Windows Live Search Image Plugin

I was having a play with the Windows Live Search APIs for a post on Liveside and thought of making a Windows Live Search plugin for Writer, so I went ahead and made a quick prototype application (which is what I normally do), then I remembered (and got reminded twice) about a Live Search plugin from Mike Taulty from last year. So I figured there was no point doing that again. Then I saw that the APIs allowed for doing an image search, and I knew I hadn’t seen one of those, so I quickly changed focus.

And so I came up with this:

Doing a search will give you the following:

You then have the choice of linking to the original source image and whether to open in a new window. The plugin itself also comes with an options window where you can set some of the defaults:

Now, a couple of things. I’ll be honest, Live Search for images isn’t the best, I did look at including Google image search as well, but unfortunately they seem to have taken their SOAP service off for new projects, which sucks. Some searches might not return any results when you would expect them to, this isn’t my plugin, it’s Live Search. Another thing, I’m not entirely convinced with the SafeSearch settings for the Live Search APIs: I can do a search on the website with the SafeSearch turned off and find things, but using the APIs, it can return nothing. I’m going to investigate that a bit further with the relevant people. In the meantime, enjoy the plugin. Source code available. With the source code, I have included the two prototype applications I made while building the plugin.

Source Code:


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  1. #1 by Jamie on September 2, 2007 - 6:37 pm

    Yeah, I noticed that sometimes you don\’t get any results returned and was a bit perplexed about it all. I noticed that the same is true of itself and the Vista Sidebar images search gadget. I would have though it\’d invariably try SOMETHING. It seems to try and match ALL search terms and ignores searching a subset of them.
    Regarding Google turning off their search API….that\’s probably because they seem to be moving lock stock and barrel to RESTful APIS. A good thing in my opinion.

  2. #2 by Jamie on September 3, 2007 - 1:19 am

    Actually to provide more detail,Google are standardising on GData as a way of accessing their services. GData is an implementation of ATOM 1.0 and the AtomPublishing protocol. And no, I don\’t fully understand what that means.

  3. #3 by Chris on September 3, 2007 - 6:51 pm

    Cool stuff Scott. 

  4. #4 by Scott on September 3, 2007 - 6:53 pm

     Thanks Chris. Hey, is anyone from the Spaces team going to be at MixUK?

  5. #5 by Marc on September 26, 2007 - 3:35 am

    I am first wondering if there is more than one revision of your plug in floating around, as the one I have installed does not have the option to open in a new window. Also, I am new at web stuff, being mostly a hardware guy, but when I was using this in my blog, I left the Link to original Image unchecked to have the picture itself brought into the blog. I did not look at the HTML and later went back to find an image gone. If the image is being linked already, why the checkbox? (My preference is the actual picture being inserted into what I am writing – can this be done with your plugin?) 

  6. #6 by Scott on September 27, 2007 - 3:37 pm

    What version do you have? And can you send me a screenshot of your options window?

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  11. #11 by Kunal on May 10, 2009 - 2:01 am

    Hi,I have installed the plugin, but I dont see any option to search for images. Even in the plugins list in options there is nothing. I am using WLW Build 14.0.8064.206 en and I have a personal WordPress blog not hosted on

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