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Hi Instructables Team, Do you think you can add "notes" onto the user's profile? I quite often have things to remember about instructables... like not to forget to vote someone's instructables, plans to make a new instructable, and that sort of thing. It would help me a lot if you can do it! :-) And I edited this image to give you an idea what I am talking about.

Topic by Plasmana    |  last reply

Note bug

When I try to add an image note that includes a double quote character, the note won't "take". It doesn't show any error, but when I view the instructable later, the note isn't there anymore.

Topic by JesusFreke    |  last reply

Notes in pictures...

I am about to submit an instructable and would like to add notes to my pictures but it never saves the note. Everything seems to work fine (I can draw the box and add the note) until I hit save.  When I hit save the dial indicator just spins and nothing happens.  I can walk away from my computer for 20 minues and when I get back it will still be spinning trying to save the note. I thought it might be my connection from home, but I have since tried it on my computer at work with the same result. Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks in advance.

Topic by sdudley    |  last reply

No Image Notes? Answered

I can add and edit image notes in the editor but they don't show up in the published Instructable. I'm running Chrome.

Question by OptimumAlliance    |  last reply

Image Notes

I can't get the image notes to work! Can someone help me???

Topic by Hello Kitty    |  last reply

Not saving notes?

OK I try to put notes on my pictures and  their not saving it just says saving your  note but I left it for at lest a hour and it still did not save it  just kept saying saving your note? Help?

Question by TSC    |  last reply

no picture notes

My photo notes arn't apearing on my published instructable! I tried redoing them, but it was still happening. (my instructable is "two story house playable with a dynamic model tank")

Topic by cutting Matt    |  last reply

Image notes

I have found a little bug that is very frustrating to me. The issue is with trying to see the image notes from an instructable. I have noticed that when you hold your cursor over an image, a box comes up that has the name of the step that the picture is on. The problem is that this box covers up the image note that I’m trying to read. I have to move the cursor off of the picture and then hold the cursor on a part of the image that does not have any notes until the box shows up, then go to a image note to read.  Fixing this issue will be greatly appreciated.

Topic by shaggs31    |  last reply

Note help?

Im using mozilla firefox, and when i go to add notes to my instructables pictures, i just get a cancel sign...Its really annoying, and my first isnt goin to well. Im sure others have had this problem..well, thats about it. thanks.

Topic by Sofa-King    |  last reply

no notes on images?

When I make an instructable I can never make those yellow note-boxes that appear on images. I drag my mouse on the image like you should (yea I'm using the correct image...) but it just gives me a little circle with slash through it symbol as my mouse. is this a firefox problem?

Topic by berky93    |  last reply

Notes on Instructable Photos

When there are notes within a photo of an instrucable, if the note box is too close to the bottom of the picture, it is covered up by the intructions or other parts of the instructable.

Topic by tdc2202    |  last reply

Image Notes Misaligned

I added image notes to a photo via Firefox 4 on this page:  It's the 3rd photo.  The boxes are all in the wrong place, shifted upward, when viewed on the Instructable.  However, n the editor, they're perfectly aligned.

Topic by lincomatic    |  last reply

My notes not saving!

OK I try to put notes on my pictures and they're not saving it just says saving your note but I left it for at lest an hour and it still did not save it just kept saying saving your note? Help?I have  done  notes on an  windows internet explorer on an   windows xp.

Topic by TSC    |  last reply


First, I use all 3 "mainstream" browsers, them being IE9, Chrome 11 and Firefox 4. 1. Internet Explorer 9 DOES NOT DISPLAY THE NOTES. 2. Firefox 4 gives an error when writing a note."error 400 -- invalid json: { top: 0.072, left: 0.13, width: 0.08, height: 0.49066666666666664, text:Test note random}" 3. Chrome cannot save notes. It gives the SWOD. Please, FIX THIS. >.<

Topic by prodo123    |  last reply

Image notes are duplicate

Lately I am seeing a new flaw in images notes: they are duplicate. Often the problem is not relevant, but sometimes it avoid I see some images, as you can see in the attached image. I use Firefox 13.0.1 under Windows 7 Home Basic, at a Lenovo laptop, 2 Gb RAM.

