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deviantART v5 Release Notes

Tue Aug 8, 2006, 4:15 AM
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(ER: Having some trouble with news, and the team has deservedly gone to bed. So I'll put this here for now and we can move it to news tomorrow.)

If you have concerns or questions about features please post them in response to these release notes. We will review every comment, we will respond appropriately to the comment either with words, with action or with consideration.

Please be nice. We deliver v5.0 with love, and we hope to discuss how to improve it with you within a similar context.

Release Notes:

:bulletgreen: Upgrades include the header, footer and overall layout structure. Browse, Shop, News, Today, Forum, user pages, front page, search, Friends, deviation pages and all comment areas.

:bulletgreen: Untouched features that we've converted slightly but may still appear in the v4 look include: deviantWATCH, Notes, Chat, shopping cart, error pages, settings, profile, print administration, submission process, update journal, update wishlists, deviantMOBILE, about us, contact, help, policies and various low-hit pages.

:bulletgreen: Revamped or brand new features include: forums, news, today, moods, search forums, search journals (via today), search news, friends list, category navigation, deviation pages including embed tags, thumb tags for within dA and Browse.

:bulletgreen: The Front Page

* The front page is art only for now. Later we'll let you further customize.

* In the next day, two, couple, something.. days, a front page "customize" button will be added as planned. Bug delay. That's all.

:bulletgreen: Browse & Search

* Functionality is now merged.

* Search results will soon look near exactly like browse results, including popular/newest sorting.

* You can narrow-down search within any gallery. :thumbsup:

* +frontpage features will (soon) exist all throughout for easy adding to home page.

* +RSS

:bulletgreen: Deviation Pages

* Navigate search streams on the deviation pages. (top right)

* Art that is a part of the deviantMOBILE program also now displays EMBED tags on the deviation page for use on blogs, etc.

* More about embed: produce a flash file that displays a mid-view thumbnail of a deviation with links.

* Deviation pages also include thumbnail short cuts for use within deviantART.

* Full-View and Mid-View toggle without reload.

* Addition of Favorites also require no reloads.

:bulletgreen: Shop

Shop hasn't actually been redesigned, it's just been made to look v5ish. Active development of the new prints program has been underway for some time now, and we anticipate a complete prints overhaul to launch well before the end of the year.

On the plus side however, navigation of prints and searching of prints is far, far sexier!

:bulletgreen: News

deviantART News is still beta, we intend to add a lot more functionality, but at its core it is a system that the community can submit to, and the community can dig through to find the news articles that are the most interesting for the day. Inspired by

* Just In shows you all the submissions ... just in..

* Popular shows you what's become popular throughout the day.

* +:heart: the things you like!

* Submit news about you or your group, your friends, your gallery openings, deviantMEETS, ANYTHING you want!

:bulletgreen: Today

* Powered by MOODS (below) watch the communities range of emotion fluctuate throughout the day!

* A quick slice of deviation activity.

* The deviousness award and community statistics.

* Plus the ability to browse and search journal entries.

:bulletgreen: Forum

* Jump-To (Category) menu

* Paginated posts, no more browser crashing!

* Gallery Forums merged in to jump-to menu!

note: We will be revisiting the forum with a magnifying glass in the coming week after launch, but due to the passion of hardcore forum users we wanted feedback first.

:bulletgreen: User Pages

* Paginated comments and comment moods.

* Newness.


:bulletgreen: The Site Poll

We're waiting a few days on the devious poll, it will come back and will appear on the front page and news.

General Disclaimers

:bulletred: We will be proactively sensitive to your feedback on user pages. Glad to implement changes that make you mood:happy. :P

:bulletred: Gallery Pages no longer exist but gallery forums are still accessible on the forums page.

:bulletred: If there's anything major and obvious missing we intend to bring it back. I don't know what that might be, but if you notice something obvious don't freak out, just mention it in the comments below, we'll likely bring it back.

