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Site Update: January 12, 2012

Thu Jan 12, 2012, 2:17 PM

It's 2012, and it's time for the first Site Update of the year!

Just a little while ago, we posted the latest updates and asked you for more feedback. Now, in this update, you'll find all the feedback from those 500+ comments gathered into the Known Issues section below, just after the Change Log, which will tell you about some brand new features launching today, as well as all the bugs fixed since the last update.

The last update was all about, and there are some pretty big announcements this time too, but this update features any changes that have been made to deviantART, Profiles, Messages,, everything!

Get ready!

Change Log

:bulletblue: Many have asked for the ability to share a whole stack of files, as well as just one at a time. Well now you can! In any stack on your, grab the "Quick Share" link in the top right, and paste it to anyone that you want to show the stack to! - Added by kouiskas

:bulletblue: Using Writer was previously the only way to submit to the new Journal Portal categories. Now, you can now choose a Journal Category from the Update Journal page on deviantART! - Added by kemayo and Alisey

:bulletblue: Instead of Writer automatically resuming your last draft, Writer now always starts on a fresh blank document, with a File menu for Opening your previous draft, or starting a new one. As always, you can visit the Drafts stack in your to resume any of your old drafts. - Added by kemayo and Alisey

:bulletblue: Literature thumbnails created through Writer no longer have their own special thumbnail - instead, by popular demand, they now look just like regular literature thumbnails - including the author tag! - Added by inazar

:bulletblue: "Edit with Writer" is now always available when viewing Writer items, instead of you having to enter edit mode first. - Added by kemayo

:bulletblue: Here's a nice little extra: You can now put exclamation marks in deviation titles! - Added by allixsenos   

:bulletblue: Lots of small tweaks to the design of have happened, but most especially the blank space on the left side has been reduced to give you more room for your files! - Added by adahacker

:bug:  In your messages, stacks containing a single literature deviation now display their thumbnails properly. - Fixed by helloandre

:bug: Fixed a bug where special unicode characters could mess up a whole page of comments! - Fixed by ArtBIT
:bug: An amusing bug: Some journals could not be viewed if the first word of the title was "art", "collection", or "friends"! - Fixed by kemayo
:bug: Our Llama Server was being tricked into giving more than one llama badge to one deviant, by deviants who were sending llama badges very-very quickly. This has been fixed, and the cheat badges have been taken away! - Fixed by loopstart
:bug: The "edit" page on journals was sometimes causing a "File not Found" error. - Fixed by loopstart
:bug:  Resolved a very rare  issue with a number of thumbnails in the browse setting, which caused affected deviants not to see any deviations in any gallery. - Fixed by inazar
:bug:  There was a slight issue with logged-in deviants being unable to access their Points through… - Fixed by helloandre
:bug:  For deviants ordering multiple items shipped to multiple places, the shipping price was calculated erroneously in rare circumstances.  We've now implemented a fail-safe measure to prevent it from happening again. - Fixed by  allixsenos and yury-n
:bug: Tidied up some old RSS feeds that were no longer in use and slowing things down. - Fixed by allixsenos

:bug: The search on the "Journal" tab of deviants' Profile Pages wasn't working! - Fixed by loopstart

:bug: Fixed a bug where clicking a thumbnail in a journal with a mix of deviation and items send you to the wrong deviation! Fixed by loopstart
:bug:  Deviation titles that include the "quote" character are now displayed properly in the Message Center. - Fixed by samshull
:bug:  The "Submit deviation to group" box's dropdown menu now works on small screens. - Fixed by samshull
:bug: The tagline on tooltips on Chat were accidentally removed... then brought back! - Fixed by KnightAR
:bug: Notes folders with special characters no longer get accidental backslashes added to their names. - Fixed by samshull
:bug: Share links on deviations inside of journals sometimes shared the journal deviation instead. - Fixed by loopstart

:bug:  We solved a long-standing issue that caused some deviants to be redirected to after logging into deviantART. - Fixed by kouiskas

:bug: Changing comment settings on was causing a "File not Found" error. - Fixed by kouiskas

:bug: Some issues with re-ordering stacks and items have been fixed. If you ever moved some stuff around in your and the Ghosts seemed to be moving them back, everything should be back to normal! - Fixed by kouiskas

:bug: Trying to select a Stack with the Ctrl key was causing the Stack to open instead - Fixed by aMoniker
:bug:  Merging stacks occasionally caused problems where a reload was needed to keep using - Fixed by aMoniker

