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More Reasons to Upgrade to Movable Type 4.2 and RC2

By Byrne Reese
Posted June 12, 2008, in News.

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!



demonsurfer on June 13, 2008, 10:04 a.m. Reply

Are the site templates pretty much set in stone now for final release? ie: are they safe to incorporate with customized site layouts and be fairly confident that there will be no further changes between now and final release? Or better to just wait. Apologies if this has already been asked.

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese on June 15, 2008, 10:50 p.m. Reply

There may be bug fixes if any are found, but other than that. Yes, they are pretty solid. This is a release candidate after all!


kimonostereo on June 16, 2008, 1:06 p.m. Reply

Has this bug been fixed? Didn’t see it in the notes:

Basically the categories in Universal Template just show “n” number of entries but there is no way to show the archive of the category.


Su on June 16, 2008, 6:54 p.m. Reply

If you look at the bug, you’ll see it’s assigned to TheNextRelease.


kimonostereo on June 16, 2008, 7:01 p.m. Reply

Sorry, I didn’t understand this. Does TheNextRelease mean 4.3 or 4.2 RC3?


Su on June 16, 2008, 7:14 p.m. Reply

It’s just a bin for stuff that’s not going to be worked on for fixing in the immediate. It means, abstractly, the full release of the application(whatever version number that ends up being), not the next build of the currently-working version(which would be RC3).


maflynn on June 17, 2008, 4:35 a.m. Reply

I’ve been running 4.2 RC1 now and have been pleased by its stability and performance. I may skip RC3 and wait for the gold copy, unless something major pops up. Any ETA on the gold copy?


Rottenchester on June 18, 2008, 7:43 a.m. Reply

Ditto on the ETA question. I mean — is it weeks? months?

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese on June 18, 2008, 8:32 a.m. Reply

@Rottenchester, @maflynn - We hate saying definitively when the product will be ready. We are committed to making this an incredibly stable, fast and secure release. So a lot of effort is being put into testing and verification. We want to ensure plugin compatibility and million other things. That being said, we are not months away. Less than a month we think. Just be patient. RC2 is the most stable version of MT4 ever released. Download it and try it out, and if you find a problem there is still time to have it fixed!

Dennis M Dewey

Dennis M Dewey on June 25, 2008, 10:10 a.m. Reply

There is a bug in MT4.2rc2 (commercial) with showing data from custom fields. Unfortunately since I’ve usually had so much good luck with MT’s release candidates being pretty solid, I decided to not make a backup of my database in phpMyAdmin this time. Now I’m stuck waiting for the problem to be fixed before I’ll be able to update my website again. It takes too long to set up or else I’d just start over from scratch.


Su on June 25, 2008, 10:15 a.m. Reply

Dennis: Bugs go here, please

Dennis M Dewey

Dennis M Dewey on June 25, 2008, 10:43 a.m. Reply

I filled out a report there. It seems like mostly Six Apart members are on there, though so I didn’t feel like I was in the right place.


Su on June 25, 2008, 10:52 a.m. Reply

Dennis: Ah, okay. The reason for that is primarily that it used to be an internal tool. But it’s now available to everyone for filing stuff since the switch to GPL.


hudson on June 25, 2008, 11:34 a.m. Reply

Lost Custom Field values has been a problem since B2 :—-custom.html

I’ve filled a bug report and have been anxiously waiting for a fix for the last 2 releases (RC1, RC2).


Pouya on September 10, 2008, 10:07 a.m. Reply

i have mt 4.1 and very good 4.1 more better

Inchirieri Masini Ieftine

Inchirieri Masini Ieftine on November 5, 2012, 5:49 p.m. Reply

Movable Type’s iPhone plugin has been updated to work with MT 4.2. And yes, it will work with the iPhone 5.

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.