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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!

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


You might already know that the movable type admin is responsive.

That allows you to manage your movable type driven website easily also from your mobile device, be it a mobile phone or a tablet.

On July the 28th, 2015, Six Apart decided to further improve its admin interface for iOS and launched a movable type app called "Movable Type for iOS".

This application is available in the iTunes App Store.

It allows you to easily manage your content. From now on you could easily create, edit or remove articles wherever you are and at any time right from your iOS device.

If necessary, you could save your articles as draft, right from your smartphone.


Six Apart mentioned the following characteristics:

KEY FEATURES

  • Made with Movable Type Data API v2.
  • Preview your content - You can see the preview for mobile view and desktop view in a single operation.
  • Simple HTML text editor - HTML input support.
  • Also, supports editing Custom Fields.

MAIN FUNCTIONS

  • Add, edit and delete entries and web pages.
  • Set categories and folders.
  • Offline editing and saving.
  • Upload photos.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Movable Type 6.1.2 or higher.
  • iOS Version 8.0 or higher on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. (Not optimized for the iPad.)

To learn more about the „Movable Type for iOS" application, please go to:
Two days ago, on April 14th, right after releasing a mandatory security update release for v6.x (v6.0.8) and for v5.x (v5.2.13), Six Apart released also Movable Type v6.1.1, this version containing the 2 security fixes from v6.0.8 together with other 14 new features and fixes.

Some of these improvements are applied to the movable type advanced package and they are related to content sync and LDAP.

However, there are a bunch of other features and improvements that affect the basic product, as follows:

DATA API V2

  • Added ability to search entries/pages by Custom Fields. (#112825)
  • The listEntries with search parameter will return only data that matches the search criteria. (#112881)
  • User who have some privilege except 'commenter' can get the data for CustomFields via listEntries. (#112827)
  • Entry posting now works when the text format is 0. (#112815)
  • Resolves an issue the password reset link that sent via Data API is not correct. (#112945)
  • The path property in the Folders resource now includes self path. (#112951)

CATEGORY / FOLDER

  • Folder deleting now works in the folder listing screen. (#112941)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Removing unnecessary filter items. (#112824)
  • Resolves JavaScript error in the settings screen when user language is French. (#112807)
  • Tweak funny Japanese phrase. (#112863)

To evaluate the product, please go to:

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

Many thanks,
Mihai Bocsaru
Dear Community,

Yesterday, February the 11th, 2015, Six Apart launched movable type v6.1.

They did it right after launched v6.0.7 and v5.2.12 as mandatory security releases.

The newly released v6.1 version includes the security fix from v6.0.7 along with a large amount of new and improved functions.

Data API v2.0 has been improved to cover create, update, retrieve and delete operations for almost all of the objects. This gives you the ability to do almost everything that you could do within the MT Admin via the Data API.

A new configuration directive called 'RebuildOffsetSeconds' would allow you to customize the number of seconds after which movable type returns response to the client when rebuilding templates. If you didn't know, when rebuilding templates, movable type splits the rebuilding process into segments, each segment consisting by default of 20 seconds. You could now adjust the number of seconds allowed for each publishing process segment.

Another 69 improvements would make your editorial life nicer. It would take me a very long time to describe them all as they cover various aspects of the product.

Among them you should know that your movable type admin interface when connection from mobile devices is improved and that when you preview your work, the preview page would open in a new window. However, if you don't want the preview to be opened in a new window you could set this configuration directive "PreviewInNewWindow 0".

Those of you that were enjoying the MT4 Style Library should know that this feature is again active.

This release covers the following areas:

- Installing and Upgrading

- Smartphone Option

- Data API

- Websites and Blogs

- Entries and Pages

- Categories and Folders

- Assets

- Templates

- Themes

- Comments and TrackBacks

- Backup and Restore

- Import and Export

- Custom Fields

- Dynamic Publishing

- Search

- Miscellaneous

More details at:


To evaluate the product, please go to:

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

Many thanks,
Mihai Bocsaru
Six Apart just released Movable Type v6.0.5.

This version introduces a few more fixing comparing to v6.0.4.

Actually, Six Apart retired v6.0.4 and decided to release v6.0.5 with all the 148 fixes from v6.0.4 as well as a few other important items they discovered.

upgrading-from-v604-to-v605.png

The latest improvements cover:

Upgrading


Upgrade did not finish correctly if the installation had the MultiBlog plugin configured with a trigger for "All blogs in this website" for one or more websites. (ticket #112418)

Themes


An error would occur with the AssetThumbnailURL tag during rebuild if the Eiger and Rainier themes were in use. If currently using Eiger or Rainier, make sure to reapply the Eiger or Rainier templates for the fix to take effect. (ticket #112382)

Search


mt-search.cgi was not processing the limit parameter. Along with this bug fix, the mt-search.cgi pagination should now work smoother in general. (ticket #112365)

Templates


The Ignore block tag's contents were erroneously parsed, which could result in build errors if Ignore blocks happened to contain template code that would not be valid outside the Ignore block. (ticket #112393)

Take a look at it from:

Login as:
- username: demo
- password: testthis

Enjoy,
Mihai

Movable Type v6.0.2

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In January the 15th, 2014, Six Apart launched Movable Type v6.0.2 and with this occasion it made available also the Enterprise edition, called Movable Type Advanced (v6.0.2).

