The behind-the-scenes works never stops at deviantART and we’ve had our hands in a many pots as of late. Here’s a quick recap of recent upgrades and also information about a few enhancements that are soon on their way. Stash!
If you’re a follower of devBUG
, you already have some familiarity with Stash
-- the name we’ve given to the revamp of deviantART’s exisiting submission process.
However, Stash is so much more than a simple revamp. Your Stash on deviantART will become home to all your images, writing... everything! Here's how it works:
You can drag and drop multiple files into your Stash, quickly and easily.
However, those files won’t appear in your Gallery, or to your Watchers, until you specifically say so. Allowing you an easy place to storage images until you’re ready to publish them.
Non-published images can be shared via private URL, so you can link to anything in your Stash -- perhaps to gather Critiques or feedback before specifically publishing the work to your Gallery. (Think about this as private, non-public storage space, shared on an invite-only basis.)
As mentioned, Stash will become the new home of the submission process on deviantART. The improved UI and enhanced functionality helps deviants better leverage the power of the deviantART network.
And, oh so much more! This lists is by no means complete and is meant to be a simple taste of what’s to come. For further details, be sure to stay tuned to both devBUG
. What does this mean for FTP?
If you’re super devious and sleuth-like, you may have noticed that there have been some issues with uploading via FTP lately. We’re sorry for any inconvenience; however, in anticipation of Stash, we had to make a few changes in regards to FTP.
FTP is currently only available to beta testers. (So if you’re a Premium Member and you want to use FTP for uploading your artwork, you'll need to turn on beta testing in your Profile Settings.
FTP can be activated via "Apps & Uploads"
on the Settings page.
After uploading via FTP, items will be stored in your Stash, until you choose to publish them.
You can even upload to Stash via e-mail! (This is a feature of beta testers. Things are still in development and changes are constantly being made to functionality. More information can be found here
.) Other stuff!
Additional formats are now supported in deviations!
For instance, .pdf files, which use Google's .pdf viewer. However, the built-in browser version is not ideal... yet! Coming soon we'll be able to generate thumbnails for them as well. Also, we’re working on .psd file support. So, when you upload a .psd, we’ll be able to show a preview and thumbnail for it!
Films in Journals (currently in beta!)
That’s right! No longer will you have to wish longingly for the coveted ability of embedding video into your Journals. At long last, we’re supporting the embedding of film into your deviantART Journals -- for everyone! We’ll support deviantART Film, YouTube, and Vimeo by using the ID number of the video and denoting if it’s “film," “youtube," or “vimeo." The ID refers to the deviation number for deviantART Films, or the number in the address bar of a YouTube or Vimeo video.
(Please note, the preview for a YouTube embed is currently showing blank. We’re aware of this error, but the video will still show when published.)
As mentioned, these abilities are currently limited to only our beta testing community. Thank you!
We appreciate your support and thank you for for being patient as we continue to test and roll-out new improvements. Comments, questions, and suggestions should be left as comments in this blog.
Have a devious weekend!