New Features?

Is there going to be a blog post documenting the new features? I like the new interface, but it will take a few days to get used to. There are a few bugs here and there. Like when I click Tool Tips Group, I get to a page where there are no projects. Also, post counts seem to be a little out of whack. Each visit seems to raise it by 10.

Topic by Brennn10 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


New Features!

We've just released a new version of the site with some noticable changes. The biggest are:new header layout with customization optionsWe moved the main menu items up nearer the top to make room for the category exploration tabs in the light orange bar. In the top right, for logged-in members, you'll see a CUSTOMIZE link. Behind that lies the ability to select up to five of your personal favorite links to create your own shortcut menu.Get notified of your favorite members' activityOn member pages, and on the author info boxes, you'll see a SUBSCRIBE button. Clicking that marks that member as someone you're interested in, and any time they publish or update something, you'll get an email. You can configure how often you get these emails in your You pages - choose Email Alerts. And change your subscriptions there too - choose Subscriptions.You'll be able to figure these out pretty easily so I won't go into too much detail. There are a couple smaller things too that I'll let you work out on your own.Got bugs? Let us know .

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


New Guide Feature?

I think that there has been a new feature added to Insturctables, Instructable guides. I assume that their main purpose is to make a list of similar Insturctables for easier viewing of related Instructables and to find other Instructables that you might be interested in based on ones that you like.

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


New Search Features

Way to go on the new search features! So far, I'm excited to be able to search for a member's name and to have my spelling corrected when I mistype. 

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


New Instructables Features

Hi! This is the first post in the new instructables forums. Instructables has lots of new features out today. Check out the comment tracking feature and find all the comments you almost missed! You can also send private messages to other Instructables members. There are also lots of little new things... Oh yeah, FIRST POST!

Topic by leahculver 12 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Thanks for the new feature!

Ibles was down earlier for "maintenance". I just spotted what they changed! Thanks for updating the comments as per Fungus' suggestion, much prettier!

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


Thanks for the new feature!

I just noticed that when replying to a PM that instructables shows the PM you're replying to below now! It was really annoying that it didn't before. Don't know when it was changed, or if I'm just being slow, but THANKS!

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


New gun

Hi, I'm Rec0n. And this is my boom stick! :P Guess what  features my boom stick has! (The gun is NOT actually named the boom stick) Credits to Killerk and The Dunkis for Two of the features on this gun.

Topic by rec0n 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Suggestions regarding new features

I think it would be better if the link to the forums went to the mots recent topics only, not the most recent replies. Comments? Agree? Other suggestions?

Topic by LinuxH4x0r 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


New Featured Author Group!

This is for all the Featured Authors on the site! We've created a Featured Authors Group to keep all of you and your interviews organized.  Please join the group if you have had a Featured Author Interview!

Topic by Penolopy Bulnick 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Whooooooo-hooooooooooooooo!!! New Features

Collaborations and a forum link up top. Righteous.

Topic by fungus amungus 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


Featured advertisements?!?

Here's something I haven't seen before:  the "pro-only" ad for Adafruit's discounts has a Featured banner in the upper right corner!  Even the Instructables Card Game ad doesn't have that banner.  Is this something new for "blessed" in-house ads?  Or a bug?  Or what?

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


A couple of sweet new features

There's a couple of cool new things we just released that you should check out.There's now a tool bar above most of the text boxes that will help you remember the special formatting characters used to modify text. Just highlight the text and go: bold, italics, typed,bolditalics, links, and video, oh my! (Make sure the triple brackets for typed and the text you want formatted that way are all on seperate lines.)Currenly we support embedded video from Google, Yahoo!, and YouTube. Just drop the URL of the video into the Video URL. The default view on the explore page is now a selection of random Instructables. It refreshes about every 10 minutes, so hopefully you'll see a few awesome Instructables you've never seen before.I've managed to find some really great people to help out with the site, so soon we'll be able to start giving you the features you want (I really do read everything in the bugs section!). So, keep your great suggestions coming.

