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One of the best things about DeviantArt is the incredible communities that have organically grown and supported one another throughout the site. A community that continues to grow in its artistry and passion is the Literature community. It's been hugely important for us to develop Eclipse with the Literature community in mind, and to shine a spotlight on both the writers and readers. There's still a lot we want to do to expand Literature on DeviantArt, but here are some updates we've made, and will be making, in Eclipse:

Literature Editor

Literature Editor
Our new Literature editor provides an expanded and easier experience. You can now bold, italicize, underline text without HTML knowledge, and you can even add corresponding visual imagery or link YouTube videos.
Literature Thumb

Literature Thumbnails

Based on your feedback, Literature thumbnails now include a preview of text so that deviants can get a sneak peek at what words lie in store! We'll also be further adjusting the look of the thumbnails by dimming the opacity of the letter to make it less distracting. Read more about it in one of our past change logs here.

Literature Improvements (Coming Soon!)

Literature Full Page 2
It is vital for text to be visible above the fold so that your art gets the spotlight it deserves, just like visual deviations. Literature text is fully open to be appreciated as a whole, and we also made sure the actions are visible at both the top and bottom of each Literature deviation. This way some deviants can fave and save for later, while others can read through the deviation, and then fave, comment, share after they've finished. The choice is yours!
Thank you to the Literature community for being so open and vigilant with their feedback. We want to keep building and strengthening your Eclipse experience. Upcoming updates will be announced in @danlev weekly change logs as soon as they are live. Share with us in the comments how you'll be writing and/or reading Literature in Eclipse!
Got something else on your mind? Let us know:
  • Switch to DeviantArt Eclipse
  • Click your avatar
  • Select "Give Your Feedback" to access our official form
Special shoutout to the DeviantArt staff involved with these major Feedback updates:
Feel free to mention us if you have Literature-related questions, comments, or want to know our favorite flavor of ice cream!
Ice Cream Licking

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SplendorTheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Great for beginners, but...

This site helped us all learn HTML.

Needing HTML in this site is not a problem, rather feature.
Aphicrys Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2019
Agreed. We are moving into an age where everyone knows at least a little HTML, and if they don't, they should.
SplendorTheWolf Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HTML is a fun tool to learn new things.
Plus, you have a really beautiful raven feather profile pic.
Aphicrys Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2019

Thanks. :)
TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019
Just trying out Eclipse now, and got linked to this journal from your latest FB video.
Will there be a feature to make it so that the text showing on the current literature thumbnail can be customized (for example, we can show a short summary/synopsis, kind of like what you can do on the inside cover of a book)?
The nice thing about visual art is that it gives you an immediate feel for what you'll see once you click on it. This option could give a very similar power to lit submissions.
Yuukon Featured By Owner Edited Feb 15, 2019   Photographer
I realise I'm late to the party on this journal- but regardless I wanted to drop my thoughts. 

I've been happy to have been involved in the brainstorming of these changes! It's really starting to look more comfortable now, and the action bar both top and bottom really is a great solution for everybody here. However, I still have a few thoughts and concerns that I would like to voice, and I thought this would be the best place to do so!

:bulletpink: Text size & formatting options
Right now, we have the option through HTML to adapt a certain formatting and text size for our literature pieces, because as you may know, for some literature pieces, formatting is just as important as the words themselves. I've tried creating a literature deviation through Eclipse- and I found there is no such function anymore, unless I have missed it. Is this something that will be coming back? For many writers, this is an important feature to present their work well and to make sure that things are read in the correct way, in which case smaller portions of text would suggest a softer, more whispering tone for instance, where as bigger pieces of text are like yelling. Bolding, underlining and italics are great, but ultimately, it's not going to work for everyone.

:bulletpink: Viewing size options
In Dino DA we have this little set of buttons at the top right of a literature deviation in which we can pick viewing sizes on text. We can make it a bit smaller or larger as desired, center the text or uncenter it to make it more comfortable to read for yourself. These are personal settings, and I use this quite a bit. Is there going to be something like this again? It can greatly increase reading comfort, and since people are already so easily discouraged to read something, I definitely think it is important that people have the options to make it comfortable to read for them without having to zoom in/out on their browser and so on. As I mentioned in my earlier section, smaller texts suggest a softer tone of voice, where larger texts suggest a louder tone of voice. In Eclipse, I feel like I'm constantly being screamed at when reading literature because the text is so big (and it also messes up formatting options put in place).

:bulletpink: Literature tags
Right now, literature tags are what binds our work to us. My tag is different from everyone elses's, and it works like an identifier. If there's an artist you enjoy, it's easy to look for their literature tag, and quickly find several pieces on the browse page by that one person, or in your watch page for that matter. And not just that, because despite the fact that it's such a teeny tiny image, it carries a lot of our identities in it. Will we get something like that in Eclipse again? Maybe some sort of background for the thumb that kind of shimmers through? Our own initials rather than the huge letter? (Because I am pretty sure that people will use that huge thumbnail letter to spell out God knows what kind of things nobody wants to read). 