:bug: Tooltips no longer get in the way when dragging and dropping. - Fixed by aMoniker
:bug: Some URLs copied from the address bar ("hash URLs"), instead of from the Quick Share box were not working when visited by loggedout viewers. - Fixed by kouiskas

:bug: Some minor pixel-jumping-around was happening on the "click to add description" box on - Fixed by aMoniker
:bug: Deviants with access to deviantART Film were unable to submit to the film category from - Fixed by kouiskas
:bug: A problem with the API which would theoretically have allowed an "undelete" shortly after deleting a item has been fixed by kouiskas

:bug: Pasting into Writer from Word no longer causes accidental "out of space" errors! This one was tricky. ;) Fixed by kemayo
:bug:  The Writer "Continue/Update" button used to be a little sluggish. It now indicates exactly when "Saving..." is taking place. - Fixed by Alisey
:bug: Writer now allows l underline and bold at the same time, whether or not text is selected. - Fixed by inazar

:bug: The formatting buttons on Writer now visually stay pressed down when they are active. Added by inazar
:bug: "Journal extras" now fit properly into the UI, rather than being deviant green. Fixed by inazar
:bug: Writer deviations now display correctly in the "Write Critique" box. Fixed by inazar

Your Feedback

:bulletblue: Not everybody wants to put huge images in their journals when using Writer. You should be able to choose the default size for all added images. - From Lionsong, NovemberWishes, and more

:bulletblue: Writer's Auto-Save should not be affecting already-submitted deviations - it should be auto-saving your changes to your Drafts! We'll be fixing this so that your edits don't accidentally leak out ealry. - From violetstory

:bulletblue: It is not possible to set a preview image for literature made via Writer. - From JZLobo, JamieMDavies, and many more

:bulletblue: Scheduled/timed submissions are a popular request. Once we get some of the basic changes out of the day, this is definitely on the horizon! - From ambisweetiepie, Aikodea, and many more: including this awesome drawn request from iastudio -…

:bulletblue: Writer should have additional formatting options, including bullet points, margins - everything you would expect from a desktop word processor. - From JamieMDavies, KettouRyuujin, and more!

:bulletblue: While is great at letting you upload a whole lot of files at once, you can still only submit one at a time to your gallery. We're looking at ways to make this better, but we want to make sure we go with the right solution - we don't want to make it easy for people to spam or flood deviantART. - From WindBlade-Zero, StrangeOrangeFish, and more

:bulletblue: Right now, even if you have a full of files, you can't access any of them from the main Submit page, or from the Print Submission page. This is something we're working on correcting. - From sleepyowlet

:bulletblue: deviantART has always removed color profile information from files - mostly because we remove nearly ALL meta data - partially for cleanup, for privacy, for virus cleaning - for a million reasons. But, we're going to look into whether we can keep some of that info in the file for - specifically color profiles. No guarantees, but we'll try. ;) - From arth1

:bulletblue: Right now thumbnails can't be used on deviantART - partially because it would mean 'bigger plz icons' in a lot of places, and partially because is meant to be that little bit separate. It's been suggested that we could allow the thumbs, but always put a "" overlay on them to mark them clearly. This is a cool idea that we'll definitely give more thought to! - From Miguel-Santos

:bulletblue: Simple: In Writer, the Tab Key should indent! - From Remy1716

:bulletblue: Some are requesting that work on their mobile phones too - it's something we're definitely going to look at a little further down the road. But, as with everything, keep the requests keep coming in if it's something you want to see! - From AdolftheWolf, narutokunobessed, and more

:bulletblue: Instead of having its own file-saving system, deviantART muro should just save to And so it will! - From josehedgehog

:bulletblue: YouTube embeds aren't working too well if you paste the embed code that their site gives you! We're going to fix this up, but in the meantime try the "Add Link" menu at the top to insert a youtube embed! - From daigonite

:bug: The "This edit is minor" checkbox, for controlling whether an edit is sent out to all your watchers, sometimes doesn't appear when editing a Writer deviation. - From Greybird007, MadMeeper, and more

:bug: The "Change Size" & "Move" buttons sometimes don't show up on images added to a Writer document. Still trying to figure out what's causing it! - From Katy-L-Wood, FullMetalMono, and more

:bug: Stray "closing tags" can end up appearing in Writer posts when experimenting with HTML. We're working on it! - From 0567tlz

And all the items carried over from the last update:

:bulletblue: 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 is useful for a lot of artist's workflows, it's's job to make sure that anyone who visits it understands what it's for. Requested by Befera, RaiDoodles, and lots more.

:bulletblue: The ability to type in "real HTML" in Writer is going to be present as part of the upcoming Edit menu. This should solve a lot of problems with "nbsp" not working, and other HTML tricks like that. - Requested by Mirz123, electricjonny and many more!

:bulletblue: While 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, dorkywaffle, and many more.

:bulletblue: Writer is getting ongoing work to make sure what you type is exactly what you get when you Submit - especially when it comes to pasting things from other editors, such as Word. We've made some improvements to this since the last update, as mentioned above, but it remains something we're improving on an ongoing basis!

:bulletblue: 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 comments after submitting is done. We're adding this feature as soon as we can! Asked by KaizokuShojo, bcbdrums

:bulletblue: Request: The ability Flip, Crop, Rotate, and even Filter images should be possible for Stashed items. Requested by far-off-light and RevanREK

:bulletblue:'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 Staff Testing - we're adding some more features to it before it goes live -- sit tight!

:bulletblue: 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.

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

:bug: Sometimes, for text posts, a "Journal" graphic appears where a "Literature" one should - places like Chat thumbnails, and sometimes inside itself. Reported by exarobibliologist

:bug: 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!

:bug: Dragging and Dropping to causes trouble if you've logged out in a separate window

:bug: 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 home page.

Tell us what you want to see

The response has been amazing from this new kind of feature-list and bug-fix-list - a huge thank you to you all - to the deviants mentioned above and the many-more who also gave their feedback.

If you have a feature you want, or know about a bug, shout it right here on this deviation to let us know!

Tune in this time next week for the next update!

Stay Devious.

- Pach

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AlphaPower Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   General Artist
RioDiGennaio Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
The "edit" page on journals was sometimes causing a "File not Found" error.

This bug is back.
Rayquaza101 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Can you expand the Deviant Watch gallery from 24 deviations to 120 deviations? Or maybe more like 200? But 120 would be fine too.
oddlyaromatic Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This comment is late, but at least I made it.
Rose3212 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I approve of the bug fixes.
doaler4 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Artist
wilmarin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I like to see : I can change site colours whatever I want..and also fonts.. and add background image...
CroWelsh Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012   General Artist
You can do this .. if you purchase a Premium Membership!! Since there are numerous people whom choose to purchase the Premium Membership to get addition benefits, like chaning colours, etc .. if this becomes available to everyone/free accounts .. what would be the point to a Premium Membership if you could get everything for free!!!
wilmarin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
yes the problem is premium membersihp account thing,I dont like this and I dont accept.. everything should be free ;)
CroWelsh Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012   General Artist
Well, since I (& others) pay for Premium Membership .. I want to have more benefits than a free account & since most things in life are not free, then I prefer there to be a distinction between that of a paid account & a free account (here on DA & other sites). This is not Facebook .. which works on a totally different business concept & profile structure - basically a 'one design fits all' .. with no option of making customized personal profile page layouts .. similar for free DA accounts, but you do at least get some options to customize your page .. just not all of them!!

Simple mathematics - pay & get more ... don't paid - get less .. unfortunate, but it's the way it is!! :shrug: ;)
wilmarin Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Its not fair :P

but ok thank you

JoshuaPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Photographer
really appreciated! deviantart is the best for this!
NERDcreator Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the new changes and the fixed problems, but I think it would be good if people could put a period in their deviation title, it would make anagrams much more readable.
lady-cybercat Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The changes look good and I look forward to hopefully seeing more of the suggested requests soon! :)

A way to search the forums would be awesome too.
Rikkula Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I support this
TakiYume Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Writer
when submitting art the usual way, you have to option to "include in featured folder as well as specified folder" aka, it'll automatically post in 2 folders. but in, it either goes in the featured or in a specified folder. could you add that little check box to please to make it easier?
rosaarvensis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I want to be able to remove 'deviations in storage' from my favs. Some people add their work to storage forever :/
Tiggersquirrel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MiscoArtiGrafiche Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
what about the ability to change the username ???
racketify Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I like to see a capable for the 3DS to to scroll and log out easy and to be able to drag picture to favorite easily
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Expanding on the idea of being able to set a date and time for each deviation to be automatically uploaded later on:

There should also be an option where you can make a stack of deviations and have them upload one by one day, other day, week (specific day), month (specific date), etc., and maybe at a certain time during the day. Just stack them up, select how often you want them to auto upload and at what time, and there they go until you change it or the stack runs out. That way you don't have to go to each individual deviation and select a date and time for it to auto-upload. It would be ideal for people with comics or a series of related pieces because then all they have to do is stick each deviation in the stack and everything goes up automatically. This will also help those artists who make several different kinds of artwork, and don't want to bore their watchers with just one kind. They could have one stack of photography that auto-uploads one deviation every day at 10AM, one stack of traditional artwork that auto-uploads one deviation every Thursday at 1PM, and their monthly comic that auto-uploads the newest page on the first at 8:30AM.

I know I'd be a lot more likely to get all my photos and things edited and uploaded if something like this was in place. I'm one of those people who does things in blocks, but doesn't like to suddenly overload everyone. This way I could spend all day on the first of February queuing 30+ deviations, but my watchers get to enjoy them one at a time over the month instead of logging in on the second and feeling overwhelmed.

What do you think?
oddlyaromatic Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm with this guy.
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
debranicity Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome ideas :sun:
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :)
Pataatti Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I STILL cannot sometimes see any deviations, the pictures won't download either and after a while the red x appears on the picture implying that the picture cannot be found or cannot be loaded.
THAT SUCKS. Refreshing the page won't help nor changing the browser.
SolgaBoy2899 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Blarg-the-Blarghog Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012

tea-britannia Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'd like to see the for phones too. Another interesting feature would be if we could upload photos and update journals from phones. A lot of work needs to be done with the mobile interface. For example: I can't hit the back arrow when browsing through galleries on m phone. Also, if you view a picture from your search and then go back to see the rest of the results, you're brought back to the first list of results. Since te mobile interface views by fours, it can be really annoying if you were on say page 18 and now you have to flip through pages to get back to your place. Another thing I would like to see is te option to show all the users galley photos on mobile. In mobile, when you see a users gallery, it's divided up into their folders, with you having to click featured. It's reall annoying when the user you're trying to view has all their art divided into galleries and you want to view all their art at once. Please consider these options!

-tea, frequent mobile deviant.

Thanks so much for adding ! To possible characters in titles! I wanna go title something "!!!!!!!!!" in celebration!
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, the mobile interface leaves much to be desired. I wouldn't mind so much if I could view DA like a normal website (like I can with every other website out there :roll:), but unfortunately even when I click the "leave mobile interface" option everything looks the same.
tea-britannia Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Mine changes when I switch. What phone are you using?
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Samsung Galaxy S on the Droid Network.
tiff13 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Yahoooo, i so happy. but wats a
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist is a premium member feature. You get a free premium membership for a day today, so you should be able to check it out if you like. The link to it is under the "Submit" drop down menu.
tiff13 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
O ok,thanks
Yarrow7 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting o.O What the heck is
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist is a premium member feature. You get a free premium membership for a day today, so you should be able to check it out if you like. The link to it is under the "Submit" drop down menu.
Yarrow7 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah I see. Well thank you for the information :)
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
uchiha-iya Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
<3 *claps hands* this is great!
AuroraWolfStar Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
It'd be cool if our Favorites had a search bar like our Gallery does. c: Maybe even in the Collections and Gallery Folders too.
RedMosquitoMM Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Unless I'm missing something, I don't think there's an option to upload via email. Could that be integrated into the DeviantART system?
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There is, actually. Go to your settings and click on "Apps & Uploads". It should show you an email address that (for you) looks something like (the 0's will of course be random numbers and letters). When you email to this address, the attached image becomes your deviation, the subject of the email becomes the title of the deviation, and the body of the email becomes the description (if I remember correctly). I've tried it before, it works quite well.

Don't ever share your email with anyone, or they will be able to upload things to your without your consent!
RedMosquitoMM Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the response. I've found email posting to be particularly useful on just about any social/portfolio site.
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :) Email posting is quite useful, especially if you have a portable device with email.
bob432100 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
that wow!!!
schdi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
PurpleShootingStar Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a problem with viewing Daily Deviations, whenever I click on "browse", only this picture comes up: [link]
YoshiArt24 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Excellent Job,dA HQ!I really hope that this year,these updates help our features and functions along the ear,unlike the past year with a few bugs and stuff,I hope these will remove them.

-message from YoshiArt24 :a re-activated deviant
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