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June 26, 2014

BuildTracer

Posted in Plugin Directory.

BuildTracer is Movable Type template visualizer. It helps with the writing, performance tuning, and analysis of MT templates. BuildTracer logs the rebuild sequence of each MT generated page, visualizes the block structure of MT tags, and shows how long each tag takes to publish in an individual template.

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June 6, 2014

Send to Publish Queue

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin provides administrators with the ability to republish a blog through the Publish Queue. Send to Publish Queue can be used to republish one or many blogs.

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May 8, 2014

NotifyList

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin enables providing Movable Type email notification support.

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January 2, 2014

AJAXLogin

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin provides a JSON interface to theme developers who wish to enable AJAX logins on their web site. What good is an AJAX login experience you ask? Well, such an experience would allow for a login form to be presented in a lightbox, or through some other javascript effect. It would allow your readers to login to a page without ever leaving the page.

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November 30, 2013

TinyMCE Preserve BR Element

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This plugin disables the “removetrailingbrs” feature of the TinyMCE.

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October 29, 2013

ConfigDirective

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This plugin adds a ConfigDirective tag to Movable Type. You can use it to display the value of any configuration directive found in the mt-config.cgi file.

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October 29, 2013

AMPMTime

Posted in Plugin Directory.

A Movable Type plugin that transforms the time custom field in Movable Type’s backend into a dropdown with AM/PM selection

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May 23, 2013

Theme Manager

Posted in Plugin Directory.

Theme Manager is a plugin for Movable Type and Melody created for designers and users with an express goal of making it much easier to both build and use themes on the Movable Type and Melody platforms.

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April 16, 2013

Central Authentication Service

Posted in Plugin Directory.

A plugin for Movable Type that allows delegated user authentication to a CAS server in place of the native authentication scheme.

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March 25, 2013

Widget Set Custom Field

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin defines a new custom field type that allows users to select and associate with pages and entries a widget set installed in the current blog.

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February 5, 2013

Extra Tags

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin provides Movable Type users with an assortment of miscellaneous tags that do not ship with Movable Type by default.

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September 11, 2012

Theme Export

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin provides the ability to export a blog’s templates as a theme.

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September 11, 2012

Asset Gallery

Posted in Plugin Directory.

Asset Gallery lets you easily create collections for your entries, such as photo galleries. Combining MT4’s built-in asset manager with powerful custom fields capabilities, you simply upload your files using the familiar Movable Type interface and the plugin does the rest, even offering a fancy carousel view of your images right within the MT interface. Asset Gallery supports non-photo uploads, too, supporting display of video files, Word documents, PDFs or anything else on any page on your site.

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July 5, 2012

Table Feature for TinyMCE

Posted in Plugin Directory.

Load the table plugin and add buttons for table function to TinyMCE, which is default rich text editor of Movable Type 5.2 or later.

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April 26, 2012

Expired Entries

Posted in Plugin Directory.

Allows authors to select a date in the future at which an entry will be automatically unpublished and the site rebuilt.

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January 8, 2012

Memo

Posted in Plugin Directory.

Memo is a plugin for Movable Type and Melody that can display a memo on the Edit Entry/Page screen, as well as a global message on all CMS screens.

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September 7, 2011

Related Entries

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin will automatically publish any entries that share a tag with the entry being saved/published. This allows entries that utilize any kind of “related entry” feature to remain up to date.

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August 31, 2011

Browser ID Commenters

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This plugin enables commenters to register to your blog using their BrowserID identities

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April 20, 2011

Cache Manager

Posted in Plugin Directory.

A plugin for Movable that provides additional functionality to assist in the management of template module caches.

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April 14, 2011

Supr

Posted in Plugin Directory.

A plugin for Movable Type and Melody that provides integration with Stumple Upon’s URL shortening service and iframe viewing window.

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December 8, 2010

Convio SSO Authentication

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This plugin provides a “dual-mode” authentication driver for for Melody and Movable Type v4.x which works with Convio’s Single Signon Open API to provide authentication services for both locally-created and Convio-created user accounts.

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December 1, 2010

Purge Activity Log

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This single serving plugin solves the one simple problem of keeping activity logs from getting too large by automatically deleting log entries older than n days.

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November 29, 2010

Multi Checkbox

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin provides a new custom field type to Movable Type Pro users. This new field type, called a “multi-checkbox” allows one to have multiple checkbox as opposed to a single checkbox. A new template tag will also be defined for these custom fields to determine whether or not a checkbox has been checked.

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November 10, 2010

MacLeod

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin facilitates the process of blog consolidation in which one blog’s content/associations are transferred entirely to another.

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October 26, 2010

Tidings

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Tidings is a simple wrapper around Andy Lester’s HTML::Tidy, itself a wrapper around libtidy. It’s a convenient way of making sure that all your tags are closed and that your HTML is in squinting distance of validation, to avoid late-night typos producing a page full of red at the W3 Validator.

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October 25, 2010

Snapshot

Posted in Plugin Directory.

The Snapshot plugin makes it easy for editors, authors, and designers to track changes to templates and entries by allowing them to save and view snapshots of the history of each of these objects.

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October 7, 2010

NoStats

Posted in Plugin Directory.

Removes the statistics chart from the Movable Type dashboard.

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October 7, 2010

Ordered Tags

Posted in Plugin Directory.

MT sorts tags alphabetically by default; the OrderedTags plugin maintains order of tags as saved upon entry/page save or edit.

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October 7, 2010

User Blog Roles

Posted in Plugin Directory.

Define the role(s) provisioned to new users on their userblogs.

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October 7, 2010

Log Filter

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin was created to limit which activities are written to the Activity Log (and hence the internal mt_log table in the database). Specifically, it adds a new mt-config.cgi setting: LogExclude. LogExclude takes a comma separated list of log categories…

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October 5, 2010

Text Macros

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin provides a framework for developers to create really simple text macros that can processed inside of text.

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August 12, 2010

Ajax Publish

Posted in Plugin Directory.

Provides a publish button next to every entry in the entry listing table. When pushed, this button will fire off, via javascript, a request to MT to publish the corresponding entry.

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July 2, 2010

Custom Error

Posted in Plugin Directory.

The Custom Error plugin for Movable Type and Melody installs a global system template called “Custom System Error” which provides admins with the ability to override the default system error template generated by the system.

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April 15, 2010

Template Optimizer

Posted in Plugin Directory.

A Movable Type and Melody plugin that attempts to analyze and subsequently optimize the publishing options of your system.

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April 7, 2010

EntryEvents

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A plugin to allow creation of an event calendar in MovableType.

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February 18, 2010

PicApp

Posted in Plugin Directory.

The PicApp plugin for Movable Type and Melody provides a seamless integration experience with the PicApp image distribution platform.

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January 29, 2010

Two Dimensional Select

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin provides a new custom field type to Movable Type Pro users. This new field type, called a “two dimensional select” allows one to have a pull down menu, which when a selection is made, reveals a second pull down menu to further narrow down the user’s choice.

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January 6, 2010

Link to Theme

Posted in Plugin Directory.

Adds support for linking templates to theme files to avoid the need to refresh templates.

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January 3, 2010

Twitter API

Posted in Plugin Directory.

A Movable Type and Melody plugin that adds TwitterAPI support to your blog.

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November 14, 2009

GCPrettify

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GCPrettify is a plugin designed to allow easy use of [Google Code’s prettify.js script][1] for syntax highlighting of code samples.

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November 12, 2009

Demenuator

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Demenuator removes specified menus and menu items from the MT UI.

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October 10, 2009

Locksmith

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A plugin for Movable Type which prevents entries and templates from being edited by more than one user at the same time.

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September 28, 2009

Full Screen Mode

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin adds a simple full screen button fullscreen-icon.gif to your Edit Entry and Edit Template screens in Movable Type and Melody. Clicking the button toggles the editor between consuming the full width of the page and the default width. In our opinion, this makes editing much easier.

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August 25, 2009

Template Profiler

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This plugin provides a simple way for anyone to audit a Movable Type template to see why it might be slower than it needs to be.

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August 25, 2009

User Export

Posted in Plugin Directory.

The Export User Data plugin for Movable Type allows administrators to export all of the information collected about their site’s users into a comma-separated format (.csv) file.

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August 25, 2009

Image Cropper

Posted in Plugin Directory.

The Image Cropper Plugin provides a simple user interface for managing and generating custom thumbnails from your image assets. The plugin was specifically designed to addressed the case where publishers want the ability to produce different thumbnails designed specifically for…

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June 3, 2009

Custom Header

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The Custom Header plugin for Movable Type provides the ability for designers to specify with their template sets constraints for a custom header that this plugin will then allow users to easily replace with an image uploaded from their local computer.

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June 3, 2009

Custom CSS

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin was born out of the need and desire to:

  • Provide users with the ability to customize the CSS of a blog, without requiring to give them complete access to edit all the templates of a blog.

  • Provide a better interface for editing CSS by devoting a larger portion of the screen’s real estate to the editor window, unlike what is found on Movable Type’s default “Edit Template” screen.

  • Insulate a theme from a user inadvertantly disrupting a site’s design by permanently editing or modifying the theme’s core CSS definition.

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June 3, 2009

Hybrid News Theme

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The Hybrid News Theme is the first newspaper theme for the Movable Type platform and enabled users to easily create a newspaper style website. Features include: SEO enhanced Alternate HTML tags Google Web Sitemaps Google News Sitemaps Associate content with…

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June 3, 2009

Link Checker

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin assists authors, editors and administrators in making sure that all of the links on their blog are still valid and therefore useful to their readers. It works by surfacing an additional list action called “Validate Links” in your…

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May 20, 2009

Photo Gallery Plugin and Theme

Posted in Plugin Directory.

The Photo Gallery Plugin for Movable Type contains two components:

  • A streamlined interface to make managing, editing, and uploading to a photo gallery-style blog efficient. This updated interface can be used by any theme.

  • A photo gallery theme based upon the amazing design work of Jim Ramsey. It is designed to be a seamless extension of his popular Movable Type theme called Mid-Century.

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March 11, 2009

Stop Design Photo Gallery

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The Stop Design Template Set for Movable Type makes it easy to deploy beautiful, professionally designed photo galleries for your website. This plugin automates the process of installing the templates created and designed by Doug Bowman using Movable Type Template…

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March 11, 2009

Mid-Century Mobile

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The Mid-Century Mobile Template Set provides a mobile ready theme for your blog. When applied, users can view your blog on their handheld device. This theme presents only the most essential content, with a minimal amount of HTML and CSS…

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December 19, 2008

Page Layout

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This plugin allows authors to select from more than one template (or “layout”) for a given page or entry. For example, a web site may wish to suppress advertising on certain pages. This plugin would allow for the designer of…

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November 10, 2008

Config Assistant (MT4)

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Note: This page is for Movable Type 4.1. Please see Config Assistant for the plugin for Movable Type 5+. The Config Assistant plugin is a powerful platform plugin which significantly reduces the work necessary to create and deploy Movable Type…

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November 10, 2008

New User Management Prototype

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This is an ever-evolving plugin designed to allow us, Six Apart to test and iterate upon a new user management area of Movable Type. Features: New User Interface accessible from the blog’s “Manage > Users” menu. Experimental use of Gravatar…

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November 10, 2008

Hacking the UI to make Movable Type better

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One of the great things about Movable Type is the multitude of ways it provides for folks to modify the core user interface without disturbing existing functionality. In fact Movable Type allows virtually anyone to: easily skin any screen in the application without requiring you to touch a single line of code. And any developer to: transform the user interface on the fly with transformer callbacks - a system inspired by Greasemonkey, a popular Firefox add-on. define their own screens and seamlessly add them to the application via its menuing system, or through page actions. It is these systems that we can use to help prototype and test new functionality and concepts in a more agile way that allows us to be more responsive to the feedback we receive. Take for example one of our latest hacks: an improvement to the User Management area for a blog: This new plugin, available to users of Movable Type 4.2 and greater provides an improved layout and design to the user management area. There is not a lot of added functionality under the hood… yet. That is of course where you come in: what kind of added functionality would you like to see?…

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November 7, 2008

What do you want to build using Movable Type?

