July 28, 2015
Movable Type for iOS is now available in the iTunes App Store
“Movable Type for iOS” is the best application for managing your content in Movable Type from your iPhone. Anytime, anywhere, you can create and easily edit articles. Also, you can save articles in your smartphone as a draft.
June 30, 2015
Movable Type 6.1.2 released
Movable Type 6.1.2 is the latest version of Movable Type and offers patches for an issue found in before Movable Type 6.1.1. This release does not include security related patches.
May 31, 2015
Movable Type for AWS (Apache) is now available on the AWS Marketplace
“Movable Type for AWS (Apache)” is the newest product of “Movable Type for AWS”. In this product, you can use Apache HTTP Server as a Web server. Let’s begin “Movable Type for AWS (Apache)” now. System Environment Application:Latest Movable Type 6 OS:Amazon Linux 2015.03 Web Server:Apache HTTP Server PSGI Server:starman PHP:php-fpm Database:mysql PRICING The software fee of Movable Type for AWS (Apache) is time-based. You can choose the payment method as hourly or annual. Hourly:$0.07 /1 hour Annual: $499 /1 year Technical support is not included. EC2 usage fee will be charged separately. Movable Type for AWS (Apache) does not provide a micro instance….
April 16, 2015
Movable Type Pro Technical Support Now Available
We are pleased to announce the offering of technical support services for Movable Type Pro* customers.
Movable Type Pro technical support purchased from our web site will be provided by U.S. staff.
April 15, 2015
Movable Type 6.1.1 released
We are pleased to inform you that Movable Type 6.1.1 has been shipped.
In Movable Type 6.1.1, we have not only resolved many cases submitted by our engineers as well as many of our valued community members, but also improving the Content Sync feature. Also, this release include security updates.
April 14, 2015
Movable Type 6.0.8 and 5.2.13 released to close security vulnerability
We are releasing Movable Type 6.0.8 and 5.2.13 as mandatory security updates. These updates resolved security-related issue discovered in all previous versions of Movable Type 6 and Movable Type 5. We strongly recommend upgrading to the newest version. Details of the security updates In previous versions, including the Movable Type 6.0.6 and 5.2.11 are susceptible to Remote Code Execution vulnerability. It allows an attacker is able to run any perl script on the web server. (CVE-2015-0845) Affected versions of Movable Type Movable Type Pro 6.0.x Movable Type Pro 5.2.x Movable Type Open Source (MTOS) 5.2.x Movable Type Advanced 6.0.x, 5.2.x Steps required to close the security vulneravilities Please upgrade to the latest versions of Movable Type: Movable Type Pro 6.0.8 Movable Type Pro 5.2.13 Movable Type Open Source 5.2.13 Movable Type Advanced 6.0.8 Movable Type Advanced 5.2.13 Versions that are not affected Movable Type Pro 6.1.1 Movable Type Advanced 6.1.1 Movable Type 6.1.1 is already solved this issue. Warnings Movable Type 5.0x and 5.1x has reached End of Life and is no longer supported. For users that are running any version of 5.0x and 5.1x, please upgrade to Movable Type 5.2.13, which is available at no additional charge to paid…
March 24, 2015
Movable Type for AWS is now available in the Frankfurt region.
“Movable Type for AWS” is now available in the Frankfurt region (eu-central-1).
February 17, 2015
Movable Type for AWS now available in the United States.
We are excited to announce that “Movable Type for AWS” is now available in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. See below the list of available regions.
February 11, 2015
Movable Type 6.0.7 and 5.2.12 released to close security vulnerability
We are releasing Movable Type 6.0.7 and 5.2.12 as mandatory security updates. These updates resolved security-related issue discovered in all previous versions of Movable Type 6 and Movable Type 5. We strongly recommend upgrading to a modified version.
April 24, 2014
Syntax highlighting for MTML on GitHub
Many developers in our community use the popular collaborative coding service GitHub to host and share Movable Type projects. Often the file extension of choice for template code is .mtml, but such files on GitHub were not blessed with special syntax highlighting. A potential workaround would be to use a different extension, such as .html or .xml instead. Still, many thousands of files on GitHub use the Movable Type Markup Language extension. Now you can get the best of both worlds! Starting this week, GitHub recognizes .mtml files as Movable Type Markup Language. You can therefore use the friendly .mtml file extension and also get nicely colored pages on GitHub. Enjoy!…
January 15, 2014
Movable Type 6.0.2 Release Notes
New & Improved Functions Server Sync (Movable Type Advanced) The server sync function is now available for Movable Type Advanced users. By using server sync, content created on Movable Type Advanced can be sent to and published on an external server. As Movable Type Advanced does not need to be installed on the external content publishing server, this greatly decreases security risks, such as unauthorized access. If the server containing Movable Type Advanced is set up to act as a staging environment, that server can then be used to store backup content. Blogs and websites can be sent to and published from multiple servers and both FTP and rsync are supported as viable distribution methods. Internet Explorer 11 Support Movable Type should now run smoothly on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 11. (The Modern UI is no longer recommended.) [IE=Edge] is the new setting for compatibility mode across all admin screens. Microsoft IIS Server Fast CGI Support FastCGI is now supported for use on the Microsoft IIS server. FastCGI can help enhance operation performance on the Movable Type admin screen, although please note there are some known issues and restrictions. Additional Modifiers When using dynamic publishing, the [byauthor] and [bycategory] modifiers can…
November 15, 2013
Movable Type 6.0.1, 5.2.9, and 5.161 Released to Close Security Vulnerabilities
We are releasing Movable Type 6.0.1, 5.2.9, and 5.161 as mandatory security updates. These updates resolve multiple security-related issues discovered in all previous versions of Movable Type 6 and Movable Type 5.
October 16, 2013
Movable Type Launches MT6
Movable Type, the pioneer publishing platform developed by Six Apart, today announced the launch of its latest version, MT6, which is now available in North America and Japan. The version’s debut marks the next phase of the “Movable Type Creating Momentum” campaign in North America, aimed at re-establishing Movable Type’s foothold as the premier content management system, particularly among mid-market and enterprise businesses. The new MT6 will appeal to enterprises, bloggers and developers looking for a more customizable alternative to CMS platforms such as WordPress, Drupal, and ExpressionEngine. Designed to Handle Large Quantities of Content “In today’s multi-screen environment, content is being created and viewed everywhere, on many devices and in many regions, creating a great need for better scalability, more stability and increased security,” said Nobuhiro Seki, president and CEO, Six Apart , the parent company of Movable Type. “MT6’s architecture provides users with the ability to handle large quantities of content, and enables the seamless removal and updating of mass quantities of content, safely and securely.” Improved Documentation “We’ve been making great strides to re-establish our foothold in North America, through the partnerships we have formed, as well as the conscious effort we’ve made to really listen and…
February 21, 2012
Movable Type 5.13, 5.07, and 4.38 Security Updates
Movable Type 5.13, 5.07, and 4.38 were released as mandatory security updates. These updates resolve multiple vulnerabilities discovered in Movable Type 5.x and Movable Type 4.x. The vulnerabilities were found as a result of our internal security audit, except the one reported from Trustwave (TWSL2012-003). All users must upgrade to this latest release immediately. Impact 5.13, 5.07, and 4.38 address the multiple vulnerabilities including: OS Command Injection exists in the file management system, the most serious of which may lead to arbitrary OS command execution by a user who has a permission to sign-in to the admin script and also has a permission to upload files. Session Hijack and CSRF exist in the commenting and the community script. A remote attacker could hijack the user session or could execute arbitrary script code on victim’s browser under the certain circumstances. XSS exists in templates where the variables are not escaped properly. A remote attacker could inject client-side script into web pages viewed by other users. XSS exists in mt-wizard.cgi. This vulnerability was reported by Trustwave (TWSL2012-003) Solution Please upgrade to the latest versions of Movable Type 4 or Movable Type 5. Movable Type Open Source 4.38 Movable Type Open Source…
October 8, 2011
Status of Movable Type development
Having moved our case tracking system to Fogbugz on-demand, one of our favorite features is its reporting function. You can see the current activity of Movable Type development with a variety of graphs and charts. I would like to introduce some of the highlights here. Number of fixed and implemented cases The following graph shows numbers of fixed bugs and implemented features since 2007 when we started to use Fogbugz. As you can see, it is more active than ever. I should also mention that this achievement includes a lot of contributions from the community which is also shown in the long list of the acknowledgments in 5.1 release notes. You can check the live status if you have an account. If you don’t, you can create an account to report a bug or send a feature request. Number of open cases You might wonder how the submitted cases are handled. The development team is reviewing new cases on every Thursday. And periodically we conduct “a big triage” to sweep remaining cases. The following graph shows the improvement in our product management. Now all the feature request cases have been reviewed and categorized in this product backlog page. Active feature…
