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Tue Mar 13, 2012, 11:45 AM
Hey Folks :wormnomnom:

As you probably know by now, Writer is a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) writer allowing you to see a live preview of what your journal, blog, poem or story will look like and edit it's appearance by highlighting text and clicking buttons.

What are the Improvements?

One of the more common pieces of feedback we get from deviants about Writer is that it's not as useful for power users; people who want more control over their layout and want to be able to use their own HTML to give what they write that extra bit of flare.

So what has been done about it?

To make Writer the best it possibly can be for anyone who uses it, we have made Writer into a WYSIWYT  (What you see is what you type) editor

This means that you can seamlessly use both the WYSIWYG editor and your own custom html at the same time, and without everything being converted back to WYSIWYG every time you edit something!

Here's an example:

Once you've saved the file, the HTML is displayed as expected:

In the Old system, when you tried to edit your file again this would happen
and your file with all the html you wrote would be parsed into WYSIWYG format :noes:

In the New system all the text displays exactly as it was shown before,
all the HTML you wrote is there, ready for you to edit it :dummy:

Give us your feedback!

It's always great to hear your feedback on these changes. If you have anything to say just drop a comment below :)

If you encounter any bugs or issues, submit a ticket to the " Writer Improvements" Project in the issue tracker and we'll get it fixed up as soon as we can :bug:

Stay devious :fella:


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MyC-chan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please give us the option to disable this feature, i am not getting it i liked the old way to post journals and now whatever i try to post it always gets messed up with the automatic coding. Please give us the option to write the journals fully on our own again .-.
MoonlightMysteria Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it would be awesome to have the option of whether or not we want stashwriter to autosave or not. Sometimes when I am making features that I put time into, I'll make a mistake, such as pasting something, which then changes everything I had done (a probably I have already reported) - then of course, it auto-saves on me. I imagine this has happened to others as well. While auto-save is an awesome option, I think it would be cool to have the option to manually save so we don't have to worry about losing our previous work.
Itti Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Does that mean we can finally use a href in stash writer without the whole thing messing up?
1tracfone Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student General Artist
How can you you show a code to someone without adding spaces? i tried useing < code > code here < /code > (remove the spaces)bit it does not work!!
Rahona Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so much nicer. I haven't been using Writer as much as I have been using for images, but this had been bugging me. Thank you.
in-my-viewfinder Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay I have been using this to create our latest journal for :everything-nikon: and have tripped over a couple of problems. Please excuse me if these are already known or just me being a bif but here you go;
On returning to a saved draft repeatedly I have noticed some of my html links have turned into plain text. Not a difficult fix for me but an inconvenience none the less.
If my internet drops out (I'm using my mobile phone [sorry cell phone lol] as a wireless modem) I get interrupted every 5 seconds by an information box telling me that there has been an operation error. It seems to be the auto save not being able to talk to the server. This is a pain as if I don't pay attention I end up typing nothing into a dialogue box.
Lastly and this might be me missing a feature or just asking to much. There doesn't seem to be the ability to submit to a group yet. Is this going to be a future feature?
kevinwoodPHOTO Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
That's great - I love how it stays there, html code and all.
Sabbelbina Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's really good. I can't try it at the moment, but if it does what you say, I'm so happy.
It's so much easier to change things by html-codes and I go mad if I can't change the things the way I want to, so I really hope this works.
AFineWar Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not entirely sure what's going on but I just made a journal post using and I cannot edit it or delete it.
Ibleda Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay for html :dummy:
But it still doesn't seem like centering is back for descriptions... too bad.
Doberlady Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012   Traditional Artist
Works great! I do not need to finish journal in one go. I can keep it in the stash half done as long as I do not have time to finish it:D
Anomalies13 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional
Here's my piece of advice: Could you set up writer to enable one to view HTML coding or have easy formatting tools at the same time? I'm thinking much like how sites like Blogger or Tumblr have set up how you can write and edit a blog post. This would be a great way to solve the HTML issue. Those of us who prefer to write in HTML will be able to see the raw HTML code, and others who are a little HTML challenged will be able to fix their text just as easy. There's a reason this system is in place on blog sites...
JamminJo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I am very impressed with the improvements to Writer, I love for doing a quick journal blog, features or something that I do not have to save. However, I do many journals and blogs for several groups and found that when I would save the information I had written, then come back later and find that what I saved was an insane mess, and it never looked the same twice :no: I had to stop using for many of the groups I help to administer because I didn't have the time to keep fixing and/or re-writing information.

So........ again I'm very impress with this latest update :nod: and plan on testing the updated with a group journal very soon. Thank you so much $DEVlANT for your time and commitment to making dA continue to ROCK :woohoo:

BlackVictini Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! The new Writer works perfectly! :)
y-f-s Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Please, "edit ;) its ;) appearance" --- I'm sorry if this seems picky, but it makes me lose my appetite before I even sit down at the table. ;) ;) ;)
:heart:Thank You!!!
:batty: -y.
AimanStudio Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist

Suggestion PLEASE!
I think we need to customizable signature to be displayed into our deviation's artist comment.
like as the common signature into our normal comments.

