Yesterday we release Movable Type 4.2 Release Candidate 2. This was an important milestone because this is the first release of MT 4.2 that our internal QA teams have fully certified to work against postgres. Release Candidate 2 also contains a number of important bug fixes and brings us one step closer to a full-fledged release.
Just by upgrading from Movable Type 4.2 from 4.1, and doing nothing else, we have seen performance increases of 33% while publishing. However it is possible to optimize your Movable Type installation even further by taking advantage of a number of the performance optimization and tuning tools built right into the product. To help our users understand how to best take advantage of these features and to obtain performance increases 45% and higher we have published a Movable Type 4.2 Upgrade Guide to the community wiki. When MT 4.2 is officially released, this guide will be incorporated into our official documentation, but for now we are seeking help from the community to review, refine and make it better.
In the meantime, allow me to give you a number of new reasons you may not have heard about to upgrade to Movable Type 4.2:
- PostOffice - A moblogging plugin for Movable Type - Post to your Movable Type via any email client.
- Translate - Bring your blog to the entire world by making it simple for readers to translate any of your content to another language.
- iMT - Movable Type's iPhone plugin has been updated to work with MT 4.2. And yes, it will work with the iPhone 3G.
- Picnik Photo Editor - Edit any image asset in Movable Type via a simple but powerful web interface, just like you would edit in Photoshop!