Topic by ewilhelm 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


I made it

I notice a few days a go the "I made button" on the comments below each instructable. I got to use it today as I just finished my Micro slicer. Just a big thanks to Silver Jimmy and Groover for  posting their projects, you guys a re awesome! Microslicer

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


How do you nominate instructables to be featured? Answered

I want to nominate my new ball machine

Question by Fr-Pa-Co 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Attention New Members of the Nominating Instructable Group!

Hello members of the "Nominating Instructables to be Featured" Group! (the NIF for short) I would like to extend a thanks for the people who joined: the_burrito_master miso_soup We always welcome new members to our group so join now by clicking here. The "Nominating Instructables to be Featured" Group is all about supporting great instructables. " "I just joined the instructables community a couple days ago. I'm not exactly new and knows how the featuring process works. I've been poking around the site and there are some unfeatured instructables that I feel like were missed. I decided unfeatured instructables should have a chance to get recognition too! I created this forum topic for people to nominate instructables that they feel like should be featured. Anyone can suggest something. I might even create a group to "feature" some of these nominated ones. Suggest away!" This group allows all members to suggest instructables that they think should have been featured. You can PM me your suggestions any other way you can get them onto this group. Please join to recognize some of your favorites! Also this is a place where people can interact. Like the Volunteers group, members can receive or offer help. This is a great place for new members and old pros and everyone in between to help others on instructables. New on "Nominating Instructables to be Featured" Group (NIF) Nominated Instructables include: Food Flourless Fat-free Rice Cake by italiancooking Cinnamon and Sugar Apples by miso_soup Hobo Pie Pizza by the_burrito_master Living Zebra-Stripe your Nails! by VampireFrancesca Up-cycled Dog Sweater by jessimata DIY Calligraphy by mhudnall Pet Memorial (or Tribute) in a Can by Ninzerbean Join now to nominate your favorite instructable. We'll be waiting!

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


11/20/10 Nominating Instructables to be "Featured" Group

Hello again! I haven't been able to get on instructables lately so I haven't been updating. Good news: I'm back for now. I'm looking for new members so please join! There were so many good instructables to choose from this time but these are the ones that have been nominated: Food Pesto Bread by italiancooking Dutch Oven Thai Curry Noodles by 3leftturns Living Blokey Flowers from Electrical Tape for Valentine's Day by wisechicken Technology iPhone Stand by laxap How to make a Duck tape Laptop computer sleeve / cover by innvert Workshop Silence your spanner by Kiteman Some new updates are: Instead of leaving private messages in the nominated author's mailbox, I decided to leave comments. This will allow more people to see that the instructable they were viewing was actually nominated. New members that have just joined are: megametal8 knexman1999 k-n-e-x I'm looking forward to see what instructables will be nominated for next time.

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


New Shotgun

So, I've been working on a new shotgun for a while, sort of as a sequel to my first one. I just finished version 1, and will be testing it for a while, and I will hopefully have instructions a little bit after that. Features: New, easier system for loading shells/cartridges True, sliding trigger Decent power (more than the last shotgun) More solid construction Still no mag though :(

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


Someone explain the new badge feature?

I'm not sure where else to ask this question but I'm very curious. Lately, I've just noticed that "badges" have been appended to my profile when I comment. Like below: What are these? I have no idea what they are, but for some reason I want more of them. How did we acquire more badges? Thanks

Topic by N.fletch 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


New instructables feature for FREE users

After the success of my first Perl script thread, I just had inspiration to write another one (or modify the last rather) In this thread, I give a breakdown of your instructables by views. You get to see the number of instructables you have that have 1000-9999 views, 10000-24999 views, 25000-49999 views, 50000-99999 views and 10000+ views. As well as the total views of all of your instructables as before. Yay! So here is my fact about eric: ewilhelm Instructables: 124 Total Ible Views: 1660250 1,000-9,999 views: 74 10,000-24,999 views: 21 25,000-49,999 views: 8 50,000-99,999 views: 6 100,000+ views: 1 And a less interesting one about me: jayefuu Instructables: 16 Total Ible Views: 66682 1,000-9,999 views: 7 10,000-24,999 views: 1 25,000-49,999 views: 1 50,000-99,999 views: 0 100,000+ views: 0 Post below to see yours! I also have another script available here which downloads all of your instructables, or someone else's for alter reading, as pdfs.