Topic by rimar2000  

Image notes not saved

I thought I post here after having posted this a question. It's rather just a bug report to tell what system I'm running so the admins know. The image notes don't get saved and the circling thing indicating that the page is saving the comment just goes on forever. My PC is a laptop (about 3 years old) running Win7 64bit with the current IE (not the latest beta one).

Topic by Mike73    |  last reply

Notes on images not saving

I was going back through my instructable and found that some of the notes I had written were gone. I thought maybe I messed up and didn't save them so I reentered the text. When I previewed it again they were gone again. I've since tried the old editor, new editor, saving every time I make a tag and its hit or miss. It seems that if the image only has one note on it there is not a problem but as soon as you add more it doesn't work. I haven't been able to successfully add 3 notes to one image yet and it seems that it is random as to which 2 or the 3 gets to stay. This is my first instructable and as much as I love this site I don't know whether I want to go through the ordeal of making another article. Anybody else see this issue?

Topic by jphphotography    |  last reply

Image messages, notes

I am working on an Instructable and am trying to add notes to my pictures.  I keep getting the same note showing up on multiple pictures.  Then I try to delete it and it won't delete.  Then it looks like it is gone and I add a new note, and it has them both.  So I try to delete one and it won't delete. I don't know what is actually going to show up when I try and publish this...

Topic by wilwrk4tls    |  last reply

Image note bug

It seems anybody can leave image notes on anybody's forum images. I haven't checked project images.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

note saving not working

When i try to add a note to a picture it wont stop loading Mac Mini Running 10.6.6 Mac os X Safari

Topic by dombeef    |  last reply

Picture Note Error

When I started making my picture notes, it was fine. But after I got to the seventh one, I found a bug. If my note was longer than a certain amount of characters, it wouldn't function properly. I would see it right after I created it in the editor, but when I preview it, the note I just made is gone. Any help would be greatly appreaciated.

Topic by sk8bordgeek    |  last reply

Problem with image notes

I added image notes to an instructable and everything looked fine while editing, but when I view the instructable they don't show up. They will show up on the steps w/ multiple pics, but only if I switch pictures. Any ideas?

Topic by tashiandmo    |  last reply

Sticky Note Holder

I'm very intimidated to post on this forum with all you geniuses but here goes. This is an acrylic holder that you can get from any craft store. I always love this rubber stamping technique as it is so easy yet comes out so pretty every time.  All you do is dry emboss a background word stamp with white emboss on white watercolor paper then stamp your image over top.  I wet the ink and add a few different colors on top of each other so it looks like an actual watercolor painting.  You can fleck some wet ink for an artistic effect too.  The paper underneath just slides in. The pen is a Pentel pen so you can open it and put whatever paper you'd like inside. I used a small piece of clear velcro to hold the pen on. Embellish as you wish and voila a beautiful sticky note holder. This technique is great for cards and scrapbooking.

Topic by Lori Ell    |  last reply

how to add image notes?

How do you add image notes to an instructable. i try the "click and drag" but all i do is move the image. please help. thanks

Question by Matt526    |  last reply

Secondary Images with Notes Not Working

I just joined Instructables yesterday to post my first tutorial.I created the entire thing and now it seems that my images are smaller than other Ibles, and when you click on the secondary images of each step, the pop-up asks you to join.I have seen discussions about this requiring an account or even a Pro account, but it seems that there are existing Ibles that show the larger images and allow you to click secondary images with notes. I'm not sure of the current policy. The last thing I read said that all users would be able to view all images. I can view the large images if I am logged in, but I want people to be able to visit the Ible I created without having to create an account, just as I have enjoyed Ibles this way in the past.So is this only a restriction for new users and new Ibles? Please help!Thanks,Wally_J

Topic by Wally_J    |  last reply

Suggestion: Notes section in editor

Hi! You know how it goes. You're writing an instructable and while being somewhere in the middle of it there's this spark of ingenuity about something you should add in a previous step. You don't want to stop what you've just been writing either so you have a few sub-optimal courses of action: Just keep writing what you have been and forget the genius idea by the time you get back to writing it in the corresponding step. Take a note on the first piece of paper that happens to be on your desk and get it buried in many other pieces of paper by the time you go to the step you had the idea for. Make the note inline in the editor in the current step or the step in question and then forget to remove this remark to yourself before publishing. Or there could be this additional text box in the editor you could take your notes in. It could be used while writing an instructable or later, when some of the commenters suggest some good edits to your work. Just a great place for anything related that you always know where to find. Of course it might be that I'm the only one feeling like this would be a valuable addition and there are good alternatives without the cost of resources for the instructables team so share your way of taking project notes, I'm sure those will be useful to many!

