Thank You for Your Feedback on Eclipse!
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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.

This Is Just the Beginning of Eclipse

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.

We're Exploring More Ways To Customize Your Profile

  • Eclipse provides new ways to personalize your Profile, including the ability to select Header Art for your page, linking to your social media platforms, and stating your commission status. However, with the removal of Custom Box, we heard, loud and clear, that deviants want more options to display content.
  • We’re also in the process of exploring other ways you can customize your Profile.
  • We’ll be sharing tips and varied examples of ways you can really customize Profiles. In the meantime, here’s one example of how katy-l-wood is testing Eclipse’s current abilities to enhance her Profile. Many deviants asked for the ability to showcase a single deviation on your profile. This is something we are already working on.
  • We’d also like to clarify that, for the foreseeable future, Custom Boxes within Groups will remain as they are. Groups will eventually be redesigned with Eclipse in mind, but that process won’t be complete for many months. We’ll provide advance notice about any removal of Custom Boxes in Groups.

Addressing Your Other Top Concerns

  • The new Feedback allows easy viewability of your most recent and unread notifications; however, we’ve seen concerns about Feedback needing improvement as a whole.
    • For example, deviants report it’s cumbersome to remove notifications and it’s hard to remove notifications in bulk. We’ll be making the “remove” button more accessible so that you can one-click remove (or one-click save) just as you could on the “green site.”
    • We’re still reviewing the experience of mass removing feedback and hope to have updates soon.
  • We are currently working on issues regarding Header Art and avatars – specifically, their size and quality.
  • Icon codes and plz accounts will be coming soon to Eclipse. :iconlaplz:
  • The new text editor makes it easy to write Literature, with the option to add formatting and illustrations to your work. That said, the Literature experience in Eclipse is still a work in progress.
    • As we mentioned in the Beta journal, using Literature and journal thumbnails is not yet finished. Literature thumbnails in the sidebar (under “More Like This”) are also not yet finished.
    • Improving the display of Literature thumbnails is something our Product and UX teams are already actively working on improving.
  • Having a “Show More” link on deviation descriptions and comments allows for a cleaner viewing experience; however, based on feedback, we've removed "Show More" from deviation descriptions and comments.
  • While search in Gallery, Favourites, and Journals didn’t make it into the Beta version of Eclipse, it’s our aim to bring this functionality to Eclipse.
  • Several deviants brought up that the ability to include thumbs by pasting a URL (or thumb code) is not currently possible. We mentioned this in the original announcement, but we want to reiterate this is not working as intended and will be implemented in the future.

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.

Keep it Coming!

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.

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FreezeKonyflux's avatar
FreezeKonyflux|Hobbyist General Artist

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.

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x-SquishyStar-x's avatar

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!)

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Lunatic-Stars-10|Hobbyist General Artist
What are guys doing with the transparent pngs? Why they have black backgrounds now? Is this because Eclipse is black and now you guys thinks that our pictures should be black too? Please bring back transparent backgrounds or I will remove all my drawings and leave here.
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Keleficent's avatar

My two main problems with the new layout are that there's no more "browse more like this" and I can't easily reorganize the order of my favorites.

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GreenStorm64's avatar
GreenStorm64|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely HATE the new Eclipse layout. Even more so now that everytime I visit DA NOT logged in, I'm FORCED to see this new horrible layout. 

I've been on DA for many years, and I'm used to the old layout. The old layout FEELS like DA, this new one is complete trash. Eclipse is looking WAY too much like the mobile DA app but on desktop. I've NEVER liked the mobile app. It's very hard to navigate and it gets rid of the artistic ability to design our profiles how we want. Everyone's profiles are the same. None of them are no longer unique. 
What about Core members? As far as I've seen their beautiful HTML based profiles are GONE.

This new Eclipse better NOT be the official layout at some point. If DA gets rid of the old layout, I'm probably gonna leave this place. I've already seen several of my friends shut down their accounts here because of Eclipse. 
DA has been my "home" for most of my life, and this Eclipse is gonna take it away from me.
I don't want to see the end of DA because of Eclipse.   
The old layout is what DA has been for many years and it's perfect. Why change that? 
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HornyThePony|Hobbyist Digital Artist
you dont listen
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Awkwardlyshippedd's avatar

Please make this optional and I hope you take your feedback seriously.

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Westerlund1-26Edited |Professional Digital Artist
It's hard to say, of course I hate eclipse; It's like taking off what you liked and worked for years, to give yourself a stone.

I found the experience of course quite strange and foreign, as a user for more than 10 years, such a radical change is difficult to digest and accept.

In experience, I liked the more simplified hierarchy, it is somewhat faster and lighter in appearance, however I stressed the details of interactivity such as drop-down menus that disappear in a flash if you move the cursor; I despised the profile header part without any flavor (Facebook type) and hated the almost invisible ID section with that small icon pretending to be my elongated current ID image, those low contrasts that sink us into a literally black maze without any charisma. But above all, I will not be able to accept the replacement of those unique and iconic green tones of the site with a simple and cold black rgb. In truth, that was the most catastrophic for me.