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


New Interactive Collaboration Page & UI (Instructabook - social ible)

Bricobart has proposed a collaboration contest, read more: here. I guess it would be great to introduce the less-noticed collaboration feature of instructables.  Problem: I think one of the main reasons why the collaboration feature is ignored is because it's difficult to use. Difficult in a way that two or more ible members are having a hard time exchanging ideas through email. Emails are are slow and bulky compared to social networking. Also one of the problem with collabs is that the people who contributed to the write-up doesn't show-up on the credits. My Experience: My former classmate and I had the same problem. We both did the same thing, e-mailing. It also took us hours to finish a write-up. Months after my first collab another friend of mine encouraged me to do another collab, this time with the help of Facebook. The chat and group feature of FB blended perfectly with instructable's collab feature. Proposal: I think that it would be good to have a new social collaboration feature in ibles without using Facebook as a seperate medium for planning and for discussing ideas. ____________________________________________ Concept: The concept includes a designated page for social ible collaboration. The page has six main parts, the six main parts are the following. 1st.) Proposal Page: Imagine this as the forum page, it's divided into all the possible channel categories. People can post ideas of their dream project (like starting a new thread in forums).  2nd.) Find Partners: The project proposal threads are now being viewed by fellow ible members (members willing to discuss and build the project). The project proposal thread should have a "COUNT ME IN" button. Those who wants to join the project should press the "COUNT ME IN" button. 3rd.) Discussion Page: Now that you have found fellow ible members who are willing to build the proposed project, it's now time to close the thread. The thread's status is switched to "In Progress", the "COUNT ME IN" button is now greyed-out. During the discussion, collab members are redirected to a new page, the private discussion page. This page should look like a private group of Facebook. In this page, you can share photos, videos, ideas with one another. You can post on the group's wall and comment on the posts. Notifications shall be sent automatically to the "you page" once a member posts something on the group page. We need to know if everyone is ready to build the project. Once everyone has checked the "I'm Ready" check box, the project advances to the next step. *The discussion page can be accessed by fellow collab members anytime.  4th.) Write-up/ Editing Stage: This is where the traditional instructable text-editor comes in. This time with the presence of a  live chatbox, similar to FB. The chat box should also have a "upload/ attach an image" feature.  5th.) Add Contest: bricobart's idea comes in here. Collab members can join regular and special contests (collab contests). 6th.) Publish: The collab members can now publish the guide! Credits should be given to the collab members. Ex. Designer:_____, Builder:_____ , Programmer:_____, etc..... ______________________________________ I hope this helps. If the idea is too blurry, just tell me. I'll make a HTML-PHP dummy page of how it looks like. 

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


New Website

**....nevermind. I just found out its a 30 day trial and once it ends I have to pay to keep my website. Stupid false advertising -.-** Hey everyone, I just managed to make my own website! It features all of my completed projects as well as upcoming project "prototypes" and ideas. If anyone would like to subscribe please click here. And there's no need to worry about my emails taking up all your time, as I will only be releasing them every other month. However, my website will allow a much more well organized way to display all of my completed projects as well as ideas I have, so please take a look and subscribe. :) *note* I will still be using Instructables for the complete instructions and I even have a link from my website to Instructables, so if you decide to subscribe to my newsletter you should also subscribe to me here.

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


Dailydiy.com features Instructables!!!

Ok, so i was just look at my new ible, and i noticed it was featured on the front page of the site dailydiy.com!i was so exited, and realized alot of other ibles were on there!here's the link to my ible on the site

Topic by AnarchistAsian 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


New site layout?!

