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PLEASE NOTE: This is a limited Beta release and not all Beta Testers have access to these features at this time.

Three major changes to the way the deviantART works have just been launched to Beta Testers! We’re pleased to announce the beta release of a redesigned site navigation and two entirely new features — Activity Feeds and Status Updates — bringing exciting new options to deviantART’s browsing and sharing experience.

These enhancements are the first step in what’s to come, and we can’t wait to show you the full picture.  Until then, we need your help to use and abuse these features!  Tell us what you like, what you don’t, and be sure to report any and all bugs or inconsistencies you encounter.  Your use of these Beta features provides invaluable data and insight so that we can better shape the features for actual launch to the entire site.

DeviantART's New Site Navigation

The site's navigation menu has been completely overhauled to make it easier to find what you’re looking for on the site. The new menu creates a sleek, organized layout that simplifies navigation and provides room for upcoming improvements and new features. Best of all, we haven’t removed any functionality – so what you know and love is still right there.

What’s New:

  • Everything related to your account is grouped together on the right side of the page.

  • The Shop, Submit, Profile, Message Center, Friends, and Favourites menus have retained the same drop-downs as before, and the Stick and Splinter menus that some users prefer are still available.

  • Undiscovered and What’s Hot have been separated from Browse (which includes Popular, Newest, and Search) to highlight and more clearly reflect their distinct browsing methods.

  • You can now customize your deviantART front page. Your last selected page — Activity Feed, Browse, What’s Hot, or Undiscovered — will be preserved each time you click "Home" or the deviantART logo.

  • When on Browse pages, the left column containing the search bar and category tree can be collapsed or expanded, which lets you filter options when you want them, and hide the options when you want to view the art without distractions. The column will retain whichever setting you prefer, so you can set it how you like.

  • The search bar previously located at the top of Browse pages has been moved to the left column, to reflect that it's specifically a search tool for deviations. The search bar that appears in the site navigation searches for deviations as well, but will also allow for additional search features in the future.

If you encounter any bugs or other issues with the new navigation, please file a ticket about them in the devBUG
 Issue Tracker under the Site Navigation project.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 11.03.56 AM by wreckling

Activity Feed

The Activity Feed is a new feature that displays recent activity of the people you're watching in an easy to scan feed. When browsing the Activity Feed, recently posted artwork, Journals, Status Updates (detailed below), Polls, Critiques, Forum Threads, and Collections from deviants you watch will display, letting you scroll through art and interact with them.

You can also share Status Updates and deviations from your Activity Feed, allowing you to easily promote artwork or Status Updates that you find interesting.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 10.30.38 AM by wreckling

Apart from the content you already see in your Message Center, we’ve added Collections to the Activity Feed. Now you can discover artwork that’s being curated by the people you watch. You can edit what items show up in your Activity Feed at any time (including Collections) by visiting the Manage Friends page.

If you’d prefer not to have one of your Collections displayed on other deviants' Activity Feeds, you can visit the Collection Options area of your Collection and check "Disable watching". This is a new feature that has been made available to everyone today.

Activity Feed Widget

The Activity Feed widget displays your five most recently uploaded deviations, Journals, and Status Updates, creating a simple, at a glance way for you to keep visitors and watchers alike up to date with what’s going on.

Status Updates

The Activity Feed comes with a brand new way to easily communicate with your watchers: Status Updates!

You can use Status Updates to post quick personal updates, share a work in progress or your commission status, share the work of an artist you like, talk about current events, ask your watchers for advice, share what inspires you, or just talk about how you’re feeling.

We’ve noticed a lot of deviants use Polls to send out short messages to their watch list.  Status Updates are a simple way to make updates like these, letting you post and get right back to creating.

To post a Status Update, visit the Activity Feed page or the Activity Feed widget on your Profile and share what's on your mind!

If you encounter a bug or other issues involving Activity Feeds or Status Updates, please file a ticket in the devBUG Issue Tracker under the Activity Feed project.

Try it out!

These features are live to Beta Testers, so feel free to give them a try! The new site navigation is visible everywhere on site, and you can visit the Activity Feed page or view the Activity Feed widget on your Profile Page to test it and Status Updates out!

Any feedback you have can be left in the comments on this article. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know!

Google Analytics For Your Profile

Mon Jan 27, 2014, 4:41 PM
Beta Testers can now use Google Analytics on their profile! Using Google Analytics, members now have access to comprehensive statistics about their deviantART profile, artwork, Journals, galleries, and collections. 