Topic by Raitis    |  last reply

Problem with text notes for images

I have tried to include notes on the images for my instructable. However, every time I save or move to another step of the instructable, the notes disappear. They do not show up when I view the published instructable. Weirder yet, After I go back in to edit the instructable and try to add a note to the same image, all of my other notes in that image show up while editing! Then they disappear again after saving or viewing the instructable. I tested it on the image below. I get the same result here. Do you see a text note on the image below?  Ever run into this? Help! Update: - I am running Windows 7 Enterprise, SP1, 64 bit - Running IE 9.0.8112.16421 I tried viewing in Chrome, and now I see the text comment. I guess I'll be switching to Chrome... at least for the Instructables website.  Andrew (aka ignoblegnome)  

Topic by ignoblegnome    |  last reply

Lace Knitting Note Cards

Check out my Lace Knitting Note Cards. The swatch is from The Art of Knitting 1897 and the pattern is on the back. They are blank inside. Note Cards

Topic by bgcyclist  

Where are image notes now? Answered

I've wanted to include them (like I have in the past) but no longer see the way I used to do it.

Question by mole1    |  last reply

Calculating notes of twanged strips Answered

Consider a twanged metal ruler, or the "keys" of a thumb piano (kalimba)... I'm in the middle of designing A Thing, and I am sure that there ought to be a way of calculating the note produced when you twang the end of a strip of metal. Assuming I know the Young's modulus, length, width & thickness of a strip of metal (rectangular cross-section), is there a formula into which I can plug these numbers and predict the note produced? Or are there other properties I need to know?

Question by Kiteman    |  last reply

Image note bug solution

As far as I have noticed, the bug is activated when a colon is in the text. I had errors many times when making image notes - and I tested in three different browsers (where the error just looked different). But only in texts that included a colon. Each time I removed colon from text: no error. It might be the same for other special characters. Hope it helps :)

Topic by Jakob R  

can't see image notes

Hi i don´t know what the problem is but for some days i have been seeing the images in the instructables the way you can see in the attachment. i'm using google chrome, but if i use firefox every thing works just fine.

Topic by magno_23    |  last reply

70-note "Bottle Organ"

Here's one for you... I'm looking to create a 70 note bottle organ, inspired by this video: Except I'm wanting to build mine in a more "automatic" state - played via MIDI notes, an arduino and lots and lots of solenoids making spoons hit the bottles.. That side of it I've got covered thanks to other excellent instructables which have taught me a lot about micro electronics. What I am currently trying to work out is if there is a way to change the pitch of bottles in any way except simply adding water. Would another liquid achieve the same results with less "spill risk"? Does it even need to be a liquid? I'm guessing it needs to be a liquid as I believe the physics of the noise made when a bottle is struck is based on the water absorbing vibrations, making them slower and lowering the pitch. If anyone has experience tuning multiple bottles to be struck as an instrument then please do reply! Alternatively if anyone has any novel suggestions for things which would be easier to persuade 70 notes out of then please also reply! End goal - be able to play flight of the bumblebee at full speed with chords and out-nerd the guys in the video. Ideally on bottles. Many thanks! Leo

Topic by frag_me    |  last reply

an Humorous note on Email Scams

 Well I posted my motorbike on Craigslist, and I got this nice email from a chap in Canada: Hello, I'm James John, I hail from Canada in Ottawa city, I came across your advert and am Highly Interested in purchasing you (motorcycle) which you offer for sale at I Due to the fact that its been a long time have been searching for it, Please Kindly get back to me as soon as possible with the necessary answers to the Question in mind. Are you the first owner? The present condition? Your final asking price? Why Do You want to sell It?  And I will also like you to send me Pictures to enable me to view what I intend to purchase and i will like you to know that my form of payment is through a Certified Check or USPS Money Order .. I await your urgent response so that we can Proceed further. Regards Jms =============================================================================== So uh, how many monkeys y'reckon the Great Scam Conspirists keep locked up to come up with these aye?

