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Beta 4 and things still to come

By Byrne Reese
Posted June 27, 2007, in News.

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 system
  • An <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 does not mean you do not have cool new things to look forward to in upcoming betas. Beta 5 for example will support template tag auto-completion through simple snippets making template editing easier and easier.

And as always: keep the feedback coming. We may be shifting gears in an effort to get this product out the door, but we are still all ears and working hard to incorporate as much of your ideas and feedback into MT4 as possible.
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7 Comments

Richard Benson

Richard Benson on June 28, 2007, 12:38 p.m. Reply

b4 is looking pretty sweet, particularly the colour highlighting for the templates. Can the colour scheme be adjusted?

clarknova

clarknova on June 28, 2007, 3:41 p.m. Reply

Indeed, syntax coloring is awesome and the scheme of navigation between templates and ability of editing widgets from the widget manager rock.

Thanks guys, MT is looking sweeter by the day. (It seems faster too, or it is just me?).

demonsurfer

demonsurfer on June 28, 2007, 7:34 p.m. Reply

“52962: Eliminate Archive Type checkboxes on Blog Publishing settings FIXED: The blog’s archive type setting, which had determined whether or not an archive type will be published, is now removed. Existence of a template map is the only factor to determined whether or not certain type of archive will be published. If it exist, it will be published. If not, it will not be.”

ummm.. you call that fixed? Sorry, but this makes no sense at all.. intuitively to change archive settings, a user would look under settings > archives.. and find they can’t change anything. I would not have thought that removing the template was the new and correct way to choose your archiving options.. that is so completely counter-intuitive it’s almost ludicrous. Please tell me this is only a temporary measure, because right now it sounds like a workaround to use while this part of the MT functionality is reworked, rather than a solution to gawd knows what. I really hope that is all it is - a temporary workaround. Sorry to sound so critical, but really…

James

James on June 29, 2007, 2:05 a.m. Reply

Do you have a target release date yet? Or even a target month? Or quarter? :-)

I really want to use MTOS for an upcoming project but I can’t say “we’ll wait until MTOS is released” if I have no idea how long that could be.

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese on June 29, 2007, 11:52 a.m. Reply

No one really cares about a release date do they? Certainly not.

No, but seriously folks, a release date. Suffice it to say that we want to release this as soon as possible, but we want to make sure that what we release is of high enough quality.

The short answer is we will know when we know, but rest assured that it is not too far off. Seriously.

Nei

Nei on June 29, 2007, 2:50 p.m. Reply

Without knowing anything, I think a MTOS release before the end of the year seems sensible.

metisinternet

metisinternet on July 2, 2007, 5:11 p.m. Reply

Any news on when beta 5 is coming out?

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Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese was previously the Product Manager of Movable Type at Six Apart, where he had also held positions as the Manager of Platform Technology and Product Manager for TypePad. Byrne is a huge supporter of the Movable Type user and developer community. He dedicates much of his time to promoting and educating people about Movable Type as well as building the tools and plugins for Movable Type that are showcased on Majordojo. He contributes regularly to open source; and he is an advocate for open protocols and standards like Atom and OpenID.

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