June 22, 2011
Movable Type 5.12, 5.06, and 4.37 Security Updates
Movable Type 5.12, 5.06, and 4.37 were released as mandatory security updates. These updates resolve multiple vulnerabilities discovered in Movable Type 5.x and Movable Type 4.x. All users must upgrade to this latest release immediately. The impact of the vulnerabilities Under certain circumstances, a user who has “Create Entries” or “Manage Blog” pemissions may be able to read known files on the local file system. Versions Affected Movable Type Open Source 4.x Movable Type Open Source 5.x Movable Type 4.x ( with Professional Pack, Community Pack ) Movable Type 5.x ( with Professional Pack, Community Pack ) Movable Type Enterprise 4.x Solution Please upgrade to the latest versions of Movable Type 4 or Movable Type 5. Movable Type Open Source 4.37 Movable Type Open Source 5.06 Movable Type Open Source 5.12 Movable Type 4.37( with Professional Pack, Community Pack) Movable Type 5.06( with Professional Pack, Community Pack) Movable Type 5.12( with Professional Pack, Community Pack) Movable Type Enterprise 4.37 Movable Type Advanced 5.12 Download Download Movable Type Open Source Download Movable Type Pro Download other packages (including MT5.06) (What is the difference?) Installation/upgrade instructions Installation guide Upgrade guide Movable Type 5.12 / 5.06 / 4.37 release notes Fixed issues The…
June 8, 2011
Movable Type 5.11 and 5.051, 4.361 Security Updates
Movable Type 5.11, 5.051, 4.361 were released as mandatory security updates. These updates resolve multiple vulnerabilities discovered in Movable Type 5.x and Movable Type 4.x. All users must upgrade to this latest release immediately. The impact of the vulnerabilities A remote attacker could create, read or modify the contents in the system under certain circumstances. Versions Affected Movable Type Open Source 4.x Movable Type Open Source 5.x Movable Type 4.x ( with Professional Pack, Community Pack ) Movable Type 5.x ( with Professional Pack, Community Pack ) Movable Type Enterprise 4.x Solution Please upgrade to the latest versions of Movable Type 4 or Movable Type 5. Movable Type Open Source 4.361 Movable Type Open Source 5.051 Movable Type Open Source 5.11 Movable Type 4.361( with Professional Pack, Community Pack) Movable Type 5.051( with Professional Pack, Community Pack) Movable Type 5.11( with Professional Pack, Community Pack) Movable Type Enterprise 4.361 Movable Type Advanced 5.11 Download Download Movable Type Open Source Download Movable Type Pro Download other packages (including MT5.051) (What is the difference?) Installation/upgrade instructions Installation guide Upgrade guide New features and fixed issues Please see the release notes for new features and fixed issues in Movable Type 5.11, 5.051,…
April 20, 2011
Movable Type 5.1 RC1
The Movable Type 5.1 RC1 is now available to download. In Release Candidate 1, the development team has implemented all new features and fixed major bugs. If we don’t find any new issues at the following regression test (and your feedback is also crucial at this final momement), Movable Type 5.1 will be ready to ship around the end of May. Please check the 5.1 schedule wiki for updates toward the production release ! To try RC1: Downloading beta builds Downloading MTOS nightly builds Getting the source code from GitHub Here is the release notes for Movable Type 5.1 RC1. Please note that minor cases are not listed here, please see FogBugz for all cases. Movable Type 5.1 Release Notes ( RC1 ) For more details: Slideshare: Introducing Movable Type 5.1 Movable Type 5.1 Beta manual Reporting Bugs Your feedback is important to get Movable Type 5.1 ready for the final release. Without your feedback, it is almost impossible for developers to test the software in all of the various conditions that might occur. So please don’t hesitate to create a new case. FogBugz: How to report your issue and feedback We look forward to hearing from you !…
October 5, 2010
Movable Type 5.031
Movable Type 5.031 was released today. This is a bugfix release without new features. It does not contain a security fix. Movable Type 5.031 fixed an issue in 5.03. 104608 : "Script Error" occurs when opening the “rebuild_confirm” screen in some hosting environments. Download Download Movable Type Open Source Download Movable Type Pro (What is the difference?) Installation/upgrade instructions Installation guide Upgrade guide Note: if you purchased a Movable Type license you can also purchase our installation or upgrade service and have all the work done by our excellent support team. Found a bug? Need a feature? To avoid duplication of efforts, search existing bugs or feature requests (from the feedback page) before submitting a new bug. Head over to the bug report/feature request form and let us know!…
September 22, 2010
Movable Type will Continue Evolving!
After the recent announcement about Six Apart, some of you might have been wondering about the future of Movable Type. We can be very clear about that: of course we will continue development and support of this platform that now has a decade of history behind it. Movable Type 4 remains rock-solid blogging software for all uses. Movable Type 5 is a new step up for managing multiple sites. Melody is driven by the most enthusiastic community of bleeding-edge developers. All this software shares the same root: Movable Type, the publishing platform. Movable Type 5.1 is in the final development phase, we are anticipating a Beta release this winter. We are also planning another 4.x release to keep this mature branch up to date. All these developments are open to the public. You can check our daily activities on FogBugz and in our code repositories. And just like every open source project, we appreciate your help to make Movable Type (even) Better !…
September 8, 2010
Movable Type 5.03
Movable Type 5.03 was released today. This is a bugfix release without new features. It does not contain any security fix. Details about the issues that were fixed can be found in the release note. 5.03 Release Note Download Download Movable Type Open Source Download Movable Type Pro (What is the difference?) Installation/upgrade instructions Installation guide Upgrade guide Note: if you purchased a Movable Type license you can also purchase our installation or upgrade service and have all the work done by our excellent support team. Resolved Issues in Movable Type 5.03 103927 Old comment sessions are not deleted properly. (Fixed) 104102 Cannot publish archive templates when there are multiple archives with different publishing settings. (Fixed) 104161 Cannot search older assets in ‘Insert Image’ dialog. (Fixed) 104326 Cannot add custom fields after upgrading from MT4.x when the user have changed the sort order in MT4.x. (Fixed) 104337 Error when disabling a plugin that adds custom objects and its custom fields. (Fixed) 104338 Cannot publish archive templates by Publish Queue. (Fixed) 104374 Cannot sign-in with the TypePad account that has multi byte characters in its Nick Name (Fixed) 104375 Error with SQL Server when using include_blogs=”children” at the website that…
May 11, 2010
Movable Type 5.02
Movable Type 5.02 was released by Six Apart today. This is strictly a bugfix release without new features. It contains fixes for a number of issues including one security vulnerability. It is highly recommended that all users of Movable Type 5.x upgrade their installations, especially the ones with multiple users. Details about the issues that were fixed can be found in the release notes. You may note that the release notes are unusually long this time: the focus of this release was on fixing as many bugs and issues as possible before working on new features for the coming releases (we will tell you more about these soon). We would like to thank everybody in the Movable Type community who submitted bug reports, feature requests and other feedback. Your efforts have made this release possible! Downloads Download Movable Type (Open Source) Download Movable Type Pro (What is the difference?) Installation/upgrade instructions Installation guide Upgrade guide Note: if you purchased a Movable Type license you can also purchase our installation or upgrade service and have all the work done by our excellent support team. Found a bug? Need a feature? To avoid duplication of efforts, search existing bugs or feature requests…
December 10, 2009
Movable Type 5 Release Postponed to Jan 5th, 2010
We’ve determined that there are a few issues we need to resolve in Movable Type 5 before the official worldwide launch. In order to resolve these issues and due to the holiday season, the release of Movable Type 5 has been postponed untill January 5th, 2010. The latest release candidate builds of Movable Type 5 are available: Movable Type 5.0 Pro Betas (available in English, German, Spanish, Dutch and French.) Warning! - This beta software is not recommended for any production environment. Between now and Jan 5th we’ll be producing new documentation and updating existing documentation. We’ll be highlighting new documentation on this blog, you can find the latest updates on the following pages: Recently Updated Documentation MT5 specific documentation If you have questions about Movable Type: listen to the MT5 Q & A Conference Call discuss Movable Type on the MTOS-dev mailing list read and post questions in the Movable Type Forums submit a bug, feature request or get paid support…
December 5, 2009
Movable Type 5 Release Postponed to Dec 16th
In order to launch Movable Type 5 with more developer documentation, we’ve decided to delay the release of MT5 until December 16th. In the meantime we’ve made the latest release candidate builds of Movable Type 5 available: Movable Type 5.0 Pro Betas (available in English, German, Spanish, Dutch and French.) Warning! - This beta software is not recommended for any production environment. If you have questions about this release candidate or Movable Type 5: listen to the MT5 Q & A Conference Call discuss Movable Type on the MTOS-dev mailing list read and post questions in the Movable Type Forums submit a bug, feature request or get paid support If your question doesn’t fit into one of the above places add a comment to this post and we’ll get back to you….
