Archive for January, 2008

Couple Of Plugin Updates

Two new plugins, and so two new updates There was a slight bug with the IMMe plugin when getting a CID from someone’s site, but that is now fixed, so hopefully shouldn’t be any problems with that now.

The other update is to the Wikipedia plugin. Stephan from Live Writer Blog said that it doesn’t allow you to insert a wikipedia link for another language. So I have now changed that:

And in the options you can set the default language:

Both plugins are still available on Live Gallery

Wikipedia Plugin:
IMMe Plugin:


Whilst writing this I was listening to Puddle of MuddBlurry


Insert IMMe Link Plugin

Wow, another new plugin This one is again inspired by someone’s blog, this time it’s Angus Logan . In a post he talks about adding someone else’s online presence as a link in a blog entry when you’re referring to them. He spoke to me about this and asked about a plugin for it. At the time, I gave him an alternative using Joe Cheng’s Dynamic Template plugin, but then thought about how to make a plugin for doing this. So I sat down and made the Insert IMMe Link Plugin:

Now, the real pain about adding in someone’s online presence is you need to get their CID code so you can get the presence link working. In Angus’ post, he shows about getting the CID from the link, but I figured this was just a pain, and wanted my plugin to be smarter than that. If you go to someone’s blog (like Angus’ blog) and they have the IM Control embedded in their blog/site (the thing that looks like a Messenger chat window), then you can simply put that link in, select that this site has the user’s IM control on it, then hit the Get CID button and the plugin will attempt to get the CID itself:

How much easier is that! I should point out though, that this will pick up the first CID it finds.

The other thing I thought was needed was a way of storing these links and CIDs, cos you really don’t want to have to get the CID every time, so the plugin also allows you to store (and delete) the people who you link to. Just select Remember this person:

If you select a remembered person from the drop down list, all their details get filled in for you, and you do not need to check the Remember this person again as they will be remembered.

Source code:


Whilst writing this I was listening to AerosmithBack In The Saddle


Insert Wikipedia Link Plugin

It’s been a while since I released a full plugin (I have done a couple of simple ones for people in the Live Writer Forums), but I have a new one that’s just been approved on Live Gallery. It’s called Insert Wikipedia Link, and does exactly what it says on the tin. The idea came for the plugin when I was looking at some of Steve Clayton’s older posts and noticed that he put a lot of Wikipedia links in them, so I figured there should be a quick way of putting those links in.


The plugin is easy to use, and uses a similar technique to my I’m Feeling Lucky plugin. There are two ways of using it, you can either highlight some text that you want to point to Wikipedia and click on the Insert Wikipedia Link from the plugin list and that will automatically (by default) create a Wikipedia link from the text you’ve highlighted.

The other way of doing it is from the GUI. If you have nothing highlighted, click the Insert Wikipedia Link and you will get the following:

Just type the text in and you will be given the Wikipedia link automatically:

Click on Insert and it will put the link in for you.


There’s only one option for this plugin, and that’s whether to display the GUI when you have highlighted some text:

So with that option enabled, if you highlight some text and click the plugin link, it won’t automatically create the link, it will put the highlighted text into the GUI and show you the Wikipedia link it’s going to put in, which you can edit by changing the text.

As always, comments and feedback to wlm[at] or leave a comment.

Source code:


Whilst writing this I was listening to Michelle BranchSecond Chances


10,000 Downloads = Cool

Just noticed on Live Gallery that my Video plugin has reached over 10,000 downloads Awesome.


Whilst writing this I was listening to Foo FightersBreakout

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