As I understand, DA wants ‘to bring back the big fish’ – professionals, content creators, influencers by providing an appealing modern look and feel, easy to use UI and awesome features. These are good and reasonable intentions. And who the heck would oppose that?
So let’s see how it works out.
New Profile page:
Right off the bat you’ve got a sense of temp layout or comp, i.e. something you do to check things out. That big white space on top is reserved for splash art (see ArtStation) and stays on top of every page. That’s cool, but I may not upload anything at all. And there is no way to collapse or hide this empty space. LinkedIn did a better job with an optional background that doesn't affect the layout.
Another thing you see is how uneven the space usage is. We have two similar image stripes, two watchers / watching stripes (where are the visitors btw?) and collections stripe at the bottom. You can add / delete more stripes just like the widgets. With flexible width this will work both on widescreen and small displays. However on big displays the watchers / watching tabs are stretched all over leaving too much empty space. Maybe add more deviant icons and/or compress the tab?
The text blocks on the right are totally out of place. It may work as a standalone feed on mobile, but on desktop it don't belong to page layout. Also with pagination gone the comments section would take a lot of vertical space, leaving you with big blank space on the left. Again, the feed concept (Twitter, Facebook etc.) works fine on mobile screen but on desktop it's wasting space and nullifying layout design.
Comparing to Eclipse, Classic layout is much tidier and using space more effectively:
There is an art section on the left and text widgets on the right. You can instantly see poll results, status updates and journals content, including comments. Since I don't use any custom coding, my page may look a little bland to someone who likes to personalize and decorate their profiles. I heard the Eclipse doesn't support custom coding, so...
New Gallery layout:
New Favourites section:
The space usage is much better if you don’t mind image wall and infinite scrolling. There is no pagination and new images are loading up automatically. The only issue here is RAM usage and navigation. And with many images in your collection it would take forever to reach the comments section that sits down below.
New Posts section:
Wow. A truly minimalist Steve Jobs style! To see the actual content you need to scroll down:
Wait... there is it? I see some mongol dude video and nice comments section below (why there are two input fields btw?), but there is my text? See that tiny string on top? That's it. Jokes aside, the comments section looks great for mobile feed, but the actual content is lost. Perhaps you should stay on Twitter for sharing such small bits?
Next, let's check the poll section:
Looks nice with all the content lining up. Perfect for mobile.
New Stats & Insights:
Personally I love it (especially the numbers... +57 watchers last month!), though the layout is just screaming for effective page usage. Why not to adapt the dashboard style layout, similar to website or network monitoring software? Let me customize and arrange these boxes, so I could see everything at once the way I want.
Also note, about 80% of profile traffic are coming from desktop.
New Notifications center:
As a creator you spend most of your time inside the 'command center'. The meat and bones of your profile. And there Eclipse stuck me the most. All the info you need is now hidden in various places. Things are jiggled here and there. Sure, I'll get used to it someday, but why can't you do the similar stuff you did in Stats & Insights?
Again, let me customize and build the dashboard the way I want, with the things I like. You're saying it's too complicated for new and inexperienced users? Fine, then why not to introduce pre-build 'themes' for those who didn't like to fiddle with stuff? And let us, more advanced or experienced users, decide how to interact with content.
If you look at software like Photoshop, Maya, Modo etc. almost every package allows you to modify the UI the way you want.
In contrast, the Classic version is simple and has everything I need in one place:
To sum things up, the Eclipse is just not yet ready. At least not for desktop.
According to my poll (I know it's only a tiny fraction), almost 50% tried Eclipse and switched back. Are they dumb and old fashioned or maybe they just aren't happy with the new experience?
While trying to find your place amongst the other social media, you may kill your identity and uniqueness. I doubt we need another eclectic mix of ArtStation, Twitter or Instagram. And pushing people to live in a half finished house is not a very good idea.
You can do so much by bringing artists, writers, craftsmen, musicians, game developers etc. under one roof or you can shoo them away. What will be your choice?
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they keep making this website worse, I can say it confidently as a user of almost 18 years.
dA is waaaay behind artstation and twitter in professionalism and interaction, it'll never catch up with these two, and is becoming just as bad as IG.
Incomplete and uncomfortable, after 20 years we have been forced to use an interface that lacks many of the useful aspects of the classic version, in addition to the fact that the visibility of my new publications seems to have dropped 50% ... disappointing
pd: I hate the lightbox feature
They managed to break search, and 'new tab' funtionality. Half the fun of this site was going though an odd or even a familar topic and filling my browers with 'oh looks neat, new tab' to peruse when I needed inspiration of my own.
Its like 5 clicks to see the moast recent entries in a search criteria. Come the 20th without big changes I am deliting my account.
Thank you for hilighting other issues.
What I don't like Is that you're no longer able to have image references in pieces. I've been doing that for my character profiles. Guess I'll have to upload those images separately. A minor gripe, I know, but it can be the small things that can influence people's preferences. I also just got used to putting stamps in my profile and it seems Eclipse won't allow that either, nor does it allow any profile images. Hopefully they can iron some bugs out and allow more customization.
^^^This. To access every regular option I use right now, but in Eclipse, I'm having to take a minimum of 2-3 extra steps for even the simplest stuff, and that's when I already know where to find something I could normally access altogether on one page. It's a terrible UI. I usually try to see where it may just be a scenario of "Oh, I'll get used to it", but that doesn't help when it's a maze to sort through everything.
Feels more like we're going from a final release UI with Classic back to a random pre-alpha release that doesn't know what it's doing.