Aaron\'s Live Writer Blog

December 1, 2010

Submission process for Plug-ins has been made easier

Filed under: Live Writer, Plug-in, Wave 3, Wave 4 — Tags: , , , , , , — Aaron Bregel @ 12:33 AM

This summer plug-in developers for Windows Live Writer were contacted that changes were coming to how you would submit plug-ins for hosting in the gallery.  Based off of feedback, the process has been refined and it should be easier now to submit plug-ins.  The process has also been consolidated so that if you are authoring a plug-in for Live Writer, Photo Gallery, or Movie Maker it all works the same way.

Plug-in submission process:
  1. Author emails wleplugins@microsoft.com (Windows Live Essentials Plug-ins) including the following information:
    • Author name
    • Author contact email address
    • Plug-in name
    • Plug-in description
    • Plug-in primary language (ex: English; if your plug-in supports multiple languages, please choose one)
    • Writer plug-in category (if your plug-in works with Windows Live Writer, pick exactly one):
      • Buttons
      • Formatting / clipboard
      • Miscellaneous
      • Other content insertion
      • Photos and videos
      • Post publishing
    • Photo Gallery plug-in category (if your plug-in works with Windows Live Photo Gallery, pick exactly one):
      • Publishing
    • Movie Maker plug-in category (if your plug-in works with Windows Live Movie Maker, pick exactly one):
      • Publishing
    • Plug-in tags (up to five sets of one or two words that best describe the plug-in)
    • Plug-in installer MSI file. This can be zipped and attached to your email (the MSI must be within a zip file) or you can provide a link to the file online (you could upload it to Windows Live SkyDrive for example).
  2. Windows Live team adds new/updated plug-in information and MSI installer to this website.
  3. Windows Live team notifies plug-in author that plug-in has been listed/updated.


Here are links to the SDKs for Live Writer, Photo Gallery, and Movie Maker:

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