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Movable Type has a well earned reputation as an incredibly scalable, flexible and powerful publishing platform and is used by large enterprises, publishers and bloggers alike. Movable Type however was not designed exclusively for large publishers - Movable Type is in fact suitable for anyone wanting to create a web site, big and small. To help our users build the next generation of popular, innovative and ground breaking blogs we have begun to invest heavily in one of the community’s most critical resources: documentation. Movable Type’s developer documentation has already received an enormous overhaul, and now we turn our attention to our documentation for designers. In fact, our work has already begun on that documentation; but before we make too much progress, we wanted to first check with our community and see if we are covering the right concepts, tutorials and topics. We therefore invite you to check out our new Movable Type Designer Guide’s table of contents and give us feedback on the set of topics it outlines for our new designer documentation. Do you feel it will leave any major questions for you unanswered? Do you wish it would just cover one more thing? Let us know, we…

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October 31, 2008

Batch Template Options

Posted in Plugin Directory.

This plugin provides the simple utility of being able to set the publishing method for more than one template at a time directly from the template listing screen.

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October 31, 2008

Taking full advantage of template module caching

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Movable Type offers a number of features to help administrators increase the performance of their system. Chief among them is template module caching. As the name may imply, any template module in Movable Type can have caching enabled, which causes Movable Type to store the output and HTML from the module in Movable Type’s database for later use. That way, if a template module is used frequently, then Movable Type will minimize the number of times it goes to the database to generate its content. To help our users take complete advantage of this important feature introduced in Movable Type 4.2, we have assembled the “Ultimate Guide to Template Module Caching.” It comes complete with: insight into why this feature can have such profound performance benefits sample code tips on what to look for when decided which modules to cache a detailed explanation of how this feature can be used in conjunction with server side includes information you may not have known about, like the ability to override the global cache context and create more granular and context sensitive module caches We hope to make this guide the most definitive source for information about this feature, so if you have…

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October 31, 2008

Taking full advantage of template module caching

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Movable Type offers a number of features to help administrators increase the performance of their system. Chief among them is template module caching. As the name may imply, any template module in Movable Type can have caching enabled, which causes Movable Type to store the output and HTML from the module in Movable Type’s database for later use. That way, if a template module is used frequently, then Movable Type will minimize the number of times it goes to the database to generate its content. To help our users take complete advantage of this important feature introduced in Movable Type 4.2, we have assembled the “Ultimate Guide to Template Module Caching.” It comes complete with: insight into why this feature can have such profound performance benefits sample code tips on what to look for when decided which modules to cache a detailed explanation of how this feature can be used in conjunction with server side includes information you may not have known about, like the ability to override the global cache context and create more granular and context sensitive module caches…

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October 30, 2008

Making it easier to debug and test your templates

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Sometimes there can be nothing more frustrating than trying to troubleshoot publishing performance. Often users must resort to the brute force method of debugging, such as: embedding print STDERR statements in Movable Type’s source code - but how many people know how to do that? blocking out huge swaths of code using the <mt:ignore> tag to hone in on the root cause - a cumbersome and time consuming process. turning on performance logging - a feature whose output was intended for machines and as a result is sometimes too verbose or difficult to read by mere mortals. To help our users find a more elegant and efficient way to debug their templates and optimize their system, we have developed a simple tool that can more quickly and effectively help users hone in on those aspects of their templates that are the bottlenecks in their publishing system. The tool is a simple command line tool that outputs four very useful things: the output from the template itself - very the accuracy of the template’s output yourself. a table of all the template tags invoked by the template - this table not only shows the template tag name, but also the average…

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October 24, 2008

Obtaining total transparency into your publishing system

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Movable Type has proven time and time again that it can help some of the Internet’s most influential and most innovative blogs become some of the largest as well. Not every content management system is up to the task of publishing sites on this scale, but Movable Type is. One reason for that is that its publishing engine has tremendous flexibility in regards to how it can be deployed, allowing every site to fine tune its performance independently across as many machines as is necessary. One critical component often used by these large sites is the “Movable Type Publishing Queue” - a simple publishing service to which the system can offload the task of keeping a web site up to date. This in turn dramatically increases performance, and improves the stability of the entire system by distributing much of the work a content management system must perform to a set of dedicated and distributed resources. To give users the transparency and visibility into this critical system, we have begun work on a new plugin called Publish Queue Manager. This free and open source plugin provides its users with the following features: view a list of all the jobs in their…

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October 24, 2008

Publish Queue Manager

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This plugin provides a simple user interface in the Movable Type administrative system to view, change priority, and delete publishing jobs from the built-in “Publish Queue” system — a system by which files are published in the background. Keeping an eye on what is publishing is a great way to understand what is happening at any given time!

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October 16, 2008

Google Sitemap and Template Caching Tips

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On a recent call with the Movable Type Community we discussed and shared tips on how to best take advantage of Movable Type’s built in caching system. One of the tips I shared is something I have been doing on my personal site and on a number of customer sites with great success, and it relates to how to optimize the publication of a Google Sitemap in a sustainable way. Google Sitemaps have become an essential tool for bloggers to help optimize their content for search engines, also known as SEO or “Search Engine Optimization.” Google Sitemaps are files published by a web site that detail each and every page on the web site and give some indication as to the frequency they are updated by the system. This helps ensure that when the Google fairy visits your site to slurp up and index your site’s content that: Google indexes all of your content, and does not overlook any content that might be orphaned on your site because no other page links to it directly. Google is able to schedule additional visits of the Google Fairy when your content is likely to be updated. Anyone can publish a Google Sitemap…

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October 10, 2008

Server Check

Posted in Plugin Directory.

Allows external monitors to confirm that the MT installation is in place, the MT code base is loading, and it can connect to the database.

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October 3, 2008

Migrating from Right Fields to Custom Fields - the beta begins

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Today we are happy to announce a public beta of a new plugin for Movable Type that helps users using Right Fields on Movable Type 3.x upgrade to Movable Type 4.2 using Custom Fields. There has been a great need in our community for this, which is why some of our veterans stepped up to assemble partial solutions to this problem. These solutions helped a great number of people, but were not able to address everyone’s need universally, because the solution to this problem was not trivial. Recognizing this, we began a process with the community to identify and document what the ideal solution would look like. Then we implemented it so that users who felt they couldn’t upgrade to Movable Type 4 could finally do so. The plugin is called “Linked Entry Custom Fields” because the plugin does not exclusively help you migrate from Right Fields to Custom Fields. The plugin also provides your version of Movable Type Pro with an additional custom field type: linked entries. Linked entries, a feature native to Right Fields, provides a way for bloggers to establish relationships between related blog posts. You can imagine using this feature for example to help curate a…

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September 22, 2008

Super Page

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The Super Page plugin for Movable Type was created in support of Movable Type’s documentation effort. The basic need was this: convert a single, massive page into a set of paginated, easy to navigate pages broken up by chapter/section. This…

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September 22, 2008

Forums Utilities

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The Forum Utilities plugin that provides a collection of tools and utilities often found in forum software to help enhance and elevate the quality of conversation among commenters and visitors. Its features include: Promote Comments to Entries - convert a…

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August 21, 2008

Important Update: Movable Type 4.21 now available

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In recent days two significant issues in the Movable Type 4.2 release were reported by our community. One of these bugs can potentially result in some form of limited data loss, and the other could cause loss of some configuration data in some circumstances. We have reproduced these issues as quickly as possible, and created patches to remedy the problems. Most users are not at any risk from these issues, but here are the circumstances under which you may have been affected: Custom fields data. If you are upgrading from Movable Type Commercial or Enterprise 4.1 to Movable Type Pro or Enterprise 4.2 and you are using custom fields on any object in Movable Type and there are more than 100 rows in the table for that object, some of your custom field data could be lost in the migration. Archive mappings. If you create a new blog on your Movable Type 4.2 installation and you delete an archive mapping from one of the archive templates, this action will remove the rest of your blog archive mappings inadvertently. Both of these issues have been fixed and verified by our quality assurance team. The fixes can be found in the newly…

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August 16, 2008

Creating Drop-Down Navigation with Movable Type

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A common question from Movable Type users and designers is, “how do I create nice navigation for my web site?” The Professional Website template set and even Mid-Century have navigation build in. But there are Movable Type themes out there that don’t have this feature and users want to know how to add it. This brief tutorial will show you how. The Objective The goal of this tutorial is to demonstrate how to add category driven drop-down menus to your web site that approximates the look and feel below: What does this mean? Well, there are lots of ways to build navigation for a site. The method you will choose depends largely upon your content and implementation strategy. This methods are: category driven navigation - using category and sub-category names as the menu and menu item names page driven navigation - using page names as the menu and menu item names folder driven navigation - using a hierarchy of folders (folders contain pages) This article will focus on creating menus based upon your category hierarchy….

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August 16, 2008

Another hallmark design for Movable Type

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A lot of Movable Type users are about to be given another great reason to upgrade to Movable Type 4.2: the release of the Mid-Century template set by Jim Ramsey. Jim also designed the Professional Website template set (formally known as the Universal Template Set), which is largely regarded as one of the best and most flexible packaged designs for Movable Type and also comes bundled with Movable Type Pro. Jim is setting a new standard for design on Movable Type, not just in aesthetics, but in functionality. This may go without saying, but Jim is someone who knows design, and he is tuned into what people want. Combine those two qualities as Jim does and just look at the amazing feature list he has assembled: AJAX Commenting Auto-highlighting comments from the author Javascript photo gallery widget Unique archive listing design Tag clouds And more… We are also happy to make this wonderful blog design available to the world for free under an open source license to encourage others to build and expand upon it. Download the Mid-Century Template Set now, and when you have it deployed let us know with a comment so we can see what you have…

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August 13, 2008

Movable Type Warm and Fuzzies

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It has been less then 24 hours since we released Movable Type 4.2 and the feedback has been wonderful! I have been answering people’s questions about upgrading, installing and migrating to Movable Type 4.2 all day — its almost as if Movable Type and Movable Type Pro is the release everyone has been waiting for: “this just keeps getting better and better” and “I know I have not been a regular blogger for quite a while, but this new version really makes me anxious to get going again and become a more regular blogger. Who knew Movable Type could also help you with that kind of problem?” — Sara “My jaw is down there lost somewhere under the table… great work.” — dug “Just want to say WOW! The Pro license is great. Exactly what was needed for many like me, who has a commercial license, but not a business and needed more than 5 authors.” — Nicholas “6Aers, MT Team, and community contributors: thank you. This is great work all should be congratulated. But more important than that, this is a fun new toy to play with! Yay!” — Dan “I am pleased that MT Pro is being released…

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August 12, 2008

Movable Type 4.2 is here!

