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Changes to .zip file submissions that will affect you



I know some of you might already be aware of the changes that have happened if you have sent in help desk tickets about it, however for those of you who aren't yet aware; there has been a statement issued here -

Effectively, password protected zip files are no longer accepted on the site.

Matters Concerning ArchivesAs many of you know, archive file types represent a means to collect together a number of computer files and package them together for the purpose of backup, to transport them to some other location, or simply to compress them so that they take up less space. Many of you here in the deviantART community who offer stock resources, applications, themes and other desktop customization options are all very familiar with them and use them extensively, whether your file type of choice be .zip, .rar, or any one of another dozen options.
Depending on how regularly you submit and what sort of file type you use when you do so you may or may not have noticed a change- that change being that submissions with file types ending with .exe are no longer being accepted during the the submission process and if you've attempted to submit an archive file which was password protected you've noticed that those protected files are also being rejected during submission (alt


Whilst it is a huge disappointment that password protected zip files are no longer accepted, I would rather this be the case than to allow a potential access area for somebody to try and infect your computer by submitting what might look like a genuine stock pack or .exe file, and despite this being an inconvenience and what feels like a step back,  I'm sure you would all agree.

There are alternatives for submitting/sharing exclusive stock packs etc, including using your sta.sh for normal zip files as sta.sh is a private area, accessed only when you give out the sta.sh link of submitted - but unpublished work.
There are also various drop-boxes and hosting sites which might be worth investigating if you don't want to use sta.sh or your own hosting.

Just to be clear, NORMAL .ZIP files are unaffected.  This is ONLY a change affecting password protected zip files.

If you have any concerns or queries at all about this please contact the helpdesk directly!

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Changes to submission file types that affect stock and resources providers
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:iconithildiel:
Ithildiel Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm...I can definitely understand the reasoning behind that decision, to be honest-very paranoid and cautious with zipfiles and viruses myself, as well!!Better safe than sorry and there're sure to be other ways to get those lovely stock packs uploaded and downloaded, as well!;)
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yep, I'd be devastated if I lost my computer or any of my files through a virus!
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Treeclimber-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can always password protect a zip file, then put that zip into another zip file = easy bypass. Gmail will not allow executables in emails, even if zipped/rarred, BUT if you zip that .exe, and then zip that zipped file too, you can send it just fine.
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
I don't really recommend hiding files within files, thats not really in the spirit of what the site is trying to do and I suspect it still wouldn't work if the scan detects an encrypted file within another file.
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Treeclimber-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't say it's what they're aiming for, or what you'd recommend, but it works nonetheless. Its a work-around geeks have been using for well over a decade now.
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Lost-N-Beauty Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I am not sure I understand. Why just the password zips. A virus can be stashed in password free zips as well as password protected. All though maybe AVPs cant scan through locked zips??? And putting the password in would automatically open them. Is that the reason?
This doesn't affect me, but I do feel for those people who will not only have to change the way they have been doing things, but they will also have to go in and change the password protected zips that are already uploaded to D.A.
On the plus side, I do like D.A's look. Also thanks for all your hard work taking care of the stock section
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Currently uploaded password protected zips are fine and don't need to be edited or removed.
Normal zip files can be automatically scanned for viruses by both DA and by the user downloading them.
Password protecting zips makes it not possible for anti virus scanners to scan them, and DA wouldn't have access to the passwords, plus inputting and checking password protected zip files like that would be incredibly time consuming as it wouldn't be easy to create an automated system.
Even if you have the password for the zip and download it there is still a chance there could be viruses hidden in the file that you might not catch before you extract the zip.

We have alternatives that make the problem less of a nightmare like sta.sh etc our stock and resource providers are versatile and overcome most things to continue to provide work for artists to use :)
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CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can understand the reasoning for it honestly. It's better to be safe than sorry, especially when there have been those in the past that have tried to slip a virus in on some dA users. Honestly, between the Premium Content Option and my Sta.sh it doesn't bother me a bit. Those two have made my dA life so much easier. :D The PC option especially has made me a happy camper because now they don't have to wait on me to get the download. lol It was kind of tedious switching my exclusive stock all over, but I think the effort was well worth it. :D
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yup :nod: The thought of getting a virus on my comp makes me cringe! I'm glad sta.sh and PC is working out ok for you! :)
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SF01 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
What about RAR and other compression formats?
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I believe that normal RAR files etc are still accepted, the same way that normal .ZIP files are. Just nothing passworded or .exe
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frozenstocks Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So what will happen to Dreamers sets? :S
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Shouldn't change :) The only difference will be the download location of new packs, which will be in the same location as the password file off site. Previews will still be posted in the group and a link to the zip file in the descrip. Password master list will be updated the usual way :)
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frozenstocks Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Alright, good to know :) ty Lanny
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad that this isn't being blocked in sta.sh though. That makes me feel a little better. ^___^
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:nod:
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorta just sounds like a means to make people pay for the premium services DA is offering. :unimpressed:
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hmm, maybe a tiny bit, but with the option of sta.sh you don't need to charge or touch the premium content if you don't want to :)
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ik-ben-10eke Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The problem was noticed a while ago :( So, I already switched to St.ash for prize packs. Can't see how I can add a preview image (not being premium member), so I upload a small preview/impression to my main folder.
A first I was unhappy with it, but now I realize it saves me to keep records of the various passwords ;)
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Its a very good alternative for most stockers, I know many swapped as soon as sta.sh was released, so its been a long time in the "swapping over" mode :)
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AngeliaStocks Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:glomp:
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:love:
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WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup: thanks for the heads-up. Will go to my other site and invite the article into #DevNews

