Tonight we released the first release candidate for Movable Type 4.1. This release signals that the product is converging upon a final and shippable version of the product. You can download it now from http://movabletype.org/beta/. Important changes in this release include:
- a clean upgrade path for user's of the Custom Fields plugin wishing to move to Movable Type 4.1
- a fix that addresses a vulnerability posted about previously
- userpics are now embedded by default in Movable Type's default templates
- a change to Movable Type search results template has sped up search results considerably
Read the complete change log to familiarize yourself with all the other fixes found in this most recent release.
In the spirit of full disclosure we are planning a release of a second release candidate early next week. The scope of this release includes one final and additional feature for paid users of Movable Type in addition to our final translations and localization changes for Movable Type 4.1.
But even if there is one more release candidate planned, this is still the perfect opportunity for all those people waiting for a more stable release to try out the latest features of Movable Type. And here's a tip - if you are an MT 3.x user and are even thinking about buying the Commercial version of Movable Type to take advantage of the extra features that it includes then I suggest evaluating RC1 now and purchasing the MT4 upgrade package before the introductory discount prices expire. Because did you know that everyone who purchased Movable Type 4.0 is entitled to a free upgrade to 4.1 when it is released? Yes they are.