The site has a points system, you can get points for uploading your manuals to the site and you can spend your points on downloading other people's manuals. With one point, you can download or view any manual on the site. To do this, go to the page of the manual you want and click the "Download" or "Unhide" button. If you have points left, then after clicking "Download", the file will start downloading, and after clicking "Unhide", previously hidden document pages will appear on the page.
You get 5 points for signing up if:
No, you don't. After buying a manual, you can always download or view it many times for free on your profile.
The "Download" and "Unhide" buttons are equivalent. After clicking any of these buttons, you will always have access to viewing and downloading the manual.
Your profile has a page with a history of your points.
All the files uploaded by you on Manualmachine are displayed in a table. Working with this table is much similar to working with an MS Excel table. Just like in Excel, you can select cells, copy and paste data, change column order and width.
Combine all manuals into a single archive file and upload them to the site using the "Upload" button. After uploading the archive file, its contents will be automatically unpacked.
The "Points" row:
The "Files" row:
The file table is flexible. You can:
There is a menu above the table with file managing buttons:
Read here on how to check multiple checkboxes at once.
To perform "Delete" and "Split" operations, tick the checkboxes of the files in question. If there are many files, then you can select multiple files at once in two ways.
The file table has the following columns:
Hidden columns can be enabled in the table settings.
A file can have one of the following statuses:
Sometimes, one manual could be intended for several models of equipment. To describe this situation correctly, do the following:
In the file table, you can copy and paste multiple cells at once. For example, you can edit models in a text editor on your computer in the following way:
In the file table, you can insert text into multiple cells at once. To do this:
This works with any cell from the Brand, Model, and Type columns.
The site has a system for automatically filling in the "Brand", "Model", and "Type" fields. This system tries to determine the "Brand", "Model", and "Type" of each file by the name of the pdf file. It looks for the brand at the beginning of the file name (for example ASUS, HP, Canon, etc.), and looks for the type at the end of the file name (for example, User Manual, Service Manual, Schematics, etc.). If it finds both the brand and the type in the file name, then all the text between them is taken as the model. For example, you uploaded the file “01 canon 600d user manual camera.pdf”, then the fields will be automatically filled as follows:
Autofill works a little differently if the files you uploaded to Manualmachine are in an archive file. In this case, the system searches for "Brand", "Model", and "Type" in the full path of the file in the archive. For example, you uploaded archive file "arch.zip" containing the main file "service_guide.pdf" at the location "arch.zip/canon/600d/service_guide.pdf". In this case, the fields will be automatically completed as follows:
For the archive "asus.zip/Q550LF/manual.pdf", the fields will be automatically completed as follows:
You can make use of the following hotkeys on the "My files" page:
If you’ve already uploaded a lot of files, and you've added new ones, the new files can sometimes mix up with the old ones, making it difficult to work with the new ones. In this case, you can make only the files uploaded today to be displayed in the table. To do this:
Once you have edited a cell, its background turns blue, which means that the changes are being transmitted to the server. As soon as the changes are saved on the server, the cell background becomes white again. If you close the browser tab before the cells turn white, you will lose any changes you’ve made.