Last week, we announced the Beta launch of DeviantArt Eclipse — a completely redesigned version of DeviantArt that puts more emphasis on artists and their art. As a Beta release, Eclipse is still under development and only available to a small portion of the DeviantArt community. We use the Beta release to gather feedback that allows us to closely analyze deviant engagement and sentiment.
Over 4,000 deviants have already tried Eclipse and many have shared their invaluable and much-appreciated feedback. We’ve received nearly 1,700 individual Eclipse feedback reports — including 407 bug reports, 532 feature requests, and 748 pieces of general commentary. Our team has read through and triaged over 60% of these reports and has a goal of completing all of them in the coming week. Thank you to every deviant who has taken the time to share feedback. Whether you’re someone who provided a few words or several paragraphs of candid response, we appreciate the passion you have for helping us ensure Eclipse will meet the needs of our diverse community.
As with most Beta releases, we launched Eclipse knowing there were bugs and highlighted a handful of the most obvious in our release journal. We wanted to release sooner than later so we can begin this journey together – gathering feedback and insights and applying it into our development, fixes, and improvements. Plus, as Beta Testers, this is what you signed up for! We need your deviant-expertise to help identify bugs — everything from baby bugs to elusive, exotic bugs.
Based on feedback, it’s clear there are certain areas of Eclipse that are leaps and bounds ahead of the “green site.” It’s also clear there are some things that need to be improved. We expected this and continue to welcome your feedback — the good and the bad. We’re in this together and want to hear from deviants every step of the way.
Of course, this isn’t a complete list. It represents our first step at addressing some of your top concerns and we’ll be sharing more responses and updates — including bug fixes — in the weeks ahead.
In the release process, things are constantly evolving as we gain insights and implement updates. Please keep in mind these updates can take time to get used to. As you continue to explore Eclipse, share your thoughts and concerns through the Eclipse overall feedback or bug report/feature request forms. While we encourage general discussion in the journal comments, using the official form allows us to triage and act on feedback in a quicker, more manageable way.
We also want to give a shout-out to the amazing deviants who’ve produced really thorough Eclipse reviews:
Again, thank you to everyone! With your feedback, we’ve filed numerous bugs and our developers are working on them continually.
Adding deviations to favourites used to be perfect but now it isn't.
I have to keep pressing fav, and then change collection, it takes double the time it used to take me to add deviations to favourites. I don't want to add every single deviation to the main folder.
I love the new layout but feel it doesn't support GIF artists like myself! I think increasing the preview size for GIFs may be good as I can't really showcase any of my full GIFs on my page (which I think would be an awesome feature!). Additionally, having the option to select which is shown when showcasing one image (either the GIF preview or the full GIF) would be fantastic.
I'm struggling to make my GIFS look good with this new layout but we will get there in the end :)
(also I find it a bit funny that I can add a decent sized GIF to this comment, but my gallery has restricted them to 150x150 pixels!)
Hi, I am a Beta tester here to share my UX on this all.
I think the UI is not very intuitive and it's a bit "dated" in some of the functions.
I want to be able to make Scraps invisible, I don't think it should be the first thing people see on my top in my carousel but unfortunately it's locked and cannot be moved to the bottom of the gallery because there is no little arrow button.
Moving things up and down relies on these little arrows and it took me for ever to find them as are only visibile upon "rollover". I was trying to drag and drop things around like you would do on Facebook or Artstation. To be honest you should avoid "clicks" as much as possible when designing an interface. This system is okay with those with little deviations and folders but the ones that have been here years would need to spend many hours re-arranging stuff.
All my subfolders are now OUT by themselves, no longer nested inside the big folders that divided them by projects. Somewhere I read Eclipse was giving subfolders but if you are saying I have to recreate all my folders and move things around individually that would take me months so I'd rather stay with the dated layout.
I tried dragging and dropping them back inside the original folder and, of course it did not work.
I am not sure if you guys are looking into this. I enjoy the Artstation look and mosaic feel you are going for, you can probably embrace it 100%. The carousel is something that still divide most people between lovers and haters and it is very "blogger" in a way. Clearly the Z layout is more comfortable than the old F layout but consider just leaving the thing as a Mosaic ONLY without carousels (at last for the Gallery, to make it look like a portfolio) and design the "landing page" to be that and the profile to be something people access if they wanna know more about the person they are following (like having a blog embed in an actual website).
All the group banners are now very big and an eyesore and it makes the landing page looks a bit "young" - whereby if you are going for a mature/professional look all the widgets should be smaller and non-intrusive.
I'd rater have a mosaic Gallery show up as main page and a symbol on the icon of the image telling me that there are multiple images in that folder than having to scroll through 60 folders that are not organised in a hierarchy making it hard to understand what belongs to what and what is what.
I hope this helps.
Ps. it is still a bit on the slow side but that will fix itself once everything is stable good luck with everything.
" Based on feedback, it’s clear there are certain areas of Eclipse that are leaps and bounds ahead of the “green site.” "
Can you please give me like literally ONE name of anyone who said that???? :') It's fugly as fuck. I'm using light theme right now because even though it's eye bleeding everything being pitch black except like 4 boxes of bright green is very claustrophobic feeling and I didn't know a web design could make me feel that.
Stop kidding yourself, it's a steaming pile of crap. Want some feedback? My feedback is learn to take some. Idk what higher-up is demanding that everyone pretend to be brain dead, but please fire yourself.
Aside from that I did want to say I like the ability to make polls and the commissions feature. But both of these need A LOT of work. Why can't I tell how many people voted on my poll like the better DA can? A lot of people get like 20+ votes per poll and why the fuck make us pull out a calculator for something that can be SO simple. and why the hell can't I filter the commissions tag? Especially since a lot of them have no images. Hell even making it mandatory to post an image would help.
Have the admins like.. used the eclipse version.. at all?? Seriously stop playing around. I'm sorry you wasted your time and resources but if you did so many survey's like you claim it's kinda your fault for ignoring the feedback you've gotten. I have literally not seen more than maybe 2 positive reactions to this so I can't imagine anyone in the first survey demanded this
How to Switch without Toggle - Eclipse and BackHow to Switch to Eclipse and Back without the Toggle
If you think your Toggle won't work or disappeared and would like to try Eclipse or switch back from Eclipse:
If you want to use it without going back to some different page, use the page link that you are currently in after the switch_version/ and reload it again.
https://www.deviantart.com/features/switch_version/https:// forum thread
https://www.deviantart.com/features/switch_version/https:// your personal profile link. .
https://www.deviantart.com/features/switch_version/https:// deviation link .
You can use the same link to switch to Eclipse a