:bulletpink: Fiction & Non-Fiction
Today I was browsing through my own literature gallery in Eclipse because I wanted to organise things a bit and try it from there when I noticed that the only distinction made anymore is Prose and Poetry. My non-fiction and fiction pieces are suddenly all prose. Personally, I think the distinction between non-fiction and fiction is an important one. It changes how you read things. It changes how you perceive things and how you go about writing a comment or a critique on a literature piece. If someone wrote a beautiful emotional piece that is non-fiction, you know to handle those emotions with care. When it's fiction, it changes the situation. Not having that distinction in the categories anymore is going to make it a lot harder to know how to perceive and read something, and whether or not to handle things with care as much, because I've never seen people mention in their deviation description whether a piece is fiction or non-fiction. 

I'm also tagging a few of my literature friends because I would really love to hear their thoughts on my thoughts; LadyLincoln, LiliWrites, BATTLEFAIRIES, Serendiipitii, WhiskeyDreamer, YouInventedMe, Amarantheans 
Aphicrys Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2019
Amarantheans Featured By Owner Edited Mar 28, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Yuukon has put a lot of thought into this comment and I hope that it is not overlooked. I came to DA for writing, and when I saw that it didn't get much attention I branched out into other art mediums to get more attention. Though branching out has been good for me and I love all of the art forms I have explored, I do wish that the written word got more attention. I actually started a Wattpad account to share my literature, and it has been much better received in their format, but I would still love to be able to share my literature here.

Text size and formatting options:
Quiet MomentsI contemplate my Life,
in the quiet moments.
Never really last that long.
I pour out Grief,
in the quiet moments.
Always lasting too long.
I visualize Depression,
in the quiet moments.
Lasting all but a lifetime.

Here you can see an example of how the size and formatting of a piece can drive home the emotions. The small words being whispered, the italic stressing the feelings.

Viewing Options:
I never even noticed these, but wow they really do make a difference...

Literature Tags:
I totally agree, I love my tag! I understand if you may think they are tacky, and then not everyone personalizes theirs, but I love what it adds to my little thumbnail. You can quickly see the above thumb is mine (and I made it to match my profile), it also gives a more artistic flair to my work. Think about it, all books need a cover, well, all lit deviations need a little something too. I think giving the writer an option to give their literature a watermark on their thumbnail would make a big difference, that way it is not "tacky" however it is personalized to their taste.

An example of what I am thinking of would be the way that the current watch feed thumbnails display, in dino da, if there is a picture in the post it is a watermark in the thumbnail. You could set it up like the lit tag so that a writer may select the watermark they wish to use from their settings. It would also mean that you could just use a photo of yourself, and would be simpler to adapt than a 25x100 little tag.

Fiction & Non-fiction:
I am so... so on this, however I would like more options other than just prose and poetry. I already hate how not enough is done for the lit community.

I have been begging for a dual deviation since I got here, so that people who collaborate on something, be it literature and art, or just someone starting a project and another finishing it, so that both deviants can see the comments on the deviation without having to go to the others profile. Then you have some who comment on one persons and not the others, actually addressing a concern with the other persons portion of the collaboration. Here is the first collaboration that I did on DA and you can see the comments are addressing both of us, but if someone wants to say something to me, I would probably never see it.
Sandbox Butterflies by LualaDy
Luala2 by Amarantheans
In the above deviation I worked with another artist, she came up with the original drawing and I pixeled it, then we worked with the color palette and lighting together, making it a true collaboration until the end, but she will never know what people say about her portion of the work unless she comes to my profile.

Not only that, what happens when a collaboration is given a DD? Oh, that is right only one deviant gets the credit for the entire work. For example:
A Vision Of Dreams

I would also like to be able to search fixed format poetry verses free form as well.

*Edit* Oh and chapters! I want my books to be able to have chapters rather than just being one giant document or tons of tiny broken up documents.
LualaDy Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2019  Professional Traditional Artist

MegapixelMasterpiece got a DD for our photo.
But I never officially got a DD for the job. I'm just conveniently the person ON the DD, not the person who got it =/
Feels a bit weird because it's a bit like the lottery!

That's also a more general issue in the photography world and nobody wants to listen to me when I say the model should get half the credit!!!
There are so many photographs on here and you have no idea who the person posing is!
They did half of the job! without them the photo would never have existed ...
But yeah ... people say I'm nuts when I talk about it
Amarantheans Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww... you are only a little nuts, but not about credit, just in general. :giggle:
LualaDy Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2019  Professional Traditional Artist
MegapixelMasterpiece Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
LualaDy Amarantheans  I wholeheartedly agree! Deviantart is a great place for collaboration and both photography and literature are two areas that are ripe for collaboration, so why can't both members or multiple people get credited when for example they receive a DD? It would be an awesome thing for these partnerships to be able to share equally and both get the exact same recognition.

Don't get me started on the whole state of photographers not crediting or even acknowledging their models because I find it to be rude, ridiculous and just plain wrong, lol you're definitely not nuts Luala, it's such a simple thing to add a description to the posts but even this seems like too much for a lot of people. Which is really sad because like you said it needs both of them to happen. So yeah we need shared DD's humblehills  Aphicrys 
Amarantheans Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: I really hope it gets more attention...
Serendiipitii Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
I'm with Yuukon on this one, specifically in terms of truck formatting and the literature tags. My poetry is designed around how it flows, almost literally, and I am not the only one by a long shot. My work would lose a lot of its appeal and emotion if it's just shown in straight line and no text change. This goes for the sizing options for a reader in the submission itself - I always reformat it to dark themed and centered when I read someone's work - period. It's comfortable on my eyes and makes it that much more appealing to me than before.

