Before you complain about staff not listening to us and custom boxes being gone, please read read this comment
and the change log
After being using Eclipse for a week, I have decided to write a journal putting together all my personal thoughts
about this BETA version of the site.MIND YOU!
It's still a beta version, which means it is just an early version of a program or application that contains most of the major features, but is not yet complete. Sometimes these versions are released only to a select group of people, or to the general public, for testing and feedback. (From Wikipedia)
This Beta version has been released to Beta testers on DeviantArt, if you haven't tried Eclipse yet, please endeavour not to form an opinion based on the angriest rants you've seen from other people (most of whom also don't have access to it yet). (From TanyaSimpson 's journal Eclipse, toxic community and why we can do better)
Now let me tell you that I switched back to old version to write this jounal and be able to paste links, add thumbs, mention other deviants with the : devnamehere : system and add plz accounts. Those features aren't available on Eclipse but they will be added soon!
Things I like about Eclipse:
No adds for everyone!
It looks FUCKING (sorry) awesome on mobile site!
I never thought dA would look that good on my mobile browser... It's just amazing and easier to use and edit than it has ever been! You can add and remove widgets without having to switch to desktop mode now. I'm super eager about the finished version of Eclipse.
We can delete deviations without having to click on each deviation one by one and go back to click on another one to delete it; now you can manage them all at once while editing your gallery without leaving the gallery page. Just click the three dots on the deviation preview and select "delete". Done!
Managing folders is super easy and quick now. With the old version, thinking about managing folders made me lazy. Adding covers to folders is super easy now.
Posts page! Now we can access all our status updates! Thank you deviantart for this amazing new feature.
I can display ALL my badges on my About page. That's great, now they're not hidden anymore.
I love how creating commissions works now. Much easier and much more professional, the way commissions are all organized on a single page is also better than having them on your profile. Being able to browse commissions is helpful and I love this new possibility.
I love the fact that each deviant has his own shop page with Commissions, prints and downloadable content organized and easy to find.
The Love Meter and the filter system on the front page. I absolutely love them! I am giving love to tons of awesome art to test these new features and look at personalized reccomendations!
We can browse posts, meaning, we can browse community polls and status updates and interact with people we don't even watch. This is a nice step towards a warmer community with more interaction! I love it!
Isn't awesome when you can add videos and pictures to your comments with a single click? Well, that's possible on Eclipse!
Comment likes. This is the best thing that could have ever happened to a forumer!
Things I dislike about Eclipse:
The dark mode is too dark and the light mode is too light. It gives migraines and headaches very quickly. A lot of people find it painful to the eyes and brain. It is nice to have light and dark mode but it's not a good idea to stick to pure white and black.
It's still very glitchy on mobile (it's a beta). The most annoying part is when you're navigating using Eclipse on mobile and it randomly redirects you to the old mobile site. It does it every now and then and at some point I gave up and took my laptop to continue using Eclipse properly. (I noticed Eclipse only works on your personal page on mobile site)
While editing and customizing folders is easy and quick, the scrapbook seems to be the forgotten folder since edition doesn't work for it. When I try to use a scrap submission as a cover for Scraps, the edition tools says I don't have any deviation on that folder!
I can't search my own gallery nor can I search my favourites.
Endlessly scrolling when browsing is tiring. I don't even like it on mobile, I prefer to browse through pages. It would be nice to be able to choose between scrolling and pages just like we can do now.
The navigation bar/menu disappears when you go to certain pages like Forums and Groups. That makes navigation very hard and slow, you need to open new tabs to visit the pages where the menu vanishes.
EDIT 14th, December: navigation menu doesn't disappear anymore when using forums.
The watch page is a total mess! I dislike how big the thumbs are there and how removing deviation stacks has become a two step move.
Notifications are all mixed and it doesn't seem to be a reason why the comment and favs are all together. I don't know if I can explain it, but I prefer a feed where comments have their own section and don't show up mixed with favs, llama and watch notifications with no apparent order.
More notification problems. Comments are hard to read and it's hard to find the parent comment since it doesn't give you a link to it.
EDIT 14th, December: comments appear to big on your notifications stack (everything is too big in general).
Sure, I don't like not being able to paste thumb codes, mention people and use plz accounts but that will be implemented in the near future. Proof: comments.deviantart.com/18/245…
Things I am neutral with:
Custom boxes removal. Yes, I don't care. I am aware they're working on new customization features, why should I miss cutom boxes and yell at staff if I haven't seen how the new customization works? Proof that they are working on costumization: comments.deviantart.com/1/7736…
The big header. Is it too big? I don't think so. We can work on a big puzzle composition showcasing several of our works and profit the big size of the header to customize our page.
Friendly reminder that Eclipse is just a beta version of a necessary DeviantArt update. Everybody knows the site was getting stale, it was too old-fashioned. It will get us a lot of time to get used to it but please, remember, this is for the better! We're getting better, faster and modern features that are really supported by new age's browsers and technologies. Since it is a beta, instead of throwing tantrums file a bug report or send a feedback sheet to staff: Bug report: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI… General feedback: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI…I kindly ask you to please be respectful and nice to staff members, even if you dislike this update there's no need to be rude.
If Eclipse worries you to the point you're considering leaving DeviantArt, remember that this demo is not the finished version and you could be contributing to its development by filling bug reports and sending feedback sheets. And don't worry since staff will communicate to the entire community when the old site is no more available.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ECLIPSE:
Eclipse Change Log: December 12, 2018
Eclipse - A 3-headed feedback - Part 1 on 2
Eclipse - A 3-headed feedback - Part 2 on 2
Eclipse Change Log: December 5, 2018
Eclipse Change Log: November 28, 2018
BETA TEST: DeviantArt Eclipse
Eclipse Change Log: November 21, 2018
Thank You for Your Feedback on Eclipse!
About Eclipse and Dinosaurs
My Thoughts On Eclipse
Eclipse: The More You Know.
INTERESTING FORUM THREADS:
DAv9 - DeviantART Eclipse: forum.deviantart.com/devart/ge… by piggies-go-moo
If you could have ONE new thing guaranteed to be included in Eclipse, what would it be?: forum.deviantart.com/devart/ge… by Katy-L-Wood
FIGHTING ECLIPSE TOGETHER: DA NEEDS YOU: forum.deviantart.com/community… by K-Zlovetch
deviantART Eclipse: forum.deviantart.com/devart/ge… by AKA-38CAUTION
My Biggest Problem With DeviantART Eclipse: forum.deviantart.com/devart/ge… by Vex27
DeviantArt Eclipse: Core new features and Core updates. Yay or nay?: forum.deviantart.com/devart/ge… by Shesvii
Insightful criticism by ria-illustrates
About pixel avatars by danlev
When will Eclipse be released? by danlev
And last but not least, I am of course encouraging you to discuss about Eclipse and share your thoughts here!