December 3, 2009
MT5 Q & A Conference Call
You have questions about MT5, we have answers… Six Apart will host two half-hour calls this Friday to answer all your questions about MT5. Update: Fri, Dec 4 1:30pm Listen to the recorded conference call…. Answers to these questions and more will be placed into an official FAQ released with MT5….
October 21, 2009
Movable Type 5 Beta 4
Movable Type 5.0 Beta 4 has been released! Included is the first website theme for the “Professional Website Theme” and many other bug fixes. This beta is scheduled be the last beta before there are two release candidates. At this point we’re targeting for a late November launch of MT5. A more specific date will be available as MT5 code stabilizes. Please report bugs found during your testing. Download Warning! - This is beta software and is not recommended in any production environment. Movable Type 5.0 Pro Betas (available in English and Japanese) Check out the Pre-Release Software License Agreement for more details about the software. Resolved Issues in Beta 4 Major changes “Professional Website Theme” is added as a new theme.(102154) WebsiteLabel has changed to WebsiteName (102727) Remove the definition of active users from app (102776) Keep a compatibility of plugins (102731) Create “MultiBlog Trigger” for “All blogs in this website” (102593) MultiBlog Trigger also for “Pages” not only for “Entries” (102627) UI: “Created, Published, Edited” date and time of the entry (102385) DOC: FastCGI: Unable to access with XML-RPC (102513) Note: Because default template sets and global templates have been updated, all template sets (including global templates) must…
October 6, 2009
Movable Type 5 Beta 3
Movable Type 5.0 Beta 3 is ready! Beta 3 includes many improvements based on user feedback. While similar to the previous betas… Beta 3 feels very fresh and new due to the tightening of various user interface elements. Beta 4 will be the last beta before there are two release candidates. At this point we’re targeting for a late November launch of MT5. A more specific date will be available as MT5 code stabilizes. Please report bugs found during your testing. Download Warning! - This is beta software and is not recommended in any production environment. Movable Type 5.0 Pro Betas (available in English and Japanese) Check out the Pre-Release Software License Agreement for more details about the software. Major Improvements in Beta 3 Automatic website provisioning based upon blog domain names during upgrade from MT4.x and MT3.x 102466. Allow sub-domain blogs under one single website 102466. Selected tab is saved on “Websites and Blogs” widget on the user dashboard, so once the user clicks the “blogs” tab, this tab will be selected upon subsequent visits.(101689) [Create New] shortcut button on Website/Blog dashboard.(102333) Cleaner and simpler User Dashboard.(102338, 102331, 102429, 102339) Improved menu and button placement on [Edit Entry/Page] screens.(102391)…
September 29, 2009
Movable Type 4.32 Bug-fix Release + Zemanta plugin
Many of you are looking forward to using MT5 exclusively, but truthfully you may be content with MT4 or maybe you’re unable to upgrade because a plugin you rely upon may not yet be ported to MT5. So until MT5 is solid and there is little demand for MT4, Six Apart will continue to release new versions of MT4.x as necessary to provide fixes for various security issues and bugs which are major pain points. Small features may be potentially included as well. Download MTOS-4.32-en [zip] [tar.gz] [other languages] MT4.32 fixes a handful of minor bugs which are detailed in the Movable Type 4.32 release notes. One of the commits in MT4.32 was to bundle the Zemanta plugin. Zemanta has committed to supporting the development of Movable Type; what better partnership than that of a content management system and a service to recommend quality related-content? While it may not be useful for every blogger, it can be very helpful in the case where you need an image, links to related articles, help with tags for an entry, etc to have a more compelling blog entry. Check out the Zemanta FAQ for more info on how Zemanta’s services may be useful…
September 2, 2009
Movable Type 5 Beta
Are you ready for this? We’re really stoked. Today begins a 2-month period of beta releases and official quality assurance testing. Though we still have loose ends to tie up, we wanted to get the code so that people could begin to use it and provide feedback. We plan to release a new beta version every two weeks until the app is stable. Once stable, we’ll be creating release candidates. And we’re hoping to offer a stable build in mid November. For those who are dying to download it now… Download Warning! - This is beta software and is not recommended in any production environment. Movable Type 5.0 Pro Betas (available in English and Japanese) We also have a Pre-Release Software License Agreement if you’re interested. Quick links: Bug? | Feature? | Beta Forum | Source Code | Release Notes | Known Issues About Movable Type 5.0 For those who aren’t distracted with downloading and installing… here’s a little history: Development of MT4.3 and 4.31 were led by the Services team in the US and was primarily focused on app performance, resolving pain points common on large installations, making some of their most popular plugins part of the core product,…
July 29, 2009
MT 4.3: Faster Performance, Powerful Search, More Page Views
Today marks the official release of Movable Type 4.3. While we’ve been previewing the features over the last week, below is a hit list of the biggest features. If you’re looking to download MT Pro, click here. Smarter Search and Pagination We’ve added several new ways to drill down your search (author, category and date), which lays the groundwork for the ability to paginate your index and archives. With a static first page and dynamic additional pages, your site gets the added page views with faster publish times. Additionally, we’ve added the ability to paginate comments, which will dramatically improve publish times on prolific comment threads. Entry Asset Manager MT’s smarter than ever with the way it handles assets like photos, which means it’s much easier to make slideshows and editing entries that use assets is even faster, with more control over your code. Read more » Summary Object Framework This is our first step in dramatically improving performance for our largest MT installations. This framework allows MT’s core codebase and plugins to store arbitrary summary information in the database, replacing expensive calculation queries with fast primary-key lookups against summary tables. The framework includes a flexible mechanism for invalidating summary…
July 28, 2009
Features of 4.3: Smarter Blog Cloning
Up until the general release of MT 4.3, we are publishing details on the features of 4.3. Today we’ll focus on blog cloning. For quite some time, blog cloning has been built into Movable Type. It was created to help add a new blog without having to recreate templates, categories or anything else. The problem was that most often there was never the need to clone everything in a blog. Movable Type 4.3 has added some new features to the cloning process: Ability to omit specific content from the cloning process. The following content can be omitted: Entries/Pages Categories/Folders Comments Trackbacks It may seem like a minor addition, but it can save precious time while developing a site. Ability to specify critical blog settings for the new blog before cloning to prevent accidentally overwriting existing content. The following fields may be set before cloning: blog name path URL Several more checks (e.g., a confirmation page, better defaults) have been added to make this process rock solid. Personally, it has already made testing and setting up a few new installations much easier and faster. I hope this feature will scratch an itch for many of the Movable Type consultants out there….
