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This is a personal website and doesn't have anything to do with Six Apart nevertheless Chris Alden, the former Six Apart CEO, appreciated my idea when he saw it available online.

Six Apart launched today v6.3.6 and v6.2.7 as mandatory security releases.

An issue with the "Edit Template" privilege on websites and blogs has been fixed.

The release note is:

[Important] Fixed an issue where the 'Edit Template' privilege on websites or blogs are still enabled even if the 'Edit Template' system privilege is revoked from a user. (#114845 / #114958)

Affected versions are all the movable type pro and advanced versions.

Six Apart didn't make available patches for v6.1.x or older version of movable type v6, because those already reached their EOL (end of life) cycle.

They highly recommend upgrading to the latest version.

upgrade-to-v6.3.6-from-v6.3.5.png

In order to evaluate movable type v6.3.6, please go to:

http://www.movabletypedemo.org/v6x/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi

And login using:

- u: demo

- p: testthis

Enjoy,
Mihai

We've got some excellent news this morning.

Six Apart made available Movable Type v7.0 Alpha 1.

The product has a completely new interface and introduces an excellent feature called "content type".

This new feature would allow you to create virtually any other object you would need, similar to the "entry" and "page" object or to the "categories" and "tags" for "categorizing/sorting" items.

With this awesome feature on board, Movable Type is ready to win the competition against Word Press on building very custom projects, those projects that require specific content types (not only entries/posts and pages, but also any other type of content with its own set of fields, such as say: seminars, collections etc.).



Thumbnail Sample

v7.0-alpha-1-all-fields-added-to-the-content-type-seminar-thumb.png


More Thumbnails

For more thumbnails, please check the "v7x" page.


Logging In Details

Please give it a look from:

Username: demo
Password: testthis

Happy Testing!

Kind Regards,
Mihai Bocsaru

Six Apart nicely surprised us today releasing movable type v6.3.5.

This version comes with a large number of new and improved functions covering data api, a new configuration directive, user management, development, updated functions covering user management, development  and miscellaneous as well as many resolved issues covering data api, entry and page, dynamic publishing, template, template tag, user management and miscellaneous.

Let's take a look at the release notes:

NEW AND IMPROVED FUNCTIONS

Data API

createEntry and updateEntry can save entries without rebuilding

You can now save an entry without rebuilding by createEntry and updateEntry endpoints. This will improve performance when saving lots of entries.


entry={"title" : "Some title","body" : "Some body"}&publish=0

For example, sending above request to createEntry or updateEntry endpoint, a status of saved entry is ‘Published’ but output file is never built. If publish parameter is set 1 or not specified, output file is built as before.

search endpoint can now filter target object

A search endpoint returns entries and web pages that contain specific keywords, but now it supports filtering by class. If ”class” parameter with ‘entry’ or ‘page’ specified, the results of the search would include entries or web pages only.


/v3/search?search=keyword&class=entry

Web services password now can be set/changed by DataAPI

You can now set/change web services password via createUser and updateUser endpoint.


user={"apiPassword" : "new password"}

Configuration directive

  • XFrameOptions directive now accepts ‘NONE’. If ‘NONE’ is specified, Movable Type will never output X-Frame-Options header. (#114520)

User management

  • System administrators can now change the web services password of another user. (#114207)

Development

  • The request body of file uploading now contains the field values on the upload screen added by a plugin. (# 114450)

UPDATE FUNCTIONS

User management

  • User authentication is now performed using all input values even if the username contains a trailing whitespace. Previously, trailing whitespace was ignored by the database.(#114242)

Development

If you want to translate a jsmessage defined in listactions, you need to write a jsmessagehandler subroutine and return the translation result. (# 112528)


js_message_handler: sub {
    my $plugin = MT->component( PLUGIN_NAME );
    return $plugin->translate( 'Some message here' );
}

Miscellaneous

  • The definition of the ReturnToURL directive is now moved into the core package. (#100832)

RESOLVED ISSUES

Data API

  • Rebuilding an archive template now works when the current archive context does not include an entry by deleting entry. (#114213)
  • The site URL of the blog is now set correctly when creating a blog via createSite endpoint. (#114304)
  • PageStats endpoint now supports offset parameter. (#113117)
  • Comment receiving now works when the Data API is disabled on one of the website’s blogs. (#114070)

