How to add Options to Live Writer PlugIns

This entry explains how to have options associated with your Windows Live Writer plugin, including design patterns, dealing with the UI, persistence issues, and setup/uninstall implications .  See here for an example of writing a plugin.   What are good options? Some things that are nice to make as options are: Enabling / Disabling plugin…

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Creating MSIs for Live Writer PlugIns

Windows Live Writer (WLW) is awesome. And writing PlugIns for WLW is easy.  Combine the two and you just have to write WLW plugins.  The one catch is that to put PlugIns on the WLW Gallery you need to upload an Windows Installer (MSI) file.  Putting plugins on the gallery has a few advantages over…

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WiX Script for installing Live Writer Plugins

Here’s a WiX install script to build an MSI to install a Windows Live Writer (WLW) plugin dll, by xcopying the plugin dll to the Plugins directory. You can then upload your MSI to the WLW Gallery and share your plugin with others. WLW Plugins are very easy to write, so it’s nice to have…

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Paste-From-Console Live Writer PlugIn

I wrote a WLW PlugIn to paste from a console. You can download it from the Gallery here. The setup program needs Live Writer Beta 3. It will: Enclose the text in <pre> tags so that it has that wonderful console look (fixed-width font) optionally use a heuristic to remove line-breaks inserted for word-wrapping. optionally…

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My first LiveWriter PlugIn is posted to the gallery

My first Windows Live Writer (WLW) PlugIn is now published on the WLW Gallery of Plugins. You can download the MSI from Gallery here.  It gets a bible “verse of the day” from an known RSS feed and inserts it as HTML content into the blog post. The source is available here. You need to submit…

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My first (non-trivial) Windows Live Writer Plugin

So the Live Writer Plugin model is so cool and easy that I had to write a plugin. (and do it with Edit-and-Continue). The obvious ones were already done (eg, Paste code from VS), so I scratched my head for an idea and I finally got one: a “verse of the day” plugin. This gets…

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Developing Live Writer PlugIns with Edit-and-Continue

I was playing around with Live Writer’s (WLW) PlugIn API and am really impressed.  It’s clean, hassle-free, and very easy to write an PlugIn, and WLW appears to export a good set of services for plugins to consume.  (Check out the WLW PlugIn gallery for plugins).   The basic gist is you just need to write…

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Using Windows live Writer

I’m trying out Windows Live Writer.  Currently, I do all of my blogging via Frontpage, so this will be a shift for me.   Here’s what I like that I’ve noticed while playing around writing this entry: Looks like it interoperates with my existing blog well. It properly got the blog name and category strings. It…

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