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Off-line Instructables Editor Answered

Often, projects do not happen at our computer desk, or even somewhere with internet. Maybe you want to work on your Instructable on an airplane ride. Maybe you only have access to the internet at the library. Either way, it would be nice to have an official Instructables user interface that is available for download. You could completely flesh out your Instructable on your own time, without access to the internet, and then just upload the whole thing all at once. The steps, keywords, images, and instructions would all auto-fill into an online version and you'd be set! Woo! I understand this would take some work, but I'm just throwing it out there. Something preliminary could even just be a rudimentary template that you work within and then the site can read the template and grab everything it needs off your computer. Your thoughts?

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Kiteman

9 years ago

I really do not think that is necessary - on the very rare occasions I have written ibles whilst away from internet access, i have simply written the text in word and saved the photos in a separate folder (something I do with my photos anyway). The only thing I cannot do offline is annotate the photos, and that is the work of but a moment anyway.

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caitlinsdad

9 years ago

I usually sort out all of my needed pictures in a separate folder to upload easily. I write out all of my text in plain old Notepad. Using a MS Word messes things up when I cut and paste its hidden characters embedded in the text. I just break things up in paragraphs or sections for each step. It helps to have one long file so that you can add notes or cut and move sections easily as you revise text. It would help to have a template so that you can upload or "cut and paste" and have it fill out the separate steps to populate the instructable. I do find it easier to work without the confines of jumping from step to step while I am creating.

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xACIDITYxcaitlinsdad

Reply 9 years ago

What if Instructables made a program where you could write up your information, save files as .ins, and then when you upload them it just auto-fills in the information in an unpublished 'ible? I think that would be freaking Awesome.

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BeanGolemxACIDITYx

Reply 9 years ago

That's pretty much what I'm talking about. The offline software would create a single file that is readable by the Instructables site, which just turns it into an online I'ble.

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BeanGolem

9 years ago

Ok. Since HQ being swamped is a given, let's switch gears. What would be the best way to DIY? I have some programming skillz, but not a huge vocabulary in the pertinent languages. What's a good language for creating a GUI in the first place? What are good sites to teach myself said language? I have enough spare time to throw together some sort of prototype, but without a "reader" on the site end of things it won't be much use.

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gmjhowe

9 years ago

This would actually be a simple enough program to create. However, if we really want this, we will have to do it, i know the hq is very busy, and would struggle to fit this in.

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killerjackalopegmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

If someone popped together a simple one that left a plain text file or an XML to upload in a folder with images I'd be eternally grateful because I could upload in tech but work at home...

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gmjhowekillerjackalope

Reply 9 years ago

Well, i reckon i could set up an applescript to do it, using autofill, but that would only help us mac users. Plus i do not have the time..

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killerjackalopegmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

I only ever use macs in tech so if you ever get bored it'd be a good project... Eh I wonder could I combine a set of plain text files or an XML with macros...

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gmjhowekillerjackalope

Reply 9 years ago

I never get bored, i have a back log of about 20 ideas, waiting for when ive completed my current projects totalling about 10.

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killerjackalopegmjhowe

Reply 9 years ago

I'm the same way of late...

Got a little project to do today that's been waiting all too long, it's actually kind of fun though...

I also have mad big projects on the go, somehow converting a big old mahogany dresser in to a bar turned in to building a tiki bar and converting the dresser, both with built in stereos because I just have so many. People keep giving me CD players and stereos...

Bleeding the radiators is down the list near making a projector attachment for a certain lamp and fixing my computer new power supply needed, still runs but too many peripherals make it die...

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gmjhowekillerjackalope

Reply 9 years ago

For the last month or so, ive been working on the book of time. Its epic, keep an eye out.