:bulletred: We are aware of various bugs including some funny sorting options with the news and journal search and various others. Take them light-heartedly if you report them, we're be on'em!

:bulletred: Anything dealing with the deviantWATCH is a part of v5.5 and not v5.0. Keep in mind that includes adding people to your watch, managing your friends list, and absolutely anything else that falls in to message center land.

:bulletred: Suggest away! Whatever hasn't "made it over" from v4 to v5 is likely a very easy addition we probably anticipated making after launch. But other small features around the place aren't too tough either, make suggestions below! We will be actively working on a few more features and fixes over the coming weeks so this is great timing to perhaps get a feature you've wanted added.

Enjoy deviantART v5

To create technology that meets your needs as deviants is our joy in life. This is the beginning of a new road, and we hope we've opened your eyes to a glimpse of what is ahead with v5.

Be devious,

:heart: mccann
:heart: Pachunka
:heart: chris
:heart: starvingartist
:heart: dionyziz
:heart: micahgoulart
:heart: dStruct

:heart: :spyed:

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bee2001 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Hesyr Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good ol times
xue-az Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006  Professional General Artist
Transparency on ID (and it's preview) is not working.
Please fix the gallery-scraps bug soon (:
Sheona Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006
For the most part, I like the new version. However, I've noticed that since it was put in place, there's been a problem with uploading new deviations. Occassionally, the newly uploaded deviation will appear in the "recent deviations" section of my profile, but when browsing the gallery it's nowhere to be seen! (Such as with [link]).

Is there anything that can be done to fix this?
baba49 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please try to fix the bug concerning the function of the reply window on the deviation pages. It works fine with firefox but would like to be able to use IE for everything.Thank you.
LazyLinePainterJohn Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006
Hello. I hope you are well and in chipper spirits and not too hot or cold. I wanted to draw your attention to the recalcitrance of the past-journal-navigation button. Users can't see their old journals. I haven't noticed anyone else point this out, so I'm sorry if they have and I'm wasting your time. Or if you have Issues with being too hot and I'm being Insensitive.
Marquise Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006   General Artist
Well... It surprised me a bit! Especially my one week trial subscribtion (I dunno wich part of V5 is part of it tough... but, since I can't use internet at home anymore I'll know it soon!), and whatever the changes you'll do, I'm sure it will have this bit of goodness; no one can improve by staying arm crossed so continue the evolution.

Anyway, you've always been the internet oasis of art and the gentle safehouse of delirious mad artists like me! ;) It"s not everywhere that we feels home :*
LeoLeus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I've had a problem since a loooooong time ago...
my message centre always shows 9 messages that don't exist... when I log in, maybe it says "16 messages" but when I click it, after the message centre is loaded, it says "7 messages"... and there are times when it only says "9 messages", I click it and then there are no messages...

another pretty bothering issue I'm having is that I have to remove manually every message that I get... the remove all does not seem to work for me

these are the problems I've seen so far :)

The new version is way better than the old one, I'm really happy with it ^^

laurelena Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2006
Where are the descriptions of the deviations? You know, the ones that tell us what kind of art or deviation it is?

Also, I don't like how my messages are all lumped together. On the last version you separated them out, and now you lumped them again. Why?
statichavoc Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i've made a few suggestions in the forums... but not so easily seen if you're busy actually fixing the site. but here's the highlights.

1. be able to add your deviations to a short (5 or so) list that can automatically rotate out as your featured deviation (very easy to do, just copy that random favorite code :P)

2. Journals/News Items - grant the user in question the ability to draft news articles (like scraps) with a selector for "Published" and "Unpublished" allowing a storing of news / journal entries that just aren't quite ready for viewing. I normally draft in notepad or wordpad and save it, which becomes tedious... if the articles are stored on deviantART i can access them from anywhere and work on them at my leisure. Lit based deviants can use scraps in this manner so why not journals/news.

