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 of the IA, but it was still not perfect. Users expressed a lot of confusion between the Edit and Organize menus; they were simply not intuitive enough and users said they found themselves hunting around the menus for the item they were looking for.
That's when the alarm bells started going off. The last thing you want to hear is that your users were "hunting" for anything. The user interface and information architecture needs to be self-evident. So in Beta 2 we combined the two menus under a new menu called "Manage." It is a significant change despite its simplicity and we are anxious to hear what users think about this new organization. We know the IA and navigation is not perfect. We still have a lot of feedback we are incorporating into the application, but we will continue to evolve the application with your help.
Of course the new navigation is just one of the many new features and fixes found in this release. Other goodies you can find are:
- Live previews of pages and entires
- Better error handling for template syntax errors
- Fixed issues associated with importing blog content from Wordpress
- Author archives
- Lots of UI enhancements and further refinement to the design
- Changes to how the blog context switcher works to make it simpler and more intuitive