This version includes a series of improvements, from compatibility with Internet Explorer 11, to support for Microsoft IIS FastCGI, a new modifier for previous and next entries and pages which to allow one to filter these items by author, category or folder and more.

Go ahead and evaluate movable type v6.0.2 at:

Login as:
- username: demo
- password: testthis

v6.0.2-user-dashboard-thumb.jpg

Happy Blogging!

Enjoy,
Mihai

Dear Community,

I'm very excited to see that Six Apart launched today Movable Type v5.2.

This release is a huge step forward from what you knew so far about movable type.

Apart from the many bug fixes introduced since v5.14, this release comes with a number of very useful new features.

The most important feature for me, my customers and the whole community is the fact that at my request Six Apart implemented an awesome feature on their new Rich Text Editor which automatically erases the garbage HTML formatting that was added so far to movable type when copy-and-pasting content from Ms Word.

Another feature that other folks, including me, insisted for is the ability to create tables, which is available as a stand along plugin for the new Rich Text Editor.

 This plugin could be found at:
https://github.com/movabletype/mt-plugin-table-feature-for-tinymce

Let me now list for you the another features that Six Apart mentioned on this new version announcement.

  1. Corresponding nginx+PSGI

    Movable Type 5.2 can now be used under the nginx+PSGI environment. This allows us to provide support over a variety of server environments, such as cloud computing virtual servers, CMS servers and content servers.

  2. New Rich Text Editor

    The new rich text editor is implemented based on TinyMCE; easy to use, easy to edit.

  3. Sitepath restriction

    Sitepath restriction is now available. This feature is most effective for medium to large websites.

  4. SMTP Authentication

    In Movable Type 5.2, email notifications can now be sent using authenticated SMTP.

  5. Improved performance of custom fields; faster rebuilding times

    The performance of custom fields have been improved, and as a result, blog entries which have custom field's data can be rebuilt much faster than before.Along with these changes, general rebuilding rate for blog entries are now faster by 120%.

I'm glad to have contributed with feedback, perseverance and bug reports to the following features:

  1. the automatic cleanup of MS Word HTML garbage after copying and pasting content from Ms Word;
  2. the sitepath restriction;
  3. custom fields improvements.

As always, you could evaluate movable type v5.2 on the very first day it was released by going to:
http://www.movabletypedemo.org/v5x/pro/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi
http://www.movabletypedemo.org/v5x/os/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi

Login with:
- username: demo
- password: testthis

You could find out a lot more information on Movable Type 5.2 checking out the links below.

Checking out the above resources you could discover also a bunch of new configuration directives.

Happy testing,
Mihai Bocsaru

Dear Friends,

Six Apart launched today Movable Type v5.2 RC2.

This new version introduces a few more bug fixes.

The issues fixed on this release are:

  • 108759 mt:SearchResults tag does not store localized blog_id in context stash
  • 108754 Unable to sign in for commenting again once signing out
  • 108758 Renaming basename of blog-level custom field can cause corruption of custom fields metadata
    108756 Saving new custom field can result in corruption of existing custom field metadata

Stay tuned for Movable Type v5.2!


This new RC2 version remains available at:

Login with:
- username: demo
- password: testthis


The movable type v5.2 rc 2 release notes are available here:

Many thanks,
Mihai Bocsaru
Dear Friends,

Are you ready for movable type v5.2?

Yesterday Six Apart announced the Release Candidate 1 and what is nice about it is that it contains all the new features announced so far for v5.2, as well as fixes for almost all the bugs reported so far.


The latest fixed issues are:
  • 108701 Unable to sign out properly on the published page if blog domain is ip address
  • 108651 Comment replies do not show up in author's profile page on mt-cp.cgi

The current known issue is:
  • 108242 Sometimes unable to send a test email in wizard via SMTP Auth with SSL on Windows

New config directives

In addition to the directives announced in beta 1, several new config directives have been added, as follows:
  • Editor
  • WYSIWYGEditor
  • SourceEditor
  • BulkLoadMetaObjectsLimit
  • DisableMetaObjectCache
  • BaseSitePath
  • HideBaseSitePath

Modified config directives:

The following config directives have been appended or modified:

  • ThemesDirectory
  • AltTemplatePath
  • SearchTemplatePath
  • ThemeStaticFileExtensions

I'm proud to have been contributed to this new release with a bug fix.

There are many other things I've proposed either as new features, or as optimizations to current features and soon you will see most of them implemented on movable type.


This new RC1 version remains available at:

Login with:
- username: demo
- password: testthis


The movable type v5.2 rc 1 release notes are available here:

Many thanks,
Mihai Bocsaru

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