What happened to Instructables?

I've been away a while, and now that I'm back, I see a lot of purported instructables that are nothing but slideshows of finished projects with no instructions, usually with links to other sites, most of which are selling the plans or instructions.  Has Instructables totally changed, or have I misunderstood what it's about all this time? :(

Posted by kaste 8 years ago

Introducing Slideshows and Videos!

Check out the latest new sections on Instructables! Introduction to Slideshows and Videos here on the blog.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

Imagenotes Now Work in Slideshows

Imagenotes now work in slideshows. This is especially cool for highlighting stuff in your workshop slideshows. For now, this only works in new slideshows -- adding imagenotes to your old ones doesn't work.See this one for an example:

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago

Slideshows in forum topics

Zachninme put together this sweet way to embed slideshows in forum topics. I'm posting it because it requires HTML in the body of the text, and only admins can do that.What do you think? Is this something you would use? The images in the Slideshow below are from this forum post. They are not from an existing Slideshow.Show/Hide Slideshow

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

My gripe with the new I'ble classification system

Okay, so I know there is another conversation about this, but well I can't find it... so I'm going to give my 2 cts worth I know that recently the site has been re-vamped with a new Instructable submission classification, which, yeah okay I think has it's pro's and cons I'm personally abit infuriated with itbut well... I'm not going to just makea complaint and then not suggest a resolution Anyway... The single picture I'bles showcasing someones creation are a good idea (to an extent) but, I wonder if perhaps It's being advertised the wrong way? take for example This I'ble I think the posters sweets look brilliant, and I think that they may not know just how to do a step by step Instructable... but I have been noticing alot of pictures with very little write up etc... could we therefore in the welcome email that the Wonderful Robot sends link people to an I'ble emplaining how to post an I'ble, which includes a which classification suits what type of I'ble (If people at HQ are busy I don't mind helping) I don't know... I'm just finding it infuriating that there are alot of I'bles being created which don't include alot of content... Don't get me wrong I'm not saying thease people shouldn't post their creations... but I think we have to perhaps educate people as to how the system works... I dont know, it could perhaps be worth trialling it for three months or so, and if it makes no difference then bin the idea... but who knows, it maybe a step in the right direction?

Posted by Biggsy 7 years ago

Can Slideshows be featured?

Well? Can they or can't they? sorry if this has been asked before....

Posted by Camisado 10 years ago


If I'm viewing a slideshow and I hover over the See More, the slideshow is infront of the menu. Is it just me?

Posted by asasklfjklasfkljasklfjaklfsjkl 8 years ago

Slideshow problems

I'm not able to see my slideshow. Is it even "created"? Can anyone else see it?

Posted by magenchanted 9 years ago

Another slideshow not working

 I posted a slideshow www.instructables.com/id/Four-Seasons-Fairies/ but I can not see the slideshow. The browser tells me that it can not find the swf file.

Posted by Caffeinomane 8 years ago

"no-show" bug: Slideshow not displaying images

My slideshow has the "no-show" bug: https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Billboard-that-Ruined-Christmas/  FYI: it seems to be the result of saving the slideshow and the slideshow not displaying the latest saved version of the pictures. For example in the slideshow mentioned above, I saved it before uploading any pictures. In past slideshows, I've made a slideshow, uploaded images, saved it and uploaded more pictures, re-saved it, and had the slideshow not display any pictures beyond those uploaded before the original saving.  

Posted by mrcrumley 8 years ago

Ack! Slideshow broken!

I just published a new slideshow, and the pictures won't load! They aren't oversized images or anything.

Posted by KentsOkay 10 years ago

Lame Slideshows

The increased visibility/accessibility of the "slideshow" option seems to have resulted in a large increase in the number of useless/non-instructive/incomplete/spam/whack-a-doodle postings. I'm tired of wading through heaps of crap just to find real, honest-to-goodness Instructables: step-by-step instructions for making/doing things. I have no beef with the slideshow format itself; it is quite appropriate for some projects, but the content has recently been predominantly junk. I regard it as littering up the site and polluting the "mission" of Instructables. I'm just grumbling here, as I have no real suggestion for a solution, except that perhaps the standard for approval of postings needs to be higher.

Posted by aeray 7 years ago

Slideshow isn't working

I just created my first slideshow at https://www.instructables.com/id/Up-Gingerbread-house/ .  I can see the pictures in the edit mode, but the slideshow doesn't seem to work at all in preview mode or by going to the slideshow page after it's published.  Any ideas?

Posted by davewking 8 years ago

Where are the slideshow controls?

Slideshows used to have "pause" and "play" controls under the large image. They seem to have disappeared. Or are they just hiding under the advertising on the right of the page?

