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News to know! A quick recap!

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 12, 2011, 1:06 PM
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.

:star:  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:

:bulletred: You can drag and drop multiple files into your Stash, quickly and easily.

:bulletred: 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.

:bulletred: 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.)

:bulletred:  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 and hq.

:star:  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.)

:bulletblue: FTP can be activated via "Apps & Uploads" on the Settings page.

:bulletblue: After uploading via FTP, items will be stored in your Stash, until you choose to publish them.

:bulletblue: 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.)

:star:  Other stuff!

:bulletorange: 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!  

:bulletorange: 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.

:heart:  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! :dalove:

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:iconrgraven:
rgraven Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Quick plug!!! Be one of the fist to follow this awesome new company before its too trendy!!! [link]
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Gryphonia Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Excellent! Can't wait to see the final result all shiny and part of all dA :D
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GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured: [link]
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SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:salute:
Thanks for the recap Fiona !
Truly appreciate :)

Even if you spoil on HQ before devbug :tears:
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:icontsirachel:
Tsirachel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Now you need a music category and support :)
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OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
I tried to use the youtube embed: [link] but the video shows up and wont play for me or any of my watchers :(

Why can't we support their embed code? It would be a lot easier than trying to convert it into the DA one which took me a few tries to figure out
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PrincessKooh Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My Youtube vids are messing up on and off even after the Journal is posted :stare:


But I love Stash :D



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Celebrate $taff Appreciation week :la: AUG 8-15 :D [link] , [link] & [link]
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MattsyKun Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
God I love the stash. =w= If I don't want to put my journal pictures on photobucket or stuff, I stick them in my stash! :D
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PrincessKooh Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay for Stash :dummy:



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Celebrate $taff Appreciation week :la: AUG 8-15 :D [link] , [link] & [link]
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Carlson-art Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Filmographer
Hmm. I like the stash, but there really isn't a lot of updates, or at least not like last year, where the entire site was redone. I like the current visual appearance of deviantart, but an updaqte would be cool.
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Thanks for the data - it's good to know about these improvements. :thumbsup:
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tomass15 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Hihi
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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jupiter-008 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student Photographer
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Su5anLee Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
VIDEO IN JOURNALS?! REALLY?! :love:
Things are getting really exciting here... :iconimhappyjrplz:
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OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Im not sure stash will make much of a difference for me- maybe with stock.

I do have a concern though- if we upload it but dont make it public and people can only see it with the link etc will it be searchable through search engines still? Privacy is really important to me (I know I know, everyone can back off with the "It's the internet!") and I had big issues when Picasa integrated with google+ because my picasa was set up for a family photoblog and password protected- then when it integrated it became public by default with images showing up in search engines!

I never used to be able to see any of my images that are viewable by DA members only offsite, but now if I search certain things offsite my whole gallery including MC will show up :( Makes me feel like there's no point to having any of those extra settings...

Anyway, that would be my only main concern- and dont kill me I also instantly thought of drugs when you called it stash.

IN regards to video embedding that is long over due! Im very excited about that and think it'll lend a lot to me in the means of networking certain things but also just having fun and sharing. Also, I think it's a really good subscriber incentive. I have to be honest, so many of the subscriber features I first signed up for are free to everyone now so I was thinking of just letting it run out for like, the first time in 8 years lol. I just didn't see the point since all the features I originally paid for are free now or free to a degree. But this is something that would make me want to subscribe again and I hope you keep adding more things!
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
From what I understand of stash and search engines, they can't index anything in your stash. So nothing will show up in searches.

BUT, if you link people to a stash item in a public place, like here in comments or on facebook or wherever search engines can see, it will index the link and it will be found.

