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How many downloads are currently available in my individual subscription?
Sign in to the SPIE Digital Library, click My Account, then click Subscriptions and Downloads in order to view your subscription information and a count of available tokens for downloads.
How can I track the articles I have downloaded?
Sign in to the SPIE Digital Library, click My Account, then click Subscriptions and Downloads. Links to your previously downloaded articles will display under Token Usage.
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My personal account includes a subscription and/or download tokens, but when I try to download a PDF, I receive a purchase or login prompt.
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