Well, i got to work this morning, and went on to check ibles, and i get hit with a paper wallet, i just checked it, and ive found a new layout, and a 'customise' feature! Also, i am able to create a new topic inside of safari instead of having to use firefox! What does everyone think to it? Personally i love the customize feature, it lets me put in direct links to where i want to go. But i must say i miss the drop down box feature, especially on the 'submit' link And i preffered the old location of the links (in the orange band) - I never use the 'categories' It does seem to look a bit squashed up top, (as a graphic designer its a bit unpleasing) But overall, i like the new style!

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


Friends Feature on Instructables

I was thinking that a 'friend' or 'watch' feature could be added to instructables. One that would allow you to click a button on a user's page and add them to a list that would send you an email once per day/hour/week that would tell you if they had posted new instructables. I think this feature would be very useful. This is just a thought, but I would love to hear other users' opinions on the matter.

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


4 New Pro Features - UPDATED - 1, 2 & 3 now complete!

As some of you may have seen, recently I've been playing with Perl to manipulate Instructables and gather data from profiles. More recently I developed these 3 perl scripts for use by the pro community. Since they proved fairly popular we thought we'd move them to the public forums so you can see what we've been up to. (By we I mean pro members, not staff, I'm not staff) I thought of 3 new potential features I could develop, this time only available to pros. The fourth you can read about below, it's more of a teaser for something Lithium_Rain and I are working on. 1) Download all own instructables: Backs up ALL of your instructables to your hard drive as pdfs. 2) Download all favourite instructables: Downloads all your favourite instructables! 3) Download all X's instructables: Big fan of Kiteman? Or Ewilhelm? Or Canida? Or even Jayefuu? *gasp**shock**horror*. Going away for a week? No problem. Download all of one person's instructables as pdfs in one easy step and be set for quality reading for the duration of your trip! 4) This is more of a teaser for a work in progress. It should be out in the next month if Lithium_Rain and I aren't too busy. It's more of a server run application that uses ibles to gather interesting data. More on this in a few weeks maybe. Using the Perl scripts  yourself: (you need to be a pro member) 1) Download Perl from www.cpan.org 2) Install Perl 3) Download WWW::Mechanize from www.cpan.org. This will let the script access instructables. It's used to fetch web pages. 4) Install Mechanize by extracting it into your Perl directory (or just follow the instructions included with it) 5) Download download_instructables_pdfs.pl or download_instructables_favourite_pdfs.pl from this forum thread and change the extension from .txt to .pl 6) Edit download_instructables_pdfs.pl. You will need to update your instructables account name and password so it can log in. The variable $target is the name of the instructabler you want to download the instructables of. Those are the only 3 things you need to change. If you like you can also edit the pdf properties to include comments, larger pictures and other things. Depending on the amount of ibles you're doing, it may take longer. It takes about 3 minutes to download my 17 ibles. Can't be bothered to install Perl but still want a copy of your instructables?: 1) Subscribe to me (for the effort it takes me to run the script) 2) PM me your email address and whether you want your instructables or your favourite instructables or both! 3) I'll run it for you and email you a zipped file containing your instructables. OR - wait a few weeks and Lithium_Rain and I might have a web interface ready. People who've had their ibles sent: Zieak, Goodhart, Kiteman, Jayefuu

Topic by Jayefuu 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Instructables in the News

