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By Byrne Reese
Posted October 28, 2007.

Here are some highlights of the happenings in the Movable Type world for the week before Halloween.

  • Read/WriteWeb upgraded to Movable Type 4 - congratulations Richard and team! A tip of the hat to the Media Temple team as well for their expert help in the upgrade and migration process. The (mt) people really know their stuff - they helped to isolate some significant performance enhancements that will have a lasting impact for all MT4 users starting with the next release of Movable Type.

  • Todd of Geek News Central got frustrated with Movable Type's podcasting support. We listened. And thanks to his feedback, there is now a more complete solution for podcasters on Movable Type. His feedback will also result in other changes being made to the core to make Movable Type an even better media blogging platform. Thank you Todd.

  • The Movable Type team is gearing up for a private beta of the Movable Type Community Solution, and the public debut of its functionality powering parts of MovableType.org.

  • In some shameless self promotion, I recently added YouTube and Flickr support to Media Manager, extending the plugin for the first time beyond books and DVDs from Amazon. One of the design goals of Movable Type 4 was to make it as easy as possible for Movable Type to bootstrap just about any 3rd party or proprietary asset management system - Media Manager (licensed under the GPL) goes a long way to provide developers with an example of how to do just that.

  • Chris Hall, Movable Type's lead QA engineer who has an almost freakish knowledge of just about everything, not to mention being one one of the best QA engineers I have ever met, wrote a plugin of his own: MTBooter makes generating large amounts of test data for a blog a snap. A very handy tool for developers and QA engineers alike.

  • Mark Carey of mt-hacks released a new version of his wonderful Visitor Stats plugin. This plugin reminds me why I think Mark is one of the best Movable Type plugin developers out there by taking advantage of more and more of Movable Type's plugin APIs with each release. His latest release makes extensive use of dashboard widgets giving administrators greater insight into their blogs' visitors and where they are coming from, and even has a tiny graphical stats widget to display publicly on your blog.

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13 Comments

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese on October 30, 2007, 11:55 a.m. Reply

BTW - The Media Temple guys shared these SQL statements (mySQL actually) that has shown some performance benefit:

create index entry_blog_id_authored_idx on 
  mt_entry(entry_blog_id,entry_authored_on);
create index fileinfo_startdate_idx on 
  mt_fileinfo(fileinfo_startdate(9));
Janitor

Janitor on October 30, 2007, 1:31 p.m. Reply

Not sure where I can ask this question, but I did send this in as a bug but never got a response. Has anyone gotten the standard 3 column MT styles to print? We have a few blogs we’re using in our intranet that use the standard template but only the top portion prints out.

And just out of curiosity, is this the best place to leave suggestions and requests for MT developers?

Janitor

Janitor on October 30, 2007, 1:32 p.m. Reply

Not sure where I can ask this question, but I did send this in as a bug but never got a response. Has anyone gotten the standard 3 column MT styles to print? We have a few blogs we’re using in our intranet that use the standard template but only the top portion prints out.

And just out of curiosity, is this the best place to leave suggestions and requests for MT developers?

Chris Ernest Hall

Chris Ernest Hall on November 6, 2007, 5:31 p.m. Reply

@janitor: comments are a good place—we do read them. You can also us the “Send Us Feedback” link to the upper right.

fibercement

fibercement on July 21, 2008, 4:42 a.m. Reply

thanks a lot..

söve

söve on December 31, 2008, 2:13 a.m. Reply

thanks.

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söve on December 31, 2008, 2:20 a.m. Reply

thanks.

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söve on December 31, 2008, 2:21 a.m. Reply

thanks.

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Martin

Martin on July 5, 2012, 11:53 a.m. Reply

Tricky, I will try it now on one of my blogs.

MIla Jones

MIla Jones on August 3, 2012, 7:54 a.m. Reply

Five years later readwriteweb.com is stil a MT user. This is really cool :)

Carl Hannegan

Carl Hannegan on October 26, 2012, 1:30 a.m. Reply

I can’t find the Moveable’s youtube channel. Can you help?

Ding Ning

Ding Ning on November 14, 2012, 5:00 a.m. Reply

The abilities of Moveable Type to bootstrap third sites are really enormous. This is why I loved so much this platform. Unfortunately, Google and some other search engines decided that this is duplicate content and removed my site from their results and now I almost don’t have any visitors. Which is really sad, because I had a great MT site of mine.

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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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