News of dA's mobile app got me thinking. Not in a foreboding way, but in a mildly interesting historical pattern kinda way.
Way back in the first couple of years of dA's life there was a desktop client called 'deviator' we could use to access dA.
It's pretty tricky to find any reference to it online these days because of the shared use of the word 'deviator' on dA, but some digging around on Archive.org paid off - here's what the deviator page looked like
in dA's old software section.
For the lazy:
deviantART deviator is an application designed to help make viewing art and interaction on deviantART much easier. It is an application that, essentially, interfaces directly with the databases and pulls only the information down rather than the information and the HTML. This not only saves bandwidth but also speeds up the ability to work.
...download deviations, comment on deviations, post in the forums, send notes, browse deviations and display 100px thumbnails, read comments, view news and interact with other deviants on the built-in chat environment.
It was phased out for various reasons - not the least of which is the fact that the website (and the internet itself) improved to the point where a standalone utility would have been redundant.
And here we are, over a decade later, basically coming full circle. But in the future. So... it's like... a spiral or something.