Entry and page

  • Recovering the auto-saved custom fields data now works when the type of custom fields is image. (#114385)
  • The entry title is never changed to an empty title when the title is 0. (#114284)

Dynamic Publishing

  • MTParentFolders now works when used in subfolders context. (#114283)
  • Pagination link by mt-search.cgi now works when it is used on category archive. (#114007)
  • MTLink now works when specifying different blog ID to blog_id. (#114117)
  • MTSubCatsRecurse and MTSubFolderRecurse now work with max_depth modifier. (#114261)

Template

  • Template identifier change tracking now works. (#114375)

Template Tag

  • MTElse block now works when in MTEntries with a tag modifier that specifies a nonexistent tag. (#114076)

User Management

  • The permission table is now rebuilt when revoking permission from user who has already joined any group. (#114421)
  • Password verification error occurring even when the password was not changed on the user information edit screen is resolved when the UserPasswordMinLength environment variable is specified in mt-config.cgi. (# 114344)
  • Password validation now works even if JavaScript is disabled. (#114503)
  • Displaying the correct web services password now works when using the password manager of browser. (#114434)

Miscellaneous

  • The filter label of user based now displays user nickname. (#106171)
  • The from header of an email is now set correctly when using sendmail in a few environments. (#114196)
  • ‘J’, ‘K’, ‘X’ keys are now enterable on the modal dialog so that keys will never operate table. (#114515)
  • Fixed typo for X-Content-Type-Options. (#114519)
  • Facebook Commenters plugin now works. (#114463)
  • Addressed an issue with garbling by rebuild-pages script. (#114165)

If the above convinced you to take a look at the latest version, please go to:

http://www.movabletypedemo.org/v6x/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi

And login using:

- username: demo

- password: testthis

Happy Blogging!

Movable Type v6.3.3

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It's a pleasure to announce that on February the 22nd, 2017, Six Apart launched movable type v6.3.3.

What's new in this release is that the user of double-byte characters in passwords for users is prohibited along with a number of resolved issues covering websites and blogs, entries and pages, the smartphone option (usability improvement) and dynamic publishing.

Here we go with the whole release notes:

UPDATED FUNCTIONS

User Registration

  • Now prohibit use of double-byte characters in password for user. (#114313, #114216)

RESOLVED ISSUES

Websites and Blogs

  • Show the Creative Commons license log now works when settings has been changed to enable. (#114356)

Entries and Pages

  • New user password is not asked for when importing entries using LDAP authentication and ExternalUserManagement is enabled. (#114051)

Smartphone Option

  • Body field height increased automatically when entering any text. (#114175)

Dynamic Publishing

  • Adding new block tag now works when a plugin adds a block tag using addconditionaltag function. (#114302)
  • MTMultiBlog using mode=”context” now outputs content that belongs to all websites and blogs specified by includeblogs / excludeblogs. (#114360)

Please go ahead and try this version from:

http://www.movabletypedemo.org/v6x/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi

Login using:

- username: demo

- password: testthis

Enjoy!

Movable Type v6.3.2

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On September 26th, 2016, Six Apart launched movable type v6.3.2.

This version includes a number of fixes for the assets, entry and page objects, server sync and dynamic publishing as well as new features related to logging (the ability to output a log file on demand and new configuration directives for it).

NEW AND IMPROVED FUNCTIONS

Output a log file on demand

In this newest version, Movable Type is able to output the activity log to an external file on demand. Of course, output of the CSV file from the activity log listing screen is also available. This feature make it possible to monitor the activity log easily and detect system errors and security issues.

Also, it is possible to control the log output in accordance with the log level. This means you can control logs by production server or development server.

Logging Level

The log levels now supported are debug, info, warn and error. debug outputs the most information from the log,error is the most minimal. You can specify the logging level by using the LoggerLevel configuration directive in the mt-config.cgi configuration file.

debug
A large amount of the log is output. Movable Type does not use the `debug` logging level, but some plugins are using it. If this level is set as the LoggerLevel, the external log file contains all types of log entries. This level is recommended for a development server.
info
A log at this level is just information such as sign-in's, sign-out's, and creating new entries. If this level is set as the LoggerLevel, the external log file contains `error`, `warn` and `info` level log entries.
warn
This log is a kind of error but it does not impact the running of Movable Type. However, it is better if you check the `warn` log entries because an abnormal situation has occurred.
error
This log is recorded in the case of issues affecting the system. For example, when writing to the database or to the file system has failed, or when security issues have occurred.
Also, an `error` will be recorded in the case of a security risk such as a sign-in failure.