July 24, 2009
Features of 4.3: Entry Pagination
Up until the general release of MT 4.3 (beta info here), we are publishing details on the features of 4.3. Today we’re looking at entry pagination. 1,000 Entries One of the categories on my blog is now up to nearly 1,000 entries and it has become difficult to display them. Movable Type offers the ability to split up the category content by date (e.g., Category-Monthly archives), but that would still require me to publish all of the content statically. I could use dynamic publishing, but then I would lose the speed of a statically published page on the front-end. Situations like these, and a long-standing pubilc request, is why we’re now introducing a dynamic way to paginate your index and archive templates using MT-Search. With this solution, you’re able to publish the first 10 or 20 (or whatever you’d like) entries statically and paginate through the remainder dynamically. What’s even better is that it only requires a few changes to your index or archive template to generate the content for MT-Search. Getting Pagination on Your Blog We’ve put together a guide to paginating with static templates that provides details on the new querystring parameters and sample template code. It’s based…
July 22, 2009
Features of 4.3: Entry Asset Manager
On Monday, Beau posted about our effort to update the docs for MT 4.3. Today I’m coming to you with information on one of our new features — the entry asset manager. An Easier Way Up until now, the only way to associate an image with an entry was to place it in the entry body. Upon save, Movable Type would write that association to the database. In order to do this, there a form tag was placed around the image (that was stripped out when you published), which was confusing to many. In 4.3, we decided to make this relationship clearer and easier to manage. As you can see to your right, every image associated with this entry is listed in a new sidebar widget on the edit entry page. Hovering over the image shows you a thumbnail. Clicking on ‘Add New’ in the widget only adds the image to the list, not the entry body. This means you can now use the mt:EntryAssets tag to access assets without inserting them into the entry body. Of course, you can still add images to the entry body, but now they won’t have that ugly form tag. Not only is this…
July 20, 2009
This week we’ll be previewing some of the new features of Movable Type 4.3 (try the Movable Type 4.3 beta). I’ll start the week off with a post on the my progress updating and improving the Movable Type documentation and Matt Jacobs, MT product manager, will be posting about other features of MT 4.3 later in the week. Intro In product documentation, the manual is the product. If a feature isn’t defined, it doesn’t exist as far as the user can tell. If a feature is described badly, the user will perceive the product to be a bad product. Thus, do not skimp on the documentation. Randal L. Schwartz, Perl author Documentation should be an integral part of the development of a new feature. It should start as a Specifications document, then be used for Quality Assurance testing of the feature, and then published publicly as the Official Documentation for the feature. Describing how a feature works provides new insight into how it could be coded better, reveals bugs, or gives inspiration to new features. Documentation is even important to the developers who wrote it as sometimes they have totally forgotten their strategy at the time, or perhaps their experience…
July 9, 2009
The Beta for Movable Type 4.3 is Now Open
Earlier this evening we made available the first pre-release version of Movable Type 4.3. For more information about this release, we’ve created an MT 4.3 beta page. There, you can find release notes, known issues, the download link and information on how to submit bugs and get involved in this release. Here’s what you should know: This release has most of 4.3’s new features, including comment pagination and a new entry asset manager. The first release is an alpha (MTOS-4.3a1) and we’ll have 2 more releases during the beta period. The final release will be in 3 weeks. While this release has been stable in our testing, remember this is alpha software and is not intended for use in a production environment. Last, but absolutely not least, we have overhauled the reference documentation for this release. Beau is going to post soon with more details about this, but we’ve already updated nearly 100 pages. He’ll also provide information about how you can get involved in improving the docs. Please download the alpha today and take it for a spin. We rely on input and contributions from community members to make these releases shine and hope you’ll have a hand in…
July 7, 2009
Looking ahead to MT5
We are happy to announce that MT5 is coming and invite you to participate. But first, here’s some information on what’s in store for Movable Type 4. Later this month, on July 29th, we’ll be releasing Movable Type 4.3. This release contains comment pagination, a variety of bug fixes and some significant performance and scalability improvements that make it the most robust release ever on MT. Tomorrow, we’ll make available our first pre-release build of 4.3. It will be an alpha, which means we’re still finishing up a few features and the software is absolutely not production ready. So why release it? We want all of you to give it a whirl and try out what we’ve been working on. As we approach the launch date, we’ll continue with several beta releases to fix any bugs found by you and our development team. I’ll have another post up tomorrow with links to the build and information on submitting bugs. In the meantime, work has begun on MT5. We have started the requirements process and early development work on MT5 with particular focus on better content management and ease of use. As we gear up towards the first Movable Type Pro…
June 23, 2009
When Mena and I started working on Movable Type almost 8 years ago, one of the most delightful surprises in the project was how a passionate and creative community sprung up around the platform almost immediately. They even seemed to like the default name “Melody Nelson” we gave to the sample user that came with the application.1 Just a year and a half after the happy news of Movable Type’s release under the GPL license, Melody makes another appearance as we mark an exciting milestone for the community. Today, a number of long-time Movable Type community leaders, including some who supported MT right from that first release 8 years ago, are announcing Melody. In short, Melody is a project to catalyze the core community of developers who want to evolve the open source core of Movable Type. Where our official Six Apart releases of Movable Type focus on great professional support, rock-solid stability, backwards compatibility, and broad platform support as core principles, we see the Melody community focusing on the equally-valuable ideas of bleeding-edge community-driven ideas, rapid iteration, and integration with the code of other open source projects. It’s great news for the entire Movable Type community, as this new project uses…
June 17, 2009
MT 4.261: A Small Patch Release
We just made MT 4.261 available in your Movable Type account and to the community on movabletype.org. The changes were minor and are detailed in the release notes. Primarily, we updated the schema version to include newly created database indexes. If you hadn’t yet downloaded 4.26, we posted about the release last week. For your convenience, here are links to download the new version: MTOS-4.261-en.tar.gz MTOS-4.261-en.zip…
June 10, 2009
MT 4.26 Now Available
We just announced the availability of MT 4.26 on the MovableType.com blog. This optional performance release includes bug fixes and feature improvements. No new features have been added. MT 4.26 provides dramatically better search performance for large datasets and improves performance and reliability around TheSchwartz. More details can be found on the release notes, or you can just use the following direct download links to get MTOS 4.26: MTOS-4.26-en.tar.gz MTOS-4.26-en.zip We want to thank everyone in the community for your ongoing feedback and suggestions for improving Movable Type. While this release doesn’t address every bug report and potential performance enhancement, we are continually working to improve your experience and satisfaction with Movable Type. New MTE 4.26 config directives Core DisableObjectCache ObjectCacheLimit RPTFreeMemoryLimit RPTProcessCap RPTSwapMemoryLimit SchwartzClientDeadline SchwartzFreeMemoryLimit SchwartzSwapMemoryLimit Enterprise Pack DatabaseRoles DBCheckSlaveStatus DBMaxReplicationLag DBRetryDuration And some bonus config directives for MT 4.25… New in MT 4.25 config directives Core AssetFileTypes DefaultTemplateSet FastCGIMaxRequests FastCGIMaxTime Commercial Pack EmbedDomainWhitelist Community Pack ReturnToURL…
December 4, 2008
Facebook Connect for Movable Type
Today we are pleased to announce the beta release of the Facebook Connect Commenters plugin for Movable Type Pro 4.23 and MTOS 4.23, following yesterday’s announcement of the Facebook Connect plugin directory as well as Monday’s announcement of Movable Type Motion, which includes the plugin as well. It’s available for immediate download from the plugin directory.This Open Source plugin adds Facebook Connect to any Movable Type powered site and allows any Facebook user to sign in, comment, and share their actions on Facebook.Using Facebook Connect, MT automatically displays a commenter’s Facebook user name and photo next to their comments. Â Then, Movable Type automatically lets all of a commenter’s friends on Facebook know about the comment via the mini-feed on that commenter’s Facebook profile. This helps to drive traffic to your blog — and your content — not just from your community, but from the social network of everyone who participates on your site.And Facebook Connect joins a range of other authentication options which use OpenID to allow commenters to sign in on your Movable Type site. From Google to Yahoo, AOL to LiveJournal to WordPress, or even our own Vox and TypePad services, almost any popular service can be…
December 3, 2008
MT 4.23 is now out
In case you missed the announcement post on mt.com, yesterday evening we released Movable Type 4.23. Much thanks to the community members who submitted bug reports and code patches that contributed to this release. More details can be found on the change log, or you can just use the following direct download links to get MTOS 4.23:MTOS-4.23-en.tar.gzMTOS-4.23-en.zipPlease note that this is a mandatory security upgrade due to the fixes for XSS vulnerabilities that it includes….
August 21, 2008
Important Update: Movable Type 4.21 now available
In recent days two significant issues in the Movable Type 4.2 release were reported by our community. One of these bugs can potentially result in some form of limited data loss, and the other could cause loss of some configuration data in some circumstances. We have reproduced these issues as quickly as possible, and created patches to remedy the problems. Most users are not at any risk from these issues, but here are the circumstances under which you may have been affected: Custom fields data. If you are upgrading from Movable Type Commercial or Enterprise 4.1 to Movable Type Pro or Enterprise 4.2 and you are using custom fields on any object in Movable Type and there are more than 100 rows in the table for that object, some of your custom field data could be lost in the migration. Archive mappings. If you create a new blog on your Movable Type 4.2 installation and you delete an archive mapping from one of the archive templates, this action will remove the rest of your blog archive mappings inadvertently. Both of these issues have been fixed and verified by our quality assurance team. The fixes can be found in the newly…
August 12, 2008
Movable Type 4.2 is here!
