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We're going to be DeviantArt, officially. But you can always call us deviantART. You'll get to be retro, and that's always... well, retro! This goes for DA and dA, too.

It was nice to see Moonbeam13 and starvingartist today in Toronto. We got some lunch. Then 'Beam was nice enough to drive me to the airport with Rob. :wave: Rob! Happy Birthday Moonbeam! :party: 

I'm in the sky eating a banana at the moment. I wonder what monkeys would make of me eating a banana at 30,000 feet. Let alone journaling on DA from here.

I was in Toronto visiting Autodesk, and the teams behind Sketchbook and Pixlr and other awesome apps they have. What wonderful people. I really enjoyed seeing what they're up to, it's all very exciting.

I've been hanging out on #devart on dAmn today, and I asked Pickley to pull together all the best scripts and projects out there that improve dAmn. This way DA can consider buying the code, interfaces, etc. and see if we can implement the changes so that everyone gets the improvements. Poor dAmn, doesn't get enough attention from our team. And it pretty much won't for a while, DA is focused on DA itself. So Reaper-X and I were talking about how to bring some fresh blood on to the dAmn network and so I have an idea for him in about a month leveraging some new features that will launch. (Remind me dude, I get busy like crazy! If I go dark on you, hit up LaurenKitsune to nudge me, K?)

Things got twisted for a minute around here. That's about the best way I can say it. It's going on a year now that we're back on track, and you guys are about to get a load of changes to reflect that. All summer, all winter. Changes, improvements, and more changes. Welcomed changes. Happy changes. At least on the whole. You know how it is, people will freak out at stuff. But we're doing quite a bit of user testing, and the feedback from fellow community members and random people alike is suggesting we're hitting this on the head. Heidi and danlev led such a session with Ian in NYC a couple days ago. Can't wait to hear this batch of feedback when I get to HQ tomorrow.

I've been sharing some of our plans (and will continue to) with our many long time friends to be sure we're getting a thumbs up from them. So far the briefings have been focused. But as we get to alpha/beta levels (soon) where there's even more transparency for what will happen I'm gathering feedback from everyone who will talk to us. 

Anyway folks, I don't want to bore you. Happy to chat in the thread below a bit. I read everything, I can't always reply.

Oh yeah, we're launching iOS and Android sometime in September, we think. Loads of marketing activity will obviously follow with all the details, but I just wanted to set that as the approximate time frame in case you were wondering.

You weren't wondering about mobile, were you? hehe

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JamminJo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: absolutely cool!!!
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profanatica Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
I wouldn't mind a future change of name to the very suggestive 'devianTART', myself.
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TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The best projects take a lifetime to complete...I should know.

Good luck with everything. "deviantART" will always been in my deviantHEART. :star:
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nuckchorris0 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
A year or so ago, a few of us in the dAmn community discussed revamping EmoteCloud (and even set up a github for it!) but it got abandoned for a number of reasons (largest being the lack of a unique identifier for users) which have all managed to go away.

Are you guys planning your own system for this or should I continue with development?  I'm really feeling like flexing my Rails muscles right now...
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neo-the-foxycoon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i am sad i missed you in Toronto.. Maybe i will have to bus down to LA to see you again!
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spyed Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes!
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neo-the-foxycoon Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I wish i had known you were in Toronto to see Dani, I would have made my way down there. I drive now ;)
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JenFruzz Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
If suggestions are still open... I thought of something the other day that I was fairly shocked had not been implemented on deviantART! Many members of the community have had their artwork stolen, or are fearful their artwork may be stolen at some point. Now, people can put watermarks on their images and that helps some. But most artists just don't want copies of their work to be taken (watermark or no) and used wherever.

Why hasn't deviantART implemented a right-click block on deviation pages? I don't know anything about a huge website but I've used the HTML code for this on smaller websites and it works great. This would prevent people from right-clicking a deviation and "save as"-ing it for their own purposes.

Granted there are still ways to steal the art if they want it (screenshots, etc.) but this would be a HUGE leap on security for millions of deviations! :D

Anyway, just wanted to throw my idea out there. Keep doing what you're doing! Ten years here this August and hopefully many more to come :)
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spyed Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
JenFruzz We most certainly could implement this code. This has been suggested many times, and our team has looked at it. We arrive to the same conclusion each time. Basically: "Yeah, let's go ahead and do it anyway cuz it'll make people happy. But the solution is a lie, and we need something real to solve this problem."

We generally don't like to add code to pages that changes the way a browser wants to work. You're on the Internet, you have to adhere to the reality of what it is and isn't capable of. Unfortunately, copying images, saving images, and perfect screen shots of images is basic computer functionality. It takes a lot more than javascript code to obstruct this in any case where an individual is motivated.

And we find that the cases of infringement against an artists that everyone gets upset about, are cases where the individual would have easily been motivated enough to find their way around this loophole. 

There's even code where you can block screenshots, yet this is still very easy to get around.

Just like it's easy to download videos off of YouTube, even though Google doesn't want you doing that due to the pressure they get from rights holders.

Summary: The moment you put your images out in this form, they can be copied. That's the reality. Fake solutions are fake, we want a real solution.

Does that shed some light? What do you think?
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DarkJazmin11 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Speaking of the changes, when dA will become DA and all the stuff? 
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