Log file

The log file that is named al-yyyymmdd.log will be output in the directory that is specified by LoggerPath configuration directive. (yyyymmdd will replaced with server date)

Logger modules

Currently, Movable Type supports the Log::Log4perl and Log::Minimal perl modules. Movable Type will detect available modules automatically. If no module is installed and available, the log file will not output. However, you can specify the name of a logging perl module in the LoggerModule configuration directive such as Log4perl, Minimal or any module name that is added a plugin. For example:

LoggerModule Your::Plugin::Log

Develop a custom logger

You can make a custom logger that uses another logger module, or output to Slack or something else, for example. Your custom logger module should inherit MT::Util::Log and should implement debug, info, warn and error methods.

The basic code sample is here:

package Your::Plugin::Log;
use strict;
use warnings;
use MT;
use base qw(MT::Util::Log);

sub new {
    my ( $self, $level, $file ) = @_;

    # do something

    return $self;
}

sub debug {
    my ( $class, $msg ) = @_;

    # do something
}

sub info {
    my ( $class, $msg ) = @_;

    # do something
}

sub warn {
    my ( $class, $msg ) = @_;

    # do something
}

sub error {
    my ( $class, $msg ) = @_;

    # do something
}

1;

NEW CONFIGURATION DIRECTIVES

LoggerLevel (none | debug | info | warn | error)

Define a log level which log will be output. debug outputs the most log entries,error is the most minimal. If specifies none or did not specifies any value, the log will not be output.

default: none

LoggerPath

Define a path to output directory for log file. If not set, the log will not be output. By default, LoggerPath is not defined.

LoggerModule

Define a logger module. By default Log4perl and Minimal are available. Also, if you have custom logger module that is added by a plugin, you can specify module name like: Your::Plugin::Log

default: Log4perl

RESOLVED ISSUES

Asset

  • Revised input validation for an upload path. Now validation error will occur when entered path contains invalid character for the URL. (#114155)
  • Asset insertion dialog now works when you turn off checkbox on a dialog. (#114123)

Entry and page

  • Text word wrapping now works when TinyMCE is disabled on system level. (#113312)

Server Sync

  • “Sync Now” function now works when you remove directories on a sync source server. (#114131)

Dynamic Publishing

  • Custom Fields html generating now works. (#114148)

Remember that you could try this new version from:

http://www.movabletypedemo.org/v6x/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi

By logging in using:

- username: demo

- password: testthis

Enjoy!

On August the 24th, 2016, Six Apart announced Movable Type v6.3.

This new version introduces support for PHP 7 and mySQL 5.7, as well as Smarty v3.1 and ADOdb v5.20.3.

Now it is possible to disable the automatic image quality change function. This could be done either from the system level general settings or via a new configuration directive called "AutoChangeImageQuality".

Via the newly introduced "DynamicCacheTTL", you could define the number of seconds for the interval of the task to delete the cache files of dynamic publishing.

Through a newly introduced "force" modifier, you could now "force" Movable Type to generate thumbnail files with the a specific width or height even if the original image size is smaller than the width and height you are looking for.

Together with the above new features, there are lots of improvements that cover Character Encoding for Files and Folders, Entries and Pages, Assets, Categories, Content Sync (for Movable Type Advanced), Dynamic Publishing, Dashboard, Themes, Templates, Template Tags, Backup and Restore, Listing Framework, Data API, XML-RPC and Other.

For more details, please check the below release notes:

NEW AND IMPROVED FUNCTIONS

SUPPORTS PHP 7

PHP 7 has been added to the supported php versions. Movable Type dynamic publishing can be run with PHP 7.

Smarty 3.1

Smarty has been updated to version 3.1.

ADOdb v5.20.3

Also, ADOdb has been updated to version 5.20.3.

SUPPORTS MYSQL 5.7

MySQL 5.7 has been added to the supported databases. Movable Type can be run with the default sql_mode.

POSSIBLE TO DISABLE THE AUTOMATIC IMAGE QUALITY CHANGE FUNCTION

We have improved the image quality change function.

