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Link in instructable .pdf file doesn't work Answered

The link in the .pdf version of my instructable to a .zip file appears broken. The link in the instructable itself is fine.

 How are the links .pdf version of instructables maintained and how can I get them updated?

My instructable is 


I am not a PRO member, so the only .pdf instructables I can see are ones that I authored.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.




8 years ago

The zip file isn't going to translate to pdf's.

PDF's will show whatever text and images you have displayed on the instructable.  If one of those things you show is something that needs to be downloaded (any file-type a web-browser can't read), the pdf won't know how to display it.

The pdf's also don't host links back to the original content (I'm pretty sure).  So you can't click on step 1 of the pdf, and be taken to step one on the web browser, of click one of the images and be taken to the image link online. Therefor, a zip file that is linked on the internet, will lose that link in the pdf version.

If you want to look at pdfs that aren't yours, you might try things that were featured recently.  I'm not sure if it's still a feature, but I know that you used to be able to access recently featured pdf's for a little while after they were featured.  (It may no longer be there, but it can't hurt to try)


Reply 7 years ago

I know this is an old post, but it came up due to "billsorrow27's" comment.

StumpChunkman is correct that the pdf won't link to any step (because the steps themselves are not links in the pdf); but all of the actual links, to websites, other projects, the author, the original Instructable and to the zip file are accessible from the pdf. When I click on any of those links (after I've downloaded the pdf), Acrobat attempts to open the designated URL. In my case, I don't allow a program to access the internet (without my permission), so you'll see in the image I've included that I get a pop-up to confirm opening the zip file. When I select "allow" the file is downloaded from Instructables.

I thought you might like to know. ;-)

Here's a link to the Large Size Image.

StumpChunkmanDoug Paradis

Reply 8 years ago

Of course, let me know if there's ever anything else I can try to help you out with!