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Movable Type 4.0 Release Candidate 2

By Byrne Reese
Posted August 3, 2007, in News.

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:

Plugin Listing Redesign
  • 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 more compact and optimized view of the plugins installed in their system.

But that only scratches the surface, more is documented in our change log.

So, do you think you are ready for MT4? Download and try it out for yourself now.




Syca on August 3, 2007, 10:17 a.m. Reply

Great! Can’t wait to install it.

One thing I’ve noticed still even as we get closer to the release is that in Firefox the WYSIWYG editor still doesn’t use paragraph tags for paragraphs. It just uses break tags and un-escaped ones at that.

I remember seeing this issue in the “Known Issue’s” list a few updates ago, but it has since disappeared without a fix. Has that fix been given up on?

If it’s been fixed in RC2 then forgive me and this comment because I haven’t installed it yet but didn’t see it in the change log.


Jason on August 3, 2007, 10:39 a.m. Reply

I see in the changelog that the remaining styles have been “uploaded to” — but how do we get access to them in our MT4 installations? On my installation — which began life from the RC1 installer, and has now been upgraded to RC2 — I have two categories, “Default Styles” and “MT4 Style Library”. “Default Styles” has the nine shipping styles in it; “MT4 Style Library” is completely empty.


Bud on August 5, 2007, 4:58 p.m. Reply

I think this is a reasonable response to the rich text editor issues many have raised on pronet (and which I recall suggesting in an email last weekend even). Consider this same response for CAPTCHAs if people can’t get those to reliably work on what seem like stock systems where everything indicates they should.

I think people understand that you may not be able to get all of the amazing number of planned features to work across the full set of “supported” systems by the time of the MT4 release. Well, let people opt out of features that just don’t work.

Moreover, if the check says the feature is supposed to work (mine says this for CAPTCHA), it just should (CAPTCHA not working on my system). Otherwise, you think something is broken and lose confidence. Also, if you decide not to install an optional perl package like Image::Magick (because it is wildly complicated), you should not have to see an error message in your console about a feature not working because of it. Optional things should not lead to permanent error messages.

Zack Adamson

Zack Adamson on July 12, 2012, 12:22 p.m. Reply

Will the old MT run smoothly on IE8 or IE9? I would appreciate an answer from everyone. Thanks in advance :)


Danika on August 5, 2012, 5:41 a.m. Reply

I have no idea about IE, but why do you care? The percentage of people using IE is already too small.

De an dre

De an dre on August 28, 2012, 5:00 a.m. Reply

Well, as I see it. The problem has to be with you catche. If you fix it it will be easear for your IE to upload the site. As far as I know, Wordpress has such plugins, but I am sure MT has it too. You should ask.

Gabriela Johnson

Gabriela Johnson on October 18, 2012, 11:00 p.m. Reply

You need to translate it to more than just five languages.

Peter Kirkland

Peter Kirkland on November 5, 2012, 5:00 a.m. Reply

Internet Explorer always has problems with all the CMS available on the internet. I suppose most of the browser compatibility bugs have been with IE.

Aaron Holt

Aaron Holt on November 8, 2012, 9:04 p.m. Reply

I am wandering when they will put an official standarts for browsers so we would forget about browser compatibility problems. It is probably the most annoying thing in internet and design business.

Ivan Borisoff

Ivan Borisoff on November 20, 2012, 10:56 p.m. Reply

Nothing runs smoothly on Internet explorer. You see the browser compatibility was the main target to this release and I can bet with everybody that most of the problems was connected with IE.

caleb jj

caleb jj on December 18, 2012, 3:52 a.m. Reply

Is it possible to use Notepad ++ as text editor in Movable Type?


Joe on December 22, 2012, 11:15 p.m. Reply

Usually I use Rich Text when coding and thank you that you have added it with your list of editors. For me Rich Text is the best editor which offers plenty of options for safely coding.

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.