Movable Type 4.0 provided users for the first time with the features necessary for Movable Type to serve as a light weight content management system for web sites. It also provided a framework to developers to define their own custom asset types as illustrated through the Media Manager and Podcasting plugins for Movable Type.
Movable Type 4.1, currently in beta, takes asset management one step further by allowing administrators and author to more easily edit, tag and organize the assets within their Movable Type install. What follows is a brief overview of some of these new features.
Filter Assets by Type
As you expand upon the types of assets you manage within Movable Type, you can easily filter them to see just your Flickr photos, or your YouTube videos, or your images or your podcasts... you get the idea.
One Click Previews
When viewing your list of assets, not only does Movable Type now show a small thumbnail of each asset, but you can zoom in on the asset without leaving the page by clicking the small magnifying glass associated with each asset.
From the asset details screen you can view a list of all the pages and entries an asset is used. This makes is much easier for you to track down an asset if it needs to removed from a website, or updated site-wide. This view also shows all the permutations of the asset like the various thumbnails that have been generated for it.
From the asset editing screen you can easily rename the asset, edit the description of the asset, or tag the asset to make to easier to find and re-use later.