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago

slideshow pause button

There used to be a pause button on slideshows (I always thought the images went too fast), after looking at a few recent projects published using slideshows the pause button seems to be gone. Is there something up, or was it removed on purpose? windows 7, firefox 3.6.8

Posted by mikeasaurus 8 years ago

Images not showing in slideshow preview

I'm creating my first slideshow and when I preview it, I'm not seeing anything. The images show just fine in the library and in the list in edit mode.

Posted by flaming_pele! 9 years ago

slideshow not working

I'm currently working on my first slideshow. When I go into preview or view the published copy the pictures don't show up. However in edit mode they show up just fine.

Posted by ggiihh1 9 years ago

Slideshow issues?

 Anyone having trouble seeing slideshow images, play button/slider, anything?  I got the confirmation that mine was accepted to the competition, updated my flash, tried different browsers, computers, blah! What am I missing?

Posted by sarahfish 8 years ago

cannot see pictures in slideshow

Ok ive just made a slideshow of a homemade oil can i made i published it a few hours ago but lemonie has mentioned he cannot see the pictures nor can i heres the slideshow: https://www.instructables.com/id/homemade-oil-can/

Posted by sharlston 8 years ago

A comment on slideshow option...

Is there a way to shut off the slideshow option and see it like the rest of instructables? It seems to be slow, clumsy and eye-iritating to the point that it's not worth fighting with to look at. Feel free to disagree and post your opinion.

Posted by jtobako 10 years ago

Slideshow sidebar bug

When I view my recently featured slideshow while I'm logged in, it appears as it should. When I log out and view it, or any other slideshow, instead of the sidebar with the author and ible stats and suggested other related ibles then instead of appearing on the right, it appears below the comments. I'm using Ubuntu 2.26.1 with Firefox 3.0.15

Posted by Jayefuu 8 years ago

Image not appearing in Slideshow

Https://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap_Human_Power_kickstand_for_the_Mundo/There are supposed to be 4 images in this slideshow. But only three appear. In edit mode there are four. But only three appear in the slideshow after repeatedly saving and publishing. The image here is the one that won't appear. It's from Flickr

Posted by fossilfool 9 years ago

Gingerbread House Slideshow Contest

It's gingerbread house season! Making miniature houses out of gingerbread and frosting and candy is hard to resist and in honor of these tiny abodes we will be having a Gingerbread House Slideshow Contest coming soon! It's a slideshow contest so you don't have to put up instructions of how you made it, just the amazing results. More details soon!

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago

Problem with pictures in slideshow.

I am having problems posting my slideshow. I added all of the pictures to my slideshow and none of them will show up. I think it has to do with the format of the pictures (.JPG) but I do not know if there is a difference between .jpg and .JPG. If anyone knows why please help me.Here it is if you want to see the problem for yourself.It WorksIt is happening again!

Posted by n8man 10 years ago

Slideshow Delay

When I edit a slide show it takes about a day to show the new pictures. Is this normal?

Posted by Wafflicious 9 years ago

Slideshow not working

My slideshow isn't displaying when I open it, even though all other slideshows do. I'm using Firefox 3.0.1 with Adobe Flash Player on Windows XP SP3. What's going on? Do I need to wait for the publishing process longer? I know it's not a loading problem because it says done in the status bar. When I hover my mouse over it, it just says:(in gray){Movie not loaded...}{About Adobe Flash Player}(takes you to Adobe site)

Posted by ultrauber 10 years ago

Slideshow does not display images

The slideshow I posted a few hours ago does not display the images. There is a thumbnail image that I can see from the Instuctables tab in my profile, but the actual slideshow has no images, just the text block. It seems like it may be the same issue that mrcrumley reported a few days ago. I am using IE8 & Flash 10 on XP SP3, but others have checked for me using a variety of other browsers, and report the same problem. Help? https://www.instructables.com/id/Gingerbread-A-Frame-Ski-House/

Posted by RavingMadStudios 8 years ago

Slideshow still not showing up

So, it's been over a day and I'm still not seeing my slideshow. It's not my cache. My question is, how long does this normally take? I was hoping it would be up by the time it was approved, but obviously it wasn't. I've had over 500 views but I'm afraid none have actually seen anything. https://www.instructables.com/id/Nomad-Bookshelves-Desk/

Posted by WhyIsThisOpen 9 years ago

Theres no delete button for slideshows

The other day I was trying to delete a slideshow, just one problem, there's no button for it. rtty21 has the same problem. I did manage to "delete" it (it doesn't show up in my unpublished list) by removing all photos and the text from every box nevermind, I though I did. I shoved it into my private folder first and its still there.

