10 Useful Plugins for Windows Live Writer

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Windows Live Writer is a desktop application that makes it easy to publish content to your blog.The software is intuitive and powerful, but, every now and then, there is something that it can't do or could be done in a better way. Overtime though developers have provided several solutions to these problems. Sarah from Microsoft's Channel 10 has written a great article introducing ten plugins for Windows Live Writer. The ten plugins she thinks are the must haves for bloggers:

1. Digg This Plugin for Live Writer:
The Digg This plugin inserts a "Digg This" button to your Windows Live Writer posts and provides seamless integration with Digg.

2. Social Bookmarking Tags:
Using this plugin, you will be able to add automatic social bookmarking
tags to your blog posts like del.icio.us and Technorati. (Check out this URL for an example.)

3. SkyDrive Attachment Plugin: The SkyDrive plugin lets you upload, manage and use a SkyDrive file within your blog posts.

4. Amazon Book Lookup Plugin: This plugin helps you locate books in the Amazon store and now includes a thumbnail image of each book found.

5. Insert Website Image: This plugin inserts a thumbnail image of a website into the Live Writer window.

6. Insert File Plugin: This plugin lets you insert a file into a Live Writer post.

7. Insert Quick Link:
Instead of having to click on the Insert Link in Live Writer, you can
now bring up those options just by pasting a link into Writer with this

8. Imtech Word Count Plugin: This plugin counts the number of words in the selected text.

9. Flickr4Writer Plugin:
Flickr4Writer is a plugin that enables interaction with the Flickr
service. You can browse by tags, photosets, or a photostream. After
browsing, the plugin enables inserting the image reference into a post.
(Since I use Flickr, this is my favorite, others of you may enjoy these other photo plug-ins more: Polaroid Picture plugin, Live Spaces Photo Album Plugin, or Live Image Search Plugin)

10. Code Snippet Plugin:
Great for techie geek bloggers, the Code Snippet plugin lets you
interactively review the sample code before inserting it into your
post. It also allows for formatting and/or applying syntax highlighting
to the sample source code.


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