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:
- Author emails firstname.lastname@example.org (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):
- Formatting / clipboard
- 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):
- Movie Maker plug-in category (if your plug-in works with Windows Live Movie Maker, pick exactly one):
- 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).
- Windows Live team adds new/updated plug-in information and MSI installer to this website.
- 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:
- Windows Live Photo Gallery Publishing Plug-in Platform (includes information about Movie Maker)
- Windows Live Writer Plugin API