In previous versions, Movable Type will change the image quality automatically by ImageQualityJpeg and ImageQualityPng even if the image size and quality is already adjusted.

From this version, system administrators can disable this feature by [System] => [General Settings] => [Image Quality].

By default, this feature is enabled.

NEW CONFIGURATION DIRECTIVES

AutoChangeImageQuality (0|1)

If set to 1, Movable Type will change the image quality automatically. The default value is 1 (enabled). This configuration directive is same as [System] > [General Settings] > [Image Quality].

DynamicCacheTTL

The number of seconds for the interval of the task to delete the cache files of dynamic publishing.

Default: 0 (do not perform)

NEW MODIFIER

force (1)

If 1 is specified, Movable Type will force generate thumbnail files with the specified width or height even if the original size is smaller than the specified size.

UPDATED FUNCTIONS

MISCELLANEOUS

  • The default character encoding for files and directories is changed to CP932 from Shift JIS.

RESOLVED ISSUES

ENTRIES AND PAGES

  • "Not contains" conditional searching now works in entry listing screen.
  • Tag auto-complete is now works in some situations.
    • Typing quickly.
    • Tag name contains blank space.
  • The json parse now works when json contains double-quotation.
  • The re-edit button in the preview screen now works when PreviewInNewWindow is set to 1.
  • Word-wrap now works when using non WYSIWYG editors.
  • Resolved an issue in tag auto-complete which converted ampersand to &.
  • The parameters in HTML are now escaped when returning from actions.
  • Addressed an issue in which the unpublished date has not been the subject of revision management.
  • Resolved an issue on performing uniqueness check of basename at saving a new page.

ASSETS

  • Prevent input of invalid value of thumbnail width in asset insertion dialog.
  • Prevent input of invalid value of upload path in asset upload screen/dialog.
  • HTML in the label of asset is now escaped instead of removed.

CATEGORIES

  • Revise the log message when saving a category.

CONTENT SYNC (MOVABLE TYPE ADVANCED)

  • Content syncing now works when a file ends with blank space or dot.
  • The preview file with filename that begins with "mt-preview" is never delivered to remote server.
  • Resolved an issue with javascript error occurring when running immediate delivery.
  • When the FTP connection is lost, now try to reconnect.
  • The multiple start-up prevention now works when running on FastCGI.
  • Symbolic link is now removed from a delivery target.
  • Addresses an issue with performance when URL converting.

DYNAMIC PUBLISHING

  • MTAssetThumbnailURL and MTAssetThumbnailLink now works when using include_blogs with MTAssets.
  • Resolved an issue where the output of MTEntryAuthorLink with show_hcard was not the same as static publishing.

DASHBOARD

  • The blog selector dialog launched by the Blog Widget from the website dashboard now contains child blogs only.

THEMES

  • Resolved an issue where the image asset with @SITE_LOGO tag is not displayed in the date based archive.

TEMPLATES

  • The modified date is now updated when initializing a template.
  • The custom fields for a template in the MTIndexList block now works.
  • Unnecessary confirmation does not appear on the preview of the template when PreviewInNewWindow is set to 0.
  • "Save and publish" now works in the template edit screen.
  • Resolved an issue where the message is garbled when an error occurs at the saving of a template.

TEMPLATE TAGS

  • The "default" modifier now works when used with the MTCategoryBasename and MTCategoryLabel tags.
  • The width and height in the MTAssetThumbnailURL and MTAssetThumbnailLink are now ignored when they are larger than original size.

BACKUP AND RESTORE

  • Backup file downloading now works when the backup file contains large amount of data.
  • The tag name on the restoring screen is now escaped.

LISTING FRAMEWORK

  • The filter name in the filter selector dialog now syncs with the listing screen.
  • Filter resetting now works when returning from performing list actions.

DATA API

  • File uploading now works when a user has 'upload' privilege only.
  • Resolved an issue with "Readonly" module version 1.6.1+.
  • Archive template rebuilding now works when calling the API via publishTemplate endpoint.
  • Resolved an issue in entryPreview endpoint.

XML-RPC

  • Published page deleting now works when the entry is deleted.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • The savetemplateprefs and saveentryprefs now return the correct mimetype.
  • Fixed a typo in run-periodic-tasks.
  • SSLVersion settings now work in some situations for SSL connections.
  • Fixed a typo in convert-db.
  • "Google Cloud Console" now renamed to "Google Cloud Platform".
  • Entry deleting now works when the author based archive exists and an entry is owned by deleted user.
  • Access check for the PerformanceLoggingPath is never checked when PerformanceLogging is disabled.

As always, you could try this new version from:

http://www.movabletypedemo.org/v6x/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi

Login with:

- username: demo

- password: testthis

Enjoy!

On June 22nd, 2016, Six Apart issued Movable Type v6.2.6 as a mandatory security update which fixes "An issue involving possible SQL injection originating through the XML-RPC interface".

This version addresses also an issue with log rotation on Movable Type for AWS.

You are not required to upgrade if you've disabled the XML-RPC script.

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Six Apart released today movable type v6.2.4.

This version includes a security patch which affects movable type v6.2 and movable type v6.2.2.

The issue is involving XSS on the new upload dialog. It is strongly recommended to upgrade your v6.x installation ASAP.

Apart from the security patch, this new version includes lots of other new and improved functions, as well as so many big fixes.

To summarize just a few items:

  • an improved new upload screen with the ability to easy cancel uploads;
  • an updated Data API (v3, actually v3.1);
  • a few new configuration directives;
  • the activity log will record blog cloning and category updates;
  • assets improvements;
  • entries and pages improvements;
  • movable type advanced improvements;
  • dynamic publishing improvements;
  • dashboard improvements;
  • themes improvements;
  • templates improvements;
  • template tags improvements;
  • and more.

Here we go with the complete list of the latest development:

Security Patches

Medium: An issue involving XSS on the new upload dialog has been fixed. This issue occurs on 6.2.x versions only.

New & Improved Functions

Improved New Upload Screen

We've revised new upload screen UI to make it easier to use.

The droppable area will be wide

The area that accepts a dropped file was changed to the entire screen or the entire area of ??the modal dialog. The droppable area that displayed on the upload screen has been removed by this change. The droppable area will appear if you drag files.

The waiting files are always displayed on top of the list

The order of upload file list was changed. This change make it possible to cancel uploading easily.

Data API v3

Internal version of the API will be 3.1. The endpoint version is still "/v3/".

New endpoint to get the API version

Added a new endpoint to get the API version that returns endpoint version and internal API version. Your application can judge API version after launching.

ENDPOINT
GET /version

PARAMETERS
none

RESULT

{
    "endpointVersion": "v3",
    "apiVersion": "3.1"
}

endpointVersion
The major version of API that used in the endpoint URI.

apiVersion
The internal API version. We bump up the version number if minor change or bug fix occurs.

New resource fields for Sites are available

It is possible to get the value for default upload destination and default upload options that were added in Movable Type 6.2. Please see below for a list of new fields.

  • uploadDestination.path
  • upload_destination.raw
  • extraPath
  • allowToChangeAtUpload
  • operationIfExists
  • normalizeOrientation
  • autoRenameNonAscii

Also, please see below for full reference of Data API.

http://www.movabletype.jp/developers/data-api/v3-reference.html

Revised the data format for Date and Time field of CustomFields

In previous versions, the value of Date and Time fields always returned raw data (e.g. 20151218120000) even if the option is specified. Also you should specify the data with the same format for update.

From this version, it will be able to perform the get and set in a format depending on the option.

DATE AND TIME

Data Format
iso 8601 datetime

e.g.
2015-12-18T17:10:00+09:00

DATE

Data Format
date only

e.g.
2015-12-18

TIME

Data Format
time only

e.g.
17:10:00+09:00

New Configuration Directives

BasenameCheckCompat (0 | 1)

If set to 1, MT will perform the duplicate check for basename by combination of folders and basename. The default value is 0 (disabled).

FreeTextSearchScript

The script name for full text search script. The default value is mt-ftsearch.cgi

Miscellaneous

  • The activity log will be recorded when making a clone of a blog.
  • The activity log will be recorded when updating a category.
  • Entry graph always appears even if cannot connect to the Google Analytics.

Updated Functions

Data API

  • The "date and time" field type with a value of empty now sets value as "null" instead of "0000-00-00T00:00:00 + TZ".

Template Tags

  • If the result of MTBlogRelativeURL does not end with slash, a slash is added automatically.
  • The result of MTArchiveCount is changed to always return 1 if it is in the Individual Archive.

