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Hello, I am a new Pro user and when I try to download Instructables PDF's I am directed back to the PDF download page. Some Instructables will allow me to download their PDF's however. I don't see anything common to the instructables that either work or don't, so I am pretty confused. If it helps at all, the custom PDF download does not work at all. Thanks for the help.


Sorry for the frustration!

I believe this is a caching issue, and it would be very helpful if you could give specific PDFs that you are having trouble downloading.

All of em - please cancel and fefund me immediately.


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I also have the same problem.I cannot download any PDF's or view steps on a single page. I have paid for a 2 year Pro Membership, but am not recognised as a Pro Member. Do you know of the solution? I have notice that there are a lot of people who have had the same problem, but no solutions seem to have been posted, as far as I can find. I have reported the problem and got a response from the robot, promising that a human will read my message. No reply as yet.

Sure,<br /><br />Here are some (selected at random) that do not work:<br /><a href="https://www.instructables.com/pdf/Pocket-Sized-Minty-Catapult/Pocket-Sized-Minty-Catapult.pdf">https://www.instructables.com/pdf/Pocket-Sized-Minty-Catapult/Pocket-Sized-Minty-Catapult.pdf</a><br /><br /><a href="https://www.instructables.com/pdf/Make-a-Cardboard-Boat/Make-a-Cardboard-Boat.pdf">https://www.instructables.com/pdf/Make-a-Cardboard-Boat/Make-a-Cardboard-Boat.pdf</a><br /><br /><a href="https://www.instructables.com/pdf/It_can_be_a_LONG_wait_at_the_pharmacy/It_can_be_a_LONG_wait_at_the_pharmacy.pdf">https://www.instructables.com/pdf/It_can_be_a_LONG_wait_at_the_pharmacy/It_can_be_a_LONG_wait_at_the_pharmacy.pdf</a><br /><br />Here are some (also selected at random) that do work:<br /><a href="https://www.instructables.com/pdf/Dutch-Oven-Beef-Stew/Dutch-Oven-Beef-Stew.pdf">https://www.instructables.com/pdf/Dutch-Oven-Beef-Stew/Dutch-Oven-Beef-Stew.pdf</a><br /><br /><a href="https://www.instructables.com/pdf/Leyden-Jar-Battery-for-Tesla-Coils/Leyden-Jar-Battery-for-Tesla-Coils.pdf">https://www.instructables.com/pdf/Leyden-Jar-Battery-for-Tesla-Coils/Leyden-Jar-Battery-for-Tesla-Coils.pdf</a><br /><br /><a href="https://www.instructables.com/pdf/Mini-Joystick-with-Fire-Button/Mini-Joystick-with-Fire-Button.pdf">https://www.instructables.com/pdf/Mini-Joystick-with-Fire-Button/Mini-Joystick-with-Fire-Button.pdf</a><br /><br />Hope that helps,<br /><br />Rendman

To continue:
I how either cut and paste in OpenOffice writer or I print to PDF.  Both result in the loss of the small pictures under the larger ones.  Any help with this problem would be appreciated.


Hi There... I have been a Pro User for sometime now and have changed to Fedora Linux 10... I was never pleased with the PDF results but at least I could download them by right clicking and clicking Save As.

Since changing to Fedora Linux 10, if I right click and click Save As the file name appears as (for example)

FcitMiJQ.html.part        instead of

This happens with all the PDF links I have tried to use.  Instead I left click.  But that ends in error when I try to open the files:

error message
"Encrypted Document
This document is encrypted and can't be accessed. Please enter the document's password:"  using ePDFViewer

error message
"Unable to open document
File type HTML document (text/html) is not supported" using Document Viewer
(Most likely because it is encrypted still)

Are you still having problems downloading PDF's?

Hi, I just joined as well and am trying to either 'view all on one page' or see it in PDF format.  Both prompt me to become a PRO member.

Here are the instructables I am looking at:
How to Make Sodium Acetate From Household Ingredients

The "Make your own lathe from other people's trash" in the latest 'newsletter' is one that exhibits this problem (real bummer when I want to build a lathe...)

Duncan Amos

I have the same exact problem and its driving me crazy as I have just joined

I've seen no resolution. Which is disappointing, as the PDF downloads are touting as being on of the "flagship" features for being a pro member. It is indeed the main reason I went pro

Can you post links to the Instructables that you're having problems accessing the PDF's?