Summer 2014 Updates

The site is always undergoing changes as we work continuously to make Instructables easier and more fun to use. Sometimes these changes can go lost or unnoticed, so I thought it might be time to post here more often. If you're interested in seeing more frequent updates here, please comment on this topic directly so that I know it's worth taking some extra time.

This summer there have been a number of significant changes:

iPad support for our iOS App Live in the app store now! We're especially proud of our beautifully redesigned app for iOS7, with full iPad and iPhone support. We were featured in the app store once the app released, and we hope everyone enjoys the new editorial presentation of Instructables, complete with large images beautifully assembled.

Social Login You can now use your Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or Autodesk accounts to sign up for an Instructables account. It's easier than ever to get involved at Instructables! While we were at it, we redesigned the flow and the associated UI, and made in-context modal login work more smoothly.

Fusion 360 Integration  For those interested in 3d modeling, the Fusion360 Viewer is a great way to show off your projects. Ultimately, they'll be supporting a wide variety of file formats, and using the Fusion360 viewer will ensure that your project looks its best as people browse the site. Click the link to learn how to embed your 3d models.

Fluid Homepage, Contest Page, and Explore Page Designs As screens get larger and higher resolution, we're trying to make sure you can get the most of the screen real estate that's available. To this end, we're gradually making our pages fill up more of the available space on screen. The contest page was updated at the beginning of summer, and the homepage and explore page have been updated in the last couple of weeks.

And... around the corner:

Much Improved Search Results We'll be testing and rolling out greatly improved results when you are looking for something in particular. We've been serving our own internal results for a long time, but through your feedback we've heard these aren't good enough. We're in the final stages of testing a new much-more-intuitive provider of search results, and we should have those working shortly.

Mobile Web More and more people find Instructables first on their phones, and we don't want you to have to download an app to have a good experience on the site. Big changes to mobile web are on their way, stay posted.

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JoseP82 years ago

I am a free user, now I can see all step even without login..
in desktop and mobile version.
Which is the point of being pro?

Kiteman JoseP82 years ago

Fewer/no ads, and more tools for publishing your own projects.

Kiteman Kiteman2 years ago

Oh, and you can download PDF files of any project as well.

fingers572 years ago

I am a free member and have had an account for approx 2 years. I log on to day to find I can now longer download without paying for Pro membership WHAT GIVES

Tell me about it I have had an account for 8 years and now all of a sudden I can't download them either. C'mon Admins what gives ?

pseaton (author)  Quadranut2 years ago

Yeah, sorry folks. We released a bug that affects people who had PRO memberships in the past. Happens sometimes.

That should get fixed early next week.

The video advertising has made my experience of viewing this website such that I find it irritating and cumbersome to navigate, up or down. I experience freezeups, delays and jumps to where I do not want to go. Two clicks when nothing happens takes me to the bottom of the page. Is it me?

(Of course, if you make something cool enough to get Featured, your Pro-ness will mean you don't see those ads at all...)

pseaton (author)  charlesd.parker.332 years ago

Yes, agreed. We don't entirely control these videos from advertisers, but we are already looking into possible solutions here since they are pretty disruptive. Very sorry about that -- we're working on it.

Thanks! Hope so. I am just a little spoiled.
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