals to better display your text, as well as to optimize the reading experience for your readers!

In addition to the updated background, we've made sure that familiar tools for readers have been retained with the new layout. Readers can change the background from light to dark, enlarge the text, and more, using the buttons presented at the top of each literature deviation.

Screen Shot 2012-10-12 at 10.27.14 AM by wreckling

Additions to Sta.sh Writer

An Emoticons tab has been added to the "Add Items" section of the Sta.sh Writer sidebar, allowing you to add deviantART emoticons directly from the sidebar. This gives you the ability to click and add emoticons to your text instead of requiring you to manually type them out. 


In addition, an "Open Draft" option has been added to the File menu in Sta.sh Writer, so that you can easily pull your recent drafts from the Sta.sh Writer without having to load extra pages!

Screen Shot 2012-10-24 at 5.36.59 PM by wreckling

Group Journal Editing in Sta.sh Writer

Group Admins who have Journal editing privileges can now edit Journals posted by others through Sta.sh Writer, which makes it easier to edit, maintain and collaborate within your Group. An "Edit with Sta.sh Writer" button is now available on Journals submitted through Sta.sh Writer in Groups where you have editing privileges.

Previously, this functionality partially existed using the original Journal editor, but the Edit button was only available when browsing through that Group's Journals using the Journals tab. This method still exists for Journals created using the original Journal editor; Group Journals posted from Sta.sh Writer will now open in Sta.sh Writer when using this method.


Updates to the New Submit Art Page (Beta Testing)

Several updates were made to the new Submit Art page, which is currently being tested by a select group of members. These changes include the integration of Prints submission, a function to remember your settings from one submission to the next, and an easier means of changing your main file!


Art Thumbnails in Journal Thumbnails (Beta Testing)

When encountering Journal thumbnails on site, the scrolling thumbnail will now also display thumbnails of the artwork included in those journals, so you can see the included artwork before viewing the Journal!



Change Log

  • The Community Relations Newsletter for September and October has been posted. Added by Moonbeam13
  • For a short period of time, the top of the Message Center would display "No Messages" regardless of how many messages were actually present. Fixed by allixsenos
  • Journals briefly could not be posted from the Journal section of a Group page. Fixed by kemayo
  • Various changes were made to the category structure. Some older deviations were moved from invisible closed categories into active ones. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Some ANSI deviation files were not recognized as a playable format when submitted. Fixed by randomduck
  • The Edit Journal button was hidden when Beta Testing was enabled. Fixed by kemayo
  • Some literature thumbnails showed no text preview when browsing. Fixed by kemayo
  • Publishing Journals was very briefly not available. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Deviations published in some literature categories did not have controls for toggling text and paragraph formatting. Fixed by kemayo

More Like This


  • Clicking the "Show More" button when browsing would sometimes cause IE 8 to jump to the top of the page. Fixed by banks
  • Users with the deviation preference 'zoomed in' would occasionally see a zoomed out image when reloading a deviation page. Fixed by banks
  • Browse and More Like This styles were tweaked for better use on mobile devices. Fixed by banks

Sta.sh


  • Publishing options were being cut off in Linux. Fixed by drommk
  • Published Sta.sh Writer items would have an incorrect grey background color for people testing the new Submit Art page. Fixed by kouiskas
  • On a published deviation, switching to Sta.sh comments would always be empty. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Updating a published deviation via API or changing the main file of a deviation would reset the size preference for that deviation. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Comment counts were not being displayed properly in Sta.sh. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Drag and drop didn't work in the Opera browser. Fixed by kouiskas

Sta.sh Writer


  • A very small number of deviations submitted with Sta.sh Writer had encoding issues. Fixed by kemayo, inazar and jekor
  • Raw indent characters were not preserved. They will now be turned into spaces. Fixed by kemayo
  • Pressing the tab key did not indent paragraphs. Fixed by kemayo
  • Unknown HTML tags in text pasted into Sta.sh Writer were not being removed. Fixed by kemayo

Your Feedback


Thanks very much for the feedback left on last week's update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us.
  • Feedback regarding site navigation was mixed. Many users mentioned that they liked navigation as it is currently, while some mentioned that they would like for it to be more simple. 
  • Aren-Elsa suggested that the site navigation should scroll with the page, so that site navigation can be reached from anywhere on the page without having to scroll.
  • arcelian suggested that a "log out of just this session" button could be added to the site navigation, for deviants who frequently log in from multiple locations.
  • Several users liked the suggestion regarding email notifications when a Note is received, though others mentioned that they would like to be able to turn them off, if implemented.
  • Some deviants would like to be able to watch another deviant's Favourites. Suggested by BojanPapic
  • When leaving a Group, some deviants would like an easy way to have their work removed from the Group at the same time. Suggested by LilaeaBluecoat

Deviants Stop By HQ To Chat!

A group of deviants came to visit us here at headquarters last week for a small pizza party, and to chat about More Like This, the Premium Content Platform, and some other new features. They also shared their thoughts about how they use deviantART and features they would like to see. How would you feel if we had a get-together like this in your area?

Here's a photo we decided to take last minute, after a few people had already left:


Discuss!

Critiques
The Critique feature allows artists to receive critical feedback on their work. All deviants can give Critique on deviations with Critique enabled, and Premium Members can request Critique on their artwork. Do you give Critique regularly? What do you find useful about the Critique feature? What ways do you feel the Critique feature could be improved?


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Site Update: More Like This Updates

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 6:37 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


More Like This Updates

Last week, More Like This was launched to Premium Members, with a limited preview open to all deviants. This week, we're pleased to inform you that the limited preview open to all members has been expanded beyond just Popular deviations, allowing you to try More Like This on even more deviations. 

We've also been working on some changes to the Browse enhancements that were made last week. We are currently fixing a bug that is affecting some users which causes the browser to jump to the top of the page when "Show More" was clicked. In addition, several users mentioned that the menu for switching between endless scrolling and page browsing was difficult to find, and as such we are in the process of making that more visible. 

The More Like This team would specifically like to thank you for the feedback that we've been receiving. Your comments are helping to make More Like This an even better feature, and it is greatly appreciated!

Change Log

  • Prepared a header change for Spirit Day. Added by starvingartist and KnightAR
  • You can now use the CSS3 function linear-gradient in the background and background-image rules of your custom Journal Skin! Added by kemayo
  • The Twitter widget on a deviant's profile would fail to load tweets for that deviant. Fixed by kemayo
  • The Send Invitation modal layout for Groups was messy when errors displayed. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The "Watch Redraw" button on deviations made with deviantART muro did not match the width of other buttons. Fixed by shadowhand
  • If a deviant was given a Premium Membership by another user, the message in their Message Center would be blank. Fixed by KnightAR
  • Links on plain-text versions of verification and lost password emails were not working properly. Fixed by KnightAR
  • The Notes page would display strangely after sending a note. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Changing item quantity in the Shop cart would cause a reordering. Fixed by randomduck
  • Members were unable to drag and drop Notes into folders. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Wide deviations did not show the entire image when scrolled to the right, and then reduced from full view. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Users with expired Premium Memberships were unable to see a preview of some Premium Member profile widgets. Fixed by randomduck
  • The preview arrow on Notes would erroneously open the whole note instead of showing a preview. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The preview images of some newly submitted deviations were not loading. All files have since been restored. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The "Close" button for the Buy This Print widget on deviation pages would occasionally not work. Fixed by shadowhand
  • Many small improvements were made to the mobile site, such as properly scaled modals, message alignment in the Message Center, and thumbnail display. Fixed by shadowhand and aMoniker

deviantART muro


  • When semi-transparent layers were merged, the resulting layer would have incorrect opacity. Reported by daPatches and fixed by mudimba
  • An error could occur when attempting to give another deviant a brush pack from their Profile. Fixed by mudimba
  • In Firefox, all of the tool buttons could end up with the paintbrush graphic instead of their actual graphic. Reported by Krissi001 and fixed by mudimba

Sta.sh


  • The icon that would appear when viewing someone else's stack was the viewer's, not the author's. Fixed by kouiskas
  • For a short period, stacks would display with a green background instead of the usual white. Fixed by shadowhand

Sta.sh Writer


  • The icons of embedded Journal thumbnails were offset. Fixed by kemayo
  • Performance improvements have been made for when Writer is initially loaded. Fixed by kemayo
  • Removed excessive spacing before titles on unskinned Journals. Fixed by kemayo
  • The Google Webfonts list has been updated. Fixed by kemayo
  • Linear gradients are now allowed in background and background-image, for Journal Skins. Fixed by kemayo
  • The alignment for icons on the toolbar was off. Fixed by inazar

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback left on last week's update! Here's some of what you had to say.
  • Feedback regarding what settings deviants prefer to use when browsing varied greatly. Several deviants mentioned that the method they use depends on whether they are browsing just to see what they find or if they are searching for something specific.
  • Many members liked the suggestion regarding allowing thumbnails in comments, though some members suggested that artists should be able to decide whether or not they want to allow thumbnails in comments on their deviations, if such a tool were implemented.
  • Some deviants would like a line tool in deviantART muro. Suggested by missingkitsune
  • Members would like to have the option to receive email alerts when they receive Notes. Suggested by Fantasical
  • When browsing using Endless Scrolling, some deviants would like a "scroll to top" button to be present at all times. Suggested by Alyssa-Rice

Discuss!

Site Navigation
There are several menus that can be accessed from the top of any page on deviantART, which give you access to a wide variety of what deviantART has to offer. What changes to the menus or the items that are offered under each menu would make your browsing experience easier?



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Dante Alighieri
by anakalivas



Oct 17, 2012 by techgnotic

Sometimes in youth we play crazy mind games. One gruesome game was trying to think of the worst way to die. Or even better, the "which would you choose" version of the same conceit. Another was what would be the worst torture to endure. If there is one international touchstone that best captures youthful fears and wonders in speculation of what lies beyond the veil of death and awaits as possible punishment for our sins, it must be - to the few who have actually read it to the millions who "know" it – "Dante's Inferno." Who does not shiver at the thought of being lost somewhere in the "Nine Rings of Hell?"



Who does not shiver at the thought of being lost somewhere in the "Nine Rings of Hell?"



True nastiness reigns on every single one of the nine levels.


Actually, the nine circles of Hell ("Inferno") are detailed only as the first third of Dante's first great masterpiece of Italian literature, "The Divine Comedy," which leads the reader on through Purgatory and then eventually into Heaven ("Paradiso"). This epic poem was like the first self-help manual, describing the how and why one falls into Hell and how to live a God-fearing life guaranteed to get you into Heaven. But over the centuries, as the fearsome images illustrating this piece mightily attest to, it is the horrors of the Inferno that have remained burned into the fearful collective consciousness of a segment of our society.













There are so many amazing fantastic images described in The Comedy for artists to bring to life:


The three-headed hell-hound Cerberus; the river Styx with its surface a roiling morass of damned souls fighting with each other; the dragon wyvern Geryon with human face, lion paws and stinger in tail. The center of Hell, usually depicted as a place of eternal fire, is in Dante's vision a place of perpetual ice. Satan himself with three his faces (red, black and yellow) and three pairs of wings, remains forever frozen waist deep in the ice.




















There are many misconceptions about Dante's epic prescription for salvation.





One needn't be the ultimate sinner to go to Hell, nor be a saint to go to Heaven.



One needn't be the ultimate sinner to go to Hell, nor be a saint to go to Heaven. Hell, I think according to Dante if you just remember to pray for forgiveness as you lay dying, you start your post-life existence in Purgatory, getting to skip all the tortures of all Hell's nine circles. In Dante's theology, the anchoring basis for all "sin" is disbelief. So if the saintliest of human beings alive on the planet chooses atheism, eternal damnation and hideous torture awaits. If a hitman sincerely prays to God, confessing his sins and swearing his belief in God, Paradise will be his eternal home after a brief detention in Purgatory.


So maybe this is why this is the one narrative, the deliriously frightening epic fairy tale, that remains lurking in the mind's shadows well into adulthood. Dante has proposed to us a cradle to grave gamble. If the Inferno is only a fairy tale, an allegorical warning against disconnection from the divine in life - then the stakes are not so high. But if Dante's vision is somehow "true" and demands belief – well, that's a whole other adult mind game with stakes that could not be higher.







I did as much research as possible with the time allowed. Do we have any scholars out there who might shed an even more educative light on the subject? Has anyone read the Divine Comedy recently? Would love to hear opinions, analysis and corrections from those of you even more familiar with the history of this material than I.











Questionsfor the reader





  1. Does the artistic exploration of theological subjects make you in any way nervous, especially in a time when the very act of depicting one religion's god and messenger can have such great impact?
  2. Does Dante's attempt to match appropriate crimes with appropriate punishments make sense – or does the concept eternal damnation in torment ruin his otherwise equitable distribution of justice?
  3. What are an artist's responsibilities when depicting subjects sacred to some who will be seeing the resulting artwork? Is caring for even a moment about possible repercussions a form of censorship and repression against art and the artist?
  4. Do you think it's fair that remembering to pray at the last moment gets you a Get Out of Hell Free pass?
  5. Are you currently living in one of the nine rings of hell right now? What is happening there?

















Odyssey II with Clive Barker

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 2:16 PM by techgnotic:icontechgnotic:














Collaborate, Publish, Write & Illustrate


CliveBarker starts us off with the Prologue for Odyssey II and selects the submissions for the final books. The ultimate creative challenge to produce the ultimate deviantART book.




All Guided with the Spectral Hand of Clive Barker.




Read More

Every Friday Lit submissions for the current chapter close - Chosen chapter revealed on the following Monday.


Every Monday Artwork submissions for the previously published chapter close - Chosen Artwork revealed that following Friday.


Filmmaking/Animation and Poetry Submissions related to the developing story accepted throughout the 60 day Odyssey II Project and will be used in the multimedia version of the book or in a book trailer. (No third party content including music allowed).


Poems needed for the beginning, middle, and end of our tale.


We will publish a Multimedia book version and a Hardcover book version in 2013.











Odyssey II Progress





P
Prologue

Art Due OCT 22ND



I
Chapter 1

Lit. Due OCT 19th

Art Due OCT 29th



II
Chapter 2

Lit. Due OCT 26th

Art Due NOV 5th



III
Chapter 3

Lit. Due NOV 2nd

Art Due NOV 12th



IV
Chapter 4

Lit. Due NOV 9th

Art Due NOV 19th



V
Chapter 5

Lit. Due NOV 16th

Art Due NOV 26th



VI
Chapter 6

Lit. Due NOV 23rd

Art Due DEC 3rd



VII
Chapter 7

Lit. Due DEC 7th

Art Due DEC 17th



VIII
Chapter 8

Lit. Due Dec 31th

Art Due Jan 14th




















Line Art, Poetry & Film / Animation for Any Chapter

Open Through Janurary 14th
















by CliveBarker


They're Mad, They Are







T

his was the second time Paul had come to London. The first time, he was seventeen. He'd stood in Victoria Station and felt more alive than he ever had in his life; back then, some woman had caught his eye and smiled. It was like the city had laid back and opened its legs for him. He'd felt welcomed by her. He'd even debated following the woman home and getting it on with her. But the etiquette was still new to him, so rather than risk looking foolish, he shifted himself in his underwear to get comfortable and went to his hostel instead.








Prologue Art Selection
The Underground by HansNomad







Now, he was thirty, and there was no winking woman at the station, so he made his way straight to the Underground. It was very crowded. He got on the Piccadilly Line and sat down by a red-haired man in a brown bomber jacket.


After about a minute, the red-haired man moved his head in a peculiar way. Paul saw this out of the corner of his eye. The man's head was nodding small, fast nods. Paul didn't look straight at the man, but rather at his own feet. He was tired. Too tired to move, but in his periphery, he could see that the nods were getting bigger.


Paul glanced up, and saw the man's reflection in the window opposite. Against the reflection and the black tunnel wall Paul saw the man's head twisting about, and his limbs thrashing. He didn't know what to do. A woman on the seat opposite Paul was staring at him as though he was looking at the red-headed man judgmentally, and ought to be ashamed of himself. Paul felt his cheeks flare with embarrassment.


Somebody said, "He's having a fit."


The woman opposite said, "He's an epileptic!"


Paul turned to see that the man's eyeballs were rolled up under his lids. His skin was a ghastly sick-pink color. And then the epileptic redheaded man keeled over on to Paul's lap. Paul was now sitting there with this fully-grown man jerking and gnashing across him. God, he felt such an idiot.


Down the carriage, somebody had got up and was taking off his belt. What was this? An epileptic and an exhibitionist in one carriage. The guy was folding his belt on itself. He came down the carriage. The woman opposite got up.











I'm going to put it between his teeth so he doesn't swallow his tongue

"I'm going to put it between his teeth so he doesn't swallow his tongue," the man said to Paul. "Don't move, I'll deal with it.


Paul sat there under his weight of spasmodic flesh and bone thinking he wouldn't have been able to move even if he wanted to.


"Oh, thank God," said the woman. "It's not a bad fit."


There was no need for the belt. The redheaded man was coming around, the fit over almost as fast as he'd gone in to it. Paul wondered what the bad ones were like.


The people on the Underground were trying to get the redheaded man upright, but he wanted to stay lying down. He was clutching Paul's legs like they were his only serenity. But the woman managed to uncurl the fingers, and sit him upright.


"Are you alright now?" she said. The other guy was putting his belt back on.


"Yeah, I'm okay. I'm okay," the guy was saying.


He had his eyes closed. He looked ghastly. The train slowed as they approached the station. The redheaded man opened his eyes. He looked at the woman.


"Thank you," he said.


Paul felt like a shit for not being more useful. The guy was clearly feeling bad.


"Is this your stop?" said the woman.


"It doesn't matter," the redheaded man said. "I just want to get off."


"It's my stop," said Paul.


The train came into the station, and stopped. The guy got up.


"You okay?" asked Paul.









The guy didn't answer. They got off the train together.


"You want to get a cup of coffee or something?" said Paul. "I'll get you something if you like."


"No," said the redheaded man, and walked off into the crowd without looking once at Paul.


As welcomes went, it wasn't warm.


It wasn't until later, in his room, that Paul found the little vomit stain on his trousers...



It wasn't until later, in his room, that Paul found the little vomit stain on his trousers...




















Odyssey II





Only you will bring this story to life. Only you will tell this story with your own words and your own illustrations. The story has begun -- but only CliveBarker's prologue has been revealed. Deviant artists, writers and filmmakers are now called upon to conjure the rest of this story to life.









The chapter and illustration chosen every Monday(Lit) and Friday(Artwork) and then published will serve as the foundation for deviant writers and artists to base their submissions for the story's next chapter continuation.


After each published chapter and illustration there will be a "prompt" to suggest what might need to be revealed in the next chapter.


Artwork submissions should reflect the chapter previously published. Artwork must be submitted as a JPG or PNG file and be available at 300 dpi. Yes, any art that illuminates the story is accepted, including photography. Creativity rules! (Ice sculptures are a bit of a problem – you'll have to photograph them. Please don't ship them to us.)


Lit Submissions are limited to 400 words. The 400 word limitation does not mean you will be "disqualified" for submitting 420 words! We read all submissions.


Poetry, Line Art and Film/Animation can reflect any chapter, from the beginning, middle to the end and can be any length. Poetry, Line Art and Film/Animation must be submitted by December 24, 2012. Information for submitting film can be found here.










This is not a "contest" in the sense of rules and tricks determining "winners". It's simply that the whole point of the exercise is to see who can put the "most" into the "least"! So submitting a Dune-length chapter, or a 20 page illustration, while possibly brilliant, doesn't serve the purposes of this project. Write what, as the writer, you know is just right. If one less line of text will dilute something that is magic, then – don't delete that one line!


Yes, multiple submissions for a single chapter are acceptable. If you have more than one great idea as to where to take the story, or more than one idea for a chapter's illustration, bring it on!


There will be a poem chosen to reflect the beginning, middle and end of our tale. Poems are selected at the end of the project and can be submitted up until then. There may be more chosen as we proceed, judging by the amazing submissions form last year.









Remember, this creation is not (just) about the most professional, most polished syntax and prose, nor the best command of vocabulary or grammar, nor the most extraordinary technical skill in illustration. All great things, to be sure, but: We are looking for that evocative, resonant, epiphanous something, expressed in an imagery powerful enough to transcend the limited word-count or a single page of illustration – the short straight-right Gina Carano knockout punch that ends a fight quicker than a dozen weaker, though visually-pleasing and crowd-wowing haymakers. Narrative Haikus that spark up the brain, warm up the heart, and make a lasting phytocrystalized imprint on the ghostly artistic soul.

















Odyssey II



































Odyssey II Prompt for Chapter 8





The final battle to block Tal’shen’s launch of the takeover of Earth.






Paul, from whose own body Tal’shen, the gelatinous beaked tentacled monster, was gestated and born. Paul says he knows how to destroy the creature. And who better than he, he being half “mother” of the monster.



So now 800 words, give or take, is the space we have to wind up our story, a story that has expanded and mutated like the first bit of subway vomit that was Paul’s ticket into what has now swollen to Lovecraftean and Cthulhuean dimensions testing the boundaries of space and time. 800 words will be more than enough for the creative minds in the worldwide orbit of deviantART. In that I have a sure faith. Paul vs. Tal’shen.









Paul’s ingenuity in thwarting (or maybe in his failing to thwart!) the alien invasion will render our story just another tale among similar tales, or... a dash of genius and madness here may elevate our efforts into a lifelong memory of creativity, collaboration, and community convergence!


Good luck directing what’s left of Paul’s head and heart!





















Odyssey II
































Odyssey II




Community Projects>Projects & Clubs>Odyssey Project>Clive Barker






Chapter

Category

Open

Close



I


Literature
Artwork


10/15
10/22


10/19
10/29






Chapter

Category

Open

Close



V


Literature
Artwork


11/12
11/19


11/16
11/26






II


Literature
Artwork


10/22
10/29


10/26
11/5






VI


Literature
Artwork


11/19
11/26


11/23
12/3






III


Literature
Artwork


10/29
11/5


11/2
11/12






VII


Literature
Artwork


11/26
12/3


11/30
12/10






IV


Literature
Artwork


11/5
11/12


11/9
11/19






VIII


Literature
Artwork


12/3
12/31


12/31
1/14






All Chapters


Poetry
Line Art
Film / Animation


10/15


1/14





* LITERATURE submission must be submitted by 5PM PST on its closing date.


** ARTWORK submission must be submitted by 11:59PM PST on its closing date.














for Submission








When you submit content as a participating artist to the collaborative storytelling project on deviantART currently known as Odyssey II, you and your submission are subject to the following:










1 -DeviantART and other contributors to Odyssey II are granting you a non-exclusive license to use the materials already selected for inclusion in Odyssey II at the time of your submission and to base your submission in whole or in part on those materials as you may wish.

2 -You will own and control all of the content that you added to your submission and you represent that everything you have added to your submission is original to you.

3 -You are granting deviantART the non-exclusive right to use your submission as a part of the Odyssey II project on deviantART.

4 -If your submission is selected as a contribution to the collective work resulting from Odyssey II (that is, as a chapter or illustration or poem or audio-visual clip), you agree that other contributors to Odyssey II can base their submissions on your work. Further, if selected, deviantART will have the right to use your submission in the resulting compilation from Odyssey II and publish the compilation as a book and/or as a multimedia digital book (the "Books") and distribute and/or reproduce the Books in any way and by any method on or off deviantART and to anywhere in the Universe.








5 -DeviantART agrees, and you understand and agree, that at the request of Clive Barker all proceeds from any sales and/or licensing of the Books after deduction of third party expenses will be donated to The Amanda Foundation. DeviantART and Clive Barker are not receiving any fees or retaining any royalties in connection with Odyssey II or the Books.

6 -DeviantART will own the copyright in the compilation work resulting from Odyssey II and you will retain the copyright in your own submission which you may use in any way subject to deviantART's non-exclusive rights.

7 -You agree to negotiate reasonable terms for the use of your submission if the Books incorporating your submission are further exploited in media other than the Books themselves.
















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


More Like This (Beta)

DeviantART is proud to announce More Like This - a new way to explore deviantART. When you find a piece of artwork that you love, More Like This surfaces related artwork, artists, and Collections. With More Like This and our other new browse upgrades, deep-diving through the deviantART community's diverse collection of over 200 million deviations just got better.



Enhanced Browsing

We've improved the left-hand navigation bar to include Popular and Newest options! For deviants who like their art to be larger than life, the new Full View mode allows deviations to be browsed through at a larger scale. Full View mode also provides the ability to favourite, collect, view comments, and participate in the discussion right from the browse page.


In addition, our new Show More button allows you to scroll endlessly while browsing More Like This results. For those that prefer the original pagination interface, we've added a Page Settings option to toggle between both modes. Your setting will be preserved as you browse.

Selection Tools in deviantART muro

In addition to some behind the scenes changes made to make deviantART muro to make it more stable, we've added several new selection tools!
  • Elliptical selection options and a magic wand tool have been added to the marquee tool. Once the marquee menu button has been selected, the new options will appear in the bottom bar.
  • Deviants can now create a selection based on the transparency of a layer by command/ctrl+clicking on that layer.
  • Autosave will trigger more frequently, to ensure that your hard work is retained.
  • Some behind the scenes changes were made to make deviantART muro more stable.
  • In addition to the options added to the marquee menu, "select by color", "expand selection", and "contract selection" tools have been added to the Edit menu.


To give the new deviantART muro tools a try, go to deviantART muro!

Blockquote Tool in Sta.sh Writer

You can now easily add quotes to your literature and Journals using the brand new blockquote button on the Sta.sh Writer toolbar!


Change Log

  • If one deviant's Collection was added to a different deviant's Collection, it could not be removed from the Collection it was added to. Fixed by shahyarg
  • It was not possible for Group admins to change some invitation settings from the defaults. Fixed by randomduck
  • Removing a deviation from a Gallery folder would hide the links beneath the thumbnail until the page was refreshed. Fixed by shahyarg
  • Film deviations were not allowed in Scraps. Fixed by shahyarg
  • On the Notes page, the select dropdown was showing in the wrong place. Fixed by shadowhand
  • On deviation pages, the link that showed which deviants favourited the deviation sometimes did not work. Fixed by shahyarg
  • The "Show All Groups" link on deviations was not working under certain circumstances. Fixed by shahyarg
  • "Failed to process transaction" errors occurred when withdrawing earnings as deviantART Points or via PayPal, followed by a temporary disabling of PayPal withdrawals. Fixed by yury-n
  • The PDF viewer would vanish if any of the header menus were hovered over. Fixed by shadowhand
  • The shopping bag icon and "Buy this Print" text in the new Prints menu on deviation pages were not clickable. Fixed by shadowhand

deviantART muro


  • During Redraw playback, there were cases where the speed slider would display as slow, but the video was actually playing at fast speed. Fixed by mudimba
  • In comment drawings, deviantART muro could infrequently get stuck on the eraser tool and prevent drawing. Fixed by mudimba
  • Several cosmetic layout issues existed that would be visible when buying new brush packs. Fixed by mudimba
  • Sometimes a new layer could be created, even when interaction should have been disabled by a modal window. Fixed by mudimba

Sta.sh

  • Stacks shared with other deviants wouldn't display file descriptions. Fixed by drommk
  • While renaming a stack, clicking on the title of another one to rename it would cause an error. Fixed by kouiskas
  • Editing Journals submitted to the Journal Portal would send new notifications to the Message Center, even when the "This is a minor edit" option was selected. Fixed by drommk

Sta.sh Writer

  • Literature thumbnails wouldn't stop scrolling when they reached the end of the excerpt. Fixed by kemayo
  • It was possible to break elements out of journal entries with advanced CSS. Fixed by kemayo
  • Several behind the scenes improvements were made to the way Sta.sh Writer handles typing and loading drafts. Fixed by kemayo and inazar

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback left on last week's update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us:
  • Many users made suggestions for improvements to the mobile site that they'd like to see implemented.
  • The most common suggestion we received regarding the new mobile site was for an easy way to submit art from mobile devices. 
  • Deviants would like to add thumbnails to their comments. Suggested by Magical525
  • Some members would like to be able to apply the same keywords and descriptions to multiple files at once. Suggested by frisbii

Discuss!

Browse Enhancements 
How do you feel about the new browse enhancements? Do you prefer endless scrolling or the traditional page browsing, or do you swap between both? Which thumb view do you prefer to use: wall of thumbs, grid of thumbs, or full view?


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