A little while ago, we released the first Sta.sh Updates
article. The response was amazing.
We've fixed some of the issues you brought up last time, but there's still plenty to do. We've also been working on a lot of details that didn't come up in the feedback. It's a big list, so get ready!
Sta.sh now supports keyboard shortcuts! Hit up, down, left, right, and hit the Delete/Backspace key to remove any selected items. Hold the Shift key as you move around with the arrow-keys to select a bunch of files at once! - Added by $kouiskas
We've brought back the full word "Comments" instead of using the small speech bubble icon on the Journals in deviantART's footer, and the journals in the Journal Portal
, making it a little easier on our newer community members - Added by $kemayo
Your avatar is now the 'tab icon' of the site in your browser (that's if you use tabs!) - Added by `Nodren
Lots of small graphical tweaks have been happening to make sure that "the wrong green" doesn't peek through on Sta.sh. (what looks good in the deviantART browse page doesn't necessarily look right in your Sta.sh -- the Literature & Journal thumbnails are now the correct colour, etc.) - thanks to `adkbamf
The "Sta.sh comments will not appear in your activity" notice looks a lot nicer, thanks to `adkbamf
Here's a simple fix that should make a big difference - up until last week, clicking into a Stack, then clicking Back, used to scroll you back to the top of the Sta.sh homepage. Now Sta.sh keeps you scrolled to the right spot, which should make poking through your Sta.sh much faster - Fixed by `aMoniker
Drag & Drop is a big part of organizing your Sta.sh. You can drag around multiple items to select them, drag those items off the bottom of the screen to scroll down - this entire system has had a makeover this week, should run much better, and fewer problems (like dragging to select not working when you started on a certain spot) - Fixed by $Alisey
Some older journals couldn't be edited! Blank content was, rather scarily, appearing in Writer instead of the Journal itself. Thankfully fixed by $kouiskas
The Journal Portal's contest category was completely blank for a moment! Fixed by $kemayo
IE8 had some drag-to-select slowdown trouble - Now fixed by $Alisey
For a time today, the Delete feature on Sta.sh was simply not working. This is now back to normal - Fixed by $adahacker
About 30 news articles turned out to be large to fit in the new system! The most affected deviant was *SlyDante
, whose really cool, really detailed feature articles had turned blank. Everything is back to normal, and we've made a special exception for these old articles - Fixed by $sgrahamUK
Some of you were getting an "Unresponsive Script" error on Step 2 of Writer on Firefox - fixed by $kemayo
Using Sta.sh on an iPad was not working briefly - Fixed by `aMoniker
About 2,400 random old journals disappeared! But then they came back, thanks to some bug fixing by $sgrahamUK
Clicking a thumbnail inside a Stashed journal entry opened a page with a broken "All" button in the header! Fixed by `aMoniker
Reloading a Stack's page after dropping a file into it caused you to go back to the Sta.sh home page instead of reloading. Fixed by `aMoniker
had a Sta.sh item that got stuck! It was half way submitted, and half-way still in the Sta.sh. This spooky bug fixed by $kouiskas
About 2,300 random journals had a bug that would have prevented them from being deleted properly, and caused some text cutoffs - Now fixed by $sgrahamUK
Visiting Sta.sh items and apps used to sometimes send you to the Sta.sh homepage instead - Fixed by $kouiskas
You can now hold Ctrl (or Command, on a Mac) while clicking on a Sta.sh item to select it, without it opening in a new tab at the same time. $kouiskas
Things that were unstored just after Sta.sh launch got stuck in the Sta.sh! All the deviations affected by this are now fixed, thanks to $sgrahamUK
Sta.sh needs to do a better job at introducing itself! For some folks it's daunting, and it's not clear what it's for. While Sta.sh is useful for a lot of artist's workflows, it's Sta.sh's job to make sure that anyone
who visits it understands what it's for. Requested by *Befera
, and lots more.
The ability to type in "real HTML" in Writer is going to be present as part of the upcoming Edit and File menus. This should solve a lot of problems with "nbsp" not working, and other HTML tricks like that. - Requested by `Mirz123
and many more!
Sta.sh Writer is no longer going to automatically resume your last draft when you open it. It was an interesting idea, but in practice it's not very clear, and it's hard to just start a "New Document." Instead, there will be a new File menu, which will allow you to open your last draft manually. We hunch that this will solve some of the problems with drafts some of you are having!
While Sta.sh makes it easy to upload a lot of files at once, submitting those files to your deviantART Gallery is still not smooth, and it's not possible to submit a lot at once. We will be designing a new Submit application to address all of these issues in one swoop. Based on comments from *Created-By-Caz
, and many more.
One of Writer's most important aspects is that it presents an accurate preview of what you'll get when you submit. Writer is still having issues with spacing, alignment, certain skins, and especially things pasted from other sources such as MS Word. There's a lot to do here, but it's something we want to get 100% right. Reported by =Evlydia
, and many more.
Author tags are not present on Literature deviations submitted through Writer. This is because Writer makes its own "type" of deviation, with a different thunbnail, but we're altering it to use the old style literature thumbnails, even if it comes from Writer, so that deviantART doesn't have weird inconsistencies. Asked by `RetroZombie
, and more.
Sta.sh Comments are hidden after they are posted, so that you have a space to freely discuss and critique and plan before submitting something, but many of you have asked to still have access to those older Sta.sh comments after
submitting is done. We're adding this feature as soon as we can! Asked by *KaizokuShojo
Request: The ability Flip, Crop, Rotate, and even Filter images should be possible for Stashed items. Requested by ~far-off-light
Upcoming: Add "Edit in Sta.sh Writer" button to public view of Writer-based Sta.sh items, instead of requiring two button clicks to get back into Writer. Also ensure all common actions: Edit, Save are equally as easy to find when you need them.
We have been developing very exciting functionality for Sta.sh 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. Sta.sh'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 is currently in Alpha Testing. Sta.sh 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 as soon as possible.
Sometimes, for text posts, a "Journal" graphic appears where a "Literature" one should - places like Chat
thumbnails, and sometimes inside Sta.sh itself. Reported by `cypher-neo
Some journals are appearing wider than they should on the Journal Portal
, causing the right bar to sometimes get cut off. Still finding out what exactly it is about certain journals that's triggering this!
Sometimes, after uploading some files, the ability to merge those items into stacks does not work. Still trying to find out what causes it!
Trying to select a Stack with the Ctrl key causes the Stack to open instead.
Dragging and Dropping to Sta.sh causes trouble if you've logged out in a separate window
Bug to Fix: Our formatting system, named Chrysalis, very-occasionally has trouble processing a section of a Writer document. It results Stashed files displaying in correctly on the Sta.sh home page.
Shout about it!
We will never be finished working on deviantART and Sta.sh. We will always be adding things. Your feedback is the single most important thing that makes it all work. Please keep your amazing comments coming in - and if you think your issue hasn't been heard - shout it again! We're watching the comments and we will try to reply or add to the list every single issue you raise.