Today is one of the most exciting days in the history of Movable Type. Our community’s hard work has yielded one of the most significant and important releases in Movable Type’s history: Movable Type 4.2. This new release is the fastest and most secure release of Movable Type ever. Plus it comes packed with new features that you’ve been asking for: Threaded comments An out-of-the-box solution for comment spam Live template previews Paginated search results and entry pagination for dynamically published blogs Redesigned template and widget management areas Simple, simple, simple templates for quick and easy site customization However, there is another reason though why we feel this is such a significant milestone for Movable Type and for all of us who manage communities online: Today, we introduce Movable Type Pro. Movable Type Pro is the convergence of three critical Movable Type capabilities: blogging, content management and social networking. Movable Type Pro is now the only integrated social publishing platform on the market today. MT Pro combines the power and flexibility of the open source core Movable Type with the rich content management capabilities of the Movable Type Professional Pack, and all the community features of the Movable Type Community…
August 8, 2008
Movable Type 4.2 RC5 and Security Updates
We’ve mentioned it on the Movable Type product site, but we’re proud that MT has a history of being one of the most secure publishing platforms around. So a big part of our effort in creating Movable Type 4.2 has been around ensuring that it’s our most secure release ever. And along the way, we’ve made some changes that will even improve security for older versions of MT. Today we release Movable Type 4.2 Release Candidate 5, the last planned release candidate for this version of Movable Type before its final release, and the culmination of the largest security evaluation effort ever for our platform, and possibly for any installable blogging platform. The diligent work of our team, joined by community contributors around the world, has found a few areas where we’ve been able to make Movable Type even more secure. In the case of Movable Type 4.2, that means its forthcoming final release will be the most secure version of MT ever. In the case of earlier releases, it means we’ll be providing updates to remedy these potential security vulnerabilities. It’s important to note that there are no known exploits of these issues, but we’ve chosen to preemptively address…
August 4, 2008
Website outage update
On August 3rd around 11:30pm, the machine hosting a number of Movable Type web sites, including this one suffered a major hardware failure. We worked through the night and into the day in order to restore availability as quickly as possible. As of approximately 5:20 pm on August 4 we were able to fully restore the following web sites: www.movabletype.org plugins.movabletype.org forums.movabletype.org We will continue to work on fully restoring the following sites and services through the night: wiki.movabletype.org www.learningmovabletype.com www.thestylearchive.com www.thestylecontest.com Stay tuned to this blog post for additional updates throughout the night and into tomorrow as we bring our entire set of services back up to full availability….
July 23, 2008
Movable Type 4.2 RC4 and some of our latest hacks
We have had some amazing feedback from the community since we started the public beta of Movable Type 4.2 - a release we consider to be one of the most important upgrades to Movable Type ever. Users of 4.2 can attest as well: Movable Type 4.2 is fast — never before have we seen performance increases of 100x for common tasks like search. Of course, improvements like that are only possible, I believe, when a team of people come together to stop using band-aids and focus intently on actually solving a problem in a fundamental way. Naturally with improvements like that in store for our users, the most common question we hear is, “when will Movable Type 4.2 be released?” With bug reports starting to wane and feedback slowing to a trickle, we think we are getting really close to a final release, and it is our belief that the latest, Release Candidate 4, will be the last release candidate prior to release. In the meantime, for those of you aching for something new, something cool, or something useful, here are some things coming out of our weekly hackathons that you might be check out: Template Set Exporter Tool Designers…
July 2, 2008
Quality is (still) a feature… Oh yeah, and so is speed
Three years ago, at the same point in the life cycle of Movable Type 3, we took stock in what we had built, and turned our focus to product quality. That tradition continues today with Movable Type 4.2. Movable Type 4.2 is not a release of Movable Type narrowly focused on bringing more bells and whistles to the platform, but instead on making dramatic improvements to the fabric of the product in order to pave the way for more exciting things to come. And we are not just talking about performance, although that is a core focus of the release. We, learning from projects like Apple’s Snow Leopard, want this release to be about setting new standards of quality for the product. To that end, Movable Type 4.2 has been an opportunity for us and the community to make changes to our development and testing process so that going forward we can ensure an ongoing level of quality our customers and users expect and deserve. Here are just a couple of the things members of the team have been working on in effort to improve code quality: Mark Paschal, the creator of Action Streams, has been working on building the…
June 20, 2008
Movable Type Security Update for 4.0 and 4.1
June 12, 2008
More Reasons to Upgrade to Movable Type 4.2 and RC2
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…
May 29, 2008
Welcome Movable Type 4.2
Today is a great day for Movable Type users: We’re announcing the release candidate of Movable Type 4.2, a new version which takes the top three most frequently requested features from our community and builds them right into the platform: A faster and more efficient user experience More design options and our simplest and most powerful templates yet The best, most effective anti-spam solution So today we are incorporating all of the work that’s been done on the MT 4.15 betas so far and are happy to announce the availability of the first release candidate of the newly rechristened Movable Type 4.2. A Faster Movable Type Speed isn’t just about making the code faster, it’s about looking at the tasks you do every day and making them all more efficient. Refined navigation - The primary navigation for getting around Movable Type has been refined and expanded to make getting to the page you need to far more efficient. Fewer clicks means faster blogging. Template Preview - Now you never have to wait to see what your site will look like when you tweak or edit your templates. Every Movable Type template can be previewed with a 100% accurate live preview…
May 14, 2008
Mapping Movable Type’s Motion
One of the coolest areas of innovation on the web over the past several years has been in the realm of mapping and geolocation. So we’re excited to introduce two new plugins for Movable Type, released just in time for this week’s Where 2.0 Conference here in the Bay Area. Both enable MT users to plug location data (like latitude and longitude) right into your blog entries, and both use the Google Maps API to find locations and display them as custom maps on your blog. And both of these free plugins automatically create new template tags for your blog, making it super easy to publish geocoded RSS feeds, custom layer (KML) files for Google Earth or customized content channels for the new LightPole Mobile Publishing Platform. If you just want to grab the code, here’s the links to these two free plugins: GeoSpatial Simple was developed by Six Apart’s own Bryan Tighe, and is available for Movable Type 4. GeoType was developed by LightPole in conjunction with Six Apart Services, and is available for Movable Type 3.3 and Movable Type Enterprise 1.5. In the spirit of Open Source, the plugin includes contributions from Jef Poskanzer of acme.com and builds…
April 14, 2008
Did you hear about the latest Movable Type beta?
If you were tuned into the Movable Type Twitter channel last week, or into the MTOS-dev or ProNet mailing lists, you may have heard that we released Movable Type 4.15 Beta 2. As with every beta, we managed to sneak a couple of features in as well in response to user feedback: revised the “Preferences” menu to allow users to navigate more quickly to the settings screen they are looking for. added a blog level “Tools” menu to more easily import and export content, create backups and view the activity log. added the ability to sort entries by the number of comments and TrackBacks received providing a good way to list your most popular entries. added the ability to make a copy of a template. In keeping with the central theme of this release, we also made Movable Type faster (again) by further optimizing the publishing engine to not only be faster, but smarter as well. But speaking of the ways you might have heard about this release, you might want to consider making a regular visit to The Blog Herald every Monday for “Movable Type Mondays.” A new series they are running to give Movable Type fans their weekly…
April 8, 2008
Awesome: apt-get install movabletype-opensource
Movable Type just got a whole lot easier to install for Debian users thanks to newly available Debian packages. But what makes this addition to the Movable Type Open Source Project so great is not the fact that installing Movable Type can now be as simple as typing “apt-get install movabletype-opensource” (then again that is pretty awesome) but the fact that it was a project undertaken and completed by the community itself — and one person in particular: Dominic Hargreaves. We caught up with Dominic shortly after he announced the availability of the packages he created and conducted a brief interview with him in an attempt to help us all get to know a little bit better those who give so freely to our community. What drew your interest to MTOS and the MT community? I’m very much an FOSS-inclined person. For many years now I’ve almost exclusively used free and open source software - in fact, MT was a rare exception when I first installed it. When I decided to go against my normal ideals and use MT, it was because it seemed to be far ahead of any FOSS alternatives, and the pragmatist in me won out. I…
April 3, 2008
Movable Type 4.15 Beta 1 now available
Last month we told you of an effort to improve the performance of Movable Type that involved the entire community. The response has been amazing. We asked for people to contribute data collected by Movable Type’s new performance monitoring framework. What we got were log files, entire data sets and even code contributions from numerous members of our open source developer community. The results of this work and collaboration with the community culminates today in the first public beta of Movable Type Open Source 4.15. But a faster version of Movable Type is not all you have to look forward to. The community has also contributed new features to the product, and with their help and valuable feedback we have added a number of other new features as well. Threaded Commenting Arvind was kind enough to donate to MTOS one of Movable Type’s more popular plugins: Simply Threaded. With this donation Movable Type will allow commenters to reply directly to one another and for designers to display nested and threaded comment listings on their blog. Simpler, Easier Default Templates One thing we have heard loud and clear is that our default templates, while powerful and flexible were too difficult for…
March 14, 2008
We Want You!
