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Site Update: December 1, 2011

Thu Dec 1, 2011, 3:57 PM by spyed:iconspyed:

About a month ago we announced and Writer -- not as a hot topic, but we soft-launched to the hq membership and to the more savvy deviants who follow along when we release things.  

Development of both products has never stopped and will continue in an ongoing manner moving forward.

Below, I've outlined a change log that tracks recent progress and also identified Known Issues that we're aware of and actively working on.

Change Log

You now have the option to include/exclude your journal from the Journal Portal, and from your Journal Tab's new "Featured" section.

The Journal Portal in the footer of deviantART now pulls from the Journals category but excludes all "Personal" posts. This means, you must categorize your Journal on submission for it to even qualify to appear in the footer of dA. This has substantially increased the quality of posts that appear there.

We were having some issues editing old articles within Groups, and those bugs have been fixed. Writer now has an improved Preview mode from the old Journal writing system so you can see your post, CSS, avatars, images, etc. exactly as they're going to appear once published.

Various user interface changes are now live and have improved the quality of substantially. Clicking files in shows you the files - it no longer forces the Edit & Submit mode.

Countless bug fixes should have and Writer functioning quite smoothly. We have all greatly benefitted from the excellent feedback that is making this product much stronger by the day!

Known Issues:

We have been developing very exciting functionality for Writer that will permit you to Write and then publish to anywhere you have access to post. This means you can Write an entry and publish to your Journal on your profile, and to a Group at the same time. Or optionally you can publish to all of the Groups you're a deviant of and have access to. This should solve many redundancies in the deviantART system these days where one must copy and paste in many locations in order to get the word out.'s file organization interface makes it tedious to access certain functions, such as Delete. A new interface has been designed that simplifies all core actions, and will be made live soon. Writer currently defaults to open the most recently edited Draft. We've decided to always open a brand new file, and create a "File" menu at the top consisting of: New, Open Draft (with Quick Draft Links), Save, Save & Exit Writer currently cannot access Group Skins (only the skins installed individually by deviants). We will soon provide functionality giving you the ability to use any skin you'd otherwise have access to anywhere you want. Our reasoning is, if you have access to the skin you could easily cut and paste it anyway so we may as well make this easier to address the needs here.

Group Journals are considered "Personal" -- they will likely be re-categorized in the tree and separated from Personal.

Old systems like the original editor for Journals, and the original editor for Group Journals (formerly Blogs) don't permit you to submit a Journal to a category within the Journal Portal. Because of this, all Group Journals are currently excluded from the footer of deviantART where they would otherwise gain a lot more exposure. This will be fixed shortly.

Thank you!

Community feedback is essential for successful product releases.  Please feel free to leave comments, questions, and suggestions in this journal.  Our Product team will be actively reading and reviewing all feedback in an effort to deliver and Writer in forms best suited to the deviantART community.


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Eb234 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
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DemonicaArtClub Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Why did you guys make Stash it fucking sucks ass. Its stupid, Go back to regular journals, god Da your a pain when it come to new inventions sometimes.
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crizoe Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
joselito1397 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Ok is great
Moony92 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure if this is due to the recent updates or not, but I submitted a deviation through, and then later made a minor edit to it (just to post it in one of my groups which I moderate, in the option Publish To: Your Main Groups) and now I can't seem to see it on the 'Recent Deviations' widget on my page. It was featured there before I edited it. I'm wondering why that is and if there is a way to fix it?

Besides that, I love so far, it's very handy and makes submitting quite easier, and the improvements you've made to it. It's nice to know you're dealing with the glitches and accepting feedback.

I'm wondering how you feel about a 'queue' option in, where any deviant can set a future date for when they want to submit their deviation, and DA automatically submits it in that date, instead of deviants having to do it manually?
LittleOfSomething Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
I still have some drawings loading issues even though it seems to be working on my different account ~alittleofsomething
I mean the problem with loading and uploading more than one file at once in
When can I expect it to be worked out?

OK I checked it and it seems to be that big files are uploading very slow... It would be nice if that would be fixed C: Thank you very much
N-Tempest Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
not sure if this is the place to put it... but i can't seem to change my settings... the stash default submits to stacks but i can't change that...
my friend who uses the flat view says that he can't change to stacks either...
other than that, i love it :D i use it more than the regular uploading method now haha
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