So if you only post it privately to people, it should remain private, not showing up in searches. That's how I understand it to work, at least. That issue was brought up when we were alpha testing it a while back.
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OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
fingers crossed! (or in my case, fins!)
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electricjonny Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle:
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KenSaunders Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"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"

It would be nice to be able to use the poster attribute.
Perhaps you could allow it?
whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#attr-video-poster
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KJ-Illustration Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ohmy! The embed video function sounds really exiting!
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:iconfireaangel:
fireaangel Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student
All of these updates sound really exciting! :la: I definitely like the stash and video embed features~
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:iconibr-remote:
ibr-remote Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Much needed improvements - but ar ethese just for paying members ?
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:iconquadraro:
Quadraro Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional
just for OBT now
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fangedfem Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
I dont "live a shady life" :roll: -but stash makes me think of the drug connotation too :shrug: In any case I like the additional formats. Wonder when some other things will be fixed though. Would be nice to have things like more detailed wishlists back.
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OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
agreed. The bugs in groups drive me silly!
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NEOkeitaro Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Wha. Now THAT's a nice announcement, like we haven't had for a while now... Congrats! :D
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NiallCloud Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Also, where the hell did you leave the 'Submit to Group' button? 0_o
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NiallCloud Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I noticed an issue regarding literature; it seems that you cannot upload a Microsoft Word file to the General Poetry > Free Verse section. I don't know if this is also true for the other sections.
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QuintonCharles Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think one has ever had the ability to upload a MS Word file to any literature section of the gallery, so it's not really an error, as such... an issue, maybe - but I'm quite sure the WYSIWYG style of the Stash uploader lets you copy a piece from MS Word and paste it correctly, formatting and all, so I doubt the overlords shall develop it. :P
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NiallCloud Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah well, yes. But it said 'upload file' before I could find any 'Writer' ^^;
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QuintonCharles Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, right - I remember having a similar problem initially. =P
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NiallCloud Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
;)
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NiallCloud Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Mmh I think I might actually turn on Beta Testing just to see how this works... To prepare myself ;D
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DesperateAshes Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm having trouble embedding videos... What do you mean by: "number in the address bar of a YouTube or Vimeo video"?
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NiallCloud Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I guess they mean the /watch?v= <number>
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
The stash is promising but I already found an issue with it: if I want to submit a print for an already published deviation, I can't use the FTP to upload a high-res image to the stash, and then from the print submission page, choose from my already-uploaded images. Meaning FTP is now lost to me. I can't FTP a high-res image to stash, and then publish it so my print is already available, because I always include a watermark on the deviation, which I keep low-res, and remove it from the print file. And if I decided to do that, what happens if I have to edit the image, and submit a new print image? Can't use FTP, and some of us have to live with crappy connections so FTP is the only way to upload large files.
Basically, all you need to do to make this a perfectly wonderful idea, is make the stash contents accessible from the print submission process. When I click "adjust image >upload bigger file", I should be able to choose one of my stashed ones. That is all. Thank you :D
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OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
excellent points
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Arany-Photography Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Stash sounds amazing! :la:
I should start beta testing so I can find out about all these cool new things sooner... :plotting:
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criss3366 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Sounds :thumbsup:Good! :XD: Thanks for making :dalove: awesome.
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VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh I like this...But I really like the idea that many others have mentioned. Being able to set certain things to submit at certain times on certain days would be extremely useful. That would allow many of us who don't have much time online to have things post throughout the day, rather than in a big lump at 1 am.

Also, a question, when we take things from stash and decide to post them, will they appear on the front page in the 'newest' section like new deviations do now? Or will they show up there when they're stashed? I know it says that stash is completely private, but scraps show up on the front page too, and I was always under the impression that they didn't (you know, 'cause they're scraps).

Otherwise this all sounds excellent! :D I can't wait! :squee:
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FarDareisMai Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I like the idea of FTP uploading to stash, but you should be able to use that image as a print for an existing deviation, which is currently not possible.
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chelphotography Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree with you on this!
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:iconemopizza:
EmoPizza Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
:la:
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SamanthaLenore Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds like there's some pretty cool stuff on the way!
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Avril22583 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, thank you, for explaining Stash <3
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alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! :dummy:
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AlienLifeDetected Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
I'm so glad you explained the Stash. I was wondering if we'd get an answer to that. :D
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:iconeevie-chu:
Eevie-chu Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
DA, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

THANK YOU FOR VIDEO EMBEDDING <3 :heart::heart::heart:
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hsinger Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Can't wait to see how it works.
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CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This sounds like an awesome update! The Stash will be handy for exclusive stock packs! :D
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