Posted by The Ideanator 7 years ago

Sildeshow Images Do Not Appear

I published a slideshow and the images do not appear when I view it. I took a screenshot, and have attached it. The slideshow is "Simple Flyback Driver Gives Powerful Arcs" https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Flback-Driver-Gives-Powerful-Arcs/

Posted by Xellers 9 years ago

Slideshow not working

I just published a slide show, but when going to the page, the area where it would appear is blank and will not load tried with 3 machines, 2 windows xp, 1 linux, firefox, IE, and chrome whats up ... its disappointing after fooling around with it for almost an hour to have a blank page

Posted by osgeld 8 years ago

Instructables Robot modeled in 3d with Sketchup

I made the Instructables Robot in SketchUp.I uploaded a SlideShow that also has links to the robot so you can download him and to SketchUp.Robot SlideShow and LinksSketchUp is free from Google.Links to everything are in the Slideshow.

Posted by SFHandyman 9 years ago

Slideshow images not showing up when published

Https://www.instructables.com/id/Hunny-Bunny/ I entered my amigurumi bunny in the Critter Contest. I can see the images on the editing side of the slideshow but not on the published page in the link above. I don't know what is wrong.

Posted by sweetnightmare 8 years ago

Can't add text to slideshow / text gone after edit

So, I went to edit the accompanying text for a slideshow of mine, and, after submitting my changes, *all* of the text was gone. I figured that I'd just messed up somewhere in the process, so I went back and added all of the original text back again. Submit. No text with the entry. Ok, so maybe the problem was with my Linux/Firefox setup.  I switched over to Mac/Firefox. Entered in the text again. Submit. No text with the entry. Mac/Safari? Entered in the text again. Submit. No text with the entry. So... is there any way that I can add text to my slideshow again?  I would really like to do so. For reference, this is the slideshow in question: https://www.instructables.com/id/Amigurumi-and-the-Perils-of-Space-Travel/ Thanks!

Posted by needlenoodles 8 years ago

I can't see my slideshow pictures after publishing them but other can...

I can't see my slide show pictures but others can...

Posted by smidge147 9 years ago


First let me start by saying Thanks to all who contribute here. My complaint is that I save the entire page if I really like the posting.This way i can read it offline. I have a comp in my shop I use when building stuff' But these slideshows make I real hard for me to save it all in one easy Save as.Thanks for listening and keep up the great instructables.Maxx1

Posted by Maxx1 10 years ago

2x Feature request: Concerning the Slideshow feature

Two things about slideshows that I think could use some improvement. 1. When I put my mouse cursor over one of those tagged areas (yellow rectangle outlines), I'm probably doing that so that I can read the comment that shows up. It would make sense to automatically pause the slideshow until I pull the cursor out of the rectangle, so that it doesn't switch pictures while I'm reading. 2. I'm not sure about this, but it appears to me that the slideshow first decides that it's time for the next picture, and then loads it. This means that on a slow connection, the time it takes to load the picture can significantly shorten the time that you get to see the picture. Then, after an all too short viewing period, the picture goes away, and the slideshow shows only a big white area while loading the next pic. It would make sense to try and switch pictures every T seconds, and load all pics as quickly as possible. If the next pic is not availible yet, don't hide the current one just yet. =) /Gibson

Posted by gibson_se 8 years ago

betacup contest - slideshows / video entry

Per the contest rules it says "The rules are simple: submit a new Instructable that reuses a paper coffee cup in some way". This is clear enough for me, however just to make sure are slide shows and videos exempt?

Posted by mikeasaurus 8 years ago

fischertechnik Model Show - NL

Howdy All, Nice slideshow of projects shown at the ftClub NL meeting ( Hoofddorf 13/03/2010,)  http://www.fischertechnikclub.nl/index.php?option=com_rsgallery2&page;=slideshow&gid;=27&Itemid;=58⟨=de Thought to share. Richard

Posted by ftking_83702 8 years ago

Introducing Slideshows and Videos!

We just added two new sections to Instructables: Slideshows and Videos. Slideshows and Videos are more ways for you to share your projects, the cool things that you do, and to generally jump into the World's Biggest Show & Tell. Use a slideshow to show pictures of a finished project, a work in progress, your work space, or something that you don't quite have full enough documentation to make an Instructable. Slideshows are perfect for sharing your old projects, or those projects that you did so fast that you forgot to take pictures along the way. You can outline what you did, what tools and materials you used, and show off the final project. For example, here's a Slideshow about a climbing wall I built a few years ago. I didn't take enough pictures to make a full Instructable, but I still want to share my project because I think it's awesome. Also, if you want to embed an Instructables Slideshow on your webpage or blog, go for it! There's embed code right below the text.We've noticed that video is becoming a bigger part of Instructables, so we made a special section for videos. Share your full how-to videos, videos showing off your projects in action, or a video tour of your workshop. How-to videos that are logically broken into steps and have support images of each step still make perfect Instructables and we want to encourage more of these; we hope that Videos will support and help grow the site by making a specific section for how-to videos that don't quite need our step-by-step format. You can embed videos from any of the major video sites, so there's no need to re-upload! Anything that you share in a Slideshow or Video should be your own project or a project that you have intimate familiarity with, and your own content. We want to encourage a conversation between the Instructables community and the person who did the project. So for example, posting a Slideshow about an awesome native-hardware coffee table that your parents built is perfect. Save posting projects you found on the web for the forums, and be sure to include a link to the original content. I'm really excited about these new features. I know that everyone has something to share at Show & Tell, and Slideshows and Videos give more opportunities to do just that.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

No more type identifiers on new Browse Instructables page?

The new ginormous icons on the Browse page are bad enough, but it seems that we no longer get any clues about content.  Neither "slideshow" nor "video" are identified, and I've noticed some inconsistency in whether or not "featured" banners are applied.

Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago


Well, 2 new Slideshows on my page! They didn't show up in the recent page yet. Check them out if you like... I think some people would like the clock/ tissue box Mash-Up. ;-)

Posted by GorillazMiko 10 years ago

Just a suggestion for Instructables (What do you think?)

Just something I've noticed while visiting people's persona pages.Under member stats, it gives assorted things. I'll give my current stats for example:Instructables: 4Forum Topics: 80Comments: 1,025Favorites: 17Groups: 37Orangeboard: 20It gives my iBle count as 4, although I've only published 3 - the 4th one was a slideshow. I think distinguishing slideshows and videos from actual iBles. As it is, actual counts could be a bit, er, inflated (probably is the wrong term).What do you guys think?

Posted by Bran 10 years ago


Here is the video for my new gun, I cannot add it to the slideshow (obviously) so here it is

Posted by Fred the Penguin 8 years ago

Scrolling Issue

I have run across a rather peculiar bug while viewing instructables on the site. Whenever there is a slideshow or an embedded video (like a YouTube one inserted into a step/description), and I scroll down, about 10 pixels or so of the Slideshow/Video stay on the top of the body portion of my web browser. My browser is Mozilla Firefox 3.6 Beta 5, running under the operating system of Windows 7. An included screenshot is below.

Posted by Raikou-san 8 years ago

Would a slideshow instructable be a bad place to display my photography?

I have taken some pretty darn good pictures over the years, and I would like to share them with the Instructables community. I was thinking about posting a slide-show instructable, but since it isn't technically a project, i thought it would be the wrong way. Should I just post a forum topic?

Posted by ilpug 6 years ago

Lion Brand Yarn Slideshow Challenge Winners Announced!

Instructables and Lion Brand Yarn are happy to announce the winners of the Lion Brand Yarn Slideshow Challenge!We were incredibly impressed by the variety and creativity of your entries! There were over 450 slideshows with thousands of pictures, making it incredibly hard to choose winners. Check the Lion Brand group to see more great project ideas you might have missed the first time around.We appreciate your enthusiasm for sharing your projects, ideas, and patterns, and will definitely be hosting more great yarncraft contests in the months to come!This contest may be over, but the Lion Brand group will live on! Keep on submitting your yarn creations to the group and share the wonderful things you make with the rest of the world! Lion Brand Yarn SelectionsEach winner will receive a $25 Lion Brand Yarn coupon, an Instructables patch and stickers. (in alphabetical order) Crochet Goldfish Dread Crocheted Cthulhu Frowny Marshmallows My First Lighthouse Afghan Purple Fans - Childs Afghan Instructables Selections Each winner will receive a $25 Lion Brand Yarn coupon, an Instructables patch and stickers. Ratings Winners* Pageviews Winners Random Winner Log CabinRainbow Afghan Kilt Hose Happiness is awarm gun Knitted Kebaya Monster Socks Random winner selected by robot. *Negative and duplicate votes were eliminated.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

Go check out my new lego gun

 I just put up a slideshow for a new gun i built

Posted by legomman200 8 years ago

Image layout for Instructables - new release Easter Egg

If you like the new layout for Slideshow and Videos, you can also use it for Instructables:https://www.instructables.com/tag/type:id/instructable:true/?layout=imagesSimilarly, if you like the Instructable layout, and want to use it for Slideshows just pull off the ?layout=imageshttps://www.instructables.com/tag/type:id/slideshow:true/Another easter egg: If you love reading comments, here's another easter egg.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 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...?

Posted by PKM 8 years ago