Archive for category Video Plugin
If you are using my Insert Video plugin and the latest Windows Live Writer Wave 3 beta, you will probably find that you are getting an error when trying to insert. This is a bug, but not with my plugin. The Live Writer team somehow managed to break the API that the plugin uses. This has been raised with them and they are now aware of the problem, so hopefully that should get fixed in the next release.
Apologies for any inconvenience this causes, but ‘twas not me guv’nor 😉
In a decision I have been mulling over for quite some time now, I have finally decided to release my Insert Video plugin’s source code. The reason I hadn’t released it before was because of the amount of time and effort I had put into making the plugin, it was my pride and joy, and I wasn’t comfortable releasing all my hard work so freely, call it selfish if you will, I don’t care .
If I’m honest though, the main reason I have released this isn’t so people can see how I made the plugin, but to be able to add to it themselves. I have a number of projects that I’m working on at the moment and just don’t have the time to maintain the plugin, to add in the video sites that people are requesting. So I figured if the source code is out there, the community themselves can actually update and build the plugin themselves with added sites.
Now, I will warn any enthusiast that wants to look at the code, it’s not clean, this was mainly written about 18 months ago and I was still very much finding my feet when it came to programming, having just got back into it again. There are virtually no comments, if any at all. My logic, whilst seemingly logical to me, might escape others and have them scratching their head thinking "what the f…". I don’t blame you, I actually had the same problem when I did the last update . But, I’m more than happy to help people out in trying to decipher the code, and if they do have any problems, then please feel free to raise a new discussion post and I will help out in there. You can email me if you really need to, but I am requesting that the discussions be held within the discussions section on CodePlex, this is mainly so that others can see the questions and answers.
So, go over to the source code now on CodePlex: http://www.codeplex.com/InsertVideo
Ok, I signed off on my first alpha release of version 4 of my Video plugin the other day, it was a nice feeling . Now I need some help. One of the biggest changes to this version is the inclusion of multilingual support, but for that to happen, I need people to help me translate. At the moment, the languages I have available are English (duh), Dutch, German and Italian. Now, when this plugin [finally] ships, I’d like to have French and Spanish ship as default languages with the plugin, but I need a good volunteer to do these translations.
If you think that person is you, please email me at wlm[at]scottisafool.co.uk and put "Translate Me" as the subject.
Now, the second thing I want help with is regarding what else to include in the plugin. Now, I already put out a request for suggestions for the plugin, but I would just like to reiterate that request, and this is suggestions for features for the plugin as well as video sites to include. These should either be left as comments on here or emailed to the above address with "Feature Request" as the subject.
I look forward to hearing from you
Ok, the implementation of translations is all but done now (see screenshot), but I want to know what features you would like to see in the next version. Answers on a postcard to firstname.lastname@example.org (or leave a comment).
Anyone who reads my personal blog will know I’m a big Coventry City football fan. Well yesterday we won again and are still top of the league. How cool. But what does this have to do with developing? Well, I topped another "league" today. My video plugin is now the most downloaded Writer plugin on Windows Live Gallery
Thanks to all those who have downloaded and left me feedback and suggestions to make it better.
Just a note about v4 of the plugin. It is still my intention to release a new version, although its development has taken a bit of a back burner as I’ve been working on other plugins. As a kind of apology, I will be putting out a new v3 update (yes, I know I said I wasn’t going to) that will include a few more video sites.
The ever increasing number of video services that my plugin supports has just grown again, adding another two to its list: BrightCove and DivShare, these have both been added as requests. Only videos will work from DivShare, so don’t try with MP3 links, it won’t work. It’s at this point with the plugin that I have decided to an extra bit of assistance to the plugin in the form of a quick helper window. It shows you what video services are supported and gives an example of each link type:
This can be got to by clicking the Examples link in the main window:
The other new feature in this version is specific to YouTube videos. Recently they added a related videos bar that appears in embedded videos. There is now an option if you put this in your blog entry to turn it off:
This option is only visible when a YouTube URL is used, otherwise it’s hidden. This option is not one that can be set in the options, and by default is turned on, so if you don’t want it there, you have to turn it off.
This build also comes with a couple of minor bug fixes, and a correction to how Yahoo! videos are dealt with, due to them changing the way they have their URLs. Don’t forget, this now uses the new installation method that my installers use, so if you have a previous version of the plugin, go to C:\Program Files\Windows Live Writer\Plugins and delete the InsertVideo.dll, then run the installer.
As always, you can download the Video Plugin from the Live Gallery.