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Today is one of the most exciting days in the history of Movable Type. Our community’s hard work has yielded one of the most significant and important releases in Movable Type’s history: Movable Type 4.2. This new release is the fastest and most secure release of Movable Type ever. Plus it comes packed with new features that you’ve been asking for: Threaded comments An out-of-the-box solution for comment spam Live template previews Paginated search results and entry pagination for dynamically published blogs Redesigned template and widget management areas Simple, simple, simple templates for quick and easy site customization However, there is another reason though why we feel this is such a significant milestone for Movable Type and for all of us who manage communities online: Today, we introduce Movable Type Pro. Movable Type Pro is the convergence of three critical Movable Type capabilities: blogging, content management and social networking. Movable Type Pro is now the only integrated social publishing platform on the market today. MT Pro combines the power and flexibility of the open source core Movable Type with the rich content management capabilities of the Movable Type Professional Pack, and all the community features of the Movable Type Community…

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August 8, 2008

Movable Type 4.2 RC5 and Security Updates

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We’ve mentioned it on the Movable Type product site, but we’re proud that MT has a history of being one of the most secure publishing platforms around. So a big part of our effort in creating Movable Type 4.2 has been around ensuring that it’s our most secure release ever. And along the way, we’ve made some changes that will even improve security for older versions of MT. Today we release Movable Type 4.2 Release Candidate 5, the last planned release candidate for this version of Movable Type before its final release, and the culmination of the largest security evaluation effort ever for our platform, and possibly for any installable blogging platform. The diligent work of our team, joined by community contributors around the world, has found a few areas where we’ve been able to make Movable Type even more secure. In the case of Movable Type 4.2, that means its forthcoming final release will be the most secure version of MT ever. In the case of earlier releases, it means we’ll be providing updates to remedy these potential security vulnerabilities. It’s important to note that there are no known exploits of these issues, but we’ve chosen to preemptively address…

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August 7, 2008

Collating and displaying content from multiple sources using Movable Type

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Nick O’Neill just published a great screencast and howto about using a plugin few people know about: Mark Pasc’s Order plugin for Movable Type. Order is a plugin that allows one to build and merge a list of content from various sources and then to sort and display them in a single list together. What is especially powerful about the Order plugin is the ability to not only pull together content form multiple sources, but also the ability to collate content of wildly different structures and types. In Nick’s screencast he shows how he used this plugin on his own Movable Type-powered blog to interleave entries from two different blogs, as well as actions from Mark’s Action Stream plugin into a single list on his homepage. He even makes available the code he uses on his own blog so that others can easily replicate it. Order Screencast from nick o'neill on Vimeo….

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August 4, 2008

Website outage update

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On August 3rd around 11:30pm, the machine hosting a number of Movable Type web sites, including this one suffered a major hardware failure. We worked through the night and into the day in order to restore availability as quickly as possible. As of approximately 5:20 pm on August 4 we were able to fully restore the following web sites: www.movabletype.org plugins.movabletype.org forums.movabletype.org We will continue to work on fully restoring the following sites and services through the night: wiki.movabletype.org www.learningmovabletype.com www.thestylearchive.com www.thestylecontest.com Stay tuned to this blog post for additional updates throughout the night and into tomorrow as we bring our entire set of services back up to full availability….

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July 23, 2008

Movable Type 4.2 RC4 and some of our latest hacks

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We have had some amazing feedback from the community since we started the public beta of Movable Type 4.2 - a release we consider to be one of the most important upgrades to Movable Type ever. Users of 4.2 can attest as well: Movable Type 4.2 is fast — never before have we seen performance increases of 100x for common tasks like search. Of course, improvements like that are only possible, I believe, when a team of people come together to stop using band-aids and focus intently on actually solving a problem in a fundamental way. Naturally with improvements like that in store for our users, the most common question we hear is, “when will Movable Type 4.2 be released?” With bug reports starting to wane and feedback slowing to a trickle, we think we are getting really close to a final release, and it is our belief that the latest, Release Candidate 4, will be the last release candidate prior to release. In the meantime, for those of you aching for something new, something cool, or something useful, here are some things coming out of our weekly hackathons that you might be check out: Template Set Exporter Tool Designers…

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July 22, 2008

Movable Type at OSCON 2008

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Each year Six Apart sends a cadre of engineers to one of our favorite conferences: OSCON, O’Reilly’s Open Source Conference in Portland. We go because we love open source and because a large percentage of the people at the conference use and rely upon our open source technology to power their web sites and applications. This year is special, however. This is the year Movable Type will make its debut at the conference as an open source product. But we are not just there to celebrate this great Movable Type milestone, we are also there to celebrate the release of TypePad AntiSpam, a fully open source comment spam blocking service. TypePad AntiSpam sets itself apart because not only are its WordPress and Movable Type plugins open source, but the service is open source as well. Many of us will be on hand throughout the week to hang out and answer questions. Not only are we there to help you with any of our products, but we are happy to help you with any questions you have about open source in general, about how to best contribute to open source, and how to get your own projects started. We also there…

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July 2, 2008

Quality is (still) a feature… Oh yeah, and so is speed

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Three years ago, at the same point in the life cycle of Movable Type 3, we took stock in what we had built, and turned our focus to product quality. That tradition continues today with Movable Type 4.2. Movable Type 4.2 is not a release of Movable Type narrowly focused on bringing more bells and whistles to the platform, but instead on making dramatic improvements to the fabric of the product in order to pave the way for more exciting things to come. And we are not just talking about performance, although that is a core focus of the release. We, learning from projects like Apple’s Snow Leopard, want this release to be about setting new standards of quality for the product. To that end, Movable Type 4.2 has been an opportunity for us and the community to make changes to our development and testing process so that going forward we can ensure an ongoing level of quality our customers and users expect and deserve. Here are just a couple of the things members of the team have been working on in effort to improve code quality: Mark Paschal, the creator of Action Streams, has been working on building the…

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June 23, 2008

Turning Movable Type into a light weight desktop blogging client

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Apple fans will love one of the latest tips from our community: how to turn your Movable Type blog into a seamless extension of your OS X desktop and operating system. In the first article Jesse Gardner explains how one can combine two technologies to create an awesome desktop blogging application: Movable Type and Fluid. Fluid makes it possible to turn any online application into a desktop app. Its free and dead-simple to use. Jesse and others use it for example to put GMail, Basecamp, Google Calendar, Flickr, Facebook and many other online applications right into their OS X dock. What makes Movable Type and Fluid work especially well together is the iMT plugin, which provides a beautifully designed user interface specifically for iPhone users. Coupled with Fluid’s ability to let any application it bootstraps to masquerade as an iPhone, Fluid can be used to bring all the benefits of the dramatically simplified iPhone user interface of the iMT plugin right to your desktop. And because iMT conforms to Apple’s own interface conventions and aesthetics, your Movable Type desktop client could not feel like a more natural extension of your Mac OS X environment….

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June 20, 2008

Movable Type Security Update for 4.0 and 4.1

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Cross posted from the announcement found at the Official Movable Type News blog: Today we are releasing Movable Type 4.01b and Movable Type 4.12. These are free mandatory security updates for all Movable Type 4.x users. These updates resolve a vulnerability which has not been exploited, but was reported to us by a third party on June 16. We have addressed the issue with these updates, and are providing new, fully-tested versions for all affected versions of Movable Type in all supported configurations. A detailed description of the vulnerability can be found below, but in short a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability has been found in Movable Type’s built-in search feature, which could be exploited by malicious parties to execute javascript without permission. We have no record of a user having been affected by this vulnerability, and there are no known public exploits. The release candidates of Movable Type 4.2, currently in testing, Movable Type 3.36 and Movable Type Enterprise 1.5 are all unaffected by this issue. Here’s the Update Advisor, which summarizes the issues found and provides a guide for updating your installation of Movable Type. Movable Type Update Advisor: Version 4.01b and 4.12: Release Type: Security Release. The potential…

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June 12, 2008

More Reasons to Upgrade to Movable Type 4.2 and RC2

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Yesterday we release Movable Type 4.2 Release Candidate 2. This was an important milestone because this is the first release of MT 4.2 that our internal QA teams have fully certified to work against postgres. Release Candidate 2 also contains a number of important bug fixes and brings us one step closer to a full-fledged release. Just by upgrading from Movable Type 4.2 from 4.1, and doing nothing else, we have seen performance increases of 33% while publishing. However it is possible to optimize your Movable Type installation even further by taking advantage of a number of the performance optimization and tuning tools built right into the product. To help our users understand how to best take advantage of these features and to obtain performance increases 45% and higher we have published a Movable Type 4.2 Upgrade Guide to the community wiki. When MT 4.2 is officially released, this guide will be incorporated into our official documentation, but for now we are seeking help from the community to review, refine and make it better. In the meantime, allow me to give you a number of new reasons you may not have heard about to upgrade to Movable Type 4.2: PostOffice…

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June 3, 2008

Survey: How do you have Movable Type configured?

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Since the day we released Movable Type Open Source, the software has been downloaded thousands of times per day. Wow, that is a lot of people trying Movable Type out, and because MT supports multiple environments and multiple databases like MySQL, Postgres, SQLite, Microsoft SQLServer and Oracle, that is a lot of different ways in which Movable Type can be configured once it has left our showroom floor. Having this information however is very important to us because it helps us to better understand our users’ needs and to build a product that is optimized for the most common usage scenarios. Therefore, we have created a very simple, multiple-choice, anonymous survey that will help us collect this valuable information. So, if you have a moment, we would appreciate it if you could take the survey and help us understand how you use Movable Type!…

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June 2, 2008

AutoLink

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AutoLink provides users with a way of creating a list of “hot words.” Whenever these words appear in a post, they are automatically linked to a designated URL.

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June 2, 2008

Yahoo! OpenID

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This plugin utilizes Movable Type’s extensible Open ID Login framework to give a preferential and customized login experience for Yahoo! users on Movable Type blogs….

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May 29, 2008

Welcome Movable Type 4.2

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Today is a great day for Movable Type users: We’re announcing the release candidate of Movable Type 4.2, a new version which takes the top three most frequently requested features from our community and builds them right into the platform: A faster and more efficient user experience More design options and our simplest and most powerful templates yet The best, most effective anti-spam solution So today we are incorporating all of the work that’s been done on the MT 4.15 betas so far and are happy to announce the availability of the first release candidate of the newly rechristened Movable Type 4.2. A Faster Movable Type Speed isn’t just about making the code faster, it’s about looking at the tasks you do every day and making them all more efficient. Refined navigation - The primary navigation for getting around Movable Type has been refined and expanded to make getting to the page you need to far more efficient. Fewer clicks means faster blogging. Template Preview - Now you never have to wait to see what your site will look like when you tweak or edit your templates. Every Movable Type template can be previewed with a 100% accurate live preview…

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May 21, 2008

Join us for the first-ever “MT Day,” with free beer to follow

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Update: The day long event has been postponed in order to find a time more convenient for all of those who have expressed interest in coming, but cannot on the designated day. We will still be holding the Meetup at Jade and hope to see you there! This month is a big month for Movable Type as we work on wrapping up development of Movable Type 4.15, a version of Movable Type that has more contributions from the community than any other release in Movable Type’s history - ranging from bug fixes galore, to larger feature sets and contributions like comment threading. The growing community of Movable Type contributors has made us realize how important it is that we organize more formally as a community to share product ideas, our knowledge about the product, and to shape the future of this product we all love. Therefore we are happy to announce “MTDay,” a day long event taking place on May 30, 2008 at the San Francisco Public Library. We are planning presentations about the current state of Movable Type, plus sessions and tutorials on plugin and theme development. We will also be discussing how we can better organize ourselves as…

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April 20, 2008

Mark Your Calendars: Movable Type at the Web2.0Expo

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Next week is the Web2.0Expo is San Francisco, an event for just about anyone who is participating in the creation of the next-generation of the Web. Six Apart is a sponsor of the event and you can find us there in a number of different capacities: Come visit us at our booth on the Expo floor - free passes still available! See Six Aparter’s and some our esteemed Alumni speak: David Recordon - Comparing Social Platforms, OpenID, OAuth, Data Portability, and the Enterprise, Open Platforms in Web 2.0 Artur Bergman - Failure Happens: What Broke Since Last Year (and What We Learned from It) David Hornik - Launch Pad But you don’t have to be a registered conference member to come chat. We will be holding Open Movable Type Office Hours on the 2nd floor mezzanine of Moscone West Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. The area is open to the public so come by to meet with a number of Movable Type Open Source Ninjas, including Byrne Reese, Beau Smith, Jim Ramsey and others from Six Apart as well (look for all the people wearing Six Apart t-shirts and the Movable Type sign!). We look forward to talking…

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April 14, 2008

Did you hear about the latest Movable Type beta?

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If you were tuned into the Movable Type Twitter channel last week, or into the MTOS-dev or ProNet mailing lists, you may have heard that we released Movable Type 4.15 Beta 2. As with every beta, we managed to sneak a couple of features in as well in response to user feedback: revised the “Preferences” menu to allow users to navigate more quickly to the settings screen they are looking for. added a blog level “Tools” menu to more easily import and export content, create backups and view the activity log. added the ability to sort entries by the number of comments and TrackBacks received providing a good way to list your most popular entries. added the ability to make a copy of a template. In keeping with the central theme of this release, we also made Movable Type faster (again) by further optimizing the publishing engine to not only be faster, but smarter as well. But speaking of the ways you might have heard about this release, you might want to consider making a regular visit to The Blog Herald every Monday for “Movable Type Mondays.” A new series they are running to give Movable Type fans their weekly…

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April 8, 2008

Awesome: apt-get install movabletype-opensource

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Movable Type just got a whole lot easier to install for Debian users thanks to newly available Debian packages. But what makes this addition to the Movable Type Open Source Project so great is not the fact that installing Movable Type can now be as simple as typing “apt-get install movabletype-opensource” (then again that is pretty awesome) but the fact that it was a project undertaken and completed by the community itself — and one person in particular: Dominic Hargreaves. We caught up with Dominic shortly after he announced the availability of the packages he created and conducted a brief interview with him in an attempt to help us all get to know a little bit better those who give so freely to our community. What drew your interest to MTOS and the MT community? I’m very much an FOSS-inclined person. For many years now I’ve almost exclusively used free and open source software - in fact, MT was a rare exception when I first installed it. When I decided to go against my normal ideals and use MT, it was because it seemed to be far ahead of any FOSS alternatives, and the pragmatist in me won out. I…

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April 3, 2008

Movable Type 4.15 Beta 1 now available

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Last month we told you of an effort to improve the performance of Movable Type that involved the entire community. The response has been amazing. We asked for people to contribute data collected by Movable Type’s new performance monitoring framework. What we got were log files, entire data sets and even code contributions from numerous members of our open source developer community. The results of this work and collaboration with the community culminates today in the first public beta of Movable Type Open Source 4.15. But a faster version of Movable Type is not all you have to look forward to. The community has also contributed new features to the product, and with their help and valuable feedback we have added a number of other new features as well. Threaded Commenting Arvind was kind enough to donate to MTOS one of Movable Type’s more popular plugins: Simply Threaded. With this donation Movable Type will allow commenters to reply directly to one another and for designers to display nested and threaded comment listings on their blog. Simpler, Easier Default Templates One thing we have heard loud and clear is that our default templates, while powerful and flexible were too difficult for…

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February 25, 2008

Help Make MT Even More Bulletproof

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Some of the largest properties on the web power their sites using Movable Type. Not just the biggest blogs, but some of the biggest sites, period. You’ve seen ‘em: The Washington Post, The Gothamist, Boing Boing, The Huffington Post and thousands more. Each of these sites rely on Movable Type to keep their web sites and blogs up and running, and one of our most important goals for Movable Type is to make sure your MT-powered site stays bullet-proof and reliable, no matter how big traffic gets. There are a few different features and capabilities of Movable Type that make this kind of scale possible: Background publishing and task management - Movable Type can offload the work-intensive parts of publishing to a separate task system which handles the heavy lifting. Multiple supported and scalable system architectures - Movable Type can run across a number of servers, splitting tasks like comment management and publishing onto their own dedicated infrastructure. Static publishing - Movable Type’s has always defaulted to publishing completely static HTML pages, which serve up faster with less work needed by your web and database servers. And static pages are a lot more forgiving of transient problems with a database…

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February 7, 2008

Introducing the Movable Type Design Assistant

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For years now, Movable Type has had a powerful “Style Catcher” built in, which lets you browse a number of different style libraries all over the Internet, and then apply a style to your blog with just a click. It’s really simple, but as a company that’s always cared a lot about design, we wanted to give you more power, more personalization, and more control over the way your site looks. So behold, the Movable Type Design Assistant, a beta of a new tool designed to help you make beautiful sites, easily. We started with a few of our most popular default styles, which cover a wide variety of visual looks, and which also offer a range of different choices for the number of columns of content you have on your site. But what if you like one of the default styles and just need to make a few tweaks to it here and there? Or what if you want to start from a clean slate, working with a completely unstyled blog and adding in your own look and feel? The Design Assistant makes that easy, too. Jim Ramsey, Movable Type’s lead designer and someone who’s done some great thinking…

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February 5, 2008

Website maintenance tonight

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Tonight, February 5th, at approximately 9:00pm PST the Movable Type [dot org] web site will be taken offline for routine maintenance and to expand the machine’s capacity. The outage should last for approximately 30 minutes. The following services will be unavailable during this time: The movabletype.org Web site Movable Type Documentation Movable Type Forums The Style Archive The Plugin Directory Learning Movable Type Access to MTOS nightly builds Access to MTOS stable builds We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience….

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January 28, 2008

Movable Type Open Source 4.1 is Here!

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Last week Movable Type passed one of the biggest milestones in its history: the first stable version of Movable Type Open Source was officially released. Technically, Movable Type has been available under a GPL license since December. But for so many of you who were waiting in the sidelines for an officially blessed, officially tested stable version of the product, we are happy to say that it is finally available for download. Since our original announcement, we’ve been paying close attention to your questions about MTOS. So instead of summarizing all of the new features that have been introduced in MTOS again, I thought I would take a moment to revisit some of those questions. This should also help explain the motivations behind the MTOS project and how it relates to the other Movable Type products available from movabletype.com….

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January 18, 2008

Totally turn-key web sites and blogs

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For the last several weeks, Jim Ramsey has been developing a new web site design using Movable Type 4.1’s new template set and theming infrastructure. His goals were simple: make it easy for users to create not just a blog, but an entire web site create a web site that guides the user through customization right out of the box architect a set of templates that is more intuitive to customize The result of his work is pretty incredible - so much so that we decided to include the new template set, called the “Universal Template Set,” with the new Professional Pack. Users will be able to get a sneak preview of the feature next week when we release Movable Type 4.1 Release Candidate 2 announced yesterday. Or if you can’t wait that long, we have created a short screencast to demonstrate how Movable Type’s new template set framework functions and some of the many features found within the Universal Template Set. Check it out!…

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January 17, 2008

Movable Type 4.1 Release Candidate 1

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Tonight we released the first release candidate for Movable Type 4.1. This release signals that the product is converging upon a final and shippable version of the product. You can download it now from http://movabletype.org/beta/. Important changes in this release include: a clean upgrade path for user’s of the Custom Fields plugin wishing to move to Movable Type 4.1 a fix that addresses a vulnerability posted about previously userpics are now embedded by default in Movable Type’s default templates a change to Movable Type search results template has sped up search results considerably Read the complete change log to familiarize yourself with all the other fixes found in this most recent release. In the spirit of full disclosure we are planning a release of a second release candidate early next week. The scope of this release includes one final and additional feature for paid users of Movable Type in addition to our final translations and localization changes for Movable Type 4.1. But even if there is one more release candidate planned, this is still the perfect opportunity for all those people waiting for a more stable release to try out the latest features of Movable Type. And here’s a tip…

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January 17, 2008

Using template tag parameters

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From the “I didn’t know you could do that” department: So I was working with Beau on the implementation of a performance enhancement to Movable Type’s search results and he showed me this really amazing trick that I doubt anyone knows about. What we needed to do was suppress the comment and TrackBack counts from the search results page because a user in our community found that by removing them he dramatically sped up search results! However, we also wanted to use the same template module for displaying an entry’s summary that we use everywhere else on the site. I thought we were going to have to create a special module just for search results, but then Beau showed me the following. Did you know that you can pass parameters to template modules you include? I didn’t. Within an include tag you can add any attribute and have that attribute passed to the included template as a variable. For example the include tag that includes the entry summary in the search results template would look like this: <$MTInclude module=”Entry Summary” hidecounts=”1”$> The hidecounts is a parameter that will be passed to the “Entry Summary” module as a variable. Then within…

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January 17, 2008

Security Update for Movable Type

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Cross posted from the “announcement”:http://www.movabletype.com/blog/2008/01/movable-type-security-update.html found at the “Official Movable Type News blog”:http://www.movabletype.com/blog/: Today we are releasing a mandatory security update for all Movable Type users, to address a potential security issue which has been reported by a third party. A detailed description of the vulnerability can be found later in this post, but to summarize: In affected versions of Movable Type, there are certain circumstances in which a blog template may be rendered dynamically via CGI in an otherwise static publishing context. If you use Movable Type to publish PHP files (or JSP or ASP pages) and have embedded within your Movable Type templates sensitive information (such as database connection information), then that sensitive information could potentially be exposed and viewed publicly. There is no record of a customer having been affected by this vulnerability. Here’s the Update Advisor, a simple scorecard to let you evaluate this new release. Movable Type Update Advisor: Version 4.01a and 3.36 Release Type: Security Release. The potential vulnerability has not yet been exploited in the wild. Mandatory? This is a mandatory update for all users of Movable Type. Performance Implications: None. Plugins Affected: None. Templates Affected: No changes in your templates are required….

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December 31, 2007

A tour of Movable Type 4.1’s asset editing functionality

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Movable Type 4.0 provided users for the first time with the features necessary for Movable Type to serve as a light weight content management system for web sites. It also provided a framework to developers to define their own custom asset types as illustrated through the Media Manager and Podcasting plugins for Movable Type. Movable Type 4.1, currently in beta, takes asset management one step further by allowing administrators and author to more easily edit, tag and organize the assets within their Movable Type install. What follows is a brief overview of some of these new features. Filter Assets by Type As you expand upon the types of assets you manage within Movable Type, you can easily filter them to see just your Flickr photos, or your YouTube videos, or your images or your podcasts… you get the idea. One Click Previews When viewing your list of assets, not only does Movable Type now show a small thumbnail of each asset, but you can zoom in on the asset without leaving the page by clicking the small magnifying glass associated with each asset. Asset Auditing From the asset details screen you can view a list of all the pages and…

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December 27, 2007

Integrating Movable Type with FogBugz

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We were honored when FogCreek granted us a license to use FogBugz for public case tracking and project management for the Movable Type Open Source project, which is the largest deployment of FogBugz for an open source project. In an effort to repay their kindness, but also to help keep the community as up-to-date as possible on the latest known issues with the product, Chris Hall has implemented a new Movable Type plugin known as MT Fogger. It is a plugin that exposes within Movable Type a set of template tags making it possible to query and display search results from FogBugz within a web site or blog. If you didn’t know, Chris Hall is the man behind the curtain that responds personally to all of the feedback that comes into FogBugz via our feedback submission form. He is also the lead QA engineer for Movable Type (and MTOS) and the creator of MT Booter, a handy QA tool for generating test data for Movable Type….

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December 26, 2007

MTOS Subversion Tips

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Developers looking to stay plugged into the bleeding edge of Movable Type without having to depend upon nightly builds may like the following tip which shows how one can always access the following builds reliably and predictably without having to worry about branches, tags or anything else about how the source code is organized: The last official release that one can download from our web site The last stable release, which includes minimally tested milestone beta builds The most recent source code in active development Pointers to each of these are maintained for your convenience by the development team. Simply execute the following command and you will check out three copies of Movable Type corresponding to each of the above states of the source code (the source code will be placed within a directory called mtos-latest): svn co http://code.sixapart.com/svn/movabletype/latest mtos-latest When that is complete you can navigate to the dev directory found within the mtos-latest directory that was just created for you and execute svn up to update to the most recent code in development. Executing the following command will reveal that this is made possible through a set of three svn:externals: svn propget svn:externals http://code.sixapart.com/svn/movabletype/latest In layman’s terms, these…

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December 24, 2007

MTOS Project Updates

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Last week we released Movable Type 4.1 Beta 2 which included a number of new features for the open source project as well, including: AtomPub Support - a core mission for MTOS is to support core Internet standards, which includes the Atom Publishing Protocol, or “AtomPub” for short. Revamped Asset Editing Interface - CMSWire recently wrote a piece entitled Movable Type 4.1 Goes Beyond Blogging - and they are right. But it is not just the commercial product that is headed in this direction. The open source project too is also becoming a more flexible tool for light weight content management — as is evidenced by Movable Type’s extensible asset management framework, and the work that Beau has been doing to expand upon the user experience around managing online assets. Virtually all of the changes in the last beta, including the ones listed above, can also be found in the latest MTOS builds. Speaking of which, if you are a person who enjoys living on the bleeding edge then the best resource for you is still our nightly builds, which ever since we completed our subversion migration to code.sixapart.com have become far more meaningful. Now that primary development of Movable…

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December 21, 2007

AtomPub Support and New Edit Asset screens: MT4.1 Beta 2 Released

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I can imagine that it is easy for some to skip over a blog post announcing the availability of a beta thinking “oh, they just fixed some bugs.” But to so with this most recent release of Movable Type would be a mistake. One of the things that makes Movable Type stand out as a product is an incredibly professional, yet agile development process that allows for constant innovation in additional to a steady improvement upon stability and quality, without putting our releases at risk. So while Movable Type 4.1 Beta 2 contains a huge number of bug fixes as it should being a beta, the development team still found time to include a some significant new features and advancements to the platform as a whole. Most notably: AtomPub Support - Atom is something Six Apart has been very involved in since it first emerged as potentially the first Internet standard for syndication over four years ago. We released one of the first implementations of the fledgling protocol over 4 years ago and we were also among the first to support the Atom syndication format when it emerged as an official standard across all of our products. And while Movable…

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October 28, 2007

Tricks and Treats

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Here are some highlights of the happenings in the Movable Type world for the week before Halloween. Read/WriteWeb upgraded to Movable Type 4 - congratulations Richard and team! A tip of the hat to the Media Temple team as well for their expert help in the upgrade and migration process. The (mt) people really know their stuff - they helped to isolate some significant performance enhancements that will have a lasting impact for all MT4 users starting with the next release of Movable Type. Todd of Geek News Central got frustrated with Movable Type’s podcasting support. We listened. And thanks to his feedback, there is now a more complete solution for podcasters on Movable Type. His feedback will also result in other changes being made to the core to make Movable Type an even better media blogging platform. Thank you Todd. The Movable Type team is gearing up for a private beta of the Movable Type Community Solution, and the public debut of its functionality powering parts of MovableType.org. In some shameless self promotion, I recently added YouTube and Flickr support to Media Manager, extending the plugin for the first time beyond books and DVDs from Amazon. One of the…

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October 26, 2007

Podcasting Plugin

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The Podcasting Plugin for Movable Type allows users to easily link to and include MP3 at any URL in their Movable Type blog and to manage those podcasts as assets within Movable Type’s asset management system. Once a podcast is…

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October 16, 2007

Some links that deserve a little fan fare

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Just a quick post to share some links and resources that have been created or have caught my eye recently: Recommended Plugins - we have added a page that lists a more complete list of plugins selected by community plugin directory editors. Recently Added Plugins - we have also added a more complete listing of recently added plugins.. Tidy Templates - Tim Appnel has created a plugin to help publishers normalize their Movable Type tags to use a consistent style and syntax. Very nice. SezWho - I have been seeing SezWho, an interesting service that provides universal commenter profiles across the web, from time to time on sites I visit from time to time so it was good to see that they also have a Movable Type Plugin to make it easy for anyone to use their service. How to Build a Style Catcher Repository - Movable Type makes it really easy for people to browse various style collections scattered across the web and then to download, install and apply those styles to a blog - all from within Movable Type. This recently published guide details how developers and designers can construct their own style repositories and allow Movable Type…

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October 11, 2007

Podcast with David Recordon about the Open Social Graph

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In last week’s ProNet conference call, which is quickly evolving into a call-in internet talk show of sorts, I spoke with David Recordon, the man leading the effort behind the Open Social Graph Project, or “Glue.” If you are interested in learning more about: the open social graph what actually is the “social graph” what the goals are for the project what are the principals that govern its development what kind of products one might build with this technology what is XFN and what are the other protocols and standards that this project is taking advantage of Then this is a great podcast for you. Listen to it now (it is about 41 minutes long); and when you are done check out some of our previous podcasts posted to our ProNet Vox Community. During the call I also gave updates about the Movable Type Open Source project, the Movable Type product roadmap, new plugins like Template Hammer and Ghostwriter and much, much more. Remember our ProNet conference calls are open to the public. Anyone is welcome to join and participate in the conversation we have there….

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September 21, 2007

Movable Type 4.01, scaling Movable Type, “Flat Templates” and other new plugins from our Hackathon

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The release of our iPhone plugin for Movable Type is a tough act to follow. It has been very well received and has been the tipping point for many to switch to Movable Type from other platforms. But a lot has happened since we released iMT. For those of you not closely following our regular flow of betas, we released Movable Type 4.01 - a release we recommend all Movable Type users to upgrade to. It contains a number of key fixes, updates and a security enhancement. Most notably however is a fix that provides a remarkable boost to Movable Type’s performance and responsiveness. Users have reported seeing a dramatic decrease in the time it takes to publish their web sites as well as an increase in the responsiveness of the application. Of course Movable Type 4.01 also contained a number of key fixes to support the release of our first pack or “solution”: the Movable Type Enterprise Solution. I will refer those interested in that specific product to our corporate Movable Type website. However I would like to highlight several key resources that we created for our customers that operate at an enterprise scale, but that we think have…

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September 10, 2007

One more reason to buy an iPhone

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For a long time now I have been one of those iPhone hold outs that insists on waiting for the next generation before taking the iPhone plunge. But today could be the tipping point for me and many other Movable Type users like me. Today we are happy to announce Movable Type for the iPhone and iPod Touch, made possible through a plugin developed by Brad Choate that makes use of the design developed by Walt Dickinson for TypePad. The plugin works by installing an alternate template set that is automatically used in place of the primary Movable Type user interface when the application is accessed via an iPhone or iPod Touch. The integration with Movable Type is totally seamless. Walt has done an amazing job creating a truly thoughtful user experience. He certainly had the option to just boil down the application to a smaller, more browsable version of itself. But he didn’t. Instead Walt designed the ideal user experience for iPhone from scratch. He created custom graphics, layouts and entirely new screens for the application in order to make this plugin feel like a completely native iPhone application. The plugin, and its design, is completely free and open…

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September 10, 2007

Movable Type 4.01 Release Candidate 1

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Last week we released Movable Type 4.01 Release Candidate 1. This release contains a number of fixes, but a couple in particular that we feel we should highlight for our users: A fix for an XSS vulnerability that affects blogs in which the primary Movable Type application is hosted on a different domain then their blog. The vulnerability results from a commenter name of an authenticated user that contains apostrophes. For users who host their blog and application on different domains, we ask that you please upgrade to 4.01 when it is released. A fix for a low-level bug that affects Movable Type’s data abstract layer called Data::ObjectDriver. In this bug, any page within the application or on the published blog that needs to compose links to the next and previous entries in a sequence of entries, will result in Movable Type querying and pulling from the database more entries then is technically necessary. This has an adverse affect on performance and memory utilization during publishing operations and page load operations. This bug has the largest impact on large blogs with thousands of entries. For users with blogs of this size we strongly recommend you upgrade. The rest of the…

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September 7, 2007

Podcast with Dan Wolfgang

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In this week’s bi-week community conference call we decided to shake things up a bit and change the format of the call. So, in addition to briefing the community of Movable Type news, the product roadmap and other Six Apart developments, I spent the majority of the time interviewing and getting to know one of the callers and members of our community. The lucky winner? Dan Wolfgang, the creator of one of Movable Type’s most popular plugins: Better File Uploader, “BFU” as the community calls it. In our conversation we talk about how he got started using Movable Type, how he became a developer on the platform and the process he went through in building BFU. He also shared with me what’s next for the MT4 compatible version of MT4, something he plans to release in the coming weeks alongside the multitude of other plugins our developer community is creating. Dan was a great sport in allowing me to put him on the spot as I did; for which we should all be incredibly grateful….

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September 3, 2007

Clean Sweep

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Clean Sweep is a plugin that assists administrators in finding and fixing broken inbound links to their website. It was built to support three use cases:

  • to help users monitor any broken links on their blog and have a system that can automatically adapt by redirecting stale and inbound links to the proper destination.

  • to help users get a clean start with their blog by allowing them to completely restructure their permalink URL structure and have a system that can automatically adapt by redirecting stale and inbound links to the proper destination.

  • to help users in the process of migrating to Movable Type who are forced to modify their web site’s URL and permalink structure.

These use cases have to do with preserving a site’s page rank in light of a major redesign.

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August 31, 2007

Happy Labor Day Weekend - MT4.01 Beta 2 now available

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A quick note to wish everyone in the Movable Type community a Happy Labor Day Weekend, and to inform everyone that we released Movable Type 4.01 beta 2. This has been an excellent beta period thanks to everyone who has been submitting bug reports and patches to the MT team. We have managed to address a lot of issues affecting people upgrading and migrating blog content to Movable Type 4.0; plus we have made a lot of progress on addressing issues raised by developers as they continue to build some incredibly innovative plugins on top of MT. For a complete list of issues addressed in this latest release, check out the change log on the MT 4.01 Beta homepage. We expect this to be the last beta before we officially release Movable Type 4.01 to the public. Thanks again to everyone who has been contributing to this process, your feedback has been invaluable….

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August 27, 2007

Its not just a blogging tool anymore

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More and more people are making the switch to Movable Type or choosing Movable Type for their next big web project because people are beginning to see that MT4 is not just a blogging tool anymore. In actuality It is very capable web site management tool with its: Built in support for pages Ability to allow users to manage image, audio and video content Extensible Asset Management System Centralized management capability of multiple blogs and web sites These features are helping businesses see how Movable Type 4.0 can be used to replace large bulky Content Management Systems at a fraction of the cost. And nothing illustrates Movable Type’s content management capabilities more than the community’s most popular plugin: Custom Fields. In fact, when asked the question, “if you could have one and only one plugin installed in Movable Type, which would it be?” more people indicated Custom Fields, or the ability to add custom fields to a blog than any other plugin. Which shows, Custom Fields is not just for businesses because it allows anyone to build the web site they need, not the web site we think they need. Before we started development on 4.01 we asked Arvind, “what…

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August 24, 2007

WordPress OpenID

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This plugin utilizes Movable Type’s extensible Open Id Login framework to give a preferential and customized login experience for Wordpress.com users on Movable Type blogs….

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August 24, 2007

Listen in on our Bi-weekly Community Conference Call…

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Every other Wednesday Six Apart hosts a public conference call with members from the Movable Type developer and professional community. These calls are a great forum for those individuals to talk with members from the Six Apart product team directly and for us in turn to give greater insight into our plans and roadmap for Movable Type, as well as some of the other products Six Apart produces. We record each conference call for those folks who are not able to attend, and for the benefit of the community at large. In each call we cover a wealth of topics, and this week was no exception: The release of the Movable Type 4.01 Beta New plugins recently submitted by the community to our Plugin Directory The upcoming release of Custom Fields and Media Manager for MT4 An overview of the Movable Type 4 Enterprise Pack A discussion about the Movable Type 4 Community Pack - what led us to develop the Community Pack, and what features are we planning for that product How to best organize documentation and manage contributions from the community Design goals of Movable Type 4 and how we built it to better serve its developer community…

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August 22, 2007

Movable Type 4.01 Beta

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A little more than a week ago we released Movable Type 4.0 and the response it has received has been extraordinary. More and more people are upgrading to and making the switch to MT4 every day, and with every new user comes more feedback, and with Movable Type gaining so much momentum we wanted to do our best to keep up. So we are happy to announce the release of Movable Type 4.01 Beta 1 which has three primary goals: To address high priority issues found by users following the release of Movable Type 4.0; the majority of these issues revolving around issues users faced with upgrading from previous versions of Movable Type and migrating to MT4 from other blogging platforms. To make the necessary changes to the core application in support of the upcoming availability of the Movable Type Enterprise Solution. To support developers who are in the process of upgrading their existing plugins and developing entirely new plugins for the MT4 platform. We expect that this release will cover all the primary issues in MT 4.0 and do not anticipate the need to release a MT 4.02 or other 4.0x release unless any security or other critical issues…

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August 16, 2007

Holy Moly! Graphical visitor stats for your blog.

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Check out the latest plugin from the community: real time visitor statistics for your Movable Type 4.0 dashboard. Mark Carey, the developer of the plugin and the guy behind the very popular site MT Hacks has been busy building a number of different plugins specifically designed for MT4, not to mention updating some of his other popular plugins like Fast Search and some user interface plugins to customize the user interface to work better for him. And that’s not all, the community has produced a number of other great plugins in the last couple of days. For example, those of you pining for the olden days, Arvind has made a great retro dashboard widget called “My Blogs” which surfaces an MT3 style blog listing widget for your MT4 dashboard. Cool!And for those of you pining for the even older days, you might recognize the name of another one of our plugin authors: Ben Trott. His Refeed plugin makes it easier than ever to turn any RSS or Atom feed into posts on your blog. I know I plan to use this plugin personally to aggregate my twitters, my Flickr photos, my Vox posts into a single unified system.What plugins would…

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August 16, 2007

Love Me

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The Movable Type community is positively buzzing with excitement. Plugins are being added to the new plugin directory every day and developers are busy at updating their plugins to take advantage of MT4’s new APIs and architecture. Plus we are hearing of more and more reports of people upgrading and switch to MT4 every day and every hour because, I mean - come on, what’s not to love?In fact you can show your love for MT with the awesome new desktop wallpaper created by Jesse of PlasticMind and MovableTweak, the designer behind the wall paper he created during the beta….

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August 14, 2007

Introducing the New Movable Type Plugin Directory

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Today we are excited to announce the official release of a brand new and completely redesigned Movable Type Plugin Directory. This new directory is a resource designed and developed by and for the community.The Directory is powered completely by Movable Type 4.0 enabling us to build a site that contains a number new features and enhancements its predecessor never had:local authentication and registration to make it easier for developers to manage their contributionscustomizable screenshot slideshows for users to more easily preview a plugin’s functionalityratings to help the community inform one another about what is most popular and most recommendedreviews and comments allowing users to leave feedback to the author of the plugintags to assist visitors in navigation and discovery of pluginsrestructured category hierarchy for a simplified and more organized directoryLogin or create an account now!It really is a whole new world for Movable Type: there’s a new product, a new web site, a new plugin directory and a bunch of new plugins that work with MT4… and believe it or not, we are still just getting started. The coming weeks and months still have a lot in store for the community. Stay tuned!…

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August 13, 2007

Reports from the Upgrade-a-thon

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Last week’s Movable Type 4.0 events were a huge success. On Tuesday we hosted a day long “Upgrade-a-thon” where we invited people to join us in Movable Type’s IRC chat room and on the phone to help a number of people with migrating to Movable Type from other platforms as well upgrading older versions of Movable Type to the latest and greatest MT4. Lots of people successfully upgraded that day using the Movable Type 4.0 Upgrade Guide, and many more reported having successfully upgraded earlier on in Movable Type 4.0’s beta process. I would like to thank everyone who participated that day. Your feedback and your many questions allowed us to refine our documentation even further in order to pave the way for even more MT4 converts. Who knew that just by asking questions you would be helping others?We learned a lot about how to upgrade to MT4. So we thought we’d share it with you.What follows are some of the most frequently asked questions from that day with links to the documentation that resulted from those questions. If one of your questions was not answered, then please, attach a comment to this post and we will do our best…

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August 7, 2007

The Road to Movable Type 4

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While the Movable Type Beta started about 8 weeks ago, the road to Movable Type 4.0 began well over a year ago when we released a preview of what we had planned on being Movable Type 3.5, codenamed Wheeljack. That version was a test release available only through the Movable Type code repository, but was used by a number of users and it was then when we first as the first step to start collecting feedback about what would ultimately become Movable Type 4.0.As 2007 approached, we began to feel strongly that Movable Type needed more than just a powerful new asset management system — after five years of working with and learning from our community, it was obvious our flagship platform was due for a major rethinking. So we began engaging the community in a broader discussion about what you wanted to achieve with Movable Type. This is what we heard from you:Better documentationA larger, more vibrant communityA WYSIWYG editorAll the functionality you need without the need to install pluginsBetter default templates and more template tags to make life easier on designersA more intuitive install experienceMore content management featuresA product that felt new againThe innovation that got you excited…

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August 6, 2007

Movable Type 4.0 Release Candidate 3

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Earlier this evening we released Movable Type 4.0 RC3, and we have updated our change log and list of known issues according. This change log is shorter then usual as we begin to converge on a release. This week, while the web production team works on building out a new Movable Type (dot com) web site, the product team will be devoting a lot of its time to our developers to assist them as much as we can as they begin to test their plugins on the new product. There will be a number of places you can find us and reach us this week if you have questions or issues you can’t seem to find a solution for:IRC - the chat room #movabletype chat room on freenode is almost always populated by Movable Type engineers, support personnel, QA staff and ProNet members just waiting to help. ProNet Mailing List - The ProNet mailing list has always been where Six Apart’s most talented professionals, engineers and designers alike, gather to share ideas and seek support from one another. There is no cost to joining the mailing list - everyone is welcome.Developer Mailing List - Tim Appnel has been the gracious…

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August 3, 2007

Podcast Feed Template for Movable Type 4.0

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Movable Type 4.0 will be the first release of Movable Type that has podcasting support built into the core application, with no need for a plugin or additional software of services. In creating the plugin known as Feed Manager, I found that, for many, podcasting is a lot like “Retsyn”: They have very little idea what it actually is, but they know they need it. That is why I compiled a simple podcasting guide for users and potential users of Feed Manager.To summarize, podcasting is at its core the ability to subscribe to a feed of rich media files that can be played in your media player of choice. Podcasters using Movable Type can make video and audio available through their Atom feeds with one simple addition to their Atom feed template which for any given entry will output the media assets associated with that entry:<mt:EntryAssets><mt:SetVarBlock name=”assettype”><mt:AssetType></mt:SetVarBlock><mt:if name=”assettype” eq=”audio”>    <link rel=”enclosure”          type=”<mt:AssetMimeType>”          title=”<mt:AssetLabel>”          href=”<mt:AssetURL>”          length=”<mt:AssetProperty property=”file_size” format=”0”>” /></mt:if></mt:EntryAssets>Or users can download the following complete Atom Feed template that contains the template code above.In a couple of days we will be publishing the complete documentation for all of Movable Type’s template tags. At last count there are over 70 new template…

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August 3, 2007

Ready for the Real World?

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In these final stages of the MT4 beta, each day we ask ourselves, “will this build be the final build for the release?” To answer that question there is no better place to turn to then the real world. Yesterday for example, Webbalert, a new technology video blog anchored by Morgan Webb, launched with great fanfare. Webbalert is one of many new web sites and blogs being launched on top of the Movable Type 4.0 platform. Every new blog powered by Movable Type 4.0 is a huge endorsement of the product and an indicator that MT4 is ready for the real world.If you have launched or are launching a blog powered by Movable Type 4.0 and would like help raising awareness of your new venture, then we want to hear from you. Leave us a note on this post or send an email to Byrne Reese, the Product Manager for Movable Type, and we can look into helping you promote and bring exposure to your new blog….

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August 3, 2007

Movable Type 4.0 Release Candidate 2

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Last night we silently released our second release candidate and took another significant step towards a full fledged release of Movable Type 4.0. This release contains its usual impressive number of fixes, but if you look at the change log, the vast majority of issues addressed had to do with browser compatibility and minor style fixes. Many of the issues fixed were found by the community, but a large number were also found by our dedicated QA staff who have been engaged in a systematic and thorough walk through of a complex testing matrix looking at how Movable Type performs on multiple operating systems, databases and browsers. Here are some highlights from the Movable Type 4.0 RC2 release:A new configuration directive called “AllowedTextFilters” has been added that allows administrators to define what list of text editors (such as Markdown, Rich Text, Textile and others) they permit users on their system to use. A number of browser compatibility issues across Safari, Internet Explorer 6 and 7 and Firefox following an exhaustive sweep of the application.Movable Type has been translated into 5 different languages including German, French, Dutch, Spanish and Japanese.The plugin management screens have been significantly redesigned to give administrators a…

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July 30, 2007

Movable Type is fluent in French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Japanese too!

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One of Movable Type’s strength’s has always been its long history of being a truly international product which is why Six Apart has offices not only in San Francisco, but also in Tokyo and Paris as well. During the past six weeks while the engineers have been working on the next version of Movable Type, our team of translators has been working on creating versions of Movable Type in Dutch, German, French, Spanish and Japanese. With the release of MT4 RC1, those translations are finally ready and available for download. To change your preferred language, just edit your profile by clicking on your username found in the upper right corner of every screen. Then select the language you prefer and click the ‘Save’ button. And voila! Movable Type will start speaking another language.Remember, we are not done yet, and our translators welcome any feedback you have. So if you spot a spelling error, or a funky, not-quite-right translation, please let us know….

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July 25, 2007

Movable Type 4 Release Candidate: Ready To Go

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About seven weeks ago we released to the world the first beta of Movable Type 4.0. In that time the Beta has been downloaded tens of thousands of times, bringing new users into the MT4 community at a rate that’s never gone under one every minute. And on top of that, thousands more have tried the Amazon EC2 image and MT4 demo site that community members have set up to get the new version in the hands of even more testers.Since then, all of you have sent hundreds upon hundreds of emails to us giving us your feedback, reporting bugs, and most importantly sharing your passion and insight about how blogging should work. Now’s your chance to get a good sense of how our community’s efforts have created something truly special.We incorporated over three dozen new themes built right into Movable Type because you told us how important a good collection of professional designs is. We bundled podcasting support into the core application and integrated it with MT4’s smart media library, to let you easily create podcasts, videocasts, or even photocasts from the content you upload. You told us you loved the WYSIWYG editor but wanted it to be even…

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July 24, 2007

Services restored and gearing up for a release

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Today at approximately 1:40pm PST this web site along with all of Six Apart’s web sites and services suffered a major interruption of service due to a power outage that affected our entire hosting facility. Power was restored to the facility by 4:00pm but it took several hours to restore all of our services to full capacity. But we are now back.It was our intent to release a new version of Movable Type 4.0 today, but under the circumstances we decided to delay the release 24 hours. Looking on the bright side, however, this outage may have given us just enough time to close out some of the last remaining known issues in the application, and may very well have helped us to reach the important milestone of releasing our first official release candidate of Movable Type 4.0.So as we work through the night to verify the most recent builds, we will be going through the usual process of updating the change log and our list of known issues. We will also be working on compiling our final set of release notes to provide users with as much knowledge and information about the upcoming release as we can. Before we…

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July 17, 2007

Podcasting? Yep, we got that.

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The number seven just got a whole lot luckier if you ask me. Beta 7 was just released (download it now), and just when I thought no new exciting features would be added to MT4 because honestly, we really are trying to release this sucker, our developers start pulling rabbits out of their hats…Following a lively discussion on ProNet, Brad and Antoine teamed up to deliver to Movable Type for the first time: fully integrated, out-of-the-box podcasting support. Yep, no plugin required. Here is a summary of the features they added to support podcasting:Introduced several new template tags which can be used in RSS and Atom feeds, as well as on the published blog side to reference assets that have been uploaded into a post, thereby allowing a user to:Upload an mp3 via the posting interface, and have that mp3 encoded as an enclosure in an Atom or RSS feed.Wrap an audio/video player around uploaded assets or files in the blog’s published HTML.Introduced several new file types including “Audio” and “Video.” This will allow users from within the application to filter by media or file types to see “All Audio Files” or “All Video Files”.No feature in Movable Type…

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July 10, 2007

Beta 6, replying to your commenters, more spam fighting ammo

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We are pleased to announce that we just released the sixth beta for Movable Type 4.0. Our focus in this release was almost entirely upon fixing bugs, reproducing issues reported by customers, responding to your feedback and bringing even more polish to the application. We tackled a lot of issues this week, but Beta Testers: we still want to hear from you! Did we finally fix that bug you reported or that was nagging you? Or is there still something that vexes you about the product that we still haven’t addressed? Please, leave a comment and let us know.So, while there are no new big features we can surprise you with in this beta, perhaps this is a good opportunity to highlight five features you may not have known about:Reply to Comment - users can now reply to comments posted by the readers directly from within the application. In other words, authors no longer need to switch back and forth between the application and their published blog to approve and then reply to comments left by their community.Captchas for Anonymous Commenters - Movable Type 4.0 allows users to authenticate in a variety of ways before leaving a comment, but many…

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July 5, 2007

Pardon Our Dust

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We are about to begin the process of rolling out a new design for this web site and blog today. During the time some links or pages may appear broken or unstyled. We thank you for your patience. When we are finished we will update this post with further details.Update (3:32PM PST) - design update is almost done. We still have a few more things we are chasing down, but by all means, leave us your feedback and tell us what you think!…

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July 3, 2007

Happy Fourth of July!

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Obligatory Fireworks Photo As we all must do when we see fireworks, let us let out a collective “oooooooohhh” and “aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh” with the release of Movable Type 4.0 Beta 5. This release is right on par with our past releases, with over 100 fixed bugs, UI tweaks and feature enhancements. We have updated our change log and our list of known issues (some of you may have noticed that we did not update our known issues after the last beta - for that we apologize).This release does not have very many new features as the team is focusing 99% of its time on fixing bugs and refining the last pages of the application. There is one new feature worth mentioning however… the template editor now supports template snippets allowing users to easily insert template tags using handy keyboard shortcuts. This greatly speeds up the time it takes to code new templates and reduces the potential for error when typing template tags manually. Kudos to the team for squeaking this feature in there.We hope everyone in the Movable Type community has a Happy Fourth of July. Just know, that no one will judge you if your idea of fun on a…

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July 3, 2007

What I Screencast Is What You Get

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In the next installment of our on-going series of screencasts that showcase Movable Type 4.0 we decided to present an overview of what is perhaps the single most important screen in the application: the Compose Screen. In this quick four minute walk-through, we demonstrate the many new features found here:A built-in Rich Text (WYSIWYG) EditorAuto Save and post recoveryAbility to browse a library of previously uploaded images to insert them into a postAbility to upload images directly into a postA personalizable display of compose screenFully integrated tags support and tag auto-completionA suped-up category selection controlPost scheduling using a handy calendar pop-up One feature that was not demonstrated was the ability to use the Text Editor buttons like bold, italics, underline for your posts formatted in Markdown, Textile and Smartpants, three markup languages that Movable Type now supports natively….

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July 2, 2007

First Movable Type 4 Plugin released

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This weekend, Kevin Shay, the developer behind several of Movable Type’s most popular plugins, release the first Movable Type 4 plugin. Some credit should go to Arvind as well who has been working on upgrading Custom Fields to work with MT4, but Kevin’s plugin represents a truly original MT4 idea. Bookmarks is a plugin that allows users to maintain a list of bookmarks to any page in the application. The list is easily accessed through a “Bookmarks” menu, which is used for managing and adding items to the list as well. In addition, each user can maintain their own set of unique bookmarks, turning Movable Type into a much more personalizable application. Major kudos to Kevin Shay. Now we need to launch our new plugin directory so that plugins like Kevin’s and Arvind’s have an equally awesome home to be listed and promoted….

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June 28, 2007

Our Community is a feature

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One of the best things to come out of the Movable Type 4 beta, aside from the product itself, are the people and the community that has been given a breath of fresh air. Our users are excited again, and we see more and more people choosing Movable Type 4 for their blogging solution everyday. We have always considered our community as one of our greatest assets, but because our community is a reason people choose Movable Type we felt it important to highlight our growing community and the new community resources in our on going series of “What’s New in Movable Type 4.0.” So picking up where we left off, here are the next set of new features you will find in MT4: Create plugins without programming — plain-text configuration files make it easier than ever to customize MT to your needs The world’s largest single audience of shared templates and themes — the ability to reuse themes and templates from LiveJournal, Vox, and TypePad lets MT developers create themes that work on over 15 million blogs, with support for the same styles in Habari and Drupal A fully open-source GPL version of Movable Type Powerful solution packs —…

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June 27, 2007

Beta 4 and things still to come

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Last night we released the fourth Beta of Movable Type 4.0. This latest release continues to elevate the stability of the application by fixing more then 60 bugs, and brings us all one step closer to a release. Here are some highlights from the release:More refinements are made to the system level navigation scheme and to the primary navigation of the application.The template editor now sports template syntax highlighting.An <MTAuthors> template tag was added to allow for the listing of authors in the systemAn <MTIfCommenterIsAuthor> template tag was added to determine if a the current commenter in context is an author in the system, and a <MTIfCommenterIsEntryAuthor> tag was added to see if the current commenter is also the author of the current entry in context. These two tags allow for comments left by authors to be styled differently then other commenters.Turning on and off captchas is now controlled on a blog-by-blog basis - it is no longer a system preference, making it easier to craft the anti-spam policy of your choosing.The team is now beginning to shift gears in their development by focusing increasingly on fixing bugs and less and less on new feature development. But don’t despair! That…

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June 26, 2007

The Most Powerful Management Tools Available

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When we first started the development process for Movable Type 4 we identified each of the primary users of Movable Type and profiled each of them to better understand how these authors, publishers, designers and developers all use Movable Type during the course of their day. We then started analyzing how the application could be more tailored to their individual needs. One of the users we took special notice of was the administrator. Whether that person is a dedicated IT professional with little interest in blogging, or whether the author, publisher, designer, developer and administrator are all the same person, we wanted to make the process of managing, monitoring and maintaining the application easier then ever before. So, in our on-going series of looking at all the new features we are pouring into Movable Type we look at the sometimes unglamorous list of administrative features new to MT4. A dramatically improved installation experienceCross-blog management of entries, authors, comments, and communityCustomizable, filterable RSS feeds for every management and listing screen in the applicationBuilt-in diagnostic tools for system configuration information and troubleshootingBlog cloning — with one click, you can create a new blog that inherits the styles, settings, templates, and configuration of…

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June 22, 2007

Subscribe to our new comments feed

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As you can see movabletype.org has been getting its fair share of comments and community participants recently. Its just so good to see users as engaged as they have been. And it is so a good feeling logging into Movable Type and seeing our dashboard light up with so many comments. To make it easier for community members to track these conversations, we have began publishing a comments feed for movabletype.org that anyone can subscribe to….

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June 22, 2007

Turning Readers into Members and Audiences into Communities

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As bloggers and blogging in general have been maturing we have been witnessing a shift in the types of things people expect and need in their tool-set. That is why an important part of this release has been building a platform that helps bloggers and site owners to manage and promote a more active and engaged audience and community.In our ongoing series of “What’s New in Movable Type 4” we showcase the next set of features that help people build real community sites.OpenID support built inBuilt-in user registrationPowerful profile pages for every user in your systemCustomizable roles and even more granular user permissions let you control exactly what users can accessA ratings framework that lets users rate any item in the system — entries, comments, and in the future even authors or entire blogsEasily reply to comments from right within the administration UIBuilt in per-author archives let your readers connect with the people who publish the siteAutomatically provision a new blog for each user who registers with the systemBuilt-in support for integrated spam fighting and optionally displaying a CAPTCHA for commentsIntegrated email notifications — let your readers know when a thread they’re interested in has updated…

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June 20, 2007

Lists are great. Demos are better.

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So you have been following our list of new features in Movable Type 4, but you would rather us show you the new features. Well say no more.Our first screencast demonstrated just how easy it can be to install Movable Type. In this demo we showcase many of the new features found in MT4’s template editing interface. Observe template debugging enhancements, syntax highlighting and more first hand in this short 4 minute video….

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June 20, 2007

10 Features that Help Make You a Better Blogger and Publisher

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Yesterday we started to list in greater detail all of the new features users will find in Movable Type 4.0. Today, we pick up where we left off and explore ten more features we introduced to help make Movable Type a more powerful publishing platform, while adding feature to make Movable Type easier to use then ever before. A powerful and simple re-sizable WYSIWYG Editor, with automatic saving of drafts of entries and templates — never lose a half-written post again Built-in cross-blog aggregation: Publish pages that include data from some, all, or just one of your blogs The world’s smartest template language, with boolean logic for choosing which content to display. (“Show me posts by ‘Jane’ in the category ‘music’ with tags ‘bass NOT fish’.”) Live preview shows you your entry before you publish, with full fidelity to your live blog Smart controls like auto-complete for tags, a calendar selector for scheduling future-dated entries, and a completely redone UI for selecting and creating categories Support for publishing standalone pages that automatically use blog templates and designs Better plain-text entry with built-in support for Markdown and Textile, and conversion of MS Word “smart” quotes to HTML entities Even more SEO-friendly…

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June 20, 2007

Beta 3 is out (and there was much rejoicing)

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Last night we released the latest update to the Movable Type 4.0 beta. It was our third beta release and it contains well over 50 bug fixes as well as a number of new features worth checking out. Here a quick overview of some of the new features found in MT4 Beta 3:New welcome message for new users - to help new users get started more quickly and more easily then ever beforeA fully customizable dashboard - add and remove widgets that are most useful to you, and developers, build your own widgets to share with friends and the communityFully integrated Style Catcher support - easily change the look and feel of you blog (don’t worry, we will have a lot more new and modern themes for MT before we release!Remember our Betas are completely free, as will the product be when it is released, download it now. And most importantly, we want to hear your feedback. Tell us what you think about Beta 3. Your feedback has a real and meaningful impact on what we are doing. Send us feedback or write a blog post and send a TrackBack to this entry….

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June 19, 2007

What’s New in Movable Type 4?

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Since the beta began, movabletype.org has been keeping the community up to date on new features as they have been developed. These features have come in direct response to feedback we have been receiving from you. Of course, believe it or not, this entire release is about building a product based upon the feedback we have received from our users and customers over the past several months and indeed years.As a result we have packed Movable Type 4.0 chock-full of new features. There are honestly too many to list in a single blog post - and as exciting as a long list of new features might be, we fear users’ eyes might start glazing over trying to parse through it all. So over the course of the next five days we will posting the entire list of the major new features found in Movable Type 4.0. Your first set? How Movable Type 4.0 is helping you to “understand your blogs better.”Understanding Your Blogs BetterA completely reinvented user interfaceBuilt in reports on blog activityBlog-style presentation of your recent content makes it easy to skim and know at a glance how your blogs are doingCustomize your reports and user interface using the…

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June 16, 2007

MT4 on EC2

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In yet another very exciting development coming from the re-invigorated Movable Type community, Tim Appnel of Appnel Solutions and Blogcast, has put together a Movable Type 4.0 Image on Amazon’s EC2 Service (Elastic Compute Cloud).For those of you who are unfamiliar with EC2, it is a Web service offered by Amazon that allows users to create virtual machines on the Internet quickly and easily. Need a Fedora Server? Click, done. Need a Ubuntu machine? Click, done. And now: need a machine running Movable Type 4? Click, done.It really is that simple. It’s kinda scary. Amazon is simply doing some amazing stuff in the arena of Web services, from EC2 to S3. And they are real. Smug Mug, for example, detailed exactly how they were migrating all of photos to use Amazon’s S3 storage solution and it saved themselves millions of dollars in the process. I know Tim has used EC2 to setup obscure testing environments for software he was developing, and I use their web services to maintain a back up of all my personal photos and to power Media Manager. I have read a lot of blog posts from around the Interweb from people speculating on who the “next…

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June 14, 2007

Holy Syntax Highlighting Batman!

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Last week we showed you a sneak peak of a feature we added to MT4 to make debugging templates easier and faster. Arvind responded with his usual enthusiasm:”This is a fantastic feature, it will prove to be very useful indeed :) Great work team (though a feature request, those line numbers in the error messages would be even more useful if the textarea had line numbers down the side.”Your wish Arvind, is our command. In Beta 3 (updated: the next possible beta) not only will we give you your precious line numbers, we will give you full syntax highlighting, compliments of David Davis and CodePress.  Can you say “hawt?!” We can. Oh. Yes. We. Can….

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June 13, 2007

How your feedback is helping to shape Movable Type

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Many users have taken the time to send us feedback about Movable Type 4.0. Users are sending us email directly, they are submitting feedback through our web form, members of ProNet are talking tirelessly on the mailing list and comments can be found all over movabletype.org from users that have a concern, a bug, an idea, or just an opinion.The amount of feedback is overwhelming — but in a good way, because the feedback really helps us to understand not what we think is important to our users, but what actually is important to our users. A good illustration of this can be found in Movable Type’s new information architecture introduced in the most recent beta: Beta 2.The IA of Movable Type is something we have been revising and refining constantly since the moment we first started working on MT4 because we feel that it has the greatest impact on usability of the application then any other feature. But at some point we knew we had to stop developing the IA in a vacuum and listen to what our users had to say. It wasn’t long after releasing Beta 1 that users began telling us that they loved the direction…

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June 12, 2007

Movable Type 4.0 Beta 2 Available for Download

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We just this second made the new builds available for download. We have yet to publish the release notes or change log for this release—look for that later tonight. We will also be updating the list of known issues and removing comments related to issues that have been fixed.Update: The change log for the release is now available. Update: The list of known issues for this release is now available….

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June 11, 2007

The Rebirth of a Community

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One unanticipated by-product of the release of the Movable Type 4.0 Beta was how quickly the community is being reinvigorated. Every day I am reading more and more in the blogosphere about Movable Type, and more and more frequently I am seeing new projects emerge from the community that are dramatically enhancing every user’s experience with the product. As a Product Manager, nothing fills me with more pride then seeing a user base so excited for their product. The latest project is MT Tags, a website created by the community to help catalog and document Movable Type’s extensive templating language. Going forward, I see this site serving as the basis for MT4’s template tag documentation. Also, because it is built using Movable Type, users will be able to leave comments and notes regarding template tags documented on the site; thereby helping other users with questions or difficulties they might be having.I can’t wait to see what the community has in store next……

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June 11, 2007

Making template errors not suck so much

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So one week ago today we released the first Beta for Movable Type 4.0. It was very well received, and I must admit the more and more I use the new version the harder and harder I find it to use Movable Type 3.x. The difference between the two is that dramatic. If you are a Mac user the closest thing I can compare it to is the feeling you get when use Max OS 9 after having used OS X for a while. There are simply so many improvements each and every day; and I am not just talking about bug fixes either. Being a “real beta” we are using this time to not just to ferret out bugs, but also to listen to our users in an ongoing effort to make Movable Type 4.0 the best blogging platform on the planet. Bar none.For instance, one feature we didn’t initially plan on implementing was a way to capture, display and handle template errors more gracefully. We all get them - it is inevitable: you mistype a template tag name, or forget a closing tag somewhere, or who-knows-what. So it wasn’t long before we found the existing approach in…

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June 9, 2007

Coming soon to a Beta near you!

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Every time I think Movable Type couldn’t get any better, I update to the most recent development version of MT4 and I see all of the latest enhancements. Most of the time I can predict what those will be; as the Product Manager of Movable Type I have a pretty good idea of what everyone is working on.But then sometimes one of the engineers will throw a curve ball. Like today, when I saw that Brad Choate, MT’s lead engineer, created an honest-to-god real live preview feature for entries you are editing. Yep, you heard me.So now, when you click the “Preview” button from the entry editing screen, you will get to see what your post will actually look like on your blog. Awesome.The feature was never scoped for 4.0. It was actually specifically scoped out of the release because of time constraints. In fact, I remember the day I crossed it off the 4.0 feature list, saying quietly to myself, “one day my dear feature, one day you will find a home… but not today.” And then I shed a tear.When I talked to Brad about this sneaking in, he said, “I just could let another release of MT…

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June 8, 2007

Stubbing out MT4’s Developer Documentation

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Given that this a public beta and we are allowing the public witness and contribute to the process of refining our product right out in the open, I thought I should do the same with our documentation. So I published what information and documentation I have been able to piece together about the new Movable Type API and Registry. I am still working on it, but that should not keep me from sharing what I have. Right?As you can see, the Registry Reference could use some polish, and I was wondering if anyone in the community would like to help me out in cleaning it up. I will still work on fleshing out the content, but if someone could help create a table of contents, perhaps alphabetize the various sections, and even clean up some of the HTML, the extra help would go a long way to making these docs more usable and accessible to everyone.It doesn’t hurt to ask right?…

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June 8, 2007

CAN I HAZ DOCS?

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One of the things that I hope is evident with this release of Movable Type is that we are taking a fresh look at everything. Naturally that includes the application itself, but it also encompasses everything around the application - from the web site that serves its community, to the licensing to help developers and users. It even means that our documentation is getting a fresh start too.Of course like the application, all of these resources are also in “beta.” This website for example will sport a different look in a couple weeks and our documentation is slowly being added to this website as well. You willl notice that comments are turned on for all documentation pages, and your feedback is always welcome. Right now we have our handy Getting Started Guide, an introduction to MT4’s Template Tags and now a guide on configuring Apache….

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June 8, 2007

Movable Type 4 Desktop Wallpaper

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Things are really hopp’n over here. It is fantastic. So, following our posting of the Movable Type Installation Demo and Screencast we have had a number of people ask for the desktop wallpaper seen in the demo. The wallpaper was created by  Jesse Gardner of Plastic Mind, a designer whose work you can find all over the Interweb. Plus, he has been a long time contributor to the Movable Type community - so a big shout out to him.You can get your MT4 wallpaper below, or you can download some “Classic MT” wallpaper from Movable Tweak. 800x6001024x7681280x10241680x1050…

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June 6, 2007

Now a Major Motion Picture

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We have written a lot about the new Movable Type installation process, but honestly, who reads press releases and the ramblings of Anil anyways? So we thought it easier simply to show you our installation process. The movie is about 7 minutes long because we wanted to say hello at the beginning and end, and give users a tour of the new movabletype.org website. The installation process itself, as you will see, actually takes less then 5 minutes….

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June 6, 2007

Get your Movable Type 4 Badges

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We are pleased to see that the initial reception for the Movable Type 4 has been very positive. We are even happier to see more and more people already making the switch to Movable Type or upgrading their existing Movable Type blog so early in the beta process. For all those people, we have created some special badges just for you, to help you show off your new or newly upgrading blog:…

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June 4, 2007

Welcome to the new movabletype.org

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Welcome to the new movabletype.org, the ever-evolving community site and hub for the Movable Type user, developer, designer and professional. Movabletype.org (powered by MT4) is also the home and source of the most-up-to-date information on builds and source code for the Movable Type 4 Beta.Since you’re probably here for the key facts, let’s jump right in with the links you need:Learn more about Movable Type 4Read our extensive list of Questions and Answers about Movable Type 4Download the Movable Type 4 BetaLearn more about the Movable Type Open Source ProjectNow that you have those links, we thought we’d take this opportunity to talk a little bit about how the beta will work. In the olden days a “beta” referred to a time period that allowed users to test and evaluate software before it was released generally to customers.  To quote the all-knowing Wikipedia:  “A beta version is the first version released outside the organization or community that develops the software, for the purpose of evaluation or real-world black/grey-box testing.” So, what does this mean for you?  It means that because this is the Movable Type 4 beta, you should expect to encounter bugs and issues, and you shouldn’t use Movable…

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August 15, 2006

PromoteThis!

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PromoteThis! is a plugin for Movable Type that makes it easy for Movable Type users to add links to their favorite social bookmarking and promotion services like Digg.

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November 12, 2004

Media Manager

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Media Manager provides users and authors within Movable Type and Melody with the ability to search and insert media from a number of popular remote services like Amazon and YouTube. Using Media Manager one can open a dialog, enter a few search terms, select the book, DVD or video and optionally insert it into a blog post.

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