Instructables seems to be finding its way around the news media. Here are links to the mentions I know of. If you see any others, leave a note in the comments, or post a forum topics and I'll add a link to it here. If you're from the press and would like to arrange an interview, please contact me here. See the most current news about Instructables with a Google News search for Instructables. The Top 100 Websites of 2011 - PCMag Share What You Make with Instructables - Forbes Autodesk 2011: On Autodesk Acquiring Instructables - Core77 Eric Wilhelm featured on NPR discussing DIY "Sous Vide" cooking techniques Maker Faire and the Growth of Do-It-Yourself - Entrepreneur Autodesk Buys Instructables; Design Software Giant in Consumer Marketing Push - Xconomy Instructables, A Mecca for Makers, Reflects Eric Wilhelm’s Passion for Building Stuff and Telling the Story - Xconomy Autodesk Acquires Instructables and What it Means for Makers - MAKE eBook Evolutions: Instructables - Forbes Blog Eric Wilhelm discusses high-tech Halloween projects on NPR's Science Friday 2010-10-22 New York Times - Bamboo Bicycles New York Times - Growing Vegetables Upside Down DIY Green Projects - ABC News Instructables in the Daily Green Taking an Open-Source Approach to Hardware - Instructables in the WSJ FYIs for the DIYers - Instructables in the Sacramento Bee Do-It-Yourself Guru Makes Treasures From Trash - Tim Anderson Profiled on NPR's Weekend Edition Instructables on WGHP Fox 8 - Paper Wallets and Marshmallow Shooters "It's not like everyone who does DIY is a communist!" - Instructables in the Financial Times Instructables in Inventors Digest - Five Questions with Eric Wilhelm Instructables on KSL5's Studio 5 How to make your own high-tech Christmas gifts - Instructables in New Scientist Build It Yourself at Instructables.com - Instructables on ABC's Ahead of the Curve DIY Holiday Gift Ideas - The Best of Instructables on NHPR's Word of Mouth Instructables on NPR's Here & Now 11/24/2008 Instructables on NYC's WCBS-AM 880 Monday Eco-nomical: Homemade Gifts -- Instructables Mentioned on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday 2008-11-23 Instructables on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday - 2008-11-22 Homeowners go greener with do-it-yourself jobs Faberge Egg Contest Round-up by Forbes Dry-Ice Martini and Electric Cake - Hungry Scientist and Instructables in the NYT Leah Buechley and Instructables Written Up by Forbes: "A Blinking Fashion Statement" Instructables Part of PC World's 100 Incredibly Useful and Interesting Web Sites Customers increasingly drive firms' innovations Netting circle - The crafting and DIY crazes are catching on with websites such as Etsy and Instructables Eric Wilhelm wins Technology Review's Top Innovators under 35 Award Tiny Talents - Learning Bar Tricks in the New York Times Magazine How To Fix The World & Grassroots Innovation Takes Root - Instructables in Forbes My Belt Sander Can Beat Your Circular Saw - Instructables in the New York Times 3 How-To Projects In 60 Seconds - Eric Wilhelm of Instructables on the Forbes Video Network Eric profiled by Technology Review in "Instructables pioneer loves to kite-surf" This, From That - Maker Faire and Instructables in the New York Times Instructables on NPR's Talk of the Nation April Fools' Day 2008 - The Top Five Office April Fools Pranks Instructables on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday March 9th, 2008 Innovation: 'How-To' Web Sites Let You Learn Just About Anything - Instructables in Fox Business News Arts and Crafts Find New Life Online - Instructables in BusinessWeek Instructables in SmartComputing Instructables on LA's KROQ Instructables in the Telegraph -- Weird and wonderful inventions The How-Tos That You Do: Instructables Keep People In Step After Step After Step. - Instructables in Helio Mag Instructables in the New York Times -- Romancing the Flat Pack: Ikea, Repurposed Instructables in the New York Times - In a Highly Complex World, Innovation From the Top Down Mouse Mouse in FHM-Germany Instructables and Squid Labs featured in Tech Closeup's April 2007 Show Instructables in the New York Times - How to Improve it? Ask Those Who Use It Instructables wins the 2006 WIRED Rave award for Industrial Design Instructables in World Changing Instructables mentioned in Jane Mag Instructables in the Sydney Morning Herald PodTech Network Instructables team interview: Eric and Leah Instructables in FHM-Netherlands Laser Cutter Origami - Squid Labs in the New Yorker Instructables in Trendwatching Instructables in Edutopia Instructables in The Village Voice Instructables in Network World, January 2006 The Dream Factory - Instructables debuts in WIRED, September 2005 Squid Labs profiled in WIRED news, September 2005 More cool stuff about Instructables here at the guided tour.

