Letter from the editor

Hey gang,  This is my first "letter from the editor"! There is so much to write about and a limitless array of Instructables "stuff" that could be mentioned but with the newsletter and Facebook doing such an excellent job of keeping everyone up to date, I wanted to write something slightly more personal.  During most of college I worked at an art museum. One of my favorite exhibits was a large collection of toys, art and other things made primarily from metal cans. The exhibit featured things from all over Africa and the Caribbean. It has been one of those lingering experiences that just stuck with me, the magic of what people can and will do with what they have.  This year I was lucky enough to get just such a "toy", it seems like much more than a toy, as an early birthday present! The lovely gal that gave it to me had no idea I was enamored with these things, so it was all the more endearing that she knew I'd like it.  The piece is made entirely from re-purposed materials and I couldn't find any glue, solder or tape anywhere on it. The frame is bent wire and the body made from tomato cans. There are a handful of things that are held together by strips of inner tube, like the wheels made from the tops of aerosol cans. The whole thing is in general, fantastic!  I feel like this embodies so much of what and why we do what we do on Instructables and in this way we share a commonality of spirit with people and places many of us have little hope of seeing or truly understanding. The DIY spirit and ingenuity that is common in these places is something that I feel has steadily slipped away from the mainstream of heavy "consumer" nations.  The thing I like best about this is that even though there are other similar toys, like the one in the last photo, there will really only ever be one just like this. It has a story and exists in a far more real way than any manufactured toy is likely to have, no matter how long it sticks around, unless it's fortunate enough to be transformed by some clever DIY'er. So, if it's possible for an object to show why we do what we do, I feel like this one does.  I'm thinking we need a contest around this concept at some point!  Thanks for reading a kind regards, Jason Here are a few links from the web that show some more of these. I didn't find much about the objects themselves or the people making them but they are fairly inexpensive to buy and readily available if you go looking.  http://www.indigoarts.com/store1_recycle_2.html http://hubpages.com/hub/Make-your-own-recycled-toys http://growingupgreen.com.au/?p=628

Topic by Culturespy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Letter from the Editor: The Perfect Gift

Is it just me, or does it seem like time speeds up around the holidays? It doesn’t matter where I’ve been in life, time seems to enter a sucking vortex towards the end of the year. Every year I have plans to be more clever, more efficient, more thoughtful when it comes to the holidays, and each year I hear myself getting snappier and more impatient with the demands made upon me. “A Christmas list? I don’t have time to think about what you could give me to make my life easier!” That’s right, I’m an ungrateful troll. So in an attempt to keep this holiday-troll at bay, I make lists. I gather supplies. I get excited about what I can make for friends and family, and I set out to learn whole new skill sets to accomplish my goals. This year, a laser-etched arduino-powered cribbage board with hand-carved pegs! Knit socks in decadent colorways for everyone in the family! Infused liqueurs with home-grown fruits and herbs! But let’s face it, last year, I taught myself crochet so I could make a friend a beautiful sampler afghan. It’s almost done! It’s right next to half a sock I started knitting the year before. Oh, and I don’t grow fruit. Still, every year I pride myself in how this year I will make simple gifts for family and friends. I will eschew consumerism! I will not fall prey to deep discounts and crowded malls. I will not find myself waiting by door to accept delivery. And yet, come December 24, you’re likely to find me trying to hide my face in the endless queue at whatever store is still open at midnight, arms rammed full of manufactured goods that no one really needs or will remember, promising myself that next year I will start in May! Let’s get real. I didn’t start in May. I will probably never start in May. But maybe one day, I will learn how to think mindfully about the holidays and what they mean to me. I will think about my loved ones and what they mean to me. I will simplify and know that it is enough. I will learn that it is for the best of everyone that I find time to breathe and to let go. One thing no one wants for the holidays is a cranky troll – I have at least learned that. To be honest, I don’t remember the gifts I receive from year to year. What I remember is the time I get to spend with friends and family. So this year I will try to make myself a simple gift: the gift of time. Time away from a computer, away from responsibility, away from my self-imposed pressures. Time to spend with my loved ones. After all, isn’t that the best gift we can give? Ok, I’m still going to make something for everyone I can. I mean, c’mon, it’s what I do! But reflecting on this helps me remember the point. So how do you handle the holidays?

Topic by scoochmaroo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Dear Newsletter editor.

Hi... This is an open letter.. made with a new id which i will never use again.. i promise you that my sole intention is for instructible to be better. Lately it's been very difficult for me to follow the one rule "be nice policy"... I'm still trying very hard... It's been made very hard by the newsletter editor, or whoever's job it is to choose which instructible to feature..  It's like you just choose randomly (or is this the case???), some times it's such a ridiculous ible that i can't hold my self much longer.. I want to be nasty in the comments of the ible.. But it's not the ible's writer's fault..  S/he's just making and sharing what s/he wants and i wouldn't even open the ible if it wasn't featured!!! To me, featuring means that you think it's a really nice piece and everyone should have a look at it.. it's brilliant! it's new!! it's unique! A little screening should be done prior to featuring.. Featuring doesn't mean "hey guys.. look at these random pages and see what you think.. or whatever..." Some of the ible's that was featured lately  that i dont think that everybody should see: "is my sweater blue?"  i admit it's a funny one.. well written.. yet it's pointless!  anticlimactic! i was expecting so much more only because it was featured. If i stumbled on it on my own, i wouldn't have put so much expectation and wont be too disappointed.. might even enjoy the joke..  it was 1st of march!!! Not april fools!!!!! "router hack"  more like router 101..  or how to use your router.. look at all the breach in the be-nice-policy comments... I wont even comment there..  A few was a re-post of older ible, some even a only re-make (i dont want to say plagiarism), and few more i care to remember... Were they innovative? were they interesting? were they everyone-must-see material? subjectively i say NO, NO, and NO. But if i look at the other commenting on them, mostly breaching the be nice policy, i'm not alone! I'm seriously starting to see instructible newsletter to be more junk lately.. Not like before when i got excited everytime one arrives in my inbox.. now i'm like "meh.. gotta screen to these stuff again because someone didn't do his/her job properly"... Please do something about this.. I'm worried that instructible would spiral down into the abyss, becoming flamming troll land due to the domino effect from negative comments making others feeling negative and spreading like a virus.. If it happens, there's only one to blame: unscreened newsletter featuring undeserving ibles. So i say again: please.. please.. please.. Anonym