As for the literature tags, I choose the one I have currently because it ties into the theme of my WIP debut novel. I've had it for quite some time, and it's a part of my identity here. It perhaps doesn't seem like a very big feature to keep but I for one would miss having it.
Serendiipitii Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
*text formatting, GG my mobile typing skills.
Yuukon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2019   Photographer
Truck formatting :rofl:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
Agreed on all of this, 100%


My initial thoughts left on this journal bear repeating again here, since mine mirror yours somewhat:

My Current Literature/Journal/Deviation Wish List:

Eventual scrolling literature preview texts.
Customized literature tags to return.
A smaller font for the deviation literature titles; and in general.
Beautifying personalization tools for journals that mirror and/or improve upon the current CSS. Writer (or some other format) for storage; to provide pre-scheduling tools to save my projects and writing in advance.

YouInventedMe Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
I've got no experience with Eclipse myself, but everything
I've read about it from other writers on the site has been...
not hopeful, including your comments here.

I'm just hoping they get it more Lit friendly before launch.
Yuukon Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2019   Photographer
I must've been living under a rock- I thought you had access to Eclipse too :faint:
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2019
I'm hearing you on the author tags. I would very much like to see them coming back, or some variation thereoff.

I do understand why non-fiction was dropped as a category, btw. Prose and Poetry are both formats, a sub-medium of literature if you will. 'Non-fiction', like romance and other genres has more to do with content than with the form it is presented in (case in point: you can both have non-fiction poetry and non-fiction prose, even if the latter is more common), and those have been left to the domain of tags when the categories got slimmed down. I agree though that it's important to see if a piece is fiction or non-fiction before commenting, and I like to check that often, myself, so if it is vital for the author that people know this, I think it's best to repeat it in the artist's description of the piece from now on. Tags DO look more visible than they did in Dino dA, but a single one can still be easily overlooked if there are several lined up, so...
SRSmith Featured By Owner Edited Feb 12, 2019   Writer
Massive steps in the right direction, and it pleases me to no end to see one of my stories included in the examples!

I like the new Literature editor - it's going to take some time to see whether there are any friction points, but as I write externally and copy/paste into the editor before posting, I expect it will do just fine.

Happy to see Gallery Folders - I figured that was bound to show up, but I'm happy to see that it did.

New previews are much more functional than previously - I miss the scrolling text, and would love to see that implemented again - I find myself reading the first paragraph or so in the preview before I commit to following a link down a rabbit hole, so that feature is going to be sorely missed, but this is much better.

As a web coder, being able to get access to the raw markup is something I always want in a text editor, especially one that provides basic WYSIWYG html editing (bold/italic etc.), and that would alleviate some of the issues people who want strikethrough text etc. are having at the moment.

Actions bookending the deviation top and bottom is a simple addition that provides a great functional improvement!

Thanks again to the entire team working on the Literature specific improvements, I'm sure there are a massive number of people clamoring for priority with the available development resources, so the attention to our vertical is very much appreciated.

Footnote: I can't see these update journals in Eclipse, so I have to switch back to the old view to find them in my notifications and respond here, which seems odd.
humblehills Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for all of your input, @srsmith ! We know there's lots that can be improved, so please feel free to provide any feedback through our official forms as well :)
And yes, Hot Notices have not been implemented in Eclipse yet, so unless you watch me or @danlev you'll need to switch to the old site to see them. Not to worry – we're working on having Hot Notices be visible in Eclipse soon!
NeoTheWendigo Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What I'm more worried and freaking out about is the question..will all our journals we have written/saved in be deleted when the update roles out and with the new Literature editor? As well as any deviations/drawings we have saved in, but mainly the journals?

I've been freaking about this for a long time and have started backing up all of my written stuff on journals I've in, unposted for later when the time comes to post them, into Google Docs so I don't risk loosing any info I have saved that I worked hard on or is important, only to loose it all. I use writer for everything to write down anything since it's easy, save and organize it into groups so I know what is what instead of them spread all over the place and scrolling through multiple things to find specifically what I'm looking for.

I just don't want to risk loosing all my journals and important stuff I have written down.
If I could get confirmation on this, I'd greatly appreciate it so I'd know whether to back my stuff up, or if I'm in the clear. I'd still back everything up in case. ^^
humblehills Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2019  Hobbyist Artist is not going away. It is still accessible in Eclipse (click on your avatar to access Journal drafts can be saved and accessible either through or by going to your Profile > Posts > Drafts. I hope that clarifies!
NeoTheWendigo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooooo, so if I'm reading that right..
That means whenever the update roles out officially for Eclipse, and old DeviantART is gone, all our journals in that're not posted will be saved, not deleted with the official transition when replaced with Literature editor?

That would/does clarify things, I've been freaking out about this over the few months, since I've so many journals with important info for later that I don't want to loose. ^-^
humblehills Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Yep! Nothing is being wiped in Your remains your! :D
NeoTheWendigo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thank god, I was panicking so much and for no reason, because people said our journals in our would be deleted since writer is being redone to something different for writing purposes.

