Instructables

I can download PDF's as a free member

I've been here since April of 2009, and I've stayed updated to what the site in general has been doing. Ever since the "pro" account launch, I've kept reading over and over that you can't download a PDF as a free member and that only "Pro" members have access to this feature. I, however, could still download PDF's w/ out having to sign up for a "Pro" account. Are there exceptions for old-in-a-way members or something?

I'm just curious as to why this is so...

mikeasaurus2 years ago
Users that were registered with the site before initiating the "Pro" feature have some abilities that are grandfathered to their current status. Downloading PDF's is one of them.
nutsandbolts_64 (author)  mikeasaurus2 years ago
Oh, so if that's the case... Thanks for the heads-up.
tony545 months ago

Some suggestions

Your old start page was better, it's hard to find the search, it looks as if it's part of a video and not a search bar. At least keep a search bar on the top.

Also, there isn't any way to edit or delete comments, only the Flag option. I don't want to flag myself just fix or delete one of my comments.

It no longer shows my user name at the top only "You" instead, the user name was better instead of "You" which looks like a Default account.

Charging $40 for PRO, isn't all the advertizing enough. You will get more traffic if the site is completely FREE, charging for features only annoys people. How many people out there like Trialware or Nagware, kinda the same thing.

wilgubeast tony545 months ago

Search bar is on top of every page but the homepage. In fact, that search box on the homepage was in an effort to make it even more accessible.

Editing comments (after, say, misspelling someting) is a good feature idea.

No need to buy Pro. Every member of the site can publish a good project and earn a year of pro membership for getting featured. If $40 is a little expensive for you, you can skip the pro membership entirely and save projects for offline viewing by using our iOS or Android app (or the old-fashioned copy-paste or print-screen methods.)

charlieb19368 months ago
Why list a sign in for free membership trial requiring e-mail, sign in and pass word if you're not going to honor a trial membership. Sort of dumb if you think about it.
The free membership isn't a trial, it's permanent - you can remain a member, at no cost, for as long as the site exists.

"Pro" status does not get you extra content, it just makes it easier to access the existing content (less advertising on the screen, PDF downloads), and means you can create better-looking content (there are more formatting options for Pro authors).

If you want to turn pro, but can't pay for reasons beyond your control (eg you are too young for a PayPal account), then just create something cool yourself and try to get it featured (every featured project earns you a three-month pro status), or keep an eye out in the forums for other members giving away free codes to turn pro.
gene3282 years ago
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Go PRO today and you can fill your boots with PDF's!
k, can i borrow $40.00
You can easily win one by creating a great Instructable and getting it featured.
hmmm. I just might. I got a sony dvd player (yuck) but I think I might know whats wrong with it, if I find out for sure, I'd like to stick it to sony and help any fellow nerds out as well. I'll ba back someday when I find out what is worng with it.
Thanks
That clear that up then
nutsandbolts_64 (author)  gene3282 years ago
You have to actually buy a PRO account. There /are/ a few bugs in the system, in case you didn't notice.
seems as though the answer is NO, unless grandfathered. Not worth PRO. I will do xps prints instrad. nyah nyah to monitizers, get paid off something I want to buy or at least see ads on...
Iris_219902 years ago
Maybe this free PDF files doesn't work on members who sign up for free. or you can try this. PDF, i got a free trial version.
Tankmohit112 years ago
I think u can.first of all open the page of ur instructables them click on 'view all steps'.after all steps opened.open a new tab of ur browser nd go to the site 'www.pdfmyurl.com'.then copy ur instructables page address and paste into the box of pdfmyurl then hit enter and u will get pdf for free
canucksgirl2 years ago
I would say that's a bug... however if you report it, I suppose you'll figure out what may happen. ;)
nutsandbolts_64 (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
I know :)) Or maybe the Pro account system only works on members that have signed up on the day it was implemented and onwards?
It could be... I joined after Pro was introduced so I don't know if there's an exception there or not. You'd have to ask other non-pro members who've been here as long I guess.