Screen Shot 2014-01-22 at 11.49.39 AM by danlev

Here's just a small sample of some of the stats you can see with this:
  • Real-time traffic to your content
  • Visitor stats (new visitors, returning visitors, time spent on pages, number of pages viewed, bounce rates.)
  • Traffic charts
  • Traffic demographics
  • See where your visitors are coming from
  • Top social networks sending you traffic
    • Individual posts on those social networks
  • Search engine keywords people are using to find your profile and content
  • Your content with the most traffic

Analytics by danlev
Various example reports and visualizations of a deviant's audience.

Set Up Analytics For Your Profile

Google Analytics is an advanced tool that may take time to understand if you have never used the platform.

To set up Google Analytics for your profile, you will need to allow Google Analytics to start tracking your profile:
  1. Visit the new "Google Analytics" section of your General Settings
  2. Follow the instructions on how to set up your Google Analytics account.
  3. Follow the instructions on how to find your Google Analytics Tracking ID.
  4. Insert your Tracking ID and click save. Google Analytics is now tracking your profile!
  5. Visit Google Analytics. (Note that Google Analytics' default date range is set to yesterday. You'll have to adjust the date range if you want to see data from today.)
  6. To confirm that it's properly recording your traffic, you can select "Real-Time" to see live traffic stats. (Where do I find this?)
Note: Past traffic data will not be available; you will only be able to see traffic recorded after you have enabled the feature.

Try it out!

If you encounter any unexpected behaviour, please submit a ticket to the Google Analytics project in the devBUG Issue Tracker; if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know in a comment on this article!

Presets in deviantART muro

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 3:50 PM
Adding filters to images when using deviantART muro just got easier! 

The new Presets tab in the sidebar allows you to quickly easily transform an image's appearance, ranging from things that professional photographers often do during post processing of images to fun diversions.

Adjusting Images with Presets

The filters in the Preset tab, many of which were previously available in the Filters menu, make it easier than ever to edit and share images, which is especially useful for deviants when sharing images quickly in comments or Journals. For deviants who upload several images at once, it also provides an easy way to upload and share a full set of images without extra post-processing for the images you may not want to edit as thoroughly.

We did analysis of what was being used in the old filters, and made sure to preserve that functionality in the new system, either in the new Presets tab or via new sliders in the Adjust tab.

Try it out!

Nested stacks have just been launched to Beta Testers, so give it a try by visiting your! Any feedback you have can be left in the comments on this article, and if you encounter any bugs or other issues, please file a ticket about them in the devBUG Issue Tracker, under the Presets project.

Nested Stacks in

Wed Nov 20, 2013, 2:31 PM
Please note: Due to the technical nature of this particular feature, this launch cannot be switched on or off. Deviants with Beta Testing enabled at the time of this article's posting will have the feature enabled and will not be able to change back, while deviants who were not Beta Testers at the time of this article's launch will not be able to opt-in. 

Organizing your has been made easier than ever! You can now create stacks within stacks in your, giving you even more creative control over your projects!

When in a stack in your, you can now merge several files to create a sub-stack inside of that stack. You can group subtasks of larger art projects together, arrange your files by type, or organize your files in whatever way that makes sense to you!

You can also put certain files of a project in a sub-stack, so that you can share certain files with other deviants without having to share the full project. This makes sharing works-in-progress a smooth and simple process that won't compromise your work flow.

Try it out!

Nested stacks have just been launched to Beta Testers, so give it a try by visiting your! Any feedback you have can be left in the comments on this article, and if you encounter any bugs or other issues, please file a ticket about them in the devBUG Issue Tracker, under the Nested Stacks project.

Autocomplete for Mentions

Thu Nov 7, 2013, 4:55 PM
We've just launched an addition to the Mentions feature that makes it easier than ever to interact with your friends!

When using @ to Mention a deviant or Group, a list will now appear in a menu while you type that includes deviants and Groups you +Watch, as well as deviants who have already commented in the conversation. This addition makes conversation more dynamic than ever, as communication becomes even easier.

Note that this feature is only available on places where the "Add Media" button is available (comments, deviation descriptions, Journals, etc.).

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 11.52.46 AM by wreckling

Try it out!

This addition has been launched to Beta Testers, so feel free to try it out by using @ to Mention deviants you +Watch! We'd appreciate any and all feedback you have. Feedback can be left in the comments on this document, and if you encounter any bugs or other issues, please file them in the devBUG Issue Tracker, under the Autocomplete project.


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