FAQ


Q.- What is the procedure for downloading electronic versions of codes/standards from the Bookstore?
A.- The electronic format in which codes/standards are available electronically is a protected form of a PDF file (Portable Document Format).  By “protected” we mean that certain rights and limitations are associated with the use of the content within the file.  These rights and limitations are implemented using Digital Rights Management (DRM) software – in our case this software is called FileOpen.  To gain access to the downloaded content, you need do the following steps:

  1. Ensure you have Adobe Reader X or higher version software on your computer.   Note: If you have a OSX (Mac) system, then you might need to downgrade to Adobe Reader X if you are using XI version.
  2. Download the latest version of FileOpen plug-in software to your computer.  You should try to download the latest version here (for both Adobe Reader and FileOpen): https://pubs.aws.org/customer/downloadableproducts. You must first login to your account on the AWS Bookstore and then go to My Account > Downloadable Products. If you already have a version of FileOpen on your computer, you might need to uninstall your current version first.
  3. Once the Adobe and FileOpen software are installed on your computer, you will then be able to download your electronic code/standard from the AWS Bookstore.
  4. When you click on the link to the PDF document, please select to save it to your computer instead of trying to open it in the browser. You can also do a right click and “Save as” if you use a PC.



Q.- What rights and limitations apply to my purchases of an electronic AWS code/standard?
A.- The rights and limitations associated with a purchase of an electronic code/standard are managed by our Digital Rights Management (DRM) policies which are automatically implemented the first time you open the document on your computer.

  1. You first must have both the Adobe Reader X and the FileOpen plug-in software on your computer.
  2. You need to have Internet access and you have to give access to Adobe Acrobat and FileOpen access in your Windows Firewall and Proxy server in order to connect to our servers to validate your user (the computer you downloaded the electronic code/standard file to) every time you try to open or print the document. Make sure you provide access to: *.awspubs.com and pubs.aws.org within your Windows Firewall and Proxy server.
  3. Once you the document is opened the first time in a computer, that computer will be the only authorized equipment to open it in the future.
  4. Make sure you have your firewall and/or proxy server properly set up to print the document if you’re using a network printing.  If you are having issues with your printer, make sure you set up the following in Adobe Reader: Edit>Preferences>General>Enable protected mode at startup. If you already have this setting, try making it backward, this setting works differently on different environments.
  5. The DRM right for printing a document is set at a limit of 5 prints of a given downloaded PDF file.
  6. One limitation is that currently, AWS documents are not viewable on readers, cell phones and other handheld devices.



Q.- What browsers work with this site?
A.- This site is fully tested on Internet Explorer 8.0 and above. Some issues may occur with other browsers such as Google Chrome.



Q.- My AWS membership number is rejected from the system. What do I do?
A.- It can take up to 3 business days for your AWS membership number or ID to show up in the system. Create your account, and send an email to customerservice@aws.org and send them you email address and AWS number. Your account will be updated accordingly.



Q.- I can't sign on the site. My username/password doesn't work.
A.- The pubs.aws.org site is a different site than www.aws.org. If you have not signed up, please do so. There is a sign up link on the home page.



Q.- I can't remember my password or username.
A.- You can recover your password if you click on the "Forgot your password?", below the login form.



Q.- I can't download the PDF, the download link expired, or there is no download button.
A.- When purchasing a document, there is a limited time to download the publications. To get an extension, send an email to customerservice@aws.org with your order number, and your expiration date will be extended.



Q.- I clicked on the Download button, but it shows a blank page, or nothing happens.
A.- Make sure you are using Internet Explorer 8.0 or above. If error continues, please report to customerservice@aws.org.



Q.- I can't download the PDF, it gives me a "Page Not Found" error message.
A.- Make sure you are using Internet Explorer 8.0 or above. If error continues, please report to customerservice@aws.org.



Q.- I downloaded the file, but I don't know my username or password.
A.- For non-members, your username is the email address you specified when creating your account. Your password is the same password used to log on to this site. Members must use their AWS member number as the username.



Q.- I downloaded the file, but I can't open it. "This machine is not authorized to open this document" or similar message shows up.
A.- Make sure you are using the same computer where you opened the file for the first time. Files are locked to one specific computer. Make sure you are using your email address as the username, and use the same password that is used to log on this website. If you moved or changed computer, then send an email to customerservice@aws.org and they will reset your access permissions.



Q.- I downloaded the file, but nothing happens when I try to open it.
A.- You need to have the latest version of adobe acrobat reader file installed. This free download can be acquired from www.adobe.com. You also need a File-Open plugin tool to open the PDF's. You can download it for free at http://plugin.fileopen.com.



Q.- I can't print the document. I have a Kyocera Printer.
A.- These documents are not compatible with Kyocera printers. Please try to print with a different printer.



Q.- I can't print the document. It says I can't print any more copies.
A.- You are allowed to print one copy of each document. When you print any part of the document, it is considered a print attempt. We recommend that our customers print one complete copy for archival use. (As some of the documents are several hundred pages we have set some of the print defaults to allow for 2-3 attempts to avoid problems with printing.)



Q.- I can open the file in the office, but I can't open it at home.
A.- The files are locked to a specific computer. If you need to transfer it to another computer, send an email to customerservice@aws.org. If you are using the same machine, and it still won't open, then make sure you are using the same kind of internet connection. For example if you connect via a cable or ethernet cable at the office, then connect the same way at home. If you use wireless at home, and cable at the office, it won't work in both locations. You need to use the same type of connection in both places. If you want to change your preferred method of connecting to the internet, send an email to customerservice@aws.org.



Q. I can't install the File Open Plugin. I get a security error in my browser, or I can't run/install Active X.
A.- You can download the plugin from this page http://plugin.fileopen.com/plugininstallpage.html.



Q.- What is the AWS Store Return Policy?
A.- All returns must be pre-approved and returned in the same condition as received within 30 days of invoice / order date. Please call 1-305-443-9353 Ext 280 or e-mail to customerservice@aws.org for a return authorization number. All returns are subject to a 15% restocking fee. Electronically supplied products, special orders, and age-dated materials cannot be returned. Shipping and handling charges are non-refundable. When approved returns can be sent to the attention of: AWS Bookstore – Returns at 8669 NW 36th Street # 130 Miami, FL 33166.



Q. How do I retrieve my download?
A.- You can download this document at any time, by visiting the website http://pubs.aws.org and clicking on the My Account>Downloadable Products after logging in using your same AWS Member ID and Password (Members) or Email address and Password (Non-Members).



Q. I cannot print the document. I am using a network printer.
A.- Make sure you set up the following in Adobe Reader. Edit>Preferences>General>Enable protected mode at startup. If you already have this setting, try disabling this, this setting works differently on different environments.



Q. Why can't I print double sided?
A.- According to FileOpen, Adobe Reader has a "bug" in their system that causes this issue. A workaround for double sided printing, is to set your Adobe Reader's default printing settings as double sided in printing preferences, then closing Adobe and then opening the file again and try again.