While we’re not exactly Uncle Sam, SIX APART NEEDS YOU to come train at Camp Trott and join us as we fight for the right to publish blogs and rearrange widgets. And by that, I mean attend our next Movable Type Open Source hackathon and build the kind of cool stuff that made you fall in love with blogging and coding in the first place. However, first there are some minor tactical details we need to settle on. We are thinking of some time in early April, but before setting the exact date we’d like to know whether a workday or weekend day works better for those of you in the community.If the hackathon is held during a workday, it would probably begin in late morning, and continue on into the night, so you could show up after you finish your day job, if you choose. A weekend hackathon might take place all day Saturday or Sunday; or even, if there is enough interest, on both days. No matter when it is held, though, rest assured, you will be adequately supplied with everything you need to fight, and fight well (ie, free sodas, coffee, tea, salty snacks, wired and un-wired…
February 25, 2008
Help Make MT Even More Bulletproof
Some of the largest properties on the web power their sites using Movable Type. Not just the biggest blogs, but some of the biggest sites, period. You’ve seen ‘em: The Washington Post, The Gothamist, Boing Boing, The Huffington Post and thousands more. Each of these sites rely on Movable Type to keep their web sites and blogs up and running, and one of our most important goals for Movable Type is to make sure your MT-powered site stays bullet-proof and reliable, no matter how big traffic gets. There are a few different features and capabilities of Movable Type that make this kind of scale possible: Background publishing and task management - Movable Type can offload the work-intensive parts of publishing to a separate task system which handles the heavy lifting. Multiple supported and scalable system architectures - Movable Type can run across a number of servers, splitting tasks like comment management and publishing onto their own dedicated infrastructure. Static publishing - Movable Type’s has always defaulted to publishing completely static HTML pages, which serve up faster with less work needed by your web and database servers. And static pages are a lot more forgiving of transient problems with a database…
February 8, 2008
Where Movable Type is Going in 2008
In case you missed it, you’ll want to check out Six Apart CEO Chris Alden’s post MT in 2008: Open, Powerful and Easy. It’s a great look at the vision for the MT platform going forward, and offers a compelling look at the philosophy behind the huge investment in MT over the past year:So, back in 2006, we made some decisions. First and foremost, we were going to compete. MT has brought more to blogging than any platform in history — it was the first professional grade blogging platform (when it launched) and the first enterprise grade blogging platform (with MT Enterprise) — but in 2006 it was time to double down or take the chips off the table.We decided to bet on the future.Central to this effort is Movable Type 4, a completely re-thought version of the software designed to address the way the web and social media have changed in the past half-decade. We wanted to improve the ease of use, the user interface, the installation process, and the content & community management capabilities. We also greatly enhanced our advanced capabilities, launching an Enterprise Solution, making MT unrivaled in its power for large customers who need to run large…
February 5, 2008
Website maintenance tonight
Tonight, February 5th, at approximately 9:00pm PST the Movable Type [dot org] web site will be taken offline for routine maintenance and to expand the machine’s capacity. The outage should last for approximately 30 minutes. The following services will be unavailable during this time: The movabletype.org Web site Movable Type Documentation Movable Type Forums The Style Archive The Plugin Directory Learning Movable Type Access to MTOS nightly builds Access to MTOS stable builds We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience….
January 28, 2008
Movable Type Open Source 4.1 is Here!
Last week Movable Type passed one of the biggest milestones in its history: the first stable version of Movable Type Open Source was officially released. Technically, Movable Type has been available under a GPL license since December. But for so many of you who were waiting in the sidelines for an officially blessed, officially tested stable version of the product, we are happy to say that it is finally available for download. Since our original announcement, we’ve been paying close attention to your questions about MTOS. So instead of summarizing all of the new features that have been introduced in MTOS again, I thought I would take a moment to revisit some of those questions. This should also help explain the motivations behind the MTOS project and how it relates to the other Movable Type products available from movabletype.com….
January 18, 2008
Totally turn-key web sites and blogs
For the last several weeks, Jim Ramsey has been developing a new web site design using Movable Type 4.1’s new template set and theming infrastructure. His goals were simple: make it easy for users to create not just a blog, but an entire web site create a web site that guides the user through customization right out of the box architect a set of templates that is more intuitive to customize The result of his work is pretty incredible - so much so that we decided to include the new template set, called the “Universal Template Set,” with the new Professional Pack. Users will be able to get a sneak preview of the feature next week when we release Movable Type 4.1 Release Candidate 2 announced yesterday. Or if you can’t wait that long, we have created a short screencast to demonstrate how Movable Type’s new template set framework functions and some of the many features found within the Universal Template Set. Check it out!…
January 17, 2008
Movable Type 4.1 Release Candidate 1
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…
January 17, 2008
Security Update for Movable Type
Cross posted from the “announcement”:http://www.movabletype.com/blog/2008/01/movable-type-security-update.html found at the “Official Movable Type News blog”:http://www.movabletype.com/blog/: Today we are releasing a mandatory security update for all Movable Type users, to address a potential security issue which has been reported by a third party. A detailed description of the vulnerability can be found later in this post, but to summarize: In affected versions of Movable Type, there are certain circumstances in which a blog template may be rendered dynamically via CGI in an otherwise static publishing context. If you use Movable Type to publish PHP files (or JSP or ASP pages) and have embedded within your Movable Type templates sensitive information (such as database connection information), then that sensitive information could potentially be exposed and viewed publicly. There is no record of a customer having been affected by this vulnerability. Here’s the Update Advisor, a simple scorecard to let you evaluate this new release. Movable Type Update Advisor: Version 4.01a and 3.36 Release Type: Security Release. The potential vulnerability has not yet been exploited in the wild. Mandatory? This is a mandatory update for all users of Movable Type. Performance Implications: None. Plugins Affected: None. Templates Affected: No changes in your templates are required….