Topic by amahtai 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Letter from the Editor: Homemade for the Holidays

It seems obvious that I'll be making the majority of my Christmas presents this year.  But I'm learning that's not something to take for granted.  I'm discovering how rare a talent it is considered to be able to make things, and how few people believe they could too! Often I find myself socializing with a group of professionals – people in finance, medicine, law, education. When they ask me What Do You Do, I find it hard to explain. “Well, I make stuff. And then I take pictures of it, and write about it and tell you how you can make it too. And I help other people who want to do the same.” The amount of admiration I receive for knowing how to “make stuff,” overwhelms me. It seems like basic life skills to me, nothing too impressive. The fact that people whose work I admire could be envious of mine is not just flattering, it’s telling. While DIY is a natural way of life for me, there are still millions out there (loose estimate), who have yet to discover their own hidden hand-crafting talents. For example, I was recently scouring Chinatown for some interesting feathers to use in my Feathered Headband Instructable, when I struck up an interesting conversation with a shop owner. She didn’t know where to find feathers for sale, and was wondering what I needed them for. When I explained the project, she expressed amazement at my ability to make something. By myself. With my hands. Maybe this comes from spending all day peddling cheap merchandise direct from China (which is an accurate portrayal of this particular shop), but she was so impressed with the idea of hand-crafting things, that she invited me into the back of her shop, served me tea, and even gave me a tiny jade dragon to keep (since Dragon is my Chinese zodiac sign). What a turn of events! I finally realized just how impressive hand-crafting is when I learned from my mother that she and her friends are exchanging only hand-made gifts this year. It suddenly struck me how big a deal that really is! Not only is DIY a way to overcome feeling beaten down by the economy, it’s a way to share something personal with the people you love. It’s a challenge to yourself to stretch your imagination and learn new skills. The value of the gifts you make will far exceed anything you might have bought in a shop (even with Black Friday sales!). And you know what? It’s not hard. It doesn’t have to be. Make cookies, or candy, or cake in a jar! Make a lovely zippered case with no sewing experience needed! Write a letter – by hand. Make a coupon book redeemable for chores and errands. You know what your skills are. But how do you convince someone who doesn’t think of themselves as handy or crafty or creative that they really are? How do you let them know how much more treasured a hand-made gift is than something store-bought? My question for you is: How will we spread the DIY movement this season? Who can you convince to make their gifts this year?   And, oh yeah, what are you gonna make?

Topic by scoochmaroo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Letter from the editor: Say Hello to eBooks!

Happy New Year to all! It's been an exciting time at Instructables HQ, with the release of over 60 new eBooks currently available in the iBooks store on iTunes! As many of you know, we've been furiously working on putting together some fantastic guides of projects that span the content of the website in order to share our work with an even broader audience. Many of your projects have been featured in these eBooks and you have already checked them out. For those of you who haven't, you can peruse the iTunes bookstore and download free previews of all of the books we publish by searching for Instructables within the iBooks App on iPads, iPods, or iPhones. If you don't have a device that natively reads EPUB files, you can read them on your computer using a free EPUB reader such as Calibre. Click here to get Amazing Cakes for the iPad or iPhone Lots of interesting questions and ideas have come up in the creation of these books. While we want to offer as much of our content for free as we can, it's also true that people tend to value objects more when there's a price tag attached. To test out this theory, we did add some nominal fees (between $0.99 and $2.99 USD) to some of the more niche titles we created – the rest of our books remain free on the iTunes market. However, all of our PRO members will soon be able to download every eBook we produce for free, and every author featured in one will receive a code to share with their friends and family as well. Some of the titles are available to the Nook audience, though their publishing restrictions were tighter than iTunes' (the Nook doesn't allow us to offer eBooks for free!), so we were limited to what we could share through that market. Now that we know more about their process, we'll be able to share more with them in the future! And we're still brainstorming the best way to bring these books to your Kindle (as much as I love my Kindle, I just don't like the way our guides look in e-ink). Of course, you can still upload pdfs of the Instructables you love to any portable reader you have. Click here to get Survival for the Nook We hope you're having a great new year, and that you're as excited as we are about this new venture!  Click here to check out all the rest of our new ebooks! All the best, Sarah

Topic by scoochmaroo 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Editors' Picks

In various parts around the site, we've changed "featured" to "editors' picks".  When a new visitor comes to Instructables, we want them to clearly understand that there are editors helping select the very best content.  This is especially true on our homepage, where I want a new visitor to know a human, not an algorithm or chance, selected which Instructables appear. Editors' picks doesn't easily lend itself to being a verb, so we'll probably still talk about featuring projects, and the term featured will still be used around the site.  No changes have been made to how the featuring process itself works or what happens to featured Instructables.  You will note that we're now publishing a letter from the editor; this and the name change to editors' picks are both part of growing and developing our editorial voice.  Let us know what you think, and if you are looking for algorithm or chance, try Instructables sorted by views this week or random.

Topic by ewilhelm 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Brazilian editor

Hi, My name is Andresa, I love this website and I wanted to know if you feel like translate it to other languages and I would love to help to translate it to Portugues (from Brazil) which is my mother tongue. Thanks a lot!

Topic by drexy 6 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Offline editors?

So are there any offline editors for creating instructables? Any hints from the more experienced on ways to "cheat" and do semi-offline editing? I'm finding network delays to be somewhat frustrating when trying to create, edit, etc a reasonably large instructable...

