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New Editor and Contests Answered

On Friday we released two big new features that we've been working on for a long while: a new Instructable editor and contests.

The new editor is great. It lets you navigate and edit step-by-step while your image library settings remain unchanged. You can even import photos directly from flickr within the editor. It also saves after each action, so you can quickly swap between steps making edits. Look for it here:
https://www.instructables.com/id/edit
or, you can also get to it from the "Try the new Editor!" link in the upper right of the standard editor.

After running so many contests and challenges on Instructables, we've now built-in many of those features. Look forward to new ways to find contests, being able to judge and collect community ratings directly on the Instructables, and, in the near future, creating your own contests!

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lawizeg
lawizeg

13 years ago

I don tthink the "create your own contest" thing is such a good idea, there's bound to be bad contests....will there be some kind of moderation for them?

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dci
dci

13 years ago

I had an issue with " and ' being turned into garbage characters when using the new editor in firefox.

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cobaltxxxfusion
cobaltxxxfusion

13 years ago

I have three suggestions (1) There is a great need for a section for newbies. Basic electronics, general concepts etc. Help us newbies contribute by educating us. If it was just a outline with a selection of carefully selected links, this would increase participation. (2) (Contest Idea) I have seen some very basic cell phone hacks but I would like to see more particularly scavinging parts and adaptation of camera phones Ex, wxtension cable to a removable camera from the phone. (3) Finally the project that many have been craving which would make a fantastic contest. A true set of working night vision goggles! Emphasis on cheap production.

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

For (1), start a forum topic asking for basic info.

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joye68
joye68

13 years ago

I'd like to see a Kraft paper tape contest .

Everyone does a Duct tape contest somewhere from dresses to wallets. I like to see different things. It's what drew me to the site in the first place. I think if you're going to do a Duct Tape contest, it should be the most creative ever... something you'd never in a million years think could be done.. and it should be in different categories.
Most usable
Most artistic
Most Ill-conceived but DANG! It works!" category
Best Use of Recycled Duct Tape (could be adaptive reuse)
I agree with Rammstein - strictly duct tape 100% except perhaps the recycled category (50/50 maybe, who knows)

Also consider:
"Most Creative Use of Rain Barrels Contest"
"How Long Can You Reuse Something until You HAVE to Recycle It" Contest
"Most Creatively Reused Items Contest" - Must be recyclable materials that were not previously recycled via chemical process.

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Rammstein
Rammstein

13 years ago

I think there should be a DUCK TAPE contest and all Instructable entered must be 100% DUCK TAPE, and I mean made of only duck tape. Please comment if you think this is a good contest to have.

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dunnos
dunnos

Reply 13 years ago

it seems that we would get 100 different wallets are going to be entered if you make it pure duck tape

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baces
baces

13 years ago

that is awesome

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PocketSized
PocketSized

13 years ago

I certainly do like the flickr import functionality =D

Having recently payed for a FlickrPro account, I can now use it seamlessly with my Instructable account.

Very well done.

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T3h_Muffinator
T3h_Muffinator

13 years ago

Are the new banners part of the update? I love them!

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

They are not specifically part of the update; we're just having some fun with those ad spots.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 years ago

The link, withing the Instructables Editor for Try New Editor gives me this:

Exception

java.lang.NullPointerException
at com.instructables.webapp.instructable.LockingEditInstructableAction.prepare(LockingEditInstructableAction.java:68)
at com.instructables.servlet.ActionServlet.prepare(ActionServlet.java:186)
at com.instructables.servlet.ActionServlet.doGet(ActionServlet.java:279)
at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:115)
at com.instructables.servlet.InstructHttpServlet.service(InstructHttpServlet.java:46)
at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:92)
at com.caucho.server.dispatch.ServletFilterChain.doFilter(ServletFilterChain.java:106)
at com.instructables.filter.SecurityFilter.doFilter(SecurityFilter.java:170)
at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter(FilterFilterChain.java:70)
at com.instructables.filter.HibernateSessionRequestFilter.doFilter(HibernateSessionRequestFilter.java:71)
at com.caucho.server.dispatch.FilterFilterChain.doFilter(FilterFilterChain.java:70)
at com.caucho.server.webapp.WebAppFilterChain.doFilter(WebAppFilterChain.java:173)
at com.caucho.server.dispatch.ServletInvocation.service(ServletInvocation.java:229)
at com.caucho.server.http.HttpRequest.handleRequest(HttpRequest.java:274)
at com.caucho.server.port.TcpConnection.run(TcpConnection.java:511)
at com.caucho.util.ThreadPool.runTasks(ThreadPool.java:520)
at com.caucho.util.ThreadPool.run(ThreadPool.java:442)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:619)

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lebowski
lebowski

Reply 13 years ago

Goodhart,
When are you clicking on the new editor link that gives you this exception? Right away or while you're editing. Do you still get an exception if you click directly on this link?

https://www.instructables.com/id/edit

And what browser are you using?

Thanks for the help in tracking this down.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Using either FireFox or Mozilla Flock (both do it), I go to an unpublished instructable, click in edit, and then the option to use the New editor shows up. Then, when I click in it, I get the Error, and all else goes away as far as options are concerned.
Sorry, I don't see https://www.instructables.com/id/edit to click on (I just tried it a few times).

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DonnaO
DonnaO

13 years ago

I have looked in every way but can't find instructions for the knitting projects that interest me. Are the instructions offered or just the info about the project itself. Help!!!

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

On an Instructables Slideshow, authors typically show the finished project. However, most authors are more than willing to share their patterns if you ask by leaving a comments. On an Instructable, full how-to instructions are provided. You can sort what types of things you get in the navigation pages with the Instructables, Slideshows, and Video tabs.

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

13 years ago

I have a suggestion mr. willhelm ( Mr.cuz you deserve respect)

Being able to delete multiple pictures from your library, cuz its tiresome to delete them one by one.

Ive said this before, but haven't received a reply so sorry if you've already heard it.

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

Noted.

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Gjdj3
Gjdj3

13 years ago

I love the new editor. Thank you ewilhelm!

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marc92
marc92

13 years ago

I tried to access the new editor by the "Try the new editor" link, on an existing Instructable but got an error: ERROR 500: java.lang.NullPointerException Also included in the error message were 18 or so lines of text. I will post them if you like.

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acaz93
acaz93

13 years ago

Mr. Ewllhelm What About A Second "office supply contest" it would be excellent , new ideas , you know ..

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Doctor What
Doctor What

13 years ago

Thank you! You don't know how irritating it is to have to save between each step.

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

Actually, my interface to the site looks remarkably similar to yours...

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 13 years ago

Okay, so you do know how irritating it is to save between each step (which is probably why you fixed it in the first place).