Movable Type 4 Publishing Platform released
It's official. Movable Type v4.1 has taken another definitive step toward production. This means the real deal is not far away. There are a few changes from the beta release, but for the most part -- she's looking fit.We've covered the Movable Type arena quite extensively. And who wouldn't? It's one of the more dynamic light-weight publishing platforms today. Note that they have stated that there is another version of the release candidate scheduled for early next week. This second release will include "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." Recently, we updated you on the beta release of the product and talked about some it's features. It's worth taking a second look at those new features here.

Custom Fields

Custom Fields provide Administrators with the ability store and manage different types of content within MT by defining new fields and input types. Things like product catalogs can be created; administrators can create default values and restrict the type of content through the use of input types, etc. With the introduction of Custom Fields capability, MT 4.1 is starting to pull away from the pure blogging world and into the even more competitive world of web content management. Other products in the Movable Type competitive sphere offer this functionality as well, for example ExpressionEngine.

New Features for Users and Authors

New features for users and authors include the ability to install and select a set of custom templates for an entire website and support for authors using Windows Live Writer or an alternate Rich Text Editor. And, how cool, the ability to upload photos for use in profiles. Ok, maybe it’s not that cool.

New Features for Developers

For developers, the ability to package up a set of templates into a plugin, which is then used by users as described above; the ability to register Help URLs for template tags; the ability to create a pluggable Rich Text Editor; and the ability to use MT’s abstraction layer to implement archiving.

New Features for Designers

A number of new tags, many related to the new User Pics and comments, plus a few modified tags (Else, Tags, Authors) have been added. A really nice new feature is the Global Templates feature. It enables designers to share code and template fragments between blogs. Very nice if you manage a number of blogs and need to make changes fast that affect them all.

New Features for Administrators

For Administrators, the ability to publish a web site across multiple servers using a feature called Publish Queue. Which means MT now the ability to support load balancing for performance and availability. Finally, a number of new configuration directives, some regarding re-syncing, others for notifications. There is one directive retirement: PublishCommenterIcon.

Enhancements to the Release Candidate Version

A couple of changes have been made since the Beta version including: * For those moving to MT 4.1, there is now a clean upgrade path for the Custom Fields plugin * Userpics are now embedded by default in MT's default templates * Search results have have been sped up via improvements to the search results template * There a fix to the security vulnerability found by a third party. The vulnerability affects all version of MT since 3.2. See below for a description of this issue. Security Patch Description An Individual Entry Archive template can be used to output static PHP, ASP or JSP files to the file system. If these templates are processed dynamically and then displayed via a CGI then their contents are displayed to the world. And if the contents of the page contain sensitive information - well - you know the rest. There's also a script called mt-view.cgi that exhibits similar behavior. Take a look at what you need to do to apply the fix if you are using anything other than the new candidate release.

Important Information on Pricing!

Did you know there's an introductory discount available for the commercial version of MT 4 upgrade now? Consider it. Owners of MT 4 get a FREE Upgrade to 4.1. So go download the build now and try it out. Then, if you really like it, buy MT4 and wait (impatiently) for the upgrade. If you are already getting your hands dirty, do share your opinion.