Topic by westfw 12 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

From the Editor: Greetings and Salutations

Hello! Many of you already know me, so please bear with me as I introduce myself to all of those who don't. My name is Randy Sarafan and I am the Technology Editor here at Instructables. What led me to this point is not necessarily a straight trajectory, and I hope the tale I am about to tell may prove useful to someone. Contrary to popular belief, I did not wake up one morning as a child and say, "I want to be the Technology Editor at a user-submitted how-to website." In fact, as a child, I would normally tell anyone who was curious enough to inquire that I wanted to be a duck. I persisted telling people that I wanted to grow up into a duck until an alarmingly mature age. Anyhow… understanding that not everyone can grow up to be a duck, I developed a backup plan to become a 3D computer animator, and make special effects for movies. I fell in love with special effects after seeing Jurassic Park as a child. While my peers were playing sports, chasing girls, and doing recreational drugs, I spent my teenage years developing an animation portfolio. This largely translated into learning gestural figure drawing by sketching nude models with artistically inclined retirees at the local community art center. So, I got good at drawing naked people. As a teenage boy I thought this was a very useful skill to have. Unfortunately, when I finally went off to college to do 3D computer animation, I learned that 3D modeling is nothing like drawing naked people. At the dawn of this millennium, it turned out that creating a 3D animation was very unpleasant - a bit like getting a root canal. I spent many long hours in a dark, sweltering computer animation lab, literally sleeping on the keyboard. The rule was that if you left your computer for more than five minutes, anyone could stop your rendering job and lay claim to the workstation. This experience - like any professionally executed root canal - gave me a lot of time to sit still and think. I concluded that I was wasting my time creating and animating virtual worlds when there was already a perfectly good world to animate all around me - I wanted to animate real things. This sentiment may not sound very silly right now, but expressing these feelings in 2001 was pretty much crazy-talk. By that point, all of the things we now take for granted, like, smart devices, open-source technology, hackerspaces, the maker movement, online sharing, and personal fabrication were not even blips on the collective radar. In fact, I did not even begin to know where to take my desire to "animate the real world." It was only by accident that I chanced upon the Parsons Design and Technology program at a college portfolio day while attempting to transfer colleges. The admissions representative asked me what I wanted to study. I told him animation. He told me they didn't exactly have that as a major. I - in turn - asked what they did have. He responded with Design and Technology. I asked him what that was. He mumbled something about building websites and robots. "Robots?" "Yes. Robots." I was sold. When I enrolled, the Parsons Design and Technology program was in its infancy as an undergraduate major, but existed for about six years prior as a graduate major. What made my educational experience unique was that albeit I was an undergrad, I was largely taking graduate classes with some really phenomenal professors and graduate students. I cannot emphasize enough how influential and formative it was for me to work side-by-side with brilliant, and highly motivated graduate students for three years. I went into the experience with the vague goal of "animating the real world" and left with the conceptual education, technical foundation, and confidence to do it. This rightfully panicked my mother. It was now 2005, and there still was not a clear career path for someone with a degree and talent for "animating the real world." She thought I was doomed. To be honest, I too was a little fuzzy on the big "what next?" question. Albeit, I was a little less concerned. I could not articulate what I intended to do with my education, but I began to sense there were opportunities available. By this time Make Magazine had come into existence, Instructables blipped onto the radar screen, and the Eyebeam OpenLab was churning away as an idea incubator. I sensed we were on the cusp of some fundamental change, but it was still looming a little too far off on the horizon to see it clearly. Having no real path yet laid out before me, I followed my girlfriend to the west coast. I figured that perhaps a change of scenery would be nice. I ended up living in her parent's basement in the middle of the coldest and foggiest part of San Francisco. While doing a series of odd jobs, I began posting projects on Instructables primarily to keep myself sane. There is something powerful about going from a lone weirdo making things in your girlfriend's parent's basement, to be amongst a community of weirdos all making things in their basements and garages. Suddenly, what I had been doing on my own did not seem quite as strange. I may have just been some guy in a basement, but I felt like I was part of something larger. Instructables became a website that I visited religiously. One day while lurking on the site, I noticed that they were not only local, but hiring interns. I immediately applied, and almost as quickly was invited in for an interview. When I went for the interview, I was foremost surprised by the unconventional nature of the work environment (to say the least), that everyone I met knew me as "USB Apple Guy," and everyone seemed genuinely interested to meet the "USB Apple Guy." It turned out this was less of an interview than an informal screening process. Before I knew it, I was part of the Instructables team, with a vague job, and loose instructions. Over the six years that followed, I held a number of positions within the company before landing squarely upon Technology Editor. Of all of the different jobs that I have done for Instructables, I would be lying if I were to say that Technology Editor is not my favorite. I now make a living "animating the real world," sharing this knowledge with the Instructables community, and inspiring others to do the same. Even though I would have never guessed life would bring me here, I am very glad that is has. I look forward to helping this community grow and prosper.

Topic by randofo 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Typing in the Step-by-Step Editor

There is a bug when typing in the step-by-step editor. The cursor blinks over the letter not to the side of the letter.

Topic by BenjiDaa 5 years ago

New Instructable Editor

I'm just about to list off all the sweet new features in a blog post, but right now, try out the new Instructable editor!https://www.instructables.com/id/editYou can also get to it from the "Try the new Editor!" link in the upper right of the standard editor

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Code embeds from Github display mangled

Embedding a Github gist results in code with random whitespace missing. To reproduce:  1. Edit an Instructable.  2. Click the "add" button, then click "Video".  3. In the URL field, enter the URL of a Github gist (for example, https://gist.github.com/anonymous/c4286979ded2d927b40a71fdd75038df)  4. Click "Preview", then "Done".  5. Save changes to the Instructable, then view it. The embedded code from Github will be mostly correct, but random whitespace characters will be missing (both leading whitespace and whitespace between words).  In the attached screenshot, the code inside the function is supposed to have 4 leading spaces.  The function signature should also read "static int pad_open" instead of running everything together.  You can view the original code using the URL above to compare what's being displayed with what's actually showing up. It's not clear whether this is a bug on the Instructables side or on the Github side.  I don't have any way to debug it from my end, so I thought I'd ask about it here before complaining to Github. I am using Firefox v52.0.2 on Windows 7 (64-bit). Update: I poked around using Firefox's development mode, and it looks like this is indeed a problem on the Instructables side.  I inspected the HTML source for the embedded gist and compared it to what I got directly from github (using 'wget' on the command line to fetch the content).  It appears that the Instructables site is doing some sort of post-processing on the results that is removing critical whitespace:  - Whitespace at the beginning of a line is sometimes deleted.  Lines inside the function in my example should be indented four spaces.  The function's comment block should have all of the star characters lined up vertically; the second row displays correctly, but not the third.  - Whitespace between words with syntax highlighting gets removed.  The function prototype is missing spaces between "static", "int", and "pad_open".  Whitespace between formatted and non-formatted elements seems to be correct, as is seen after the keyword "struct" on that same line. If I turn on Firefox's developer tools (Ctrl+Shift+I), I can edit the page's source to add in the spaces that are present in the straight-from-github version but missing in the Instructables version.  When I do this, the gist displays normally. It feels like something somewhere is trying to compress whitespace in the HTML source in order to save space, but is a bit overzealous and is accidentally eliminating whitespace that's critical for the content to display correctly. Update 2: I have recently seen similar problems when using the HTML view in the pro editor to create a formatted code block manually.  If you manually indent code using " ", publish the Instructable, then edit it, you can see that the non-breaking spaces get converted to normal spaces and are then consolidated (which completely ruins the code's alignment).  This further points to the bug being in the code for the editor, and not on the Github side.