Topic by KentsOkay    |  last reply

Login issue update/note

It seems as though something has changed somewhere. i'm pretty sure it's not my end. but with IE8 i can now stay logged in permanently. the only thing that i know of that has changed on my end recently is that i'm coming from a different public IP (ISP change) than i used to. dunno, one way or another (for the moment) you've got one less person to complain about not being able to stay logged in

Topic by crapflinger  

how are alto saxophone notes different than tenor saxophone notes?

My dad  got a tenor saxophone song book by accident and i have a alto saxophone will it make a difference how i play the notes?

Question by hunter_smith999    |  last reply

i cant add image notes

I cant make image notes i get an image of a crossed out circle

Topic by boyrock375    |  last reply

Having Trouble adding picture notes

I'm working on my first instructable, and I'm having trouble adding notes to one particular image. It seems that no matter what I try, I can't get any more than 3 notes saved. I can add them, but when I save and preview, they do not show up. I've tried to do it on two different computers with the same results.

Topic by lustreking  

Specific error in trying to post image notes

When I try to post notes on pictures in Chrome on Mac, I just get the perpetual spinning wheel. Notes were working for me in Firefox, but today when I tried to add a note, I got this error over and over: error 400 -- invalid json: { top: 0.22568093385214008, left: 0.692, width: 0.24, height: 0.14591439688715954, text:Mmm. Note the focus, the concentration... the enjoyment. } I tried putting the note in different areas of the picture, but nothing helped. Maybe it's comma related. Aaargh, this grammar thing is killing me. I'll report back shortly.

Topic by susanrm    |  last reply

pro: can't add author notes to top of instructables

Not that there is anything interesting to read but I can't change the user preferences - I tick or untick the boxes in the user preferences and hit submit and nothing happens. Neithermy work Win XP IE 6 SP2 pc works neither does the iPhone.

Topic by tim_n    |  last reply

Feature request: Favorite something with comments

When I favorite something, it would be very nice if I couls store some notes as to what I like about it. Very often I get inspired by an i/ble, notice an idea in it I can use, or simply want to save it for future reference. It would be nice if I can store on a notes field why I saved it.

Topic by tinkernaut    |  last reply

Safari doesn't like image notes : (

For some unfortunate reason, Safari Version 3.1.2 (5525.20.1) doesn't display or allow me to create image notes.

Topic by KentsOkay    |  last reply

Add Image Notes feature broken

I am attempting to add image notes to a new instructable, but the "Add Image Notes" tool endlessly shows a spinning wheel and reports, "saving your note..."  I've tired on several different photos in several different instructables using the following browsers: Google Chrome 10.0.648.82 beta Safari Version 5.0.3 (6533.19.4) Under OS X.   Anyone else experiencing this annoying bug?

Topic by txoof    |  last reply

Error when editing image notes

I'm running Firefox 3.06 on Centos 5 Linux - which is admittedly a non-standard platform. But I was able to add and to edit image notes up until yesterday. Since yesterday, though, I get an error when I click save: "error 400 -- can not find note: 'NVBWAGOFRBPYI3G'"

Topic by jdege    |  last reply

Can't save image notes in the Editor

Hi - interested in a fix and if anyone else is experiencing this issue...I'm trying to author an instructable and I can't get any image notes to save. The editor allows me to place the image note box, and add words, but the save button does nothing and when I leave the image and return to it, the image note has disappeared. Also can't change the size of the image box. I'm on a Windows machine running Windows 7, and have tried in both IE 11 and Chrome. Have rebooted etc, but the issue remains. Would appreciate any ideas to fix this issue...perhaps it's my browser settings??

Topic by craftycounterpart    |  last reply

New Feature on Instructables: Teacher Notes

We’re excited to announce a new feature to share your knowledge, and help to bring more making into classrooms all over the world: Teacher Notes! Teacher Notes can be added to any instructable to show how it was used in the classroom. Educators can upload photos, lesson plans, and other resources to demonstrate their favorite ways to bring hands-on learning to their students.A Teacher Note is much more than a comment you can leave on an Instructable because they are designed to provide valuable information for other educators about how an Instructable was used in a classroom setting. The Teacher Note editor has options for noting grade levels and subjects, as well as attaching resources such as Docs or PDFs of lesson plans, graphic organizers, or other classroom materials created to support students with the project. Sharing a Teacher Note is an excellent way to connect with, learn from, and support other educators within the global Instructables Community.Do you have an Instructable project you've used with your students? Did you create resources such as lesson plans or student handouts to go with a project you found on the site? Did you adapt parts of an instructable or use different materials to create a project for your students? If you’ve done any of these things, then you can create a Teacher Note and share how you incorporated that project into your classroom so other educators can do the same. Have a project in mind and ready to post your first Teacher Note? To learn more about Teacher Notes and how they function, you can check out this handy tutorial: If you have questions, feel free to ask them here. :) Like this feature? Share it with other educators who you think would love it too!The first 100 teachers to post Teacher Notes will receive an Instructables mug prize pack! Be sure to describe how you used the project in your classroom in a way that will help other teachers be successful.

Topic by WeTeachThemSTEM    |  last reply

Notes From Too Much Travel

A good friend of mine wrote up his travel tips here at Notes From Too Much Travel. It has all sorts of tips around rental cars, using cell phones internationally, how much water to drink on a plane flight, and stuff to keep in your travel bag.

Topic by ewilhelm  

Notes on specific laws - the Third Law

Third LawAs the level of civility approaches absolute zero, the uselessness of an exchange of posts approaches infinity.There are many threads which are started in good humour - seeking information, looking for an intelligent discussion, or passing on a humorous tidbit. Most of them carry on in the same vein, but, occasionally, people get carried away. Discussion becomes argument, argument becomes name-calling. Tempers fray, feelings get hurt, reputations damaged. We've all seen it, or even been there.Eventually, when a thread begins to descend into the mire, it actually swamps all the original good it might have done.Such a thread must be walked away from. Wash your hands of a troll before you get dragged too deep. Abandon it to the fate of the the Second Law, before you waste too much precious bandwidth.

Topic by Kiteman  

Notes on Specific Laws - the First Law

First Law On the Instructables website, the use of correct spelling and grammar shall be a constant criterion. Note: Edited Law There are several reasons for using correct English in all of our work on this site, but the most important ones are: It shows that you have taken time over your project, put some effort in and are proud of it. Like a smooth finish is the sign of a careful craftsman, a well-formed sentence is a sign of an Instructable that is worth trying. Clarity - the use of poor grammar or spelling can completely mangle or disguise the meaning of a piece of work, causing problems and wasting time as readers seek clarification. Inclusiveness - Whilst it may be cool to use the most current street slang or message-board abbreviations, there are those (myself included) who do not move in the internet circles where these terms originate. Excluding part of the membership by making the slang impenetrable also cuts you off from a deep well of information and advice. Time - slang dates, and changes rapidly. For instance, the word "gay" originally meant "carefree", then "happy", then "homosexual". Now, to the pupils at my school, it means "annoying" or "sad". Imagine what your latest slang could mean to future generations of readers. The web is a multi-lingual place. It would be conceited of us to assume that all readers speak English as their first, or even their second languages. There are a growing number of members and casual readers that rely on translation software to read this site. Translation software cannot deal with poor spelling or new abbreviations, and will render our words as gibberish.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

Notes on Specific Laws - the second Law

Second LawAn unsuitable thread isolated from replies will descend the list into obscurity.This is an "anti-spam" law. We have all seen threads appear that advertise odd things - trainers, dating sites, Chinese plastic-moulding factories - and we all agree they should no be here. It is tempting to reply to the threads to express our chagrin, but that makes the thread bob to the surface again, pushing more useful threads down.Far better to flag the thread and let it slide down the list until it disappears.In addition, this law can also be applied to trolls - if somebody starts a thread specifically to start an argument (as opposed to a discussion), or just to put another user or group of users down, then they are trolling. Those threads should also be allowed to slide.Addendum to the second lawSpam advertisers may be chastised through the Private Message system to prevent their thread's longevity.If you cannot resist giving a spammer a piece of your mind, the PM system is very useful - the spammer gets an email alert to your comment, they are aware of your feelings, but the thread is undisturbed.Similarly a troll may be gently reminded of the site's Be Nice policy via a PM. Should the troll decide to respond with vitriol, they are deprived of the audience they crave.Finally, you can help the site financially - using a PM to casually point out the correct route for advertising could, perhaps, result in a new fee-paying advertiser for the site.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply