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Bluprint: Getting your forever classes

May 25, 2020

Update 14 Aug 2020: Bluprint customers got an email from TN Marketing that states the Bluprint app for Android and iOS (and others) will close down on 21 August 2020, and the new website will launch around 1 September. More details: https://help.mybluprint.com/hc/en-us/articles/360045785811-Welcome-back-to-Craftsy-FAQ

Update 23 Jul 2020: Further information available: https://help.mybluprint.com/hc/en-us/articles/360045785811-Welcome-back-to-Craftsy-FAQ

Update 8 July 2020: TN Marketing (the new owners) announced they will be bringing everything back as Craftsy once again. Details: https://help.mybluprint.com/hc/en-us/articles/360045785811-Welcome-back-to-Craftsy-FAQ

Update 1 July 2020: Bluprint announce they are now part of TN Marketing and that all classes will remain: https://www.mybluprint.com/?cr_linkid=fbo_07012020_TNMarketingAnnouncement (In summary from that link: ‘We are excited to announce that your access to your subscription services and individually purchased classes will continue. In addition to classes, your access to course materials and course patterns will also continue. Our friends at TN Marketing have acquired certain assets of the Bluprint business, and the Bluprint and TN teams are working together to ensure a smooth transition. As part of this transition, TN Marketing has agreed to honor previous customer purchases for classes and subscriptions and will preserve your access to Bluprint content.’ How that will happen etc. is unknown at this stage.

Update 31 May 2020: Bluprint have announced in an email to subscribers that ‘…we will provide a way for those of you who have purchased classes to receive a copy of the classes you purchased. For example, we’re working on a solution to give you an extended period to download your purchased classes.’ I have no more information than that at this stage.

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The wonderful Bluprint (ex Craftsy) is closing in the next few months (see the official announcement here: https://www.mybluprint.com/article/letter-to-our-bluprint-customers). I joined when it was Craftsy and you paid for individual classes (I have 60 of them; many I haven’t had time to watch). When Craftsy became Bluprint, it went to a subscription model, but existing customers could still pay for individual classes, which is what I chose to do.

Some time last year they created an app for Android (they’d had one for iPad for a while) so that you could download your classes and watch them offline—great for those long flights to the US from Australia! Here’s how to download for offline viewing on Android: https://help.mybluprint.com/hc/en-us/articles/360021279032-Offline-Viewing. You’ll need to know how to do this to do the rest of the steps in this post.

With the announcement that Bluprint is closing and with no other information yet about access to the ‘forever’ classes we’ve paid for, I decided to see if I could transfer the files I’ve downloaded to my Android tablet to my PC. The problem is that the files seem to get encrypted and hidden and cannot be found in the list of files/folders on my Android tablet. However, purely by accident I found a way to get them—you’ll get an MP4 file for each lesson, but none of the special Bluprint/Craftsy features like captions, chats with the tutor etc. But at least you’ll have the lessons.

NOTE: These instructions are for Android and Windows only. They assume you know how to connect your Android device to your computer with a USB cable and how to view the files on your device using Windows File Explorer; alternatively, you can copy the files to the SD card in your device provided it has plenty of storage space available and you know how to do this. If you don’t know how to do these things, ask someone in your household or a friend who may be a little more tech savvy. Also, I don’t have an iPad or a Mac so I have no idea if they will work there too—you can try, but if it doesn’t work, I can’t help you.

  1. Connect your Android device to your PC and make sure you can see its file system from Windows File Explorer. (TIP: Use a USB [wired] connection—it’s much quicker than Bluetooth for transferring files.)
  2. From your PC, go to the Download folder on your device (NOT the folder on the SD card if you have one installed).
  3. If you haven’t already downloaded the Bluprint app to your Android device, do so now.
  4. Open the Bluprint app on your device and log in, if requested.
  5. Tap Library (one of the icons at the bottom of the home screen).
  6. Tap Own Forever Library.
  7. Tap Own Forever Video.
  8. Tap the class you want to download the lessons for.
  9. Following the instructions here, https://help.mybluprint.com/hc/en-us/articles/360021279032-Offline-Viewing, click the icon to download one or more lessons from the class. TIP: When you first start doing this, just try one or two lessons—you can always download the rest later.
  10. As soon as the download starts, CLOSE THE BLUPRINT APP. This is critical—if you leave it open and the download finishes, the app will encrypt and hide it and you can then only watch it via the app. You can close the Bluprint app by going to the list of open apps and swiping it to get rid of it (at, least that’s what I have to do on my Samsung tablet—your tablet may use a different method).
  11. When the download has finished (the little download icon is no longer visible in the notification bar on your device), switch over to your PC and go to the Download folder on your device (see steps 1 and 2). The files are all MP4s and typically have this structure: 00000_99999_video.mp4.
  12. Select the files and copy them to your PC (you might want to set up folders/subfolders for each class if you have a lot). DO NOT reopen the Bluprint app on your device until you have completed this step.
  13. Repeat steps 4 to 12 until you’ve downloaded all the lessons you need.

Class materials etc.:

Many classes have separate PDF documents that list materials, have patterns/templates/designs etc. You’ll need to download these separately. The easiest way to do this:

  1. Log in to your Bluprint classes via the browser on your PC.
  2. Click Materials under the name of the class.
  3. Click the materials lists etc. from the Download panel on the left of the page.
  4. Save the PDF to the folder/subfolder you created for that class.

Space and data issues:

These MP4 files are BIG, up to 500 MB (half a gigabyte) for each lesson, so for a 7-lesson class, you could be downloading 2 to 4 gigabytes of data. Here are some tips:

  • Do NOT download over a mobile phone connection—instead, use your home WiFi
  • If you have limited space on your device, clear out the downloaded classes from the Bluprint app after you’ve transferred them to your PC. To do that, open the Bluprint app, tap Library, tap Downloaded, tap the top right checkbox near the number of episodes, then tap Delete all. That will delete all the lessons for that class. Repeat for the other classes you need to remove from your device.

Troubleshooting:

If you download a lesson and forget to close Bluprint, all is not lost even though the lesson is no longer in your Download folder on your device. Just go back into the Bluprint app, find the lesson again, and tap the check mark that says it’s already downloaded—you get the option to Play or Delete. Choose Delete. This deletes it from your device and you can download it again. Don’t forget to close the app so that you can grab it from the Download folder before the app encrypts and hides it again.

18 comments

  1. […] Sadly, Bluprint (ex Craftsy) is closing down! I’ve written up a set of instructions for downloading your Bluprint ‘forever’ classes here: https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2020/05/25/bluprint-getting-your-forever-classes/ […]


  2. Thank you. Am so sad the site is closing. I too had bought classes which I’d like to save. I haven’t dowloaded the app. I’m afraid it’s too late …


  3. No, it’s not too late! Have just managed to download (starting with the app) one episode from one class. Have moved it to my PC thanks to your very clear instructions. Difficult bit for me, as you thought, was finding the mp4 on my phone but I did it! The episode will play on my PC. Off to save as much as I can before everything disappears into the ether. Thank you so much again.


  4. Hello again, I can’t seem to be able to download the longer episodes/lessons. 4 or 5 minute long episodes (usually the introduction to the class) is all my phone can manage. I’ve plenty of space on my phone but I think it doesn’t like long downloads (running into 30 or 40 minutes for a 13 minute episode and “shutting down” near the end each time). Shame! Perhaps something to do with my wi-fi connection. Well at least I’ve tried. Thank you again. Will definitely come back to your site to check out some of the tips!


  5. Thanks a lot, I was trying to figure this out with the recent notification about closure.

    I have noticed a small tip, if you have the space on your phone and you are fast, you might be able to get a few episodes downloading at a time, just click the download button on more than 1, then close bluprint. Of course you run the risk of downloading before you close the app, so stick with longer episodes to try this on if you have the room.

    You can also move them to a different folder on your phone (or external SD card) if you aren’t near your computer (say watching tv), but want to be able to grab a few before connecting it to the computer. Just create a new folder somewhere (likely better if you can on an external SD card as you likely would have more space there) then move the files before re-opening bluprint.


  6. Thanks Shane. Yes, that’s what I did too — downloaded multiple videos at once, being careful to select the smallest download size (based on number of minutes for the lesson) last. For really long classes (typically more than 6 lessons), I did the download in two or three batches of four to 6 lessons each. If you have really fast internet, then you’ll need to do it in batches otherwise the first lesson you click will have downloaded and disappeared before you have time to close the app.

    –Rhonda


  7. Thanks for the tips. It’s going to take a while to download all the classes but it will be worth it. I’ve been downloading on my tablet and moving the videos to the SD card. What a relief that it can actually be done this way!


  8. Alternatively you can follow the steps described on this subreddit https://www.reddit.com/r/craftsnark/comments/goszlc/craftsybluprint_is_closing_soon/ which work for all videos


  9. Thank you so much for this information. Thanks to you, I have painstakingly but successfully downloaded my classes and transferred them to my PC and added a back up on an external hard drive. Your instructions were excellent. Still no signs of a solution from Bluprint themselves I notice!


  10. Did you hear that TN Marketing has partnered with Bluprint and are keeping our Craftsy/Bluprint classes available? Woo-hoo! Glad I didn’t take the time to download mine…so time-consuming!! They are also going to change it back to Craftsy as that is what we customers prefer! Thought you’d like to know.


  11. Hi Pamela

    Yes, I have been adding that information at the top of this post each time there’s been an update.

    –Rhonda


  12. Thank you!


  13. What is happening re all our classes that we purchased, cannot access own forever classes. All taken out of account area-How, why did this happen?-You take payment, then take our classes away, a little selfish don’t you think?! way o


  14. I’m not sure what’s up with that. They said all our purchased classes would still be available, but as they have a ‘watch anything for free to Nov 2’ for previous members, it may be that the pre-purchased classes will be listed and available online after that. I don’t work for Craftsy /Bluprint so have NO idea what they will be doing about those.

    –Rhonda


  15. Your purchased classes will not be available at launch, but we are working hard to have your classes added to your account. In the meantime, please enjoy Free access to stream ALL Craftsy classes for 45 days.This is applicable only to those who purchased classes in the past.
    your patterns will be available on your account on the new Craftsy website within the next 75 days. Stay tuned for more information to come.
    (source: Craftsy FAQ)


  16. Hi I purchased Craftsy classes but can’t retrieve them,the app doesn’t work and I just have an iPad.is there a way to get my classes back


  17. I believe your purchased classes will all be available again early November. Until then, Craftsy are offering existing members free access to everything until Nov 2, I believe. Check out the FAQ info in the link in the Update info at the beginning of the post. They pulled the app a while ago (not long after I wrote this post), but you can still access via a browser. NOTE: I don’t work for Craftsy, have no affiliation with Craftsy except as a member who has purchased classes, like you, and have no further info than what they have made public.


  18. Hi Edie

    Today is 25 October 2020 and I just logged into Craftsy again (via my browser, in my case, Chrome) and all my purchased classes are now listed and available to me.

    –Rhonda



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