Topic by sparkchaser 2 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

New Editor and Contests

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/editor, 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!

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago

New Editor and Contests

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/editor, 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!

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

New Editor by default?

I've been a using the new editor, and I think it's a big improvement over the old one. Is there a way I can use it by default? Yes I know it is but one click from the old editor, but by nature I'm a very energy consumption conscious person (aka lazy), and I'd prefer not to expend that 0.25 food calorie on clicking the "try New Editor" button. So how can I reduce global warming and use it by default?

Topic by KentsOkay 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

instructable editor problem

I am trying to do my 3rd Instructable.  The last one I did in November was really straight forward. It seems like with the new editor (or maybe with my new computer?), the editor isn't working.  When I click "start instructable" from the "publish" tab, a box comes up saying "Please enter a title".  But the box is not active--the only thing that works is the x to close it. I've not experienced this problem and have no idea if it's the editor or what.  I tried with both Firefox and MS Edge. thanks for any information John

Topic by Dr_K 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

New Editor Feedback

I just used the new editor for the first time, publishing a quick project, and starting a longer one. Short version: I like it. I particularly like being able to edit my images via Pixlr. Rotating and cropping on the fly were ideal. Longer, less-positive version: The "unordered list" and "order list" buttons added neither bullet-points nor numbers.  All they did was indent the text. There is an "intuition breakdown" adding images to steps - when I wanted to add images from my library, I thought I couldn't, until I discovered that the library can be accessed via the "Upload Images" button.  The "Upload Images" button ought to be renamed "Add Images". When using the "Upload Images" pop-up, the actual image upload function did not work.  I clicked the button, and nothing happened - no error message, no wait symbol, nothing. This is all experienced using my desk-top PC, running Windows XP and FireFox.

Topic by Kiteman 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Problem with indent in new editor

There seems to be an issue with indent in the new editor. I am using Google Chrome Version 34.0.1847.116 m on win 8.1 See attached screenshots  from https://www.instructables.com/id/Vegetable-gardens-from-old-water-tank/ with an image from within the editor with indents and second image with saved version. I add an indent when editing but on save the indent vanishes in the editor and it is lost on the saved version. This is a consistent behavior, I have tried numerous times.

Topic by Microbe 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Tiny Raised Letters?

I am looking for tiny raised characters, somewhere around size 10 font or smaller. It doesn't matter what they are made of, but I need the entire alphabet, preferably multiples of each character . The 'Made In China' text you find on almost anything plastic is the character size I'm in search of. Anyone have any ideas? Label maker characters are too large. I didn't see any rubber stamps with tiny characters at the local craft stores. I don't know if Ponoko can cut characters this small, but I don't think I could get something back from them in time.  Thanks!!!

Topic by wizgirl 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

formal letter help

Hello, I have some skill in php language, but my english language is far from good. I have never lived in english speaking cities, so I know, that I can't write a good letter. Most of the times my sentences feel "foreign", I think. Now I have to write letters to some tourist offices, and I don't want to be too "foreign". I would be really glad, if you could check this letter: Dear XYZ, First let me introduce myself. My name is XYZ and I work with COMPANY-NAME. I would like to pay/draw your attention to our website (by) providing you with free possibility/opportunity to introduce/present your region/the region represented by you. WEBSITE-NAME is a brand new website. The site is primarily a free travel blog where anyone can share his/her travel experiences, can show the sights located around his/her home, can prepare maps or can upload other travel related articles. We sort the articles based on travel categories and regions and our long-term goal is to establish a database where visitors can get useful information on numerous touristical possibilities all over the world. We would be glad/pleased if your region / the region represented by you appears on our website. In case you are interested in the appereance possibility on our website, you can review it via this link. After a brief registration you can introduce your region on our site. You can upload photos, share your links and attach maps, as well. I really hope that our website could arouse your interest. It would be grateful if you blog on WEBSITE-NAME. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon. Should you have any questions regarding the website, please feel free to contact us. Best regards, So this would be the letter. (?) Thanks, Sinusgamma

Topic by GammaS1 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

From the Editor: International Buy Nothing Day

A few years ago I started celebrating International Buy Nothing Day, which falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States (and the following Saturday everywhere else). I typically celebrate by going for a walk on the beach in the morning, and then spending the rest of the day eating leftovers and working on projects. I find it's a pleasant way to start the holiday season, and helps put the season in perspective. Using one of the busiest shopping days of the year to take pause and go out of my way not to spend money made me very conscientious of many of the absurdities of the holiday season. It also helped me become aware of all of the small transactions that I typically made throughout the day, and the importance (or frivolity) of each one. Another unexpected consequence was that it limited travel, and forced me to stay local to my neighborhood. This made me engage with my neighbors in a way that did not require spending money. Not to mention, there were no pushy crowds elbowing for deals, no parking spots to fight for, and no unbearable register lines created by poorly trained seasonal staff. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that all transactions are bad. If no one ever spent money, our economy would probably collapse pretty quickly. We can't all avoid spending money every day, but we can choose where and how we spend our money. After a few years of celebrating International Buy Nothing Day, I am much more likely to spend money with local businesses, and support local artisans and craftspeople. This decision was arrived at while I was strolling about aimlessly a few years ago, and noticed how empty some of the local stores were on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It was my conclusion that local businesses needed my money much more than the ubiquitous large retailers I typically purchased from. After all, these stores are more likely to sell the wares of local makers, and are an important part of the DIY community. I highly encourage everyone to celebrate this holiday to the best of their ability. I understand that you may need to go get some food, or put gas in your car, but, if you can, try avoiding the magnetic pull of shopping malls and Amazon deals. Instead, I would encourage everyone to try spending International Buy Nothing Day crafting thoughtful gifts for people, reading a good book, playing board games with friends, or simply going for a walk. Have you ever celebrated this holiday? Do you think you might like to try? Do you have any plans to make your own gifts this year? What are your thoughts on this phenomenon?