Thanks so much for this clarification/confirmation! This takes so much weight and stress off my shoulders. :D
LoveRobin Featured By Owner Edited Feb 12, 2019
What we (and for art too) need is a way to easily *serialize* deviations. Art, Comics, Literature often need a quick and easier way to "group" deviations in a sequential fashion. Currently, we have to go back and edit olde deviation descriptions to add
First [link]
Previous [link]
Next [link]
Last [link]
and that gets tiresome. Some way to automate the links would be nice. Some snippet of coding that will let us define the previous deviation a series which will then dynamically update the links before it. An Option to make it navigation arrows
 |<  <   [goto #]   >  >| 
(maybe << and >> for "skip 5") would be nice too.

Maybe it could be activated by something as simple as giving the deviation series the SameTitleName(colon)(hashtag)(number)
humblehills Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Hi @loverobin
I recommend submitting this as a feature request through our official feedback forms!
LoveRobin Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2019
Where might I find that?
humblehills Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
NovasEnd Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I keep seeing updates for profiles / blogging features, but what exactly will happen to the groups?

Can we expect an update with an in depth explanation of how groups are going to function with its features, group admins, literatures, submissions, management, coding, etc.?

I know several people are concerned howits going to impact certain groups like the ever growing art / literature groups and all i have read (so far) is all based on what is happening with personal profiles with no mention of other area features of Deviantart. Playing the 'waiting game for its release' for this information can be stressful for many members who run/participate in groups. 
humblehills Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Hi @novasend
At the moment, Groups will retain the same functionality as it does in the old site. We do intend to revamp Groups, as well as redesign it to fall in line with the rest of Eclipse. We will communicate with deviants when we intend to start design and development on Groups.
zdfalk Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for using my photograph in your journal!  Much appreciated.  :)
humblehills Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for a gorgeous deviation! :)
Hellypse Featured By Owner Edited Feb 8, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
"You can now bold, italicize, underline text without HTML knowledge"
What about the strike option ?
Or the small one ?

And as some other beta-testers said : the way the text is shown is inefficient, we have to scroll a loooooot to read a little, between two large empty spaces. It's a big problem for writers, because it's very difficult to keep readers active. If it's less easy to read, they'll loose their public. And probably migrate to another platform.
DizzyMountaineer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The font is too large and the leading (spacing between lines of text) is too much. I'm really far more inclined to post previews of lit on DeviantArt and host the literature proper in a Google Doc because of this problem.
elsevilla Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Would be really cool to get night-mode in classic skin of DeviantArt, its easier to follow feedback there, in new eclipse mode is always confusing, that's why I've always revert to old skin to realize what been happening.
humblehills Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Hi @elsevilla
Sorry to hear that! Are there any specific actions you find more confusing in Eclipse?
elsevilla Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it groups everything in one spot and once you click it it removes it, so im not sure if i have comments, notes, or journals, i like more the way it separates each one in classic mode.
humblehills Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Hi @elsevilla
Are you referring to the Watch page or Feedback page?
elsevilla Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
I think its notifications on old layout.
humblehills Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Hi @elsevilla
We've got some upcoming updates for Feedback planned. You can read more about them here:
elsevilla Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you sooo much, for all the hard work.
humblehills Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
jennystokes Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  Professional General Artist
I agree BUT why change anything?
AmberStone16 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  Professional General Artist
looking forward to it!
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  Professional General Artist
ChocoStyle Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great, but even though you made it possible to do certain things without using HTML I think it should still be available to use if the author so-chooses..
danlev Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2019
Our goal is to make writing literature, journals, and comments as easy and accessible as possible. Since not everyone knows HTML, we want to make all features accessible to everyone by implementing them through the editor interface. If you need to use HTML for a certain feature, that means people who don't have those skills aren't able to use that feature.
If there's something useful that HTML can do, we would much rather implement it as part of the editor so that all users have access to it (and would likely be even easier to use for those who are HTML pros).
What specifically about HTML are you trying to do that you can't do with the current editor?
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What's Next for Eclipse: FeedbackLate last year, we released the beta version of DeviantArt Eclipse – a redesign that puts more emphasis on artists and their art. It’s one of our biggest, most ambitious updates to date, which is why we’ve chosen to open it to Beta Testers as early as we did. Not only do we need Beta Testers’ help locating and squashing those pesky bugs, we want to gain deviants’ feedback, thoughts, and opinions on the current Eclipse experience and what we should include in the future. We’re very proud and excited with the level of collaboration we’ve been able to achieve with the DeviantArt community, and we hope to continue this as we further develop Eclipse.The Beta version of Eclipse has brought many changes (see them here), with even more in store, including ways to customize and personalize Profiles! We Hear You!Since the Beta launch of Eclipse late last year, we’ve received a lot of feedback regarding just that: Feedback. You might have called it a few other names in the past: Feedback, Message Center, Notifications, etc. Let’s establish what Feedback is: it’s comments and replies made on your art, any mentions of you or your art, and correspondence with other deviants and groups. We processed and analyzed your thoughts and opinions on Feedback, and how cumbersome it had become to interact with friends on Eclipse. With that, we’re excited to show you some major updates in the works.Changes We’re Making Based on Your FeedbackNew NavigationYou can now easily access Feedback by clicking on the bell icon next to your avatar, with all the different areas visible for you to filter through. Just a simple click and you can filter to view only your comments or only your mentions.One-Click RemoveA popular request from several Beta Testers! With one, easy click of a mouse you can tidy up Feedback to your exact liking. Multi-Remove & Multi-SaveEnjoy a more seamless process of removing multiple notifications in an efficient manner, or saving some of your favorite Feedback moments.Let Us Know!We understand how important being involved and embedded in the DeviantArt community is, and we hope the updated Feedback helps you connect and communicate more easily. These upcoming updates will be announced in @danlev's weekly change logs as soon as they are live. Share with us in the comments what you look forward to using in Feedback, as well as anything else you’d like to see improved!Got something else on your mind? Let us know:Switch to DeviantArt EclipseClick your avatarSelect "Give Your Feedback" to access our official formSpecial shoutout to the DeviantArt staff involved with these major Feedback updates:@tomergr @heidi @roihim @yury-n @noaron @zilla774 @mariiasv @nishnushtlv @chenarbel @thesquidarrives Be kind and show them some love or ask them a question if you have any!...
What's Next for Eclipse: Profile PersonalizationAs we continue to navigate the development and beta testing processes of DeviantArt Eclipse, we want to keep you all in the loop of some exciting upcoming updates! Here are some of the ways you’ll be able to spruce up your Profile: Spotlight SectionA highly requested feature based on your direct feedback! Promote your favorite deviations, whether it’s an image or Literature you’re especially proud of. Put the focus on your Spotlight so that deviants get a more immediate impression of your art and style. All deviants can include up to 5 Spotlight sections on their Profiles!Profile BiosAny text from your Deviant IDs on the old site can now be edited in Eclipse! What are you waiting for? Click on the edit pencil to add some words, sprinkle in some emotes, and embed images as you enter the new phase of Eclipse! Please note: only text has been migrated. Deviations or emotes will need to be added. HTML is currently not supported. Final design has not been implemented yet, so UI may change.(Cameo appearance of Nyan Cat by @agraffkowa)Custom BoxesAs mentioned in @danlev's previous change log, we will be introducing Custom Boxes to Eclipse and sharing updates very soon! We can't wait to see the ways you showcase your individuality and unique traits. Share with us in the comments how you’ve added personal touches to your Profile in Eclipse! Got something else on your mind? Let us know:Switch to DeviantArt EclipseClick your avatarSelect "Give Your Feedback" to access our official formSpecial shoutout to the DeviantArt staff involved with these major Feedback updates: @tomergr @heidi @roihim @yury-n @noaron @zilla774 @mariiasv @nishnushtlv @chenarbel @thesquidarrives @artbitSend ‘em a thank you, a what’s up, or a cool emote!...
What's Next for Eclipse: Custom SectionsLast week, we showed you some ways you can personalize your Profiles in Eclipse. Another high priority of our product roadmap has been customization, an ability many in the DeviantArt community feel is integral to the DNA of the site. That’s why we're excited to show you a preview of Custom sections in Eclipse!Want to feature your favourite deviation? Showcase a funny GIF? Link to some thought-provoking journals? The possibilities are endless, and now you’ve got the perfect customizable space to share what you want to share, without having to know any coding! Choose a colorful background or upload one of your own, easily format text, add emotes, and curate a Profile that personifies YOU!Custom sections let any deviant customize their Profile easily and seamlessly, whether you've joined us 3 weeks ago or been around since Tobey Maguire was Spider-Man (that was in 2002, in case you didn't know). We can’t wait to see how you all personalize your Profiles. Share with us in the comments the different ways you plan to use Custom sections!Got something else on your mind? Let us know:Switch to DeviantArt EclipseClick your avatar Select “Give Your Feedback” to access our official formSpecial shoutout to the DeviantArt staff involved with these major customization updates:@tomergr @heidi @roihim @yury-n @noaron @zilla774 @mariiasv @nishnushtlv @chenarbel @thesquidarrives @artbitMention them if you have a question, or just wanna show 'em some love!...

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Eclipse Change Log: January 30, 2019In this week's change log, we have a small handful of bug fixes and improvements as we continue with the larger features that are in development. Stay tuned for more, and keep the bug reports and feature requests coming!Change LogThe "add to favorites" panel on deviation pages now allows you to select multiple collections. (Popular request, suggested by @kage-niji, @sa6044, @tanyasimpson, and many others)Bios are now editable!Literature thumbnails now include four lines of preview text. (Suggested by @wynbird, @battlefairies, and many others)On the Daily Deviations page, literature now includes preview text. Various other smaller bug fixes and stability improvementsThe new "add to favorites" panel lets you easily add a deviation to many Collections. (Artwork: hidden view by @umbatman)Literature thumbs — including on the Daily Deviations page — now include preview text.Using the New Bio EditorTry the new Eclipse bio editor! When adding a bio to your Eclipse profile, we'll start you off with your bio from the old site. Please keep in mind that some elements, such as thumbnails, were not able to be transitioned to the new editor, however you can still add them to your bio. We recommend trying the new image and gallery features to share your favorite artwork in your bio.Also note that due to migration issues, bios of deviants who are not on Eclipse are static, meaning if they update them on the old site, the changes will not be reflected on Eclipse until that deviant switches to Eclipse and edits their bio using the new editor. Keep Sharing Your Feedback!Submit a bug or feature requestSubmit your overall feedback about DeviantArt Eclipse
Eclipse Change Log: April 3, 2019In this week’s change log, we've reduced thumbnail sizes as well as addressed a number of bug fixes and improvements. Stay tuned for more, and keep the bug reports and feature requests coming!Thumbnail Sizes Have Been Reduced!A top community concern was that thumbnails were too big across the site. Based on your feedback, we’ve reduced thumbnails 75% of their original size. We’re also working on improvements to Feedback — an area where many deviants feel that everything is too big — and exploring how we can reduce the layout here as well.Change LogFixed issue where the feedback dropdown would appear really tall.Added anchor links on Profile, so that clicking "Show All" on the Watchers and Groups section would bring you to the proper section on the About page. Fixed issue where, after removing comments from your profile, you would not be able to add them back. Fixed issue where “edit” button no longer appeared on your comments.Fixed issue where last decimal place of price was cut off ($12.34 would show $12.3) until you clicked through to see the full price.Performance improvements to browse, search, and gallery pages.In addition to these updates and bug fixes are smaller improvements we’ve made as we continue to develop larger features in Eclipse. Keep Sharing Your Feedback!Follow these steps to share your feedback:Switch to DeviantArt EclipseClick your avatarSelect “Give Your Feedback” to access our official formHaven’t received access to Eclipse yet? Join our waitlist today! Eclipse is steadily rolling out to deviants, so we’d love for you to start exploring the next phase of DeviantArt!

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Eclipse Change Log: March 6, 2019As of this morning, Eclipse has been rolled out to more members of the community, including many of those who have joined the waitlist. In this week’s change log, we’re excited to announce lots of updates that have been highly requested by the community!WHAT'S NEWCustom SectionsCustom sections are now live! You can now add a Custom section to your Profile – add your own background, images, text, and more! (Note: Core Members will be able to add multiple Custom sections, but during this first release Custom sections are limited to one for all deviants.)Watch and Feedback ImprovementsOne of Eclipse's most popular requests is finally here! You can now remove and archive notifications in one click on both the Watch and Feedback pages.Add GIFs!When words or an image might not express what you want to say – you can now gif it! Add gifs to journals, status updates, comments – you name it! Spotlight a Single Deviation on Your ProfileShine a spotlight one of your own, or maybe another deviant you admire. All users can have a Spotlight section on their profile, and Core Members can have up to 5!Delete CommentsA highly requested feature! You can now remove comments posted on your Profile or deviation pages, as well as delete any comments you have personally left.CHANGE LOGWhen switching between Eclipse and the old site, you’re now kept on the page you were originally on.Hot Topic notifications are now part of Eclipse! Upon editing your bio in Eclipse for the first time, you will see a confirmation message before importing your old bio into the new bio editorFixed issue where emoticons could not be deleted using backspace. Upon uploading a vertical image as your profile cover art, you can now crop and reposition the imageFixed issue where comment sort order was not preserved after leaving the pageWhen returning to browse (or search) from a deviation page, you are now brought to a more accurate position in the browse results.Fixed issue where some GIFs could not be uploaded as an avatar.Fixed issue where emoticons and other formatting in bios would display as markup on the Home tab of your Profile.In addition to these updates and bug fixes are smaller improvements we’ve made as we continue to develop larger features in Eclipse. Stay tuned for more, and follow these steps to leave feedback:Switch to DeviantArt EclipseClick your avatarSelect “Give Your Feedback” to access our official form
Eclipse Change Log: January 9, 2019

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2019, deviants! We hope everyone had a relaxing and fun holiday, and we can’t wait to dive into this year’s updates and fixes!

Before we get into this week’s change log, we’d like to inform you of some major upcoming Eclipse-related updates, which will be highlighted and discussed in separate journals outside of the regular change logs. Some of these major updates include:

Custom boxes / customizationFeedback & WatchLiteratureAdditional Profile personalization

These are fairly significant updates to DeviantArt Eclipse that we look forward to communicating and sharing with you all in the upcoming weeks, so keep your eyes open! Without further delay, here are this week’s changes and bug fixes:

Change Log

Embedding deviations and pasting thumb codes are back! Try pasting a deviation URL in a comment or a journal! (Popular request!)You can now include a deviant’s avatar using the “Insert Emote” button. (Popular request!)The top navigation bar now has a light theme!You can now search for a specific artist’s deviations and other content by searching for “ @username ”When adding a deviations to a comment or journal using gallery mode, the editor now shows the limit and number of deviations chosen.Fixed issue where Feedback would not be sorted correctly after you reach the end of each “page” of results.Deleting deviations, status updates, journals now properly reloads the page.Artist hover cards now appear when on usernames, not just avatars.When rolling over your own avatar, the hover card no longer says “Message” and “Watch”Adjusted size of the artist hover card to be more compactOn donation pools, the number 0 would overlay on the word “Goal” when you initially add the section.When hovering over default donation pool bar, it shows “NaN%”.The donation pool’s meter displayed as full when they were empty (0/0).

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Eclipse Change Log: December 12, 2018

This week, nearly the whole DeviantArt team — encompassing staff members from Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Kiev, and Vancouver, to name a few — has come together at our HQ in Hollywood to focus on Eclipse and plan what’s in store for 2019.

As a reminder, we’re continuing to work on the bigger community feedback concerns — including customization and improvements to Feedback — and we hope to share more soon.

