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DA: New Full-View Proposal by z-design DA: New Full-View Proposal by z-design
New full-view concept for Deviantart.
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"TurboColor" by :iconsamborek:
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Given 2011-02-05
DA: New Full-View Proposal by *z-design This is in the dA-related/dA-Suggestions/Visual Category. =erdile states, "This is a fantastic suggestion to help make practical and better looking full views, without having to download the image. Navigating the image by dragging it with the mouse makes it much easier to view very large images and, all in all, I find this a very useful feature DeviantART can think of trying to implement in the future to improve the site itself!" Also Recommended by `namenotrequired says, ".....is a visual suggestion that would solve a common problem for visual artists in a user-friendly and sleek way." ( Suggested by Erdile and Featured by WDWParksGal )
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I like a lot of what is going on here. The user option for preferred view style in the site level settings dialog is alright but you could make the viewer interface flexible rather than requiring a users explicit setting on a separate page. Try auto hiding the main action bar unless the user is dragging the canvas and use delays to determine when the elements condense. Combine this with a pin-like behavior (see the My Beatport left tray (www.beatport.com) when you login for something similar) which could keep the action tray open at all times, giving the user instant access to the options you hid away without having to take them there. You can also consider the pin or unpin actions as cached explicit user settings and save them on-the-fly or just keep the user setting page for default definitions (I somewhat assume that was what was implied with that page and dropdown).

This kind of flexibility and scalability is something that DA lacks, and this proposal would certainly go a long way to ensuring a better deviation viewing experience.

Nice work for initial vision. I like that it takes from standard design application viewer patterns (a la Photoshop, Fireworks, etc.) It's not terribly unique to off the wall but it's done well enough and gives user a more natural way to view large canvases instead of a rather terrible popup window experience.

Keep working on the UX flow and consider what the user is actually doing and what they should expect. Don't limit yourself to what DA does right now or what you'd expect a DA site designer might do (no offense to any current UX designers working on DA that might read this).

In terms of user impact this would be a massive plus, however I can imagine DA would cashwall this feature (if they were to utilize your proposal, which I highly recommend they do if something like it isn't already in the works) which makes me somewhat sad, but that's not your problem but theirs.

Another thing to mention is that this scalable viewer could be used in the critique window to allow a critiquing user, like me for example, to zoom in and pan around the design to continuously review the critiqued visual. Currently for any image that doesn't fit the dialog, it is impossible to view the image in full unless you open the image in a new window/tab.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student Interface Designer
So they did do something like this now... right? :D except not as fancy...
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z-design Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Oh snap, now I see it.

Yeah, they should have a setting where you can set that view to default.

I don't know if they are willing to implement the google-maps-esque dragging for deviations because of the drag-n-drop for collections and favorites that's already there.
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Yeah... now you just have to click an extra time ^^;

Indeed, good point :nod:
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z-design Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Huh? They did? Where?
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Also, #hq had a blog post about it :D
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FennecWolf Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
This is absolutely fantastic! The way large images are handled by v7 has irked me for ages; it would be really great if dA implemented this. Especially the dragging option.
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NorthboundFox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My good sir, you should be getting paid for this idea! :clap:
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BrainFissure Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
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vest Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
It's a really great idea! I think that if dA considers it, and comes up with an efficient memory management system to display super-large images (maybe load it as it scrolls into view like Google Earth's satellite images), it would really make for a sleek professional looking means of displaying images. :)
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Erdile Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
I'm glad I suggested this; it's a wonderful idea! :dummy:
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