3. On news posts, make the 'rubbish/spam/not news etc' go away, we just need 1 reason to remove news and that's "Not News"... and make that just as prevalent as +Love perhaps -Love aligned left and bottom of the new summary.

4. dA collections - where perhaps it could be an offshoot of favorites... but in this example. Say i'm working on a 3d project about aztec designs/architecture... i can 'collect' various photographs and other deviations as a resource into my "aztec 3d" folder... sort of a categorized favorites but with more of a purpose than "just really liking a piece of art".

Best of what i had to offer at this time :) and would especially love #1 and #4
xvmprsgrlx Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006  Professional General Artist
The descriptions for the artwork is gone... is it supposed to be or am I dealing with a glitch here?

I miss the descriptions ;-;.
juss Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2006  Student
any news about desktop screenshots and send to scraps functions returning please? :)
SeeminglyDepressed91 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
for the most part, i've seen that others have noticed and voiced any concerns i've had.
and a lot have been fixed, thanks.
but i noticed today, that when you change the location of a scrap [to make it a deviation] it doesnt leave your scraps....i now have the same piece in both my scraps and my deviations. which is annoying.
not to mention that the scrap i just finished submitting, isnt there at all.
i sure hope you can get all the bugs fixed,
silvericywolf Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006
Hmm... I dunno if this journal is still alive or not for me to comment on, but I've found something rather distracting in the past few days of the little tiny edits on DA. Whenever I try to full view an image (Well, I have my setting on full view in general) Then the side bar where there's the option to fave/view person's gallery/etc. covers up a rather large chunk of the image I'm viewing. I was hoping that something could be done about this as it's rather annoying. =___=;;
Akina-the-lurker Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
For the most part, I have no complaints...

But a few days ago, every deviation in my inbox spontaneously disappeared, and everytime someone I watch submits something, it doesn't know up in my inbox. My friends list is intact, but for some reason all I'm getting are journals and comments, and no art...I don't think I'm getting notes either.

I hope you're able to fix this dilemna soon. Thank-you.
spyed Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
that's a known issue due to a two point failure on some database server. really rare stuff. but it should all be back by now. if not, hours.

nothing to do with v5 at all..

-- A
Akina-the-lurker Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
Oh, i see...well, it's never happened to me before, so I wasn't sure if it was v5 or not.

Thank-you....everything's back to normal now.
womble-for-rent Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
Weird thing - my message centre said i had deviations to view and when i clicked to view them they were all gone. Just wondered if anyone else has had this problem.
FallenAngel8 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006   Writer
Yeah, I have the same problem. I used to have around 400, but they're gone now. :cry:
Keeps Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006
Hey, odd ball event today. I was messing with a possable journal today, I previewed it a few times, and in the end, didnt save it. I just realised, I have posted EIGHT empty journals today :omg:
TLBKlaus Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure you've had this one, but having the Daily Deviations back on more than just the front page would be very good... if the whole point of them is to give exposure, having it only in one place seems rather counterproductive lol... :D Keep up the great work, I'm sure you'll get everything humming.
FallenAngel8 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2006   Writer
Just wondering, but there were a few hundred deviations in my inbox when I got back from camping this past sunday, and yesterday they dissapeared. Do you know where they could've gone? I'm not sure if it's a V5 bug or what, but they're not there anymore.
fatty-666 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
full view is working now but the buttons at the side are that of the small view and cover parts of the image, zooming out and back in resolves this but something more long term would be appreciated.

juss Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2006  Student
together we changed art forever? wtf is that suposed to mean, haha thats so lame its unreal.

i like the white ish colours, but what about desktop screenshots and send to scraps are they coming back? they are both kinda important. also i think the avatars looked much better on the right.

an yea the fontsizes seem to large, this font im typing now is massive.
sumants Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2006   Writer
Forum issue - next page button doesn't work. I think the offset variable isn't being recognized.
shannonel Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006
I went through a few pages of these replies and haven't seen the same complaint:

Is anyone else having trouble with recently uploaded deviations appearing in your gallery?