Recently I switched to putting exclusives into Sta.sh. I still have some pass-coded ones in PhotoBucket.

When stock is marked as "Premium" do you know how much dA keeps of the points that are used for the download? I assume there is a fee for the process.
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think they mention the commission thing on the original article about premium content, but I think the artist gets 70% ? Don't quote me on that though lol it might be different XD
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Just-A-Little-Knotty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
No, no fee on your end. If yo say you want $5 then you get $5.
They add their fee on the top :nod: So it will cost the buyer slightly more than the $5 you are asking
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WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. I wondered how it worked. PayPal charges the person doing the selling, so I wasn't sure if dA did the same!
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Just-A-Little-Knotty Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nope they do not :D
Another good reason to use the new platform :nod:
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kirilee Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This really doesn't bother me. st.ash is a great option - you can always upload a preview image into you main folder with a big water mark on it so it is practically useless for stock - but can give the general idea.

And for those stockers who want to be selective of who gets to use their stock (and it isn't exclusive stock for comps etc)... get off your high horse :giggle:
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:iconelandria:
Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
LOL, but I like being on my high horse :P My exclusive stock group get access to.. free exclusive stock packs :P
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kirilee Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But you don't carefully select who the artists are who use the pieces... do you?
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hmm well, not really as long as they have used my normal stock a couple of times before, everyone is allowed to become a member that way, if by selecting you mean like talent or style or something, then no restrictions, you can be completely new or an old pro I guess lol, never really thought of it that way before. :XD:
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kirilee Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle:
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Vasya27 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I'm curious as to how this will affect Dreamers submissions...
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Current submissions will remain where they are now, new ones will be previewed in the group with the download in the same location as the password lists. You'll still have immediate access, just the location will change :nod: I'm trying to make sure its as convenient as possible for members to download and access everything the same way :) Fingers crossed!
Unfortunately for me I have too much stock to use my sta.sh which would rather quickly fill up lol
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lady-cybercat Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Sounds like they are trying to get people to use the premium download option more ;(
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Not necessarily, there are easier alternatives to premium content, your sta.sh area being one of them :)
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MariaMurphyArt Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
:glomp:
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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DamselStock Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I personally do not mind using sta.sh and use it to store my exclusive stock already so this does not affect me at all. This actually saves me from having to pay $10USD per month for YouSendIt to do what comes included with my Premium Membership here.
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've got unlimited hosting so will be using that, I'd fill my sta.sh up way too quickly with all the stock I share and send out lol
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Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I can see that this will help artists feel more secure in downloading zip files - less risk of infection. The vast majority of folks would never consider doing anything malicious, but it only takes one...or an inadvertent "tag along" from a previously unsuspected infection in the uploader's computer.
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Lost-N-Beauty Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
thats true. Never thought about a tag along. I have always trusted certain stockers especially those who have been here for years. Always unsure of the newer stockers. But a tag along can effect even the most trustworthy providers.
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Does indeed, we've seen cases in the past of zip files containing porn etc :roll: thats even without trojans/viruses etc being involved!
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Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I understand the impact but I also thoroughly understand Why this NEEDS to be done!
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:nod:
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rml-stock Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. I can see this seriously impacting a number of stock artists who choose to control the usage of their stock via password protection. I can't help feeling that it is quite a bit of a step back as far as stockers protecting their works is concerned. I guess we will see how it all plays out.
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threedayweekend Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012   Writer
I completely agree.
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
It is a bit of a tough one, subscribed members get 10 gig I think in their sta.sh which is a great alternative :nod: You can still use normal zips, just don't publish them and use the private sta.sh link when people request the images. Same amount of work giving people a link as it would be giving them a password.
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rml-stock Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope that the change wasn't a way to force people into subscriptions.
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
I don't think so, using sta.sh is much easier than posting premium content stuff, you don't even have to go through half the submission process to have files in sta.sh, just upload them and use the sta.sh URL to the file.
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