Topic by ewilhelm 12 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Awesome New Group!

Hey everyone, I think that Nerf Fanatics is an awesome new Nerf group! Please join! If enough people join maybe we'll be featured!

Topic by Sir Patrick 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Nominating Instructables to be "Featured"

I just joined the instructables community a couple days ago. I'm not exactly new and knows how the featuring process workds. I've been poking around the site and there are some unfeatured instructables that I feel like were missed. I decided unfeatured instructables should have a chance to get recognition too! I created this forum topic for people to nominate instructables that they feel like should be featured. Anyone can suggest something. I might even create a group to "feature" some of these nominated ones. Suggest away! Update: Click here to join the group and support your favorite instructables.

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


New Homepage

I know the staff, and some members, are tired of hearing criticism of the recent changes the site has undergone. Some is probably valid, most is just knee jerk. I don't want to pile on, more than I already have, but after seeing the homepage today I have to say something. I've attached a screen shot of the current home page full screened on a 23" monitor. Lets say I'm visiting Instructables for the first time. Is a giant, scaling, Radio Shack advert really the only thing you want to show up? (Since the ad scales with the window yo would need a huge screen to be able to see anything else on landing, also if you aren't full screen it is literally all you see besides the header.) Sure there are a links to the categories but what if I'm new and don't know those are the categories or what they mean. What if I'm a regular but don't know what category the thing I'm looking for is in? Search you say, just use the search bar. Right, ok, just as soon as I find it. Oh you mean this giant thing in the middle of my screen that typed out like it's a non-usable flash animation when I first landed? What if I don't know what I'm looking for, lets call it browsing. Looks like there are some featured projects down below. *scrolls down* One project with a picture large enough to discern it's subject, three with shrunken down thumbnails, and 8 more in a wall of text with no pictures to give any context to the titles. This home screen is no longer a hub for the site. It's 50% add, 25% blank space, and 25% links to specific things. With the giant ad filling the entire screen the stuff below feels like it is tacked on as an afterthought. It really feels like it was designed around the ad. You have to know what you are looking for for it to even be remotely useful. Over 3/4 of the time if I'm am looking at a project on Instructables I found it by browsing ALL the categories, at once, on the old homepage. Unless I'm looking for something specific I'm not going to spend the time to click through every catagory just to see what's up. I have broad interests and jumping to 6 different pages just isn't going to cut it. It also makes it feel very disjointed. You go from a page with almost no content to a page filtered down to 1/6th of the sites content, at most. This isn't just bad for people browsing either, this will directly impact authors as well. With only one decent sized picture and only 4 pictures total what are the chances your project is going to make the front page? Average case I would assume people might click through half of the six categories in the current format. Right there that's a probable 50% drop in eyes even seeing your project, click through rates will decrease that number further but those could actually rise (as a percentage of the total people that see the project. This doesn't cancel out the first decrease though). A 66% decrease is also plausible and of course roughly 83% is worst case. If the browser doesn't win and the author doesn't win then who wins? Unless Radio Shack has paid for all the space on the top of the home screen, in which case the Autodesk balance sheet wins, nobody does. It causes me some concern that the reasoning given for the major format changes to the Instructables themselves was to really emphasize the pictures, and I believe the same ting was said about the previous homepage update, but now pictures of projects have almost entirely been removed. The motivation here is fuzzy at best. I would love to hear from someone on that staff that knows the actual reason behind the change. If it makes sense I'm willing to listen and adapt my usage habits but if this is simply a numbers game in the ledger book then this probably signals the end of me browsing other peoples projects. (Unless a staff member will actually come out and say it's a money grab in which case I appreciate the honesty and maybe we can all work together to find a way to generate more income. The last thing we want is Instructables to go under.) EDIT: Interestingly it's not as bad in IE8 (The ad that is. The lack of projects is still quite apparent) but there is a little issue with the scaling of the "search bar". Maybe the ad size is a bug, as there is at least one other FF bug already spotted, see below. Also the image comment system seems to have reverted to the old style click and drag, at least here in the forum. Maybe it nerev changed, I don't post photos here much.