Last night a few that were successfully uploaded were missing from my gallery and today they are gone completely...
baba49 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Help please! When I open a deviation with the IE browser and click on reply the text box looks like this [link] and I have to adjust the window to get it right. Needless to say that this is very annoying when there are many replies to be written. I would appreciate if this bug could be fixed asap. Thanks.
madonnawayne Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2006
I agree with 3vil-bunny on "I miss having different types of messages in my inbox, it was easier for me to know if I should check it imidiately or not."

I like to know whether I need to make an effort to check me messages for comments, or if it's just a wad of journals I can just check the next morning.

I also am not too fond of how you have to go to the userpage or the front page just to get to the submit button. It makes it a little troublesome. I mean, I won't die from it - I can deal, but it really kinda disrupts the smooth experience.

Other than that, dude, well-done all you guys on v5! I'm loving the look and feel of it! I think it looks nicer than v4, personally.
3vil-Bunny Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2006
Sexier print browsing?
What does that look like?

:bulletred: I miss having different types of messages in my inbox, it was easier for me to know if I should check it imidiately or not.

If a 1N or 5C appears while I'm browsing I'll go and reply to them, but if it's 5J... It can wait. This way I'm constantly uploading my message centre whenever I see a rise in message count only to find it is 7 new messages... But only 2 comments.

:bulletred: The white is eye-tiring. Everything seems bulky.

I know I can fix it by setting my browser, but it would be nice if I didn't need to bother with that every time I turn it on or switch to dA.

:bulletred: Forums don't crash browsers anymore, but they're small now. Too small.

Having a looong thread meant you'll see at least first few tens of answers. It get repetitive after that anyway. This way, you'll see just first 25-50 posts (still adding to the conversation).
Who'll bother checking each page every time?
Or setting their comment viewing options to "Show 100" when they go into forums only to change it in a second or two to "Show 25" because they want to view deviations?

:bulletred: Opera doesn't display user-pages.

:bulletred: When I previewed this comment it went transparent, over the borders, with the links and buttons being displayed over it :| .
DraconicaNimbus Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2006
hmm..I kinda like the new layout, but I found comfortable and useful to have the messages divided in D, C, J, N etc.

now it's just a big mess. XD;

it would be great if you put it like it was before. :3
Divs-M Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2006
In the old version, when you closed an account by writing to the helpdesk, your page became unviewable. That is a generic page stating that 'This user is no longer a member of deviantART' was all you could see- nothing else.
Now, those pages have reappeared and you can see things like information from profiles, page views, number of submissions and worst of all, names.
I closed 3 accounts last week to for the sake of anonymity/privacy and I am very unhappy to see that it was in vain since the information is all back. Plus it says 'banned deviant' which is not a fun thing to be known as- especially since you have started a new account- you seem like you are intent on breaking all dA rules
I really hope this is only a glitch in the system..:(
kat-reverie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So far my only huge problem is just that I can't full view, even after updating my fire fox. Something i find annoying is I miss the old messages set up. It's annoying to see your messages count go up, think you got a comment, and find that someone uploaded a journal which you'll probably never read anyways. XD The "m,c,j,p,n" set up is the only thing I miss that will bug me for a long time XD

In any case, I think you guys did a great job, there are a few glitches that are a tad annoying, and a few oversights (Such as the 'nearest deviant' feature only being visible on other people's pages) that are a bit silly, but I'm confadent that you'll get them fixed and have this place running perfectly as soon as you can ^_^

PS: I simply adore the moods system, I've yet to figure out it's finer points, but it's a wonderful addition to the site that makes things all the more fun.
lateralsnowflake Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006

I was wondering where the hell these were!
jenniecg Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006
The new DA is pretty cool. But i miss the old one...Is there some way for people who prefer the old DA to go back to the old version, while still keeping the new one for people who do like it? I'd love to know if there is, or will be something like this in the future...
Doubtful-Della Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006  Professional Photographer
I really have to disagree with you on the NEWS changes. That is what the forum is for. That is what our journals are for.

