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Site update - January 29, 2014 Answered

Site Update!

Maybe you noticed that we've have a pretty significant site update. Following in the footsteps of the new commenting features, here's what's new!
  • (editor) Publish new Instructable with same title as existing featured Instructable, get prompted to choose again.
  • (editor) More detail for contests on publish screen
  • (editor) Support for embedded files; reworked icons in navbar. Replaced embed modal.
  • (comments) visual touchups for author in comment box
  • (comments) No more ReCaptcha
  • (instructables) Embedded videos displayed inside photosets
  • (instructables) "Rich" embeds will appear under photoset, before step text
  • (comments + editor) Clicking image in image library modal selects it
  • (PM's) HTML support
  • (comments + PM's) Lists and links created inline, styling updates to toolbar.
  • (comments) "comment removed by community request" -- removed when no allowed replies remain
  • (comments) "I Made it" appears as button in Instructable header & option on comment box

...and on mobile web:
  • Categories + channels tabs
  • Switch member instructables & favorites UI
  • Ad slot between intro step & step 1
  • Removed author box from Instructable page
As with all releases, there's going to be some kinks to iron out.
Please leave your thoughts, suggestions, and detailed bugs in the comments below. We're really excited about this update and think it's going to make using the new interface easier, and a better experience.

Can't wait to see your feedback!


On 08.09.2015 I pay for pro account but I still have no access?


If you could write into service at instructables dot com someone from our support team will be able to help you out.

Troy aka tomatoskins

-Your friendly neighborhood instructables staff

I am requesting that the webmaster (is that term still used?) add an additional option on the "benefits if you join" screenpopup. The current selections are "to join" or "not now or no". You should add "already joined" and create a cookie that retards further questionnaires to join when I (we) have already joined). Would make a site of many smart people doing smart things reflect that intellect on the first page by adding an option that preserves that image, and decreasing frustraion by it not being there.


If I understand correctly, the frustration here is that you continue to see popovers prompting you to join Instructables even though you have already joined? A great solution here would be to log in -- you should never see a "Sign Up" CTA when you're logged in. We're also looking at decreasing the frequency of these popovers for returning logged-out visitors, which should well decrease the annoyance.

Thanks. Will do. (Funny, I kinda wondered if that would work). Just so I can add to my list of technical acronyms, what is a CTA?

Thanks again.

a quick google search says that it is chicago transit authority :)


...although I already replied, I just noticed your name. So it was a joke. Somebody with the name bravoechonovember1 would understand what a call to action was. Or do you just go by "ben" :)


Somehow the order of my comments posted out of order.

#1- Hi.. Dont know if you were joking....

#2 - ...although I already replied,....

I was guessing that you may have been slyly phonetically spelling out your first name as pilots do. (B)ravo-(E)cho-(N)ovember ,so you were possibly a marine or in some other military force so the acronym CTA meant as it would in the military and not a new advertising term.

Yeah a bit confusing.

ah! no I'm not in the military but my dad is a civilian pilot and after spending a bunch of hours flying right seat you learn stuff!

Hi. Dont know if you were joking or not but doing a google search I "do" find "call to action". Is this what those popups are called now? Wow, I know that society is in flux but........suprise, popup's are now taking on military terms. Prepare to be one of the few, the proud, the...... (i dont know what goes here)

I updated to iOS 9 on my iPad, and now I cannot share instructables wit my friends. I hope you are aware of this problem. There is no such icon on the instructable page.

Dan White


You should start this as a fresh bug report, without your email address (even on a safe site like this, bots can scrape email addresses for spam).

I thought when I had been on this site before I could filter projects by age, cost, difficulty, etc. I really miss that feature!

They've never been filter options here.

Nice idea, though.

I have a 27" monitor and the latest emails that I have been getting only have a column of projects that is two items wide.

So, about 70% of my screen space is wasted as you have also removed my ability to zoom and make the columns wider and so fill the screen.

Is it possible to have an option that will allow me to choose the number of columns of information that I get in my emails?

I think that's the new format of the newsletter.

We change things up regularly. Thanks for your feedback, we'll remember this for when we redo the newsletter again in the future.

It is not unrelated.

The problem only seems to have come about because of the update. I could be wrong but .....

Hello friends !

i finished to build the xy plotter,any one guide me now where i get its software and instruction manual to upload the software to run it??????


Sunil Yadav


4 years ago

Does this mean there are people who post ibles they Didn't Make ? ! !

No! The button is there for when somebody else follows the guidance in an I'ble, and wants to let the author and world know.

Nice .... A secondary button to manipulate :-)

Great... I would appreciate an update to add tables in the editor


4 years ago

Great idea to add the I Made It button, I like it!
Thanks for all the updates on this site, I appreciate the work!

I'm not sure if this is related to the Site update, but recently I noticed the "Update your profile" button doesn't seem to work...tried it on Chrome and IE on Win7...I have a few different images for my profile and I tried to switch back to another one and there is no update or save button, so it doesn't seem to take

To recreate:

go to the "You page" https://www.instructables.com/you

In the lower left choose the Edit Profile button

Click the Change Icon button

Drag a new image to the active image

Now I seem to be stuck, can't save the change


Hmm, nevermind, I figured out how to change the image..just have to reorder the pics and the bottom and everything is automatically saved...the wonky update image text at the top of the screen had me thinking it was a button....

My most recent e-mail shows a change in the format. Is that you or is that my computer acting funny? I am on dial-up service and cannot open any of the projects in the message.

We did change up the newsletter, we hope you like it!

If you can't access any of the links in the newsletter you might need to check your email client settings to make sure they are allowing click follow throughs, and you are viewing the newsletter in HTML mode, not plain-text.

Does the "I made it" button include a count, like favouriting?

Not currently. It could in the future.

Will we have to wait as long for the count as we did for the button?

From the same crack team of devs who designed the human appendix?

I had mine edited out, after it very nearly crashed the whole system.

Finally got that button! Maybe in the next update you can integrate this into an instructable's stats, or make a special photoset at the end of the last step that automatically displays projects that others make.

PMs are still escaping HTML tags for me, i tried clearing cache + disabling script-blocking addons etc.

As browser I use google chrome.

This update is nice! Like many others said, the "I made it" button is a great feature. It would be cool if there was a way to sort the comments by all comments or "I made it" comments. One thing that is strange is that I'm not seeing page buttons for Instructables that have more than 40 comments. Was removing that intentional?

They were already gone on orangeboards for quite some time, was that also unintentionally?

Love the 'I made it' button! soooo excited and happy about all these updates on my birthday!

Have to add that I love the "I made it" button. My favorite part of the site is seeing other people becoming creative because of my efforts to make and share something. Having that button right on top is a perfect way to encourage people to become more interactive on the site. Awesome! Whoever thought of that--kudos, excellent idea.

The "I made it!" button is a great idea, but I have a question. Other than the obvious answer ("we reuse the same block of code with no conditionals"), why is the "I made it!" button included on forum comments and Answers? It seems clearly tied conceptually to Instructables, not to discussions.

we reuse the same block of code with no conditionals

the made it button is a good idea but it just goes to the comments box, there should be a side box to the right with people who also made it with preview images like


do it

Sounds good. It would be pretty cool if you could enable retrospective "I made it" treatment of old comments (ones that include photos), and to have some sort of way of aggregating "I made it"s.

I absolutely love the idea of having an I made it! button :D


4 years ago

(Hey, it works!)

I haven't tested much out but I love the idea of the "I Made it!" button. I hope people use it.