The concept to add // facebook, twitter, linkedin ... etc. and whatever.

Guys, think about this plz

Rejia Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not using Stash. yet,but I think that once I use it,I will LOVE it. You guys are making incredible stuff!!! But another suggestion,maybe?

If I want to find out,whether I have new replies,comments etc, I always need to click on messages first. Today I saw,that behind the messages are numbers. Well, I like them very much! But would it be possible, that-once a new message arrives (comment,reply,whateveritis) there would be a (1) or (12) like in the Note,replies? Like this: feedbackmessages 1,600(1) ?? D: Just a suggestion.__. Hope, it's okay to post this here..
Puppy-eater Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student General Artist
This was one of my biggest problems with!
Thank you so much. :dance:
Doliath Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Photographer
Thanks for this update.
It's working fine by me:)
Aellostriker2 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot! I know NOW how to write my texts in bold & underlined & I don`t know how to use CSS,
by the way; how do I make some texts appear italicized?...I KNOW NOW HOW TO DO IT!!! this stash taught me HOW!!!
MariaDeinert Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Photographer
I was hoping for that :D
Lazy-the-King Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student General Artist
thaaannnkkk you! this will really, really help me with trying to code my profile some lol. THAAANNKKKKSSSS
DerNosada Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, I loves me some HTML. :D :dummy:
Queen-Soulia Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is hell better, but still need some work. Keep it up
Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent improvement. This is exactly what I need Writer to be. :clap:
Exillior Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YUS! :excited:
s-a-n-i-m Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
01309 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:dummy: Finally! Thank you.
Shirei-Shou Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Question :
On my stash [link]
I found code <strech>
It like a bug
I dont see it on my EDIT View. But every time I publish it, it appear again and again. The closng tag also available too.

What is that?
01309 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Are you trying to use <stretch> as an html code somewhere in your journal?
Shirei-Shou Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No. I only tested with only.

In my edit view, I dont see it any code of <stretch> ^^ I even dont know what is that wehehehe
01309 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That is very strange then. Try copying and pasting the journal into something new in stash and see if it does it still?
Shirei-Shou Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It gone if I copy and paste into new stash [link]
But it still appear on my old stash. wehehehe
Its very strange lol
01309 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That is weird. Maybe with the fix to stash recently it solves that issue. X3
Shirei-Shou Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ehehe hope so. ^^ Thank you for the concern ^^
PhoenixTorque Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes! :D
BlissfullySarcastic Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Will it still give you problems if you pre-type image tags or links?

I was trying to share a contest announcement journal to ask for help with judging with one of my friends recently. It had image tags and links already typed up--because one of the categories was a muro competition, so I needed to link it with an image that linked to the comment it was written on. I simply copied and pasted the journal, which was already formatted as it was supposed to be, into writer and it completely messed up the code and would not work at ALL with the edits writer decided to automatically preform. The only way I could figure out how to change that is to add the pre-typed journal in the header and leave the body of the journal blank.

If it's not been fixed yet, a fix for that would be very useful. If someone were posting a feature journal that showed recently contests or something like I did, where you needed image tags to show muro drawings (which I thought should have a muro-equivalent to a thumb code, such as :muro00000: so you can easily post them to journals from comments), posting it to for friends to beta read or posting them to until the date they're ready to be uploaded would be nice. I do not fancy typing the whole journal in writer (I do not need the WYSISYG interface, as I have a good bit of experience with coding), but I would fancy having it stored there for my own purposes or for beta reading.
It would also be nice to think of a way to turn OFF the WYSIWYG interface completely with a button, maybe flipflopping between an HTML mode and WYSIWYG mode. That way, people like me who have no use for WYSIWYG could still very easily use writer. I do understand you can use a combination now, but things like having to insert images or links via a button is kind of backwards to me; and it'd be nice for those who, like me, pre-type their journal in another program before going to post them.
NekoMarik Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't know if it's just that I'm using a different computer than usual to test, but when I tried to insert an image in stash, the preview just showed me a blank line in place of where the embedded image should have been.
Missing-ninSasuke Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nicely done !
MadRatLady Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Beautiful :heart:
Rootbeet Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
It's a good idea, but I really think it's going to make things too complicated! Simple is always the best, and it can get very confusing especially for new users. The HTML for <i> <b> and <u> is very easy to remember, and no one is going to use much more. I might have understood it wrong, though, so if this comment seems completely random ignore it. >.< xD
LiliWrites Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If you don't write more complex html into the Writer, it won't show it after you've done the preview. Basically, this only affects those who were already using advanced HTML coding. :)
Rootbeet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Oh right :D Ignore me then xD
Luna-Rai Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow good idea . :)
mosobot64 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Not bad...but please, I'm beggin on my knees, please allow for coloured font!

Please? :please:
Crazy-Sparkles Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When is this supposed to take effect? If it's already been implemented, it's not working for me!
Beavisjr Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Hmm well I believe this is a betta tester's settings thing when we test it.
PrinceJose Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
You've got it! :la:
superhales Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This sounds like a good idea. Definitely going in the right direction.
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