When I look at the news I don't want to have to shift through a bunch of crap. I want to be able to see QUALITY. MATURITY. ORDER. I want to see stuff that has passed through quality control and IS WORTH MY TIME!

I am a mother, I have a mortgage, I have a job, I have a life... I don't have time to browse and search through people's junk just to find the news articles that I want.

Thank you for the idea, but please change it back.
SelfDestructor Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006
A bug in V5:

The friends button (the one with a human and a green button) does not appear in Internet Explorer, it appears in Opera but there is no friends there and it appears and work with Firefox.

It should be possible to use it with Opera and IE and not only Firefox :(
pyuan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
Flashes are aligned to the right, covering up add to favorites and download to desktop.
Merrick1628 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
When ~Vidian and myself try to upload submissions (photographs) The title and space where the picture should be is replaced with the default DA picture. We've tried re-submitting but to no avail.
ozymandilas Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
Already posted in the poll, but will again. XD

I like the new look a lot, but on the user pages, does there have to show the latest four of your deviations, instead of just the latest one? It makes the page seem overly cluttered and less professional. If you wanted to see more of a person's pics, you can just look at their gallery. I liked it a bit better when it only showed your latest deviation, but maybe that's just me. O.o I wish you could also see the titles of deviations. And when reading poetry or lit, it seems to cut off the lines, but maybe that’s just a bug or something.

And like some people mentioned, the full-view doesn’t always work for me, and when I click on the next page for comments, it just refreshes and brings me back to the same page. But my computer is broken, so that could be what the problem is…
treijim Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006  Professional General Artist
I prefer it showing the four latest deviations, actually. It's a little slower, yeah, but it gives you a deeper look at a person's gallery at a glance. Many go to pages and if they don't like what they see first they leave. Showing up to and over 5 pics at once is much better for this. Just my opinion =]
ozymandilas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006
Actually, I'm getting more used to it now, and liking it better for that reason. ^^
treijim Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006  Professional General Artist
I don't have to worry about the order I submit my images too :D Cool huh
ozymandilas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006
Yesh. ^^
Phiyrr Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
The only thing I miss in the new layout is the message alerts. They were a lot easier to handle when they where seperated into Hot Topics, Comments, and Journals; it's too jumbled this way.
deadlights11 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
Normally i would post this in the v5 bug thread, but for some reason it's giving me a 500 internal server error when i try to post anything on the forum.

Here's my original complaint:

I tried to post a new journal and after i finished and posted it, it didnt show up on my page. No journals did. After refreshing several times, yes even with F5, it still didnt show up. So, I went to "Edit Journal" and clicked on the newest entry, which was "#Music Featured Chat" and it gave me a blank page.

Anyone else with this problem?

After a while of waiting, it eventually showed up. But this is certainly a bug :\
Picormdwe Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
I quite like it. Especially the new fancy banner! There are not too many issues I have to bring up as most of the people have brought up all the bug issues so mine are mainly athestics.

The font is one of the things that I think needs a dire changing as it is too big and I know many people who will agree with that.
The only other thing is the white background when viewing a deviation. I dislike it. I find it too bright and distracts from the actual picture.
zsarke Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
And wtf do you do if you can't veiw your pageveiw stats ._.
TreLore Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
OK my biggest bitch and moan is the fact that preview images are gone from my stories and those of my friends. i know a lot of writers who feel their work has been vandalized because of this. A few writers use the pictures as a part of the story, so hopefully DA will fix this. Because it makes our art feel lobotomized
piccolo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
Hey man, I don't know about everyone else out there, but I'm not big on the '9 new messages' deal. I thought it was more informantive (and not that much more space consuming) when it was just (1C, 38F, 5N)
Isidora Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
I agree! :thumbsup:
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