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What I Screencast Is What You Get

By Byrne Reese
Posted July 3, 2007, in Screencasts.

Compose Screen Demo
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) Editor
  • Auto Save and post recovery
  • Ability to browse a library of previously uploaded images to insert them into a post
  • Ability to upload images directly into a post
  • A personalizable display of compose screen
  • Fully integrated tags support and tag auto-completion
  • A suped-up category selection control
  • Post 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.



Matt Martone

Matt Martone on July 3, 2007, 5:22 p.m. Reply

I think you all have done an awesome, awesome job! Congrats and thanks for the hard work. I am installing MT4 this weekend.

I am a typepad user and was pleased to see the addition of ‘pages,’ in the latest version on typepad. In particular, I like how I can control the URLs of my pages in typepad.

Will MT4 provide the functionality to control URLs of blog posts as typepad does with its pages?

I was hoping to see that in this demo.

Pls let me know. Great work with MT4 and thanks!

Matt Martone,

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese on July 3, 2007, 5:44 p.m. Reply

@Matt - Yes Movable Type allows you to specify the URL of your pages and entries. You can use “Folders” for pages and “Categories” for entries.

Matt Martone

Matt Martone on July 4, 2007, 2:26 p.m. Reply

Great. Thanks.

Roland on August 15, 2007, 1:18 p.m. Reply

Would love to SEE the demo but on my Mac with Firefox I only see the loading placeholder and hear the sound. A pitty…

Shane Kelley

Shane Kelley on February 3, 2009, 7:34 p.m. Reply

I just signed added Movable Type today through my regular website host (…they installed it. I work at an advanced level in photoshop but have not web experience other than blogger. I cannot see how to customize the MT template I selected….I’m wondering if the instructions are too advanced for a complete beginner. the entries I make are also not appearing after I click save and/or publish. Does anyone have suggestions where to start or where to find easy to follow instructions? (I’m on mac) Thanks!


peterstaley on March 3, 2009, 10:15 a.m. Reply

great demo. However, I haven’t been able to recreate the wysiwyg image resizing that you showed in the video. I’m using MT 4.21, and the Rich Text editor for new entries. When I insert a picture or a thumbnail, I can’t seem to resize it at all (no handles appear). Is there a setting I’m missing?


peterstaley on March 3, 2009, 10:17 a.m. Reply

Oh, and I’m using Firefox (for Windows)


larrysauer on March 23, 2009, 10:37 a.m. Reply

Hi Shane - I was wondering if you got any reply from anyone and through any channel. I have pretty much the same questions as you do and can’t find a simple answer. - Laurent


jackblack on May 4, 2009, 7:03 p.m. Reply

Hi!, I’m a newbie about movable type. I was wondering how can I customize the design of my entries? My problem is when I use the tag it links to the page that movable has created. Is there a way that I can use what I’m designing? I was not able to find documentation for this or its seems that It lack documentation.



jackblack on May 4, 2009, 7:05 p.m. Reply

The tag was <mt:EntryPermalink>.


jackblack on May 13, 2009, 9:12 p.m. Reply

I already solve my first questions. :) But Another problem came up in my mind. I have two ENTRY ARCHIVE TEMPLATE. How can I use these template at a given scenario? The first template is Im going to use it in category/index.html. The second template is Sw/en/index.html. It seems when I customize the path of the two template both result to %-c/%-f.


lindaannash on August 5, 2009, 5:00 a.m. Reply

How do you add the description of the photo? I need the caption to go under the photo - I had it set up the way I wanted it and then upgraded to 4.3 and photos are not showing now - asset tags aren’t working. Help!


Bernadet on July 11, 2012, 12:46 p.m. Reply

I am trying to get used to Movable Type, but is still a bit difficult for me. What should I do to underline a text? Thank you in advance for the answers.


Ebenezer on August 4, 2012, 1:34 p.m. Reply

The WYSIWYG Editor is really great here. It is better than Dreamweaver which is too heavy.

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.