Topic by bwrussell 6 years ago  |  last reply 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


new format for pages ?

What is going on with the new format for the different pages?  All I can find is featured "ibles" with large pictures, wheres the zeitgist, recent, popular etc that used to be on the main page of each section (ride,outdoors,offbeat,green,life,etc etc?) Am I overlooking something? Is it just MY computer?

Topic by l8nite 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


New Robot Merchandise?

I'm not bragging, but I think I have about five or six Instructables patches, what with running up in contests and getting featured in the newsletter. I'm running out of places to put them. How about laser-cut rubber keyrings or zipper tags? Or Robot mugs? Any comments? Other ideas?

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


New feature -- see your fan club!

I see that a new feature got deployed over night. On your login page, there's now a display of everyone who is subscribed to you, just above the I'bles of people to whom you subscribe.

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


New feature: comments by topic authors are identified!

As part of the Answers Release, it looks like a new minor feature has been deployed. All comments from the author of a Forum topic are identified with a little "(author)" next to their username. The same is true for comments to Instructables. Very useful!

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


My 2cts on the new Featured Instructable system

Hello everyone, it was suggested that I give my thoughts on the current (new) system when an Instructable is Featured. Recently one of my Instructables was Featured (have a look at my Trebuchet I'ble). I received the standard 'We think your awesome' email... and then... nothing I waited for a snazzy little banner proclaiming to the world that I was featured... I also waited to see my Ible on the front page... After 24 hours I got worried and posted a bug report, where the new feature was explained to me Where I have the problem is this new three teired system hasn't REALLY been explained in an email or a site update memo.. Perhaps It would be useful to have an opt-in site update email which explains the current features/updates of the website? Another problem is the email I received says this: Hi! Your Instructable "Scout Project: How to build a Trebuchet" was just featured by one of our editors! Being featured means we think you are awesome. Keep up the great work! Look for your featured Instructable, within the next 30 minutes, here: https://www.instructables.com/play/?show= FEATURED https://www.instructables.com/play/siege-engines/?show=FEATURED Eric The old style email says: Hi! Your Instructable "How to make: Norbert the Cuddly Squid" was just featured by one of our editors! Look for it on the Instructables homepage within the next 30 minutes. Being featured means we think you are awesome. Keep up the great work! https://www.instructables.com/ -Eric There isn't very much difference, and when you are unaware of the change, it is a little confusing... maybe the standardised email needs a little tweaking for the new Featured Instructable system? Thanks alot Jay

Topic by Biggsy 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


New Feature? Pop-up confirmation for flagging?

I just flagged an inappropriate business solicitation as "SPAM". When I did so, my Camino browser popped up a little confirmation window explaining what the flag meant and asking if I really wanted to continue. Very nice!

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


A new feature: Membership Challenge for the Members, by the Members

It could be another Go Pro incentive, but have a space where members can challenge others to make a particular item by a given date, then let the membership vote on the winner. Similar to what is done now with contests except it's hardly any work for you guys and increases the number of ideas pertinent to then members themselves.

Topic by kz1 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 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


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


An Instructable in New Scientist!

Instructables member XenonJohn has had his Self-Balancing Skateboard featured on New Scientist TV, using video taken at the UK Maker Faire. I had the pleasure of meeting John at the Faire, and I can safely say that this world needs more like him. Kudos, John.

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


"Feature comment" on slideshow is broken?

I tried to use the new "feature comment" checkbox out of curiosity on Jake's comment here, which popped up a yellow error box saying 400 -- QUESTION objects are not sticky-able By the sounds of it this feature is a few hours old so I guess the kinks are still being worked out.  Is there some documentation on what the feature actually does?  I gather it pins a comment to the top of the list of comments and disables replies to that comment...?