December 24, 2007
MTOS Project Updates
Last week we released Movable Type 4.1 Beta 2 which included a number of new features for the open source project as well, including: AtomPub Support - a core mission for MTOS is to support core Internet standards, which includes the Atom Publishing Protocol, or “AtomPub” for short. Revamped Asset Editing Interface - CMSWire recently wrote a piece entitled Movable Type 4.1 Goes Beyond Blogging - and they are right. But it is not just the commercial product that is headed in this direction. The open source project too is also becoming a more flexible tool for light weight content management — as is evidenced by Movable Type’s extensible asset management framework, and the work that Beau has been doing to expand upon the user experience around managing online assets. Virtually all of the changes in the last beta, including the ones listed above, can also be found in the latest MTOS builds. Speaking of which, if you are a person who enjoys living on the bleeding edge then the best resource for you is still our nightly builds, which ever since we completed our subversion migration to code.sixapart.com have become far more meaningful. Now that primary development of Movable…
December 21, 2007
AtomPub Support and New Edit Asset screens: MT4.1 Beta 2 Released
I can imagine that it is easy for some to skip over a blog post announcing the availability of a beta thinking “oh, they just fixed some bugs.” But to so with this most recent release of Movable Type would be a mistake. One of the things that makes Movable Type stand out as a product is an incredibly professional, yet agile development process that allows for constant innovation in additional to a steady improvement upon stability and quality, without putting our releases at risk. So while Movable Type 4.1 Beta 2 contains a huge number of bug fixes as it should being a beta, the development team still found time to include a some significant new features and advancements to the platform as a whole. Most notably: AtomPub Support - Atom is something Six Apart has been very involved in since it first emerged as potentially the first Internet standard for syndication over four years ago. We released one of the first implementations of the fledgling protocol over 4 years ago and we were also among the first to support the Atom syndication format when it emerged as an official standard across all of our products. And while Movable…
December 13, 2007
Movable Type 4.1 Beta, and a new Reseller Program
This week’s launch of the Movable Type Open Source project was huge news for our community. But as part of that announcement, we promised even more news to come. So today, we’re introducing some of the next steps that will outline how we’re going to fueling that community in the coming weeks and months. We’re beginning the beta of Movable Type 4.1 today, with tons of new features. We’re announcing the Professional Pack, the first of the extended benefits that paid users of MT will be receiving. We’re launching the Movable Type reseller program designed to offer resellers a 30% discount that you can pass on to your customers or keep for yourself. Each of these announcements on its own would be big news, but one of the things we wanted to demonstrate was how much we value our paying customers who’ve supported MT’s development (the Professional Pack and MT 4.1 will be a free upgrade for all paying customers of MT 4.0), as well as how having an open platform will help benefit everyone who uses Movable Type. Enough talk — let’s show you what’s coming! What’s new in Movable Type 4.1? Here’s what you can look forward to…
October 16, 2007
Some links that deserve a little fan fare
Just a quick post to share some links and resources that have been created or have caught my eye recently: Recommended Plugins - we have added a page that lists a more complete list of plugins selected by community plugin directory editors. Recently Added Plugins - we have also added a more complete listing of recently added plugins.. Tidy Templates - Tim Appnel has created a plugin to help publishers normalize their Movable Type tags to use a consistent style and syntax. Very nice. SezWho - I have been seeing SezWho, an interesting service that provides universal commenter profiles across the web, from time to time on sites I visit from time to time so it was good to see that they also have a Movable Type Plugin to make it easy for anyone to use their service. How to Build a Style Catcher Repository - Movable Type makes it really easy for people to browse various style collections scattered across the web and then to download, install and apply those styles to a blog - all from within Movable Type. This recently published guide details how developers and designers can construct their own style repositories and allow Movable Type…
October 11, 2007
Podcast with David Recordon about the Open Social Graph
In last week’s ProNet conference call, which is quickly evolving into a call-in internet talk show of sorts, I spoke with David Recordon, the man leading the effort behind the Open Social Graph Project, or “Glue.” If you are interested in learning more about: the open social graph what actually is the “social graph” what the goals are for the project what are the principals that govern its development what kind of products one might build with this technology what is XFN and what are the other protocols and standards that this project is taking advantage of Then this is a great podcast for you. Listen to it now (it is about 41 minutes long); and when you are done check out some of our previous podcasts posted to our ProNet Vox Community. During the call I also gave updates about the Movable Type Open Source project, the Movable Type product roadmap, new plugins like Template Hammer and Ghostwriter and much, much more. Remember our ProNet conference calls are open to the public. Anyone is welcome to join and participate in the conversation we have there….
September 10, 2007
One more reason to buy an iPhone
For a long time now I have been one of those iPhone hold outs that insists on waiting for the next generation before taking the iPhone plunge. But today could be the tipping point for me and many other Movable Type users like me. Today we are happy to announce Movable Type for the iPhone and iPod Touch, made possible through a plugin developed by Brad Choate that makes use of the design developed by Walt Dickinson for TypePad. The plugin works by installing an alternate template set that is automatically used in place of the primary Movable Type user interface when the application is accessed via an iPhone or iPod Touch. The integration with Movable Type is totally seamless. Walt has done an amazing job creating a truly thoughtful user experience. He certainly had the option to just boil down the application to a smaller, more browsable version of itself. But he didn’t. Instead Walt designed the ideal user experience for iPhone from scratch. He created custom graphics, layouts and entirely new screens for the application in order to make this plugin feel like a completely native iPhone application. The plugin, and its design, is completely free and open…
September 10, 2007
Movable Type 4.01 Release Candidate 1
Last week we released Movable Type 4.01 Release Candidate 1. This release contains a number of fixes, but a couple in particular that we feel we should highlight for our users: A fix for an XSS vulnerability that affects blogs in which the primary Movable Type application is hosted on a different domain then their blog. The vulnerability results from a commenter name of an authenticated user that contains apostrophes. For users who host their blog and application on different domains, we ask that you please upgrade to 4.01 when it is released. A fix for a low-level bug that affects Movable Type’s data abstract layer called Data::ObjectDriver. In this bug, any page within the application or on the published blog that needs to compose links to the next and previous entries in a sequence of entries, will result in Movable Type querying and pulling from the database more entries then is technically necessary. This has an adverse affect on performance and memory utilization during publishing operations and page load operations. This bug has the largest impact on large blogs with thousands of entries. For users with blogs of this size we strongly recommend you upgrade. The rest of the…
August 31, 2007
Happy Labor Day Weekend - MT4.01 Beta 2 now available
A quick note to wish everyone in the Movable Type community a Happy Labor Day Weekend, and to inform everyone that we released Movable Type 4.01 beta 2. This has been an excellent beta period thanks to everyone who has been submitting bug reports and patches to the MT team. We have managed to address a lot of issues affecting people upgrading and migrating blog content to Movable Type 4.0; plus we have made a lot of progress on addressing issues raised by developers as they continue to build some incredibly innovative plugins on top of MT. For a complete list of issues addressed in this latest release, check out the change log on the MT 4.01 Beta homepage. We expect this to be the last beta before we officially release Movable Type 4.01 to the public. Thanks again to everyone who has been contributing to this process, your feedback has been invaluable….
August 22, 2007
Movable Type 4.01 Beta
A little more than a week ago we released Movable Type 4.0 and the response it has received has been extraordinary. More and more people are upgrading to and making the switch to MT4 every day, and with every new user comes more feedback, and with Movable Type gaining so much momentum we wanted to do our best to keep up. So we are happy to announce the release of Movable Type 4.01 Beta 1 which has three primary goals: To address high priority issues found by users following the release of Movable Type 4.0; the majority of these issues revolving around issues users faced with upgrading from previous versions of Movable Type and migrating to MT4 from other blogging platforms. To make the necessary changes to the core application in support of the upcoming availability of the Movable Type Enterprise Solution. To support developers who are in the process of upgrading their existing plugins and developing entirely new plugins for the MT4 platform. We expect that this release will cover all the primary issues in MT 4.0 and do not anticipate the need to release a MT 4.02 or other 4.0x release unless any security or other critical issues…
August 14, 2007
Introducing the New Movable Type Plugin Directory
Today we are excited to announce the official release of a brand new and completely redesigned Movable Type Plugin Directory. This new directory is a resource designed and developed by and for the community.The Directory is powered completely by Movable Type 4.0 enabling us to build a site that contains a number new features and enhancements its predecessor never had:local authentication and registration to make it easier for developers to manage their contributionscustomizable screenshot slideshows for users to more easily preview a plugin’s functionalityratings to help the community inform one another about what is most popular and most recommendedreviews and comments allowing users to leave feedback to the author of the plugintags to assist visitors in navigation and discovery of pluginsrestructured category hierarchy for a simplified and more organized directoryLogin or create an account now!It really is a whole new world for Movable Type: there’s a new product, a new web site, a new plugin directory and a bunch of new plugins that work with MT4… and believe it or not, we are still just getting started. The coming weeks and months still have a lot in store for the community. Stay tuned!…
August 13, 2007
Reports from the Upgrade-a-thon
Last week’s Movable Type 4.0 events were a huge success. On Tuesday we hosted a day long “Upgrade-a-thon” where we invited people to join us in Movable Type’s IRC chat room and on the phone to help a number of people with migrating to Movable Type from other platforms as well upgrading older versions of Movable Type to the latest and greatest MT4. Lots of people successfully upgraded that day using the Movable Type 4.0 Upgrade Guide, and many more reported having successfully upgraded earlier on in Movable Type 4.0’s beta process. I would like to thank everyone who participated that day. Your feedback and your many questions allowed us to refine our documentation even further in order to pave the way for even more MT4 converts. Who knew that just by asking questions you would be helping others?We learned a lot about how to upgrade to MT4. So we thought we’d share it with you.What follows are some of the most frequently asked questions from that day with links to the documentation that resulted from those questions. If one of your questions was not answered, then please, attach a comment to this post and we will do our best…
August 7, 2007
The Road to Movable Type 4
While the Movable Type Beta started about 8 weeks ago, the road to Movable Type 4.0 began well over a year ago when we released a preview of what we had planned on being Movable Type 3.5, codenamed Wheeljack. That version was a test release available only through the Movable Type code repository, but was used by a number of users and it was then when we first as the first step to start collecting feedback about what would ultimately become Movable Type 4.0.As 2007 approached, we began to feel strongly that Movable Type needed more than just a powerful new asset management system — after five years of working with and learning from our community, it was obvious our flagship platform was due for a major rethinking. So we began engaging the community in a broader discussion about what you wanted to achieve with Movable Type. This is what we heard from you:Better documentationA larger, more vibrant communityA WYSIWYG editorAll the functionality you need without the need to install pluginsBetter default templates and more template tags to make life easier on designersA more intuitive install experienceMore content management featuresA product that felt new againThe innovation that got you excited…
August 6, 2007
Movable Type 4.0 Release Candidate 3
Earlier this evening we released Movable Type 4.0 RC3, and we have updated our change log and list of known issues according. This change log is shorter then usual as we begin to converge on a release. This week, while the web production team works on building out a new Movable Type (dot com) web site, the product team will be devoting a lot of its time to our developers to assist them as much as we can as they begin to test their plugins on the new product. There will be a number of places you can find us and reach us this week if you have questions or issues you can’t seem to find a solution for:IRC - the chat room #movabletype chat room on freenode is almost always populated by Movable Type engineers, support personnel, QA staff and ProNet members just waiting to help. ProNet Mailing List - The ProNet mailing list has always been where Six Apart’s most talented professionals, engineers and designers alike, gather to share ideas and seek support from one another. There is no cost to joining the mailing list - everyone is welcome.Developer Mailing List - Tim Appnel has been the gracious…
August 3, 2007
Movable Type 4.0 Release Candidate 2
Last night we silently released our second release candidate and took another significant step towards a full fledged release of Movable Type 4.0. This release contains its usual impressive number of fixes, but if you look at the change log, the vast majority of issues addressed had to do with browser compatibility and minor style fixes. Many of the issues fixed were found by the community, but a large number were also found by our dedicated QA staff who have been engaged in a systematic and thorough walk through of a complex testing matrix looking at how Movable Type performs on multiple operating systems, databases and browsers. Here are some highlights from the Movable Type 4.0 RC2 release:A new configuration directive called “AllowedTextFilters” has been added that allows administrators to define what list of text editors (such as Markdown, Rich Text, Textile and others) they permit users on their system to use. A number of browser compatibility issues across Safari, Internet Explorer 6 and 7 and Firefox following an exhaustive sweep of the application.Movable Type has been translated into 5 different languages including German, French, Dutch, Spanish and Japanese.The plugin management screens have been significantly redesigned to give administrators a…
July 25, 2007
Movable Type 4 Release Candidate: Ready To Go
About seven weeks ago we released to the world the first beta of Movable Type 4.0. In that time the Beta has been downloaded tens of thousands of times, bringing new users into the MT4 community at a rate that’s never gone under one every minute. And on top of that, thousands more have tried the Amazon EC2 image and MT4 demo site that community members have set up to get the new version in the hands of even more testers.Since then, all of you have sent hundreds upon hundreds of emails to us giving us your feedback, reporting bugs, and most importantly sharing your passion and insight about how blogging should work. Now’s your chance to get a good sense of how our community’s efforts have created something truly special.We incorporated over three dozen new themes built right into Movable Type because you told us how important a good collection of professional designs is. We bundled podcasting support into the core application and integrated it with MT4’s smart media library, to let you easily create podcasts, videocasts, or even photocasts from the content you upload. You told us you loved the WYSIWYG editor but wanted it to be even…
July 24, 2007
Services restored and gearing up for a release
Today at approximately 1:40pm PST this web site along with all of Six Apart’s web sites and services suffered a major interruption of service due to a power outage that affected our entire hosting facility. Power was restored to the facility by 4:00pm but it took several hours to restore all of our services to full capacity. But we are now back.It was our intent to release a new version of Movable Type 4.0 today, but under the circumstances we decided to delay the release 24 hours. Looking on the bright side, however, this outage may have given us just enough time to close out some of the last remaining known issues in the application, and may very well have helped us to reach the important milestone of releasing our first official release candidate of Movable Type 4.0.So as we work through the night to verify the most recent builds, we will be going through the usual process of updating the change log and our list of known issues. We will also be working on compiling our final set of release notes to provide users with as much knowledge and information about the upcoming release as we can. Before we…
July 17, 2007
Podcasting? Yep, we got that.
The number seven just got a whole lot luckier if you ask me. Beta 7 was just released (download it now), and just when I thought no new exciting features would be added to MT4 because honestly, we really are trying to release this sucker, our developers start pulling rabbits out of their hats…Following a lively discussion on ProNet, Brad and Antoine teamed up to deliver to Movable Type for the first time: fully integrated, out-of-the-box podcasting support. Yep, no plugin required. Here is a summary of the features they added to support podcasting:Introduced several new template tags which can be used in RSS and Atom feeds, as well as on the published blog side to reference assets that have been uploaded into a post, thereby allowing a user to:Upload an mp3 via the posting interface, and have that mp3 encoded as an enclosure in an Atom or RSS feed.Wrap an audio/video player around uploaded assets or files in the blog’s published HTML.Introduced several new file types including “Audio” and “Video.” This will allow users from within the application to filter by media or file types to see “All Audio Files” or “All Video Files”.No feature in Movable Type…
July 10, 2007
Beta 6, replying to your commenters, more spam fighting ammo
We are pleased to announce that we just released the sixth beta for Movable Type 4.0. Our focus in this release was almost entirely upon fixing bugs, reproducing issues reported by customers, responding to your feedback and bringing even more polish to the application. We tackled a lot of issues this week, but Beta Testers: we still want to hear from you! Did we finally fix that bug you reported or that was nagging you? Or is there still something that vexes you about the product that we still haven’t addressed? Please, leave a comment and let us know.So, while there are no new big features we can surprise you with in this beta, perhaps this is a good opportunity to highlight five features you may not have known about:Reply to Comment - users can now reply to comments posted by the readers directly from within the application. In other words, authors no longer need to switch back and forth between the application and their published blog to approve and then reply to comments left by their community.Captchas for Anonymous Commenters - Movable Type 4.0 allows users to authenticate in a variety of ways before leaving a comment, but many…
July 3, 2007
Happy Fourth of July!
Obligatory Fireworks Photo As we all must do when we see fireworks, let us let out a collective “oooooooohhh” and “aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh” with the release of Movable Type 4.0 Beta 5. This release is right on par with our past releases, with over 100 fixed bugs, UI tweaks and feature enhancements. We have updated our change log and our list of known issues (some of you may have noticed that we did not update our known issues after the last beta - for that we apologize).This release does not have very many new features as the team is focusing 99% of its time on fixing bugs and refining the last pages of the application. There is one new feature worth mentioning however… the template editor now supports template snippets allowing users to easily insert template tags using handy keyboard shortcuts. This greatly speeds up the time it takes to code new templates and reduces the potential for error when typing template tags manually. Kudos to the team for squeaking this feature in there.We hope everyone in the Movable Type community has a Happy Fourth of July. Just know, that no one will judge you if your idea of fun on a…
June 27, 2007
Beta 4 and things still to come
Last night we released the fourth Beta of Movable Type 4.0. This latest release continues to elevate the stability of the application by fixing more then 60 bugs, and brings us all one step closer to a release. Here are some highlights from the release:More refinements are made to the system level navigation scheme and to the primary navigation of the application.The template editor now sports template syntax highlighting.An <MTAuthors> template tag was added to allow for the listing of authors in the systemAn <MTIfCommenterIsAuthor> template tag was added to determine if a the current commenter in context is an author in the system, and a <MTIfCommenterIsEntryAuthor> tag was added to see if the current commenter is also the author of the current entry in context. These two tags allow for comments left by authors to be styled differently then other commenters.Turning on and off captchas is now controlled on a blog-by-blog basis - it is no longer a system preference, making it easier to craft the anti-spam policy of your choosing.The team is now beginning to shift gears in their development by focusing increasingly on fixing bugs and less and less on new feature development. But don’t despair! That…