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 documentation
- A larger, more vibrant community
- A WYSIWYG editor
- All the functionality you need without the need to install plugins
- Better default templates and more template tags to make life easier on designers
- A more intuitive install experience
- More content management features
- A product that felt new again
- The innovation that got you excited and interested in MT in the first place
A few months later, we released the first beta of Movable Type 4.0. Each week that followed saw the release of new beta releases, full of features requested by the community and countless bug fixes to issues reported by testers. After a few weeks of continuous development, we released our first release candidate and shifted gears to refining the most critical issues affecting users. Through that process, we've arrived at what should be the final release candidate: MT4 RC4, released last night.
This week we are focused on keeping the momentum and excitement around Movable Type 4.0 going. We started by releasing our newly rewritten user and developer documentation. We've rethought what the manual for MT should be too -- it's not just instructions on using MT, it's a guide to how to get the most out of your blog.
Tomorrow we'll hold our first "Upgrade-a-Thon": Chat with us on IRC and a live screencast to get help in upgrading your blogs to the latest version of Movable Type. Thursday, we'll host another all day event, but this time with plugin developers to answer your questions about upgrading older plugins to take advantage of the many new features and capabilities found in MT4.
And if that wasn't enough, later this week we will be launching a preview of the completely redesigned Movable Type web site, a new plugin directory and a rethinking of the MT websites as radical as the reinvention of MT with version 4.0.
The Movable Type team has never been more excited and more proud. But we honestly could not have done any of this without our dedicated users and community who have been the driving force behind this release from the very beginning. And we're looking forward to your help and ideas during this last push prior to the release of MT4.
As the release of Movable Type 4.0 nears it feels like we are approaching the end of something. But to tell you the truth, we think it'll be the start of something amazing.