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


How may I filter out certain instructables from my account, so they would no longer appear in my searches/browsing? Answered

Howdy! I recall in the early days of Instructables, there was more of a focus on actual working technology ideas. Nowadays, many of my searches become jumbled with Instructables of nature more asthetic than function. It is my desire to be able to filter out these instructables from ever appearing in my searches again, preferably individually for higher precision. Is this possible? Or have I just suggested a new feature to include in an upcoming site upgrade? Thank you kindly, your help is incredibly appreciated. Phunky Monkey, esq.

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


What gives with the FEATURED column?

It's coming up with stuff that's 3 or more years ago! Like this one from 2006!Are the new ideas so bad that they're stuffing old (and tired) 'ibles in there now?

Topic by sign-up 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


New Category Suggestion

Hi;   I'd like to see a category for National Forests, Parks, etc.  Special features, great campsites, super swimmin' holes, beautiful but little known sights, etc.  I just thought of another one I'd like info from/on:   Unique, Out of the Ordinary Events, & Festivals      For example:  Following the Sheep Festival held yearly in Idaho. Other not-well-known festivals of interest. . . .     I drove 2-1/2 hrs. one time to go see the Outhouse Festival in Kansas. Include things like dog agility competetions, cat shows, horse events, food events, etc etc. Looking for something interesting to do. . . Thanks for your consideration! Gale Green.

Topic by GaleG1 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Front Page Featured Comment

SFGate added a new widget to their front page - a Featured Comment box. Someone commented on one of my Instructables that they wished they could favorite the comments because they were so fun to read. It would be neat if there was a box on the front page with a single Featured Comment, or part of a comment. The folks who have the ability to Feature an Instructable could be given the ability to also Feature a comment. You really don't need many. I'd probably only keep the most recent 10 or so in the queue. You could use a simple JavaScript form to submit a comment to the queue. Tell the folks with permission to only put the best of the best in there. Even if it stuck on the same cool comment for a couple of days, that's ok. It would be maybe a minute or so to add a comment by cut and paste to the queue. If you each only do one a week it would be full constantly. It could lead folks to the Instructable, or even the Commenter.In the SFGate box it looks like they just choose the featured comment editorially. I'm not sure how often it changes. I think just whenever they decide to change it. I've never seen one persist for more than one day. It doesn't change with reloads; that's why I think it is chosen editorially.I love a lot of my comments.

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


Instructables on New Scientist TV

Instructables "artist in residence" Mikeasaurus has had his magnetic silly putty featured on New Scientist TV. Kudos, Mike!

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


New Editor Relased

We've released an updated version of the editor. Some new features include: It's powered by jquery, which will mean nothing to you if you're not a huge nerd. Automatically saves after doing anything but typing. Remember to save anything you type, just like a word processor. Incorporates a new uploader, which will hopefully suck less than the current one. Should be faster, I think? I'm not sure about this point yet, still have to see it in the wild. Will definitely fail tonight, there are caching issues. I hope I can delete this line in the morning! Various bugfixes, the previous editor was heavily in need of going away forever, heavily. Dances when no one is watching. PROVE IT DOESN'T. As always, please let us know if you have any problems. Or, also, let us know if you think it's awesome. Nobody ever does that. It's lonely here. Send cupcakes.

Topic by dworley 7 years ago


feature request: tag cloud

Hi all, not sure if this is the right place to ask for this, but wouldn't a tag cloud or weighted category list (or whatever it's called) be a nice feature on Instructables as well? One could convert the already entered keywords into user generated tags and then allow reader to add new tags to entries etc. I think tag clouds are flexible than simple categories (although they don't replace them). Andreas

Topic by onde 9 years ago


New DIY Green Blog

Hey everyone. Tap33 and I started a new DIY Green Blog. You can find it here. Basically, we're finding cool DIY projects on the internet about going green and posting them.If anyone wanted their Instructable that related to "Going Green" featured on the site you can leave a comment here, PM Tap33 or me, or contact us at the Contact Us section of the Blog. We know that there are a lot of great projects here so please, tell us if you want it featured on the page. Also, does anyone have any ideas for new "Green" projects?

Topic by Gjdj3 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago