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Starting today, we’re testing a series of new features on the site.  These features are currently available to many of our Beta Testers, as well as small handful of the general deviantART audience. #deviantartupdate 


Today

When art news happens around the world, deviant artists are among the first to respond in the most evocative ways possible. We're proud to unveil the Today page — the new human and dynamically powered newspaper for the community that reflects the stories inside of deviantART as they pertain to art, fandom, pop culture, and world culture.

Designed to showcase a variety of content — including editorial pieces, Journals, contests, and even deviants new to the site, the Today page will reflect the undercurrent of what's happening now — both online and off.

The Today page will improve the accessibility of various areas on deviantART, creating new and easier ways for both our logged-in and logged-out audiences to enter the deviantART experience.


Read more from techgnotic and our Content team: About the Today page


We’d like your feedback: The purpose of the Today page is to inform you what’s happening, today, on deviantART!  We’ll be updating its content daily, and want to know if it’s enhancing your deviantART experience.  If so, how?  Tell us what’s working!  If not, what would you like to see on the Today page?  How can we make it better?


Navigation

The new navigation will make it easier to jump in and explore the full range of deviantART. Everything related to Your Account will be grouped together on the right side of the page. Undiscovered and What’s Hot will be separated from Browse and Search to highlight and more clearly reflect their functions. The Browse bar will scroll down the page with you.


The more menu, which was previously available next to the deviantART logo on any page, has been cleaned up and moved to a more prominent location. We’ve often received feedback that the previous placement of the menu was too hard to find, and its contents overwhelming. We’ve removed items from this menu that are duplicated in other menus of the navigation, or easily accessible from one of them.


For users who prefer the Stick Menu option, it remains available, but has been relocated to your Settings page.


When viewing deviations on the Browse page, the secondary navigation and left sidebar will travel as you scroll, so that other pages can easily be accessed regardless of where the viewer is on the page. With endless scrolling on Browse pages, having the navigation readily available can be handy if you’re deep into a browse experience.


Daily Deviations, which now have infinite scroll, have been added to this secondary header as well.

Newnav by danlev


Activity Feed (Beta)

As we designed our upcoming Mobile app, we understood we needed something more streamlined and direct to carry the flow of what you want to watch. The Activity Feed aggregates activity from deviants you watch, including Journals, deviations, Collections, Status Updates, Polls, Forum threads and Critiques.


The Activity Feed lets you easily interact and comment on artwork and content shared by your watchers. Keep in mind, we love the robust tools in the Message Center and it's not going away.


If an item is removed from your Message Center, it will also be removed from your Activity Feed. You can customize what appears in your Activity Feed by editing your Manage Friends settings for specific deviants.  (These settings apply to both the Activity Feed and the Message Center.)

Status Updates

The Activity Feed comes with a new way to easily communicate with your watchers: Status Updates! You can use Status Updates to post quick personal updates, share a work in progress or your commission status, share the work of an artist you like, talk about current events, ask your watchers for advice, share what inspires you, or just talk about how you’re feeling.  Whatever you’d like!

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 11.47.31 AM by danlev

Tags

Tags create landing pages around topics — making it easier to discover related artwork, bringing together artists and art appreciators, and forming communities around common interests. As deviantART grows and creates new ways to discover great content, we believe tags will play an important role in better surfacing artwork.


You now have the ability to tag your deviations and Collections. Tags added to your deviations will be publicly viewable -- this is a change from the previous use of keywords, which were private. Visitors can learn about your work by viewing how you tagged it, and can find more works by you and other deviants based on tags. Tags can also be used in comments, Status Updates, Journals, and Collections.


Important: Keywords added to existing deviations before tags launched will not display publicly unless you approve them using the new Tag Editor, which can also be used to add and edit tags on your existing deviations in bulk. Tagging your deviations and collections will improve their visibility across the deviantART network. Tagging is a crucial part of discoverability and will help your work find the audience that will appreciate it most!


Tag pages display artwork, Journals, Collections, Status Updates, and a stream of activity around a shared theme. You can also find a list of deviants who are frequently using that tag, to connect with other people who share your interests.


Get started now! Read our tagging guide and use the Tag Editor to approve tags on your deviations.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 2.10.20 PM by danlev


Collections

You can also now watch Collections made by other deviants. When you watch someone, you’ll automatically be watching all of their Collections -- but you can also choose to enable or disable watching Collections on a deviant-by-deviant basis. Collections are surfaced through the Activity Feed, creating a new way to discover and expose artwork on deviantART.  


Art curators are among the unsung heroes of deviantART, and with these new changes, we’re now surfacing Collections on deviation pages, allowing you to discover curations of artwork that include a specific deviation.

Watchcollection by danlev

Test it out!

We encourage you to test these features over the next week, and let us know your thoughts once you've had a chance to integrate the new experience into your deviantART routine.  We're confident these changes will improve your deviantART experience!

Header artwork: Lotus Lake by fractist 


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:iconsakuretta94:
sakuretta94 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018
Ciao! Sai dirmi se c'é un numero massimo di tag che può essere utilizzato?
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JoseJPowers Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016
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TavalyaRa Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Does watching collections only appear in the feed? I'd be interested in something for the message center, but I have no desire to use the watch feed unless I can somehow set it to only show collections- however, from what I've read so far, it seems like changes apply to both the feed and message center. How is this creating a new, useful tool then?
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:icondanlev:
danlev Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
No, Collections only appear in the Watch Feed.
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:icontavalyara:
TavalyaRa Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I think I could get used to using and even enjoying the Watch Feed for that, but I really would like the option of configuring the feed independently of the message center.
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shaharaj Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Er... this tag system... will it be implementing spaces like #man on fire or do we have to do #manonfire?

....*hits preview* Oh. Ew. I guess key words aren't a thing anymore?
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LaPurr Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014

For crying out loud...

I find it ridiculous that someone at dA has decided that all uses of the symbol # will now be regarded a link. Whoever thought of that for use in journals really wasn't thinking clearly. IMO. How am I supposed to number anything?

This is vastly annoying and, frankly, rather stupid. Again, IMO.

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Shinavar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Someone reported it as a bug and it was agreed that was a problem that is getting looked into. What I hope they do is allow us to choose if it's a tag or not. (Kinda like how we can now choose if a thumb is a link or not). I know it's not much but I hope that helps a little bit. :)
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InsomniaDoodles Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, that's a great idea! ^^
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lilrebelart Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't see any updates? How do I try them out?
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:iconinsomniadoodles:
InsomniaDoodles Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
These features are currently only available to a few beta testers and a handful of regular users. There is no way to try them out unless you buy a premium and become a beta tester. Even then, there is a chance that these updates will still be unavailable for you.

These features will eventually be released to the public, but I have no idea when that will be.
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:iconlilrebelart:
lilrebelart Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, okay, thank-you!
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:iconinsomniadoodles:
InsomniaDoodles Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^^ 
Now that everyone has access to the new features, I hope you enjoy them! :la: 
Feel free to contact me if you need any help getting around. 
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lilrebelart Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
 I do very much. And will do! Thanks once again :hug: 
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:iconinsomniadoodles:
InsomniaDoodles Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Any time! ^^
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Jetxwaveluva Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Artist
:iconfacehoofplz: This sucks. Bring the old back.
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AP3RTUR3 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, where is the credit for the DD ( ap3rtur3.deviantart.com/art/fa… ) providing the idea for watching collections. :( (Sad) 
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LimLam Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No thanks
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meltytoast Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Looking forward to this!
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MrMelodyCold Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
great now its tumblr ¬¬ (i hate tags)
the functions 50% ok
but i still hate the new interface.
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ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh by the way! I can't seem to be able to search by keywords anymore. :saddummy:

Though I expect that to be a side effect of the fact that they had been replaced by tags, will there be a replacement for "keywords:", or will its functionality be upated to enable it to work with the tags?
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BloodyWilliam Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why are you smooshing all of the personal account navigation to the upper right?? that's one of the main things i use!
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PoruPai Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like to know how come da on my computer wouldn't update..I have windows 7 and the latest google chrome, and would really like to try the new features.
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ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
At this stage, only some users can test these features (mainly beta testers and such); they're not released for everybody, yet.
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:iconporupai:
PoruPai Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok! Thanks for responding~
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TEN-OS Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i really like everything about this and it has a lot potential!!
status updates are super awesome for announcing contests, commission slots, etc. those are gonna be heavily used by me i think

also, why do people hate facebook so much?? just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's bad.
it's efficiently functional for its purpose, has a clean layout, and since deviantart isn't just an art website - it's a social media, too - there isn't really any reason not to share similarities with other social networks. there isn't anything wrong at all about reusing features from another site, either; why reinvent the wheel?

so yeah if you actually have a legitimate reason for why you "hate" the change so much i'd love to hear it rather than "it sucks"
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CRG-Free Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome to Deviant Art where if you're a member with an opinion you can shove your opinion up the pit of darkness for the staff don't care.
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Jellymii Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Navigation. No.
Activity Feed. No.
Status Updates. No.
Tags. NO.
Watch Collections... that's okay.

Thanks for ignoring the negative feedbacks.
Thanks for ruining the site I loved for over 4 years.
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Sallidii Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why will the new layout look like Facebook? I mean, even the two manikins are exactly the ones from Facebook (mirror-inverted). It's really sad how nearly every website tries to copy Facebook. Especially because I can't stand Facebook at all!
I love deviantArt from the bottom of my heart, please don't destroy such a wonderful website with this silly Facebook craze :(
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sheorun Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student General Artist
I have to say in the beginning I really liked the activity feed. In it's basic idea I still do like it. However there seems to be no way to get rid of those stuff you don't want to watch. I disabled all the activity in my watching options for the groups I watch and STILL every little bit shows up there. No use in turning things on and off. If things stay this way I will have to ignore it to avoid being spammed all day of the stuff I already got rid of in my inbox. I hope this is just some bug and you can fix it. Right now it is pretty annoying since with hundreds of group submissions piling up I can't get rid of in there I would never notice one of the guys I watch doing a livestream or whatever. I really don't need the same stuff twice. Let me disable what I don't want to see in there.
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danlev Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
When you unwatch certain items from a user, the existing items in your Activity Feed won't go away, it'll only prevent new items from appearing.
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sheorun Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student General Artist
I also guessed so and kept controlling the activity feed for a week or so. New group items still keep appearing although i deactivated all the activity of every group I watch. I also doublechecked if I had everything unchecked properly and this seems to be the case. Maybe a bug?
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spaceskeleton Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
(These settings apply to both the Activity Feed and the Message Center.) #why


When you watch someone, you’ll automatically be watching all of their Collections #whyyyy
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ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Means that when you toggle it ("activity" checkbox in the list of things you want to watch about a specific deviant) on/off, it'll affect whether it shows up - in both the Feed page and the Message Centre.

2. To me, there is some resemblance with watching groups, there (more or less, but you catch my drift). It's not necessarily bad by default, and it can still be turned off.
Perhaps a set of programmable "default (or last used) set of things to watch when adding a deviant to my watch list" settings may improve the experience of people who only want to watch specific things in general.
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spaceskeleton Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
What is the reason for this, though? The feed looks like tumblr, it needs to be custumized and reduced to be usable but you can't do that without unwatching things completely. People predicted before that it would be impossible to keep up with deviations with this thing. It would be nice to set it up just for collectios.
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ItsNotFilia Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't thing it's supposed to be about keeping track of the entire lot in the first place, but mainly just about the most recent happenings in the respective categories.
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jae-adopts Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Will status updates be in our messages?
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:icondanlev:
danlev Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
No, Status Updates only appear in your Activity Feed.
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Nouraii Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is the today page supposed to have infinite scroll? :O
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:icondanlev:
danlev Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Yes, is it not working properly for you?
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Estherella Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Is there a way to turn off infinite scroll? My internet is too slow to work properly with such features, so it'll be impossible to browse!
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Nouraii Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The journal portal is being repeated four times on October 2nd and four times on October 1st.
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jenninn Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
There is not one good thing about these changes. Everything is fucking horrible and pointless. I hate the visible tags, activity feed, messy layout... I really liked the old one and would like to have an option to have it back. Also, I like the total ignorance towards all the negative feedback. That's always nice.

Thanks for ruining this site. Thumbs Up

#fuckyoudaandyourstupidhashtags #fuckyoudeviantart 
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TheLordTaxus Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Sucks! The changes suck! Read all the negative comments and you will see. But noooo.... they never look at negative comments, only the ones that please them.
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TheMediocreAngel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know...for some reason [ILIKEIT]Naruto Uzumaki (Thumbs Up) 
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LauriJ Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
I don't see any new layout here. It's the same as it has always been...
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InsomniaDoodles Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
These features haven't been released to everyone yet. Only beta testers and a handful of regular accounts have been given access to it. 
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Magdaneela Featured By Owner Edited Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
People watching all of my collections by default??
Um, no thanks.

I may have one or two collections that people are welcome to watch, but the rest of them are only for the specifically interested, and sharing what I put into any of my collections, the moment it happens, with everyone??? Even the ones who aren't necessarily interested in that stuff? NO. 

Seriously, there's a reason I stay away from facebook. It has no concept of privacy when it shares pretty much everything I do on the site with all of my acquaintances that don't really need to know, and I've yet to find the settings that turn that off. Either because those settings don't exist, or because I don't use the site all that often, for that very reason. And also other reasons, that aren't as related to dA and involve people from real life. 

There are some people who seem to just watch people without unchecking any of the boxes, and.. yeah. No. No. Nope. Nooooo.
Please, do not make all of the collections watched by default when watching someone new. People watch other people for their art, not everyone else's. I'm seriously gonna stop favoriting things if this happens. 
Also, quite a lot of people have collections that are far less specific than "Amazing Color Portraits". Believe it or not. Most of my collections are just for organization purposes. They're not specifically themed by art genre, scene or whatever. 

Of course, I'd let people watch the collections of mine that they want to, by their own will! That, I don't mind. People who are actually willing to watch some of collections are more than welcome to watch them. So I don't mind that the collections are becoming watchable.

But making it a default to watch all of them when watching a person? Please don't. Please. I'm begging you.
Please don't make those boxes checked by default. I don't want people accidentally watching all of my collections.
I'm pretty sure people would watch the collections themselves if they wanted to. 
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InsomniaDoodles Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can disable watching of your collections by following these steps:
Image by CrypticGrin  

I hope that helps. ^^

You can also unwatch others' collections easily by going here and de-selecting all collections:
www.deviantart.com/deviants/
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