I liked how the site was before, that classic taste is like being at home. I know that it is inevitable to update and adapt to new trends but, if we really have to do it, I would like at least not to lose the essence, spirit and originality with respect to the standard that for years the site has forged in many artists.
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RedBaccara's avatar
I'm missing the classic version. It's very sad, that no-members have no chance to switch back. :( To be honest, this force it ugly.
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BeckieRGB's avatar
BeckieRGB|Hobbyist General Artist
DA is now completely broken on older browsers. Half the elements on the page do absolutely nothing when clicking on them, including the ones that would turn off Eclipse, and even the submit button on the Eclipse feedback page. The console is flooded with errors like:

Uncaught TypeError: Object.values is not a function
TypeError: nodes[Symbol.iterator] is not a function
Uncaught SyntaxError: Unexpected token ...
TypeError: Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptors is not a function
Uncaught TypeError: Object.getOwnPropertyDescriptors is not a function

Please at least serve polyfills for your bleeding edge JavaScript crap.
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BIGBIG-on-DA|Professional Digital Artist
Hey there.
Honestly, I'm not sure who to contact about this so I'm going to go ahead and address this problem here.
Sorry if it's out of place. Do give me some directions if it's not in the right place.

recently I discovered that some of my gif images won't show on deviant art
( I tried re-uploading and it didn't help)
This is how it looks - sta.sh/01ulaqbisqpk

These are big gif images. around 1600px - 11600px big
The reason why they are gif images so I can change the thumbnail on them
not sure why some gif images bigger than this still show up without any problem and then some won't.
This is starting to get very frustrating as this is my way of advertising my products and its failing on me.
Please either make thumbnail upload for JPG, PNG and all those image files available or fix this broken image problem.
Thank you for your time
have a good day
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A-Girl-Named-Chester|Hobbyist General Artist
Just got my first glimpse of Eclipse and I hate it. 
I doubt I will keep using DA as frequently. It is cluttered, messy, and the interface is the furthest thing from "user friendly" I've seen since Microsoft rolled out the mess of an OS that is windows 8.

Dark Modes on screens give me a horrible headache, but at least I can turn dark modes off. If Eclipse is permanently unchangeable, with no option to go back to "classic" the site will basically be unusable for me. 
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RejicladEdited |Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I truly hope that the Eclipse layout is only a bad joke. I have never seen such a chaotic and users unfriendly layout. I cannot imagine using dA in the future if you decide to keep only this Eclipse theme layout. Please, think twice about this, since seeing all the negative responses to this, I assume that dA will lose the rest of the few solid users which are still remaining. Because why to completely change something which is already good the way it is? I love the old dA theme and I want it to stay that way. I am sure that I am far from being the only one who thinks so! Regards, Marie.
Say Nopies To ECLIPSE by olq-plo
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CatGal15|Hobbyist General Artist
I also prefer the old layout; it's perfect....
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Dedasaur|Professional Filmographer

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 :D good luck with everything.

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DrawnCreature's avatar
I don't like Eclipse. Just let us be on the old site.
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straingedays's avatar
straingedays|Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Boo, Eclipse, Booo !!

Please let us switch back to the old dA.

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Among-Galaxies's avatar
Among-Galaxies|Hobbyist General Artist

Please bring back custom boxes.

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terminator101's avatar
I know now that this page is not the latest Eclipse feedback page, so I'm reposting the gist of what I already mentioned on the DeviantArt Eclipse Team page:

Right now there is a toggle control that allows users to switch between Eclipse and the old layout. dA! has mentioned that this toggle will be removed when Eclipse is finalized. I say let each user decide which layout style that they want to use after Eclipse has been finalized! Do not remove the toggle and leave it as an option! In that way, those users who want to use Eclipse may do so and those users who want to use the old layout may do so as well! What could be more fair?
8-) (Cool)
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terminator101's avatar
Please leave the toggle which allows users to switch between the old layout and Eclipse when Eclipse is finalized! I personally do not like Eclipse - I find that the important elements (Favorites, Watchers, Comments and recent artwork in the Gallery [On any given artist's page]) fit better on one main page with the old layout than with Eclipse. Eclipse appears to somewhat resemble the layout of Tumblr/Twitter where everything is on one long, continuous page that I have to scroll through. I understand that the developers want to make dA! more mobile friendly but that shouldn't come at the cost of the rest of us users who visit this site via desktop computers! Imagine if the Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Company decided to stop making Mounds candy bars and only made Almond Joy candy bars or vice versa, it would cause dissatisfaction with half of their customer base! Leave the toggle be!
:(

Also, IMHO, the Light Green background color of the old layout is more easy on the eyes than the pitch Black, default Eclipse color or the white, washed out color option in Eclipse!
:nod:
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Hucklberri|Hobbyist Digital Artist

" 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

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Athenas-Sanctuary|Professional Digital Artist
Is there any way to go back to how it used to be if you try it?
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fantasydreamtima|Hobbyist General Artist
How can I go back to the old version???? Cuz this new one doesn’t let me do anything! I’m stuck between my profile and the home page, can’t submit, can’t check notifications, can’t comment, can’t search for art, I can’t do anything!!!! I can only use the phone app and there are lots of missing features. I haven’t been able to check my group for weeks and have to ask other people to do it for me. I can’t really enjoy this entire site anymore! There’s just so much u can do from your small phone. Let me go back, please!
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