Miscellaneous

  • mixiCommenter plugin is no longer bundled because they discontinued their OpenID Authentication service.
  • MT::App::Search::Legacy application is no longer mounted automatically if running on PSGI environment.

Resolved Issues

Data API

  • Asset attaching now works when saving a page. (#113213)
  • The validation for required field now works (#112854)
  • createEntry, updateEntry, createPage and updatePage now accepts empty array of categories, folders and assets. (#113613)
  • The default value will be returned when the value of customfields is empty. (#113697, #113699)

Movable Type Advanced

  • Upgrade function now works when using LDAP with SSL. (#113687)

Assets

  • The thumbnail in the uploaded-list now displays correct image when uploading a different image with the same filename. (#113669)
  • On the image editor, the selected area and operation area now points to same area. (#113434)
  • Creating a thumbnail of a tiff image is now works when the image driver is set to Imager. (#113464)
  • File uploading now works when the filename is more than 21 bytes and it has no file extension. (#113483)
  • The filter of asset type on the asset listing dialog now works when the mt_asset table schema is extended by a plugin. (#113651)
  • The search on the asset listing dialog now works. (#113728)
  • On the Windows environment, image resizing now works when the image driver is set to ImageMagick. (#112908)

Entries & Pages

  • The date-based archive files are now removed when the entry status is changed to unpublish. (#112656)
  • Unnecessary tag is never inserted in the content when the entry format is set to 'Textile2'. (#112878)
  • The duplicate check method for the page is now changed to use the permalink-based. (#113703)
  • The 'Boilerplate' menu is now displayed when the user has system administrator only. (#113626)

Content Sync (Movable Type Advanced)

  • Content syncing now works when the directory name of the source contains Japanese characters. (#113688)
  • The validation error message now disappears when the entered sync datetime is correct. (#113764)

Dynamic Publishing

  • Prevents 503 error when memcached is enabled. (#113603)
  • The modifier that named 'class_type' now works with MTEntries. (#113641)
  • MTAssets tag now works in the multiblog context. (#113324)
  • An entry or page created with Markdown now renders when running with PHP5.5x. (#113633)

Dashboard

  • The entries graph in the Site Stats widget now works when Google Analytics is already configured but service is unreachable. (#110417)

Themes

  • The search term is no longer double encoded when it contains HTML. (#113719)

Templates

  • The revision history is now logged when the file link is modified. (#112277)
  • The preview of a category template is now made with real data. (#113570)
  • Unnecessary warning no longer appears when saving a template. (#113622)
  • The user archive page no longer contains other user's entries when a user does not have published entries. (#113704)

Template Tags

  • MTCommentIfModerated returns correct results as written in the documentation. (#113363)
  • The build error now detects when the error occurs in the module that is loaded by MTIncludeBlock. (#113220)
  • The value of customfields for template of the current context is now gettable when that is in the MTIndexList block. (#113648)
  • MTArchiveCount returns correct value when used in the date-based archive page. (#113577)

Miscellaneous

  • Revised the description for IO::Socket::SSL in the mt-check.cgi and mt-wizard.cgi. (#112904)
  • The mail header no longer contains bcc address when EmailNotificationBcc is enabled. (#112989)
  • Site Stats cache is now cleared even if too many users exists in the system. (#113652)
  • The mt-ftsearch.cgi now does not return same result of mt-search.cgi. (#112784)
  • The search term is no longer double encoded when it contains HTML. (#113726)

 

Go ahead and try this version from:

http://www.movabletypedemo.org/v6x/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi

Login using:

- username: demo

- password: testthis

 

Enjoy!

 

Kind Regards,

Mihai Bocsaru

Movable Type v6.2.2

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Six Apart just announced movable type v6.2.2.

This is not a security release, but it includes an interesting set of new and improved functions, updated functions and resolved issues.

While most of these improvements are about the new upload mechanism, there are changes also to the image editor, entries and pages, custom fields, dynamic publishing and more.

I'm proud to have been among the ones that contributed to this release.

For the complete set of improvements please check the release notes from:

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To see this version in action please go to:
http://www.movabletypedemo.org/v6x/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi


And login using:
- username: demo
- password: testthis

Enjoy!

Kind Regards,
Mihai Bocsaru

There are so many nice features introduced in movable type v6.2.

Let me describe you just some of the assets related features.

