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Improved Tutorial Pages

by Tom | 4th, April 2013

We've been working on upgrading the tutorials section of our website over the last few weeks, and it brings a lot of changes we'd like to make you all aware of!

Visual Improvements

We've rolled out lots of visual changes over the last few weeks which should make browsing and reading tutorials a lot easier. Tutorials are now assigned to specific categories which you can browse and filter.

Creative Commons

All new tutorials are now licensed under Creative Commons (attribution required).

The CC license notice you will see on most tutorials

This should be good news for everyone! It means that if you see a tutorial with this notice on it you are free to share, copy and distribute the tutorial on your own websites, publications etc.

It's very important to note that there are a couple of conditions you will need to meet if you do wish to take advantage of the CC license. Full information can be found here, but in summary you will need to provide a link to the original tutorial on this website and a link to the original authors profile.

If you have a question about the CC license, we're always happy to clarify by email for you! Send a message to support and we'll get an answer to you as quickly as we can.

Translations

One of the biggest features we've introduced is translations — every tutorial can now be translated into almost any language!

The beginner's guide is now available in Italian and Polish

If you would like to submit a translation (and we'd be thrilled if anyone would be able to do so!) simply login to your account, find the tutorial you wish to translate and click "Translate this Tutorial" on the left menu.

It's important to note that by design a tutorial must be submitted in English first before it can be translated. We don't currently accept new tutorials not written in English.

If you want to translate a tutorial but your language is not available as an option, send an email to us and we'll add it to the list right away!

Translation Quality

Translations should be considered "continual works in progress". If a low quality translation is submitted for a tutorial - that's OK! It serves as a good starting point, and hopefully other translators can offer small edits to bring up the quality. If you spot errors, click "Edit this translation" on the left and submit your changes.

Translation Rewards

There are 3 new badges [1], [2] and [3] badges for translations. We hope to introduce a few more badges in the coming weeks.

Subscriptions

We now offer a few email subscription options so you can keep up to date on the latest tutorials.

You can subscribe to authors, categories and languages

To subscribe to an author, view one of their tutorials and click the checkbox down the left menu. You can subscribe to languages and tags from the left menu on this page.

Every time a new tutorial is submitted that meets one of your requirements you'll be sent an email letting you know it's available. If for example you are a native German speaker, you might be interested in all new German tutorials that are submitted.

Reporting Tutorials

A lot of people requested the ability to report tutorials that are spammy or lack quality.

You can report a tutorial from the link at the bottom of the page (just above the comment section)

If you now come across a tutorial you believe does not meet basic quality expectations, is spam, offensive, duplicate or factually incorrect you can now report it and it should be dealt with quickly! Reporting tutorials is the best way to help keep the quality of content on this website up.

Up/Down votes

Upvoting and downvoting tutorials has been replaced with a 'favourite' button. Click this button and the tutorial will appear on your list of favourite tutorials.

Later on...

We hope you enjoy these changes and they are useful! We'll be watching the tutorials pages carefully over the coming weeks to make sure everything works as intended. Our intention is to roll a lot of these features out in the future to the manual section on our website.

Thanks for reading! Any suggestions or comments about the changes are welcomed in the comments below.

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Jayjay 16.8k rep

Cool, these changes make tutorials much more awesome! :D

On a side note: it seems the Construct Classic pages are missing?

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 5:45:24 PM
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gillenew 23.2k rep

vry nice and helpful I think :)

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 5:45:28 PM
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iconoclasta 1,904 rep

Awesome! Can't wait to get back to developing my game!

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 5:47:26 PM
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rosareven 2,730 rep

Thanks Scirra guys.

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 5:47:50 PM
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Vectology 2,835 rep

This is just awesome!

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 5:47:54 PM
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Index 7,552 rep

Makes me want to write a tutorial now. Wee~!

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 5:48:15 PM
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tavitooo 5,063 rep

Wow great !!! I want see tutorial now in my spanish language yeahhh, I love you guys!!! saludos chicos

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 5:52:34 PM
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RandomExile 12.1k rep

Thank you guys so much! Step one was being able to see your own favorites, which you fixed a couple weeks ago, and this is a beautiful rollout. This is exactly what we were all looking for!

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 5:53:04 PM
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almeidamarcell 2,942 rep

Thank you for making everything better as always! =)

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 6:02:11 PM
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Sirosky 1,762 rep

Nice! It just keeps getting better and better =)

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 6:05:21 PM
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EmpowerMe 8,535 rep

This is an awesome new feature that will make my learning curve easier to work through. I find the tutorials an excellent source of information and inspiration. Thank you for all your work keeping us moving forward.

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 6:08:38 PM
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softblow 7,567 rep

no ko-KR for translating ;ㅅ;...
I'll send mail as instruction. Keep going!

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 6:23:23 PM
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Zeus 6,106 rep

This looks like a great addition Tom. Thanks for the time that you have spent making these types of things better to use for us all. Very much appreciated :)

Would it be possible to make it a requirement though, when submitting a tutorial, to have an example that can be downloaded? I personally find it very annoying that you cannot see what the finished article that you are working toward will look like. Maybe it`s just me?

Thanks again.

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 6:26:18 PM
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Rhindon 14.2k rep

I think I'm MOST pleased with the subscription option. That way the tutors who we feel offer the best help can be easily referenced. Well done, Scirra Bros!

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 6:33:36 PM
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zsangerous 12.2k rep

@Tom @Ashley it would be nice to put the tutorials in profiles

Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 8:05:58 PM

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