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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


Create & Sell Motion Books on deviantART


Become your own publisher and create interactive reading experiences with the Motion Book Tool. Madefire's powerful and adaptable Motion Book Tool is now in your hands, allowing you to create expressive stories where audio and visual artistry collide!

Plus,
 with deviantART’s new Bookshelf feature, you can easily access all of your favorite purchased digital content!


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Change Log


  • When commenting on Film & Animation deviations and selecting a specific time for an annotation, the page would not return to normal after leaving the comment. Fixed by ultramouse
  • Editing a Group's Group Info widget multiple times at once would cause the Group's media type to be deselected. Fixed by shendykurnia
  • It was not possible to click through to see individual deviantMEETs, on the deviantMEET widget available to Super Groups. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • Under some conditions, the page number buttons in the Recent Journals widget would not work after reloading a page. Fixed by ultramouse
  • Users who purchased items from the Prints Shop without creating an account were briefly unable to create Help Desk tickets. Fixed by shendykurnia
  • Resizing an image embedded in a Journal would occasionally prevent edits from saving. Fixed by DEVlANT
  • When requesting a Commission from another deviant, the Correspondence message would incorrectly have a button on the right side. Fixed by outgoingcoyote
  • The error message one would encounter when an image did not have a sufficient resolution to be sold as a Print was unclear. Fixed by ultramouse
  • Resetting a password to one containing some special characters did not work. Fixed by shendykurnia

Your Feedback


Thank you for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of the feedback you left for us.
  • In response to the Discuss topic, most deviants said that they don't spend much time managing their Favourites, outside of occasionally creating or deleting Collections. 
  • Some deviants mentioned that being able to search in Favourites or create a subfolder in Collections would be helpful in terms of organizing one's Favourites. Both are included in our list of common suggestions!

Discuss!


Scraps

Do you post your creations to your Scrapbook? What reason(s) do you have for posting them there, as opposed to your main Gallery? Do you move deviations from your Gallery to your Scrapbook, and if so, why? Do you ever move things from your Scraps into your Gallery?


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

As I noted in my last journal, there are some big -- and exciting!! -- changes on the way for deviantART. Er, DeviantArt.  :P (Lick)

The team here at DeviantArt continues to listen to your feedback plus we met with a crew of super-deviants in NYC last month (check out a pic below :-) (Smile) and got a full, insightful download.  Then, we thought long and hard on how to pave a kindred and inspiring direction.  As always, you are the center of it all -- and how to connect you with your community.  

Ok, getting into it, I want to share a sneak peek on work-in-progress (as in not final!) designs for the new Today page and to hear what everybody thinks.


Fella Version                            Llama Version

Hp10 by Leelor     Today-page Dark by marioluevanos   

Our intent with the new Today page is to better connect you with other deviants in a much better looking page (yes, a design refresh was overdue!).  

What do you think?  We’re listening!
  • What excites you about the Today page’s redesign?  
  • What would you change?
  • What kind of content would you like to see represented?

-- A  Spyed (deviantART CEO)


Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 4.40.36 PM by danlev
Deviants in New York City give feedback on the new Today Page design.
Motion BooksCreate & Sell Motion Books on deviantART
Motion Books: Beyond The Static Page

Motion Books push the boundaries of storytelling to the extreme, turning the act and art of reading into something that extends well beyond the printed page. Madefire's powerful and adaptable Motion Book Tool is now in your hands, allowing you to create expressive stories where audio and visual artistry collide.

Enter a creative world of art, animation, and sound, and watch stories and universes come to life in dynamic ways unlike ever before.
Imagination Without Limitation

The Motion Book is an adventurous, energy-packed medium that empowers creators to reach for worlds unseen. When you submit your Motion Books to deviantART and share them with the world, they'll be showcased alongside some of the comic industry's greatest creators and publishers, right alongside characters like Batman, Optimus Prime, Rainbow Dash, and Hellboy!

Envision your greatest adventures and make them unfold exactly how you've always imagined.
MONO
THE ORACLE
INBETWEEN
INJUSTICE
Creator-Centric: Start Simple or Go Elaborate

Professional-grade, yet flexible, the Madefire Motion Book Tool can be used to create the familiar page-by-page reading experience you know and love, while also being versatile and powerful enough to create the high-impact Motion Book environment being embraced by major companies such as DC, IDW, and Dark Horse Comics.

CAP STONEProfessoinalStories unfold on-screen through words,pictures, motion, and sound.
EstariProfessoinalStories unfold page-by-page througha simple, elegant print-style book format.
Creator-Centric: Start Simple or Go Elaborate

With the Motion Book Tool and its built-in distribution and reader-tool functions, you are the publisher of your own work. Sell your Motion Books on deviantART and expand your horizons, generating profit for your hard work while building your audience, bringing more readers into your creative space with no up-front costs.

You choose the distribution of your Motion Books:

For free:

in which case there is absolutely no charge for the use of the Tool or for the distribution of the Motion Book through deviantART or Madefire's mobile platforms.

For sale:

in which you elect to sell your Motion Books on deviantART and on Madefire's mobile platforms. You can set your own price and receive 60% of every sale. You can use the Motion Book Tool as much as you want with free access, but if and when you decide to start making money with your Motion Books, a reasonable fee goes back to the Tool maker and distributors. You only bear a cost when you make a profit.

Imagination Without Limitation
Creator-Centric: Start Simple or Go Elaborate

DeviantART's new Bookshelf feature is a place to keep your Motion Books and everything else, holding all digital content purchases you've made on deviantART and making it simple to rediscover your content. Access your Bookshelf from the Shop menu and view your favorite digital content. Stay tuned for more!

Bookshelf Example
Imagination Without Limitation
How to: Motion Book ToolCreate: a Motion BookBrowse: Motion Books

Show off your Bookshelf! Share Motion Books and other items from your Bookshelf in comments, and help bring an audience to the artists you appreciate.



Transformation Challenge Winners

Tue Jul 8, 2014, 2:03 PM

Thank you to everyone who participated in The Transformation Challenge! The 25 semi-finalist entries blew away the Microsoft and Motherboard judges, but they worked hard together and came up with the three finalists. Each of the finalist winners will receive a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, $1,000 USD, an all-expense paid trip to work with a featured artist, and have had their winning work featured as a home page billboard generating thousands of page views for their deviations.

Razor in the Gutter - Nas Pasha

by raging-akujiki

Habib Zargarpour

This is a powerful piece that shows a personal transformation of someone who is down and out and gets a second chance by bringing himself back from the brink by the use of a simple razor. The art style reinforces the gritty nature of his situation.

Thobey Campion

Raging-Akujiki's submission had a unique take on transformation, applying the theme to a man whose clearly hit the bottom then found a route through to coming back together with a loved one. As someone who's seen incredible comebacks in the lives of close friends, I found it touching. The rich illustration also contributed a certain epic feel inherent in a rising from the ashes story.

Tranformation

by HughEbdy

Habib Zargarpour

There is a very subtle but effective use of composition here, especially with the progression of the frames. The contrast between the armored, heroically posed character and the ending with him running towards the water because he overheated is very comical.

Thobey Campion

As one of the legion of fans of Don Quixote, Monty Python, and really medieval everything, I've always enjoyed the modern take on a very dark period. Hughebdy's work demonstrated a really funny twist that left me pleasantly bewildered but also impressed at the succinctness of his humor.

The Transformation challenge - The Fly-Kid

by Zeich

Habib Zargarpour

The Fly Kid's concept of if you can't beat them join them is very visually displayed here. There is a natural flow from the character at the start to how he gets covered with flies, completing the transformation. Such an innocent kid with funny proportions becomes a menacing fly himself. The center frame has a very dynamic feel to it as the flies attack.

Thobey Campion

Zeich's submission is just straight-up weird in the best way. What wold normally be just an unthinkably awful plan is twisted into something close to a super-power. Maybe it's from my Calvin and Hobbes days (which haven't ended), but the idea of occupying a world by oneself predicated on magical occurrences no one else knows about is just the most appealing thing I can think of. Outside of all this, the texture and artistry of Zeich's work set him apart.



WeChat Emoticon Sticker Winners

Tue Jul 8, 2014, 9:56 AM

Congratulations to the three finalists in the WeChat Animated Emoticon Sticker Challenge! The judges from WeChat were astounded by the ingenuity that was displayed in each entry. All three winners will receive $1,000 and had their entry exhibited in a billboard on the deviantART homepage.



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