Topic by randofo 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Editor Bug - random steps disappearing

Another editor bug. I have been preparing a thirteen-step instructable. While I worked on the images on the introduction & step 2, all the text vanished from step 10, even though I hadn't touched it. When I re-typed step 10 and saved the project, step seven (a long step!) also vanished. @staff who read this, it's the project I mentioned on CT.

Topic by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

This site's editor is the worst I have ever used…

This site's editor is the worst I have ever used… Once again, I have wasted my time in a frustrating effort to simply answer a question in my own Instructable, thanks to the still horrendous forum editor. Even after years of being online, and my and other people's utter frustration with this editor, it is still the worst forum editor on the web. Let me describe for you my current experience. First of all, I make it a point to compose my message in a text editor because I know from bad experience, that it is a certainty that the editor will lose all text that I enter at some point. OK, so I compose my message which contains some html anchor tags with links and text. I paste it into the text box. I hit the Preview button and nothing happens… Great. I see that NoScript (Firefox 30.0) is showing that there is some javascript that is not enabled. I temporarily enable JS. Poof! My text is gone!!! What did I tell you? I have to keep enabling JS several times to finally get rid of the red barred circle on the NoScript icon. I now re-paste my text that I thankfully still have safely saved in my text editor. Preview still doesn't work so I decide to switch to the Rich Editor. BTW I tried switching to Safari to see if it worked there and it didn't so it is not a browser issue. Now Preview works but all my html code is being shown as code and not nicely formatted text with embedded links. Wonderful. I have no intentions of wasting more time with the Rich Editor, trying to add links in the painfully slow process of point, click, copy, paste. No thanks… So I refresh the page. Poof! Text gone. I re-paste and simply click 'make comment' so I can PREVIEW my post. I need to make a few changes so I have to DELETE the post--there is no way to EDIT it like there is in any other forum I have ever used--and I have to repeat this ridiculous ritual several times to finally get it to the point where I can finally post the comment for real. Keep in mind, I could not use any formatting like bold or italics on any of the text like I wanted to do because there is no longer any markdown language. Formatting is only available in the Rich Editor which I refuse to use for reasons already mentioned. Oh, and one more thing… I tried to upload an image and the server was 'down for maintenance' so I gave up at that point. I was told that as a PRO member, the editor was an improved version of the normal one. I don't see any improvements. This and many other similar experiences I have had ONLY on this site, is IMO unacceptable. We all have a life and have much better things to do than waste hours of our own time struggling with an inferior editor in order to freely share our ideas with other people. This in itself is a creativity stifler. I have complained about this before and I probably will again until (IF) this problem is addressed properly. Obviously we the users are the life blood of this site and we deserve much better treatment. Once again, I make no apology for ranting and complaining--Kiteman. This crucial issue needs to be addressed. Get a new webmaster if that's what it takes. The current one is not doing his/her job. PS Wow, I had to preview this post before I could publish it and I see that all the breaks between paragraphs have been removed. Unbelievable. Even in an all-text post there are problems, which just serve to emphasize my point. PS 2 Wait a minute… When I went to edit the post and previewed it, the breaks suddenly miraculously appeared. So not only is the editor flakey, it is unpredictable as well.

Topic by Laral 4 years ago

Copy/Paste to Editor no longer works

I last published an Instructable the end of January.  That was my 28th.  I now want to publish another one but the capability to paste text copied from a document on my computer no longer works.  It flashes the text on the screen in the editor window but then disappears.  I write my Instructables using Microsoft Word 2007 with no fancy formatting.  I even tried copying and pasting plain text with the same results.  I am running Windows 10 and Internet Explorer 11.  The only difference in my setup and technique from January is an upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.  I am not using the Edge browser. Oh, and just discovered that I have three drafts that I can't delete.  No amount of Google searching has provided an answer to that question either.  I guess I'll just have to quit sharing my expertise.

Topic by DELETED_boomer48 2 years ago

Problem with new ibles editor

I really like the new editor, but there's one thing that prevents me from using it. I really do not like the autosave feature. You can't undo anything past the last save, and if it starts to save while you're writing, when it finishes saving it will revert your text back to what it was when it started saving (I'm on dial-up too, so it can take up to ten seconds to save. That's ten seconds worth of typing gone). What I would like is an option to totally turn off autosave. As I said before, I really like the new editor, but because of this I cannot use it. KTHXBAI

Topic by Aeshir 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Create Instructables in the New Editor

Here at Instructables HQ, we're always looking for new ways to make it easier than ever to share the things that you've made.  Today we are very excited to announce the first public beta release of the new Instructables editor!  The new editor allows you to create, edit, and publish Instructables.  You can even use it to make changes to Instructables that you've already started or published. Some of the new features include: Drag and drop interface  - add, remove, and reorder photos and steps, all with drag and drop. (those of you who are already familiar with the Instructables iOS and Android mobile apps will love this feature) View All Steps - the landing page of the new editor gives you an overview of all the steps and images in your Instructable Continuous Editing Experience - edit, upload, save, preview, and publish... all without a single page reload New Uploader - rotate images and see the status of your upload Easy Embed - embed video and media from a variety of sites Pixlr Image Editing - crop and retouch uploaded images in just a few clicks with Pixlr photo editor integration Easy Preview - preview your Instructable without ever leaving the editor Cover Image Selector - select and crop your Instructable's cover image, so it looks great on the site and on your phone New Publish Page - add keywords, select a category and channel, and enter your Instructable in contests, now in a clean, new interface So poke around, edit, and publish, and let us know what you think.  Please leave any comments, questions, or feature requests in the comments below.  Definitely let us know if there are any bugs we still need to work out! How do I find the New Editor? To create a new Instructable from scratch, follow this link: https://www.instructables.com/editInstructable To edit a draft or published Instructable (note: you can only edit Step by Step Instructables in the new editor, you will be redirected if you try to edit photo or video instructables): 1.  Login and navigate to one of your drafts in the current editor (Go to https://www.instructables.com/you?show=UNPUBLISHED and click the edit link next to any of your drafts). 2.  Click the big orange button at the top of the page that says "Try the New Editor".  You will get redirected to the new editor, with all your Instructable's data loaded and ready to go.  The url looks like this: https://www.instructables.com/editInstructable/edit/XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Topic by instructables 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

What happened to the rich text editor??

When the rich text editor was available in the comments section it was the only way to reply or comment on an instructable.  Now there is no way to comment from an iPad which is where I spend most of my time.  It always comes up with 'missing comment text'.

Question by bricabracwizard 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

most simple yet complicated question you will ever see on instructibles....? Answered

How do you write a reply in bold lettering and stuff

Question by BIGHAIRYDUDE 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Instructable editor pastes content in the wrong place

When pasting content into the Instructables editor, the content doesn't always get inserted at the cursor's location. To reproduce:  1. Start a new Instructable, and edit the first step.  2. Enter some dummy text, followed by a newline.  3. Use the "formatting" menu to change the current format to "code".  A grey box will appear.  Place the cursor inside the box.  4. Copy some source code (from a separate editor or a separate tab) and paste it into the grey box. What should happen:  - The content on the clipboard is pasted inside of the grey box. What actually happens:  - The content on the clipboard is pasted immediately after the grey box. A partial workaround is to paste the code first, then highlight it and switch the formatting to "source".  Pasting the code when formatting as normal text causes the code to be modified, however (whitespace and newlines get mangled/combined).  Aside from being annoying, this can break code in languages where whitespace is significant (like Python).  The paste function should work as expected, and insert the pasted content as-is at the current cursor location. I am currently running Firefox v52.0.2 on Windows 7 (64-bit).

Topic by sparkchaser 2 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

How do you address an envelope to someone in the UK from the US?

I have a letter that I wish to send to someone in the UK, could someone show me the correct formatting and what information should be given? Thank you.

Question by www139 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Upload window frame appears when trying to drop text in editor

In the Editor, when I'm trying to drag and drop text, it doesn't work. In place of dropping the text, the Editor thinks that I want to drop a picture and opens the Upload window frame. The bug occurs if I drag and drop from the editor to the editor or from external program to the editor. Solution : Dropping text should be allowed when the focus is on the text box. PC : Windows XP. Browser : Mozilla Firefox 27.0.1

Topic by Akdil 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Is there a good text editor for the iPad?

I recently received an iPad for my birthday. I have been loading some of my favorite books into iTunes to read in the iBooks reader app. Some of these books I have scanned and run through OCR (optical character recognition) before generating the EPUB format that iBook uses. As much as I try to catch errors before I export to iTunes, I still find errors in the text of these books while I am reading them. So far, I have highlighted the passages that need to be edited and then gone back to the master file on my PC to correct them. Then I re-sync them to my iPad. Quite a laborious process and one that requires me to go back to my PC to fix things long after I have found them. Is there a text editor app for the iPad that I can use to edit either the text in the EPUB container (a collection of XHTML files) or to edit a plain text file to correct spelling, punctuation, etc? I would like to be able to edit the mistakes and then sync them back to my PC when I reconnect. While I would like to find a free app that would work, I would pay for an app that let me do this. Or, is there a way to sync annotations that you make in iBooks when you reconnect? I could develop a desktop application that could recognize annotation tags and edit the EPUB file from the tags. It seems like the iPad would be an ideal platform for proof-reading, but I haven't found the right software yet.

Question by kebmoore 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Non-edited editing bug

I was going back through old projects to show somebody, and discovered that my connect four project is missing the text from two steps, even though I have not edited them! https://www.instructables.com/id/One-dimensional-Connect-Four/ As I type, using Windows 7 & IE 8.0 I have not tried to re-enter the text since discovering the bug, just in case I mess up a log of some kind.

Topic by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Code blocks not respecting code

So, I got some feedback that my 'ible has some errors in it (which is somewhat expected :D )  I went to the instructable, to do some editing and noticed that the problems are likely coming from and tags that are in the code blocks. I tried to remove them, but they come back when I save.  I noticed this happens in *all* my code blocks.  Changing the format of text in code blocks makes Instructables unacceptable as a way to share code. Considering the amount of code for many projects on this site, this potentially breaks many of them, or at the very least makes it harder for others to copy the code for their projects.   Please make tags repect all formatting within!  Thanks, JR

Topic by jack ruby 2 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Cadsoft EAGLE Schematic and PCB editor

Cadsoft is a German company that is a veritable mecca of software distribution enlightenment. In addition to the reasonably-priced professional PCB design packages ($1200), they have freeware, lite, non-profit, and other intermediate licenses. Their software runs under windows, linux, and MacOSX. It's slightly quirky, with a steep (but not too high) learning curve on the front end, but from most reports it is not any more so than other professional CAD packages. They have online support forums that are active from both the company and other users, the package is under current development and gets better with each release. A number of PCB fabricators will accept their CAD files directly. It's good stuff.Use it. Propagate it. Buy it when you "go pro."There are several EAGLE related instructables now:Schematic EntryCreate PCB from SchematicMaking PCBs for HobbyistsCreating Library PartsIn theory, this forum is a place for all the little questions that don't rate an instructable on their own, or a gathering place for info destined to future instructables, and stuff like that.

Topic by westfw 12 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Instructables editor infinite loading when clicking "edit instructable" button from within an instructable that you have made

When you visit an instructable that you have made and click the "edit instructable" button from within the instructable under the Author header, the editor loads infinitely.  The only way to get out of this infinite loading is to refresh the page. If you don't understand what I'm saying, post a comment and I will further clarify what I'm trying to say.

Topic by www139 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Form still playing up when posting

I know it has been discussed a few times but I still have problems answering questions in the forum. Right now the post button did not do anything for about about 3 minutes. Of course I pressed it again a few times only to be greated later with a list of back end errors. I do understand that server works, updates and so on can cause delays or other problems to the user but the current state is far from being any good to a user outside the US. There is no way of knowing when server works are happening and a simple "backend error" does not cover it. Either block posting during server works completely and show a corresponding message like done in most other forums or at least give the user a meaningful error message in a good time so he knows what is going on. It is not nice to constantly delete double postings or see backend errors for no good reason. Same for posting a new topic: nothing happens for ages and finally you see a useless error or just a blank white page. Please fix it one way or the other as I doubt I'm alone with the problem. Thanks!

Topic by Downunder35m 4 years ago

How do I remove vinyl lettering from a vehicle?


Question by kvac 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

A Letter to my Instructables Family

Dear instructables family, I come to you today to ask for your loving support because the Positive "sunshine" you know here, is hurting for my sister, her son and my family. It takes a huge blow to knock me down to the point that I am discouraged but the past few months my family has endured tragedies that have been difficult to bare and to openly share. My nephew has needed a kidney and pancreas transplant for five years and has recently been accepted into the donor transplant program and one of the requirements is to set up a funding program to cover medical expenses that are not covered by his insurance. Although we do not have a huge family and friend support group, we have managed to raise 65% of the modest $5000.00 that is needed for his transplant. We are nearing the end of our fundraiser and although it is very difficult for me to ask for help. I am humbled at this point and ask for your loving support. We have always been a hard working self sufficient family and have never had to ask for help from people outside our immediate family until now . . . Your support would bring a great relief to my sister who is 75 years old and about to collapse under the pressure of all the responsibilities of taking care of her youngest child who is 50. We are grateful for your consideration and support ~ I love my dear instructables family and all of the love you have shown me over the years. sunshiine~ https://pages.giveforward.com/medical/page-z85hhz/?utm_swu=2297#activity-feed-wrapper

Topic by sunshiine 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Having a problem with the cover image in the editor

Hey All, Don't know if anyone else has had this issue but I can't change the cover image once one has been loaded in the intro.  let me explain. I have just published an instructable and the first image that everyone sees is one which isn't in the instructable!  I initially was going to use it and decided not to and deleted it from the ible'.  For some reason, it has stayed as the cover image and no matter what I do i can't remove it. Also, I have a draft that I am working on and the cover image on that I can't get rid of.  Has anyone came across this yet?  If so, how do you change the initial cover image to the first image in the intro? Ta

Topic by lonesoulsurfer 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

John Cleese's "Letter To America"

Forwarded along by an Aussie. Enjoy.Dear Citizens of America,In view of your failure to elect a competent President and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. Her Sovereign Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy), as from Monday next.Your new prime minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:1. You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up "aluminium," and check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.2. The letter "U" will be reinstated in words such as "colour", "favour" and "neighbour." Likewise, you will learn to spell "doughnut" without skipping half the letters, and the suffix "-ize" will be replaced by the suffix "-ise."3. You will learn that the suffix "burgh" is pronounced "burra"; you may elect to spell Pittsburgh as "Pittsberg" if you find you simply can't cope with correct pronunciation.4. Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels (look up "vocabulary"). Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication.5. There is no such thing as "US English." We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter "u" and the elimination of "-ize."6. You will relearn your original national anthem, "God Save The Queen," but only after fully carrying out Task #1 (see above).7. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday. November 2nd willbe a new national holiday, but to be celebrated only in England. It will be called "Come-Uppance Day." 8. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.9. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. A permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.10. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and this is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean.11. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric immediately and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrification will help you understand the British sense of humour.12. The Former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling "gasoline") - roughly $8/US per gallon. Get used to it.13. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call french fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called "crisps." Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with malt vinegar.14. Waiters and waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.15. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as "beer," and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as "Lager." American brands will be referred to as "Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine," so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.16. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors as English characters. Watching Andie MacDowell attempt English dialogue in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" was an experience akin to having one's ear removed with a cheese grater.17. You will cease playing American "football." There is only one kind of proper football; you call it "soccer." Those of you brave enough, in time, will be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American "football," but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of Jessies - English slang for "Big Girls Blouse").18. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the "World Series" for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable and forgiven.19. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.20. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due, backdated to 1776.Thank you for your co-operation.John CleeseLink

Topic by canida 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Why did Text/Photos Disappear from my Instructable? | HOW TO FIX!

If I had a dollar for every time I accidentally clicked on another place on the screen while working on an Instructable, resulting in loss of data... Even if you click the save button many times, if you suddenly quit, the editor won't remember what you did. I've seen SO MANY comments saying that the editor didn't save what they wrote right before uploading, so I decided to share what I do to help stop this... Most members will see this forum topic only when it's too late, but at least they might remember this for future I'bles... 1. Open a "Preview" version of the Instructable in a new tab. If your computer crashes, you might be able to restore previous tabs, and your computer should remember what was written in the preview. Then you can copy and paste everything where it needs to be... 2. Send yourself an email of each step. Just copy and words of each step and paste them on one draft email... 3. Take screenshots. At least you'll be able to see what you wrote... Hope this helps! Please leave ideas of what else you can do in the comments

Topic by Yonatan24 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

How do I write a cover letter for a reporter?

I'm trying to get media coverage for an achievement, and it was suggested that I fill out the press release form. One of the things required is to "Create a cover letter from you that lets the reporter know more about you (hobbies, honors, other awards, or sports)". I tried looking up how to write one of these, but all of the examples were for resumes and applying for jobs. I've never heard of a cover letter, and I'm feeling awfully confused as to how I should write it, seeing as I'm trying to get a little media attention, not apply for a job. Any tips on how to do this or on working with the media in general would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Question by -Salamanda- 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Friday Forum: Ask an Editor (pre-Maker Faire edition)

Hi guys. My name is Wade, and I run the editorial team at Instructables. I'll be answering community questions posed on this thread on Friday, May 16th from 1-4PM PST.   All questions asked and answered for today. Feel free to ask more questions, though, and we'll probably run another one of these in a week or two. If you've been curious about the site, here's a chance to get the inside scoop on what actually goes on at Instructables. how to get featured how we choose featured authors the best time to enter a contest how much meat do Eric and Christy actually consume? how we decide what prizes to give away ...and whatever else you're curious about Thanks to everyone who participated. Especially Ben, whose interrogative greed was beneficial for everyone who lurked without posing a question. For the next Friday Forum on May 30th: https://www.instructables.com/community/Friday-Forum-Ask-an-Editor-Contest-Edition/

Topic by wilgubeast 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Pixlr editor won't save edited image

I'm trying to edit a photo from my library with Pixlr. I load it from my library into my project and from there I click on Edit. I can do the edits in Pixlr just fine, but when I try and save the edited image back to my library, I get a completely blank webpage with this address at the top: https://www.instructables.com/drag_editor/pixlr/?image=http://apps.pixlr.com/_temp/57ad165b50e1b6d73a000083.jpg&type;=jpg&state;=copy&title;=Object-19 The page doesn't try to load anything, it just sits there, and if I try and go back I go back to Pixlr with the unedited image. If I navigate back to my project, the image is left unedited. I'm using Chrome Version 52.0.2743.116 m with Windows 8 on a laptop. Thank you.

Topic by brmarcum 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

new editor doesn't work with net books with "letter box" shaped screens

Since the add pictures pane floats over the page I can't scroll down far enough to reach the submit button. I will no longer be able to submit instructables until you provide a link to the old editor (the one that looks like this), make the floating pane where you drag and drop pictures fixed so I can get to the bottom of it, move the submit button to the top of the floating pane, or make the area in the editor where the pictures a shown able to just have pictures dropped into it without opening up the floating pane.  until then I will no longer be able to add pictures which is useless to both of us. I am using a net book with a 10.1 inch screen, this will be a problem for every small screen that cannot be reoriented the way a tablet can.

Topic by rowerwet 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Speed Challenge Group

Join our new Speed Challenge Group to keep up on what's happening with all of the challenges run by the editors on the site.  There you can see what challenges are currently running (sort by recent), and all of the challenges and winning entries from the past.  You can also start forums to discuss which were your favorites and what you'd like to see in the future.  By joining the group, you should be able to get updates when a new challenge is submitted.  You can also add it to your RSS feed so you know you'll never miss a new challenge!

Topic by scoochmaroo 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

(Idea) Offline Instructables Editor/maker

So I have had this idea in my head for some time now, and I finally went and tried it out. I'm always mad when I can't work on a instructable because the computer doesn't have internet, so i decided to try and make a editor that would edit and make instructable offline. I figure that i would gets this idea out in the open before going further because it does need some help from everyone here. I already thought up a way to make a type of file format. I took a zip file, put all the instructable files into it, and then renamed it a .ible file so it stands out as a instructable file. i have attached the test .ible fine on the forum so you can take a look at it(just rename it .zip to view it for now). i have a main config fine called CONFIG.instructable which contains all the basic things that it would need to know about the instructable. it tells it the title of the instructable, where to find the text for the intro, the pics for the intro, and then how many steps. there are then config files for each step. the names are simple, step1.config. in that it tells it the name of the step, what the name of the body text file is, and then how many pics are in it and the file names of them the thing is, this file means nothing if we can work out some way to upload it to instructables in a way that it is recognized as a instructable and loaded correctly. I figure that before I go and try to make a program that will make these files, I should ask if this is even possible. So what do you thinl?

Topic by dsman195276 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Restore Painted Letters on Keyboard Keys

White dry transfer letters can be purchased from: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Woodland-Scenics-Railroad-Gothic-Letters-Whit-WOODT507-/130726408706?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash;=item1e6fe6b202#ht_3538wt_785 for $6.67. The letters are typically used in model railroading. Clean the keyboard keys with a mild cleaner on a damp cloth. Wipe dry. Remove any partial letters with a pencil or ballpoint pen eraser. Apply the letters to the keys per the instructions on the package. A dull pencil works well. Lightly coat the key with clear nail polish. Should look like new and will last longer than the original.

Topic by rwemerson 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

May 2014 site update - achievements + new editor

Last night we rolled out a few new features of the site that you may have already noticed, the largest impact will be around the new editor when authoring an Instructable and achievements badges (as seen on comments). New Editor: We've had a "try the new editor" button at the top of the old editor a few months now, giving you ample opportunity to kick the tires, test out the new interface, and see the direction we're heading. We've now officially dumped the old editor in favor of the new. We're sad to see our faithful old editor go, but the new editor has many enhancements (like image dropping, step swapping, and enabling hyperlinks just by pasting them as text). We've worked hard for this new editor to be more robust than its predecessor and last just as long. As with all new things, there's going to be some hiccups along the way. If you notice anything don't be shy about leaving a comment here detailing what you've experienced. Achievements: About 3 years ago we started kicking around the idea of rewarding authors with medals for milestones reached on our site. We thought it would be a fun way to showcase amazing authors at a glance beyond just the "featured" banner (which is now a medal that hangs at the top of your Instructable). A few things came in the way of making that happen when we first thought of gamification (launching of the international Instructables and some major back-end overhauls) but we've finally made the time to make it a reality. We've started with bronze/silver/gold achievements for featured Instructables, comments, and views and have plans to roll out more achievements later. For now, these will display on comments you leave which will augment the profile card that generates when you mouse-over your username. Look for medals to make their way to your profile page in an update soon. Other notes from this release: (fixed) heaps of boring back end stuff (fixed) Instructables with more than 50 comments have the 'next' button to view remainder of comments (fixed) remove related collections from draft preview (new) editor supports youku.com embed links (you're welcome, China) (new) revamped keyword entry (new) as we work with sponsors there will be a 'sponsored' label in lieu if a 'featured' label (new) International Instructables received some much needed love for user interface As with all updates to Instructables we want to hear your feedback. In the coming weeks we'll be tweaking this update so things all play nice together and work like they are supposed to. Remember to clear your browser cache completely and refresh the site to get the best results. So, what do you think?

Topic by mikeasaurus 4 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago