August 2012 Archives

There are two reasons why I feel saying "WOW!" today.

One of these reasons is that Six Apart has issued the 5th and last beta of movable type v5.2 and is shortly going into the release candidate phase.

The other reason is that I've just tested the "Table Feature for TinyMCE" which is available as a plugin at:

Why did I like it?

Well, installing it was a breeze. I had to simply unpack the plugin and upload its 'plugins' and 'mt-static' folders over the folders with the same name from my movable type installation.

Then, when I've logged in to the movable type admin and I went to the editing entry/page screen, I've seen the table options available automatically as a 3rd row of options on the TinyMCE editor.

But what made me be really very excited was to see how easy it is to create a table and how many parameters it allows you to customize (WOW! again).

Let me mention a few for you:

General Options

  • Columns
  • Rows
  • Cell Padding
  • Cell Spacing
  • Alignment
  • Border
  • Width
  • Height
  • Class
  • Table Caption

Advanced Options

  • ID
  • Summary
  • Style
  • Language Code
  • Background Image
  • Frame
  • Rules
  • Language Direction
  • Border Color
  • Background Color

You won't believe it, but you could have a lot more control over your table.

The above would create the table for you, but if you want you could still perform the following tasks:

  1. Define Table Row Properties
  2. Define Table Cell Properties
  3. Insert Row Before, Insert Row After or Delete Row;
  4. Insert Column Before, Insert Column After or Delete Column;
  5. Merge Table Cells;
  6. Split Merged Table Cells;
  7. Show/Hide Guildelines/Invisible Elements.

The "Define Table Row Properties" and the "Define Table Cell Properties" have lots of controls each, divided into "General Options" and "Advanced Options" and they allow you to control all the elements, some elements, odd or even elements.

I would conclude saying that I'm very happy with the outcome so far on movable type v5.2.

Do you want to test the latest beta, as well as the "Table Feature for TinyMCE"?

Go ahead and test them at:

Login with:
- username: demo
- password: testthis

The movable type v5.2 beta 5 release notes are available here:

Many thanks,
Mihai Bocsaru

v5.2 beta 4 available for review

Dear Community,


It's a pleasure for me to announce that today Six Apart made available the 4th beta of movable type v5.2. This version contains a bunch of bug fixes.

Among them I would mention:

  • Can not resize correctly when the format is "None" with IE
  • Can not preserve editor height when the format is none
  • Wrong order of the field on Edit Entry / Page Screen
  • cms_pre_save.asset callback won't be called when items are uploaded
  • Site path is set to blog path during upgrade from MT4.37 to MT5.2b2
  • encode_xml doesn't handle some numeric character references correctly
  • An error occurs when importing the data via WXRImporter
  • Preferred archive type setting is broken when removing a template map which is marked as preferred archive type
  • On listing screen, user can save filters in spite of it has wrong condtion
  • Commnters disappear when an administrator unban banned them
  • Config directive "SerchExcerptWords" doesn't work correctly
  • An error occurs when there are unsupported image files on item dialogue
  • With IE8, pubutton images on rich text editor will not back to oridnary status
  • User filter will not be recovered correctly when blog's backup data is restored
  • Daily archive will be rebuilt when webpages are saved
  • cms_pre_save.asset will not be called when item files are uploaded
  • With IE8, after pushing item isert button and cancel it, user cannot enter characters on rich text editor's screen
  • Sytem information will not be displayd under the FastCGI environment
  • Cannot clone blogs from system dashboard


Details on how to expand the Movable Type new Rich Text Editor are available here:


The table feature that I've been advocating for and that some other community members requested is now available and shipped as a plugin from:


Are you curious to give this beta a ride? Go ahead and test it from:



Login with:

 - username: demo

 - password: testthis


More details are available here:


Many thanks,
Mihai Bocsaru

v5.2 beta 3 available for review

Dear Community,

Today Six Apart announced movable type v5.2 beta 3 as a release that contains a number of bugs fixed, as well as a series of improvements for the new rich text editor.

Worth mentioning is the table feature for TinyMCE, which is shipped as a plugin. While it is an experimental function, it seems to do an excellent job.

Before inviting you to go ahead and test this version, I'm proud to say that among the bugs that have been fixed, there are 2 bugs that I've reported myself.

Go ahead and test it from:

Login with:

- username: demo

- password: testthis

More details are available here:

Many thanks,
Mihai Bocsaru


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