The features that I would like to discuss are:

  1. How to Edit an Image;
  2. How to Define a Default Upload Folder;
  3. Drag-and-Dropping.

 

Let's go over all of these newly introduced features.

 

How to Edit an Image

In order to edit an image, you should first go to the assets page.

That's available under:

Assets -> Manage

Once you are inside the "Manage Assets" admin page, you will have to click on the asset that you would like to edit.

That will bring you to the "Edit Asset" admin page for that very asset.

Please notice the newly introduced "Edit Image" link.

(see the below screenshot)

v6.2-edit-asset.png

 

You will be taken to a new admin page called "Edit Image".

(see the below screenshot)

v6.2-edit-image.png

 

What you could do there is:

1) Resize the image

Resizing the image could be done by keeping or not keeping the aspect ratio.

If you changed the width and/or height values by mistake, you could use the "Reset" button to come back to the initial dimension.

After you change the width and/or height values, you will have to click the "Apply" button.

If you would like to revert the change, you could use the "Undo" button. There is also a "Redo" one.

 

2) Remove All metadata

You may be aware that your images do contain some additional information which is not visible for the human eye, but which contains various details about the image and which add more size to your image files.

Now you are able to remove your image metadata by simply checking a box.

 

3) Rotation

You could rotate to right and to left, as well as flip horizontally and vertically.

 

4) Cropping

You could also crop your image.

The "crop" button would be active only after you put your cursor over the image and you select a certain area that you would like to crop.

(see the below screenshot)

v6.2-edit-image-cropping.png

After clicking the "crop" button, you will see the cropped image.

At that stage you may like to either "Save" the asset (the cropped version will overwrite the initial image) or to "Undo" the cropping.

(see the below screenshot)

v6.2-edit-image-cropped.png

 

For all these changes there is an "Undo" and "Redo" feature.

Be aware that your changes would be saved for that asset only after you click the "Save" button.

NOTE:

You should know that whatever changes you make to an asset would overwrite that asset (hence why the feature is called "edit asset").

 

 

How to Define a Default Upload Folder

You are probably dreaming for this feature for quite some time.

Please find it available under:

Settings -> General

(see the below screenshot)

v6.2-general-settings.png

 

Once you are inside the "General Settings" page, you have to scroll until the end of the page where you will find a new section called "Upload".

There you could impose a default folder name so that your images won't go to your domain root.

(see the below screenshot)

v6.2-general-settings-upload-advice.png

You will also be able to check a box so that you could be able to change the default folder at the time of asset(s) upload, if you would ever want/need to. Since it is always good to be flexible, I would strongly recommend checking that box.

You could also choose to have Movable Type automatically rename non-ascii filenames. This is very useful if you or your editors are not tech savvy and might forgot to strip empty spaces or special characters. Movable Type won't remove those items, but it will encode them.

For instance, this URL:

Sample Image!.jpg

Would become:

Sample%20Image%21.jpg

(because the empty space " " is encoded as "%20" and the exclamation sign "!" is encoded as "%21")

Worth mentioning is that you could also configure movable type to normalize orientation.

My recommendation is to set a default folder called say "images" and then to check all the 3 checkboxes available there and described above.

(see the below screenshot)

v6.2-general-settings-upload.png

 

 

Drag-and-Dropping Assets

I'm going to refer below to uploading multiple image assets at once.

Assuming that you are inside an "Edit Entry" admin page, in order to upload one or more image assets, you would click on the "Insert Image Asset" button.

(see the below screenshot)

v6.2-insert-image-asset-button.png

 

That would lead you to a completely redesigned admin page where you could see the new "drag and drop" dark grey area along with the other newly introduced upload (general) settings that we've described above.

In this new page, you could drag and drop multiple images to the dark grey area or you could use the "browse" button. This button allows you to select one or more images, the multiples files upload at one functioning in both cases.

You could also change any of the default "upload (general) settings" defined from the "general settings" admin page.

(see the below screenshot)

v6.2-insert-image-asset.png

If you decide to upload multiple items at once, you should know that once they are loaded, you will be taken to an admin page called "Insert Options" where you could apply various settings for each and every uploaded asset.

You could check if you want to "Display Image in entry/page", if you would like to generate a thumbnail and what width is should have, if you would like to align it in a specific way as well as if you would like to link your image to its full-size version in a popup window.

(see the below screenshot)

v6.2-insert-options.png


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