Since the holidays are coming up, and many people on our team are traveling or taking time off, we won’t have a change log to share for a short while. But we want to let you all know that we are continuing to review and analyze your feedback, and we look forward to sharing more updates with you early next year!

Change Log

Literature descriptions are back! (Popular request!)After replying to a comment in Feedback, the notification is now automatically removed. (Popular request!)Comment link pages now have "parent" and "top" buttons, and are now centered for easy readability. (Popular request!)Scraps are back!You can now mention a deviant just by typing (rather than selecting them from the list).The Gift dropdown on profile now tells you when you've already given them a llama or they are full of cake. Removed minimum character count in Status Updates and Journals, allowing deviants to share a post that simply includes a deviation, gallery, or video.

Preview of the new comment permalink pages.

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Eclipse Change Log: February 20, 2019In this week's change log, we've updated literature pages — a popular request from the community — as well as a handful of bug fixes and improvements. Stay tuned for more, and keep the bug reports and feature requests coming!Improved Literature Deviation Page DesignAnother popular request from the community was to improve the design of literature deviation pages and put the actual writing front and center. Thanks to @battlefairies, @jcoolarts, @thebigeasy66, @queen-kitty, and the many others who shared their feedback on literature!Try it out: Memories, Light the Corners of our Minds by @srsmithChange LogAbility to submit a Journal to a Group has been added! Click the “New Journal” button on a Group’s Journal tab to submit directly to that Group.You can now edit older literature deviations in Eclipse. (Thanks for pointing out, @dc-26 and @littlekhajiit!)The Daily Deviation page now includes three days by default (instead of two), with a "show more" button at the bottom.While using browse or search, your previously selected sort mode will be preserved when you switch back and forth between Status Updates, Polls, and Commissions.After clicking a deviation from browse or search then clicking the back button, you'll now return to the correct position in the results rather than the beginning.When a deviant gives you Points, the notifications dropdown would display "[deviant] gave you..." without including the amount of Points given.Eclipse journals would be cut off on smaller screens on the old site.Clicking “View Log” on a Group admin notification would link to an error page.On Feedback, the timestamp on comments and replies now links to the comment’s permalink page so you can see the full context of a conversation. When italicizing, bolding, or underlining a heading, the headline would break onto multiple linesTimestamps on Feedback notifications are now clearer. (A notification from 3 months ago now displays as the actual date rather than “3m” which could also be confused as 3 minutes ago.)Daily Deviations page now includes a “Back to Top” button.The account reactivation page (restoring your account after deactivating it) has been moved to Settings rather than your profile page. This fixes an issue were deviants would need to switch back to the old site to reactivate if they deactivated while in Eclipse. This change is now live on the old site as well.Deviation descriptions that were made from the old site now properly preserve formatting on Eclipse.Fixed issue where mature content would be visible in Polls, Status Updates, Drafts and a few other places, even if your mature content filter was on.Fixed issues where font sizes would sometimes be smaller in some comments.Keep Sharing Your Feedback!Submit a bug or feature requestSubmit your overall feedback about DeviantArt Eclipse

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Eclipse Change Log: December 5, 2018

Another week, another change log! Thank you for your continued feedback and bug reports!

Please keep in mind that larger feature requests and issues take additional time to address — but know we are actively working on them. In the meantime, we’ll continue to share these change logs with some of the smaller changes and bug fixes, so that you follow along with the progress of Eclipse.

We’ve also been receiving reports about various issues regarding images, image compression, image URLs, and filenames. DeviantArt recently switched to a new system to serve images and we’re currently looking into the issues that you’ve been reporting.

Change Log

New deviation background presets have been added!GIF avatars are now scaled scaled up properly, preserving their pixelated look without any blurring. Thank you to all those who brought up this issue!Premium Content now has a more prevalent Buy button.Mentions now contain user symbols.Fixed issue where mentions would not work when you simply typed @@username(rather than typing and selecting a username from the list).Thumbnails in Feedback notifications are now clickable.Fixed issue where mentions displayed in green rather than white.The appearance of the search box was fixed when searching from the Notes, Groups, Forums, and various other pages.Prints can now be enabled on new deviations.Fixed issue where, after adding an image or a gallery to a comment, pressing the left or right arrow keys would leave the page rather than move your cursor.Fixed issues where tooltips were cut off behind other elements of the page.Fixed issue where Eclipse would not create URLs properly for Collections with spaces or other non-alphanumeric characters in the title would, causing an error if opened on the old site.Various other smaller bug fixes and visual changes.

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Eclipse Change Log: November 28, 2018

Thank you for your continued feedback and bug reports on DeviantArt Eclipse!

Our team has been working on customization and personalization options and we have brainstorming sessions planned where we’ll be further discussing how you’ll be able to customize and personalize your profile in Eclipse. We’ve been gathering and sorting your feedback, including the top ways you use Custom Box, and we’ll be reviewing it in these brainstorm sessions. We will have more to share soon!

In the meantime, we’re still working on other customization features already in the design stages, including editing your bio and custom cropping of your profile header art. We’ve seen some creative ways people are featuring single deviations on their profile (for example, see @ellysiumn and @katy-l-wood’s profiles), and we’re working on the ability to more-easily feature a single deviation on your profile.

Here’s this week’s change log!

Change Log

Header art quality on profiles has improved. If your header art is blurry, ensure that the original deviation is available as high resolution under “Display Options.” (Thanks, @queen-kitty, @titusweiss, @kaleidechse, @battlefairies, @yuukon, and several others who brought this up!)Fixed issues where typing in a URL in a Journals, comment, or Status Update would display the URL twice.Removed minimum character limit from Status Updates, allowing you to post a Status Update that just includes a deviation, gallery, video, or emoticon.You can now open and close Commissions from the individual Commission page.A “back to top” button added to galleries and browse pages.Badge pages are back!After posting a comment, the browser now scrolls to your comment.The toggle for Mature Content now reads “Show Mature Content” instead of “Mature Content” to prevent confusion. (Thanks for the tip, @rotane and @uszatyarbuz!)Fixed issue where tooltips would not display when hovering over the Add Deviation/Gallery/Video/Emoticon buttons on Comments, Journals, or Status Updates.Fixed issue where the “Send Note” button on profiles would open a new note with no recipient. (Thanks for spotting, @nominee84 and @mrs-durden!)Fixed issue where literature Daily Deviations displayed title twice. (Good catch, @3wyl!)The header image for Commissions is now centered.Updated the design of the “I’m open for commissions” button to make it look more prominent and clickable.Fixed issue where bolded text in comments would appear as a different color but not bold.After clearing out your notifications, the “no notifications here right now” message would be misaligned. (Thanks, @starlighthawk, @ikazon, and @sweetchimera!)Various other smaller bug fixes and changes.

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Eclipse Change Log: March 27, 2019In this week’s change log, we’re excited to announce a series of updates and improvements, including many bug fixes! Change LogBy popular demand, the comments section on your Profile can now be removed!Fixed issue where deviants could no longer add new profile sections if they’ve removed all of them from the left column of their profile. (Thanks to everyone who reported this!)Error (404 and 504) pages now have a brand new design!Every section of Watch and Feedback now has its own URL.Fixed issue where clicking the back button on your browser during or immediately after browsing Feedback would not bring you to the correct page. On notifications dropdown, the “See All” button is loaded instantly so you can quickly access the Feedback page before your notifications even load.The “Select All” button to mass remove Feedback and Watch messages is now clearer and easier to access. Removed Google+ from social media buttonsFixed issue where buy button on deviation pages would not work in Firefox.Added text to submit page to clarify that additional details (tags, categories, descriptions, etc.) are optional.Fixed issue where a bio could not be saved if you completely removed everything. Improved the look of Watch and Feedback when any of your sections are empty.Profiles now show a prompt to add header art when you haven’t added one yet.Improved performance of browse and search pages.In addition to these updates and bug fixes are smaller improvements we’ve made as we continue to develop larger features in Eclipse. Share Your FeedbackFollow these steps to share your feedback:Switch to DeviantArt EclipseHover over your avatarSelect “Give Your Feedback” to access our official formJoin the Waiting List!Haven’t received access to Eclipse yet? Join our waitlist today! Eclipse is steadily rolling out to deviants, so we’d love for you to start exploring the next phase of DeviantArt!
Eclipse Change Log: April 11, 2019In this week’s change log, we've added custom titles for custom sections, added five spotlights for all deviants and addressed a number of bug fixes and improvements. Stay tuned for more, and keep the bug reports and feature requests coming!Custom Titles for Your Custom SectionsYou can now add a custom title for your Custom Section!

Known issue: Upon backspacing the last character of your title, it replaces the field with “Custom”. If you experience this issue, a workaround is to simply highlight the text and type your desired text.More Spotlights!All deviants can now add up to five spotlight sections on their profile!Change LogNew keyboard shortcuts: You can now use CTRL/CMD+Enter or TAB+Enter when writing a comment to immediately submit it.Fixed issue where comment field in Feedback would be too small on journals, status updates, and polls, causing some elements to overlap. Galleries with zero deviations in them did not show when editing your galleries.Fixed issue where save button would not work after editing your bio.Fixed issues where Commissions on the shop tab on profiles would overlap and not be sized correctly.When editing a section on your profile, the dropdown that allows you to select collections and galleries was capped at 26Fixed issue where some mentions in comments did not appear to be linksImplemented and improved more error pages (in addition to our 404 and 503 error pages)Donation Pools are now hidden to viewers until a goal and title have been added.In addition to these updates and bug fixes are smaller improvements we’ve made as we continue to develop larger features in Eclipse. Follow these steps to share your feedback:Switch to DeviantArt EclipseClick your avatarSelect “Give Your Feedback” to access our official formHaven’t received access to Eclipse yet? Join our waitlist today! Eclipse is steadily rolling out to deviants, so we’d love for you to start exploring the next phase of DeviantArt!
Thank You for Your Feedback on Eclipse!

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:

Re: Eclipse by @rotane Eclipse by @katy-l-wood Review of Eclipse + Suggestions @nominee84 @senshistock’s video and documentEclipse Glimpse and Thoughts by @lexidus @taitrochelle’s videoMy Deviation Submission Journey in Eclipse PLUS by @ilantiis My Thoughts on the New Watch/Feedback System by @iingo Eclipse: WhatIsRight, WhatIsNot, HowToFixIt @ashclad-shade

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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