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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Six Apart announces availability of Movable Type 4

Six Apart, the world’s leading independent blogging software and services company, announces today about the commercial release of Movable Type 4, the pioneering professional publishing platform designed to meet the website content management and social media needs of individuals, organizations and businesses.

“Movable Type 4 is the largest release in the product’s history and introduces significant content management and community capabilities,” stated Chris Alden, EVP and General Manager of the Professional Division at Six Apart. “There is a tremendous demand for a powerful and easy-to-use platform to create community-driven web sites. This release is the culmination of input from the community and has ignited interest from customers, developers, and partners around the world. We’re thrilled to see such enthusiastic early adoption of MT4.”

Blogging pioneer Boing Boing, one of the most influential and popular blogs in the world, has been particularly impressed with the new community management features introduced in MT4. “We have grown to become one of the largest blogs on the web with Movable Type,” said Mark Frauenfelder, founder of Boing Boing, among the top 40 blogs in the U.S in terms of unique visitors. “And we’re thrilled to be one of the first blogs to deploy Movable Type 4, which has great new features that will let our community get even more involved in the conversation.”


MT4 is available with couple of new features. Many exiting features are improved in MT4.

Support for unlimited blogs : Create a blog for each project, client, or workgroup, or for every person in your organization. And manage them all in one place.

Flexible static and dynamic PHP publishing : Choose between static or dynamic pages to optimize your blog between fast content creation and high traffic.

New! Create standalone pages for powerful content management : Create non-blog pages that inherit the look and feel of your blog's design without having to be published as posts. Your site's pages can even have comments just like your blog, giving you all the power of a content management system without the complexity

New! Built-In Asset and File Management : MT4 introduces a smart new asset and file manager -- every item you upload to your blog is tracked by the system, making it easy to retrieve and reuse your content. Photos, videos, audio, even Word documents and PDFs can be managed in the system, and can be automatically integrated into podcasts.

Improved! Simple installation : MT4's new installation wizard makes setting up MT a snap. If you need a helping hand, Six Apart provides expert installation service for a small additional fee as well as a range of hosting options through our partners.

New! Easy-to-use, extensible interface : Point-and-click controls make content creation and author administration a breeze, and can be extended through custom links and additional options.

Improved! Customizable templates : Movable Type's unique and powerful template tags, combined with standard XML, HTML and CSS allow unparalleled customization of your site. And it's easy to make custom output formats as well.

New! Customizable Roles : As part of MT4, predefined roles can be created with custom permissions. Administrators can grant and revoke sets of permissions without having to manually define each combination of users, blogs, and permissions. And all the predefined roles are customizable, so you've got the freedom to create your own roles, custom-tailored to your community.

Improved! Powerful Templating Language : Movable Type's industry-leading template language is more powerful than ever, letting you choose exactly which content you want to display on your pages, as well as how it's presented. Customize your entire site without having to do any programming. And MT4's smart enough to catch your template errors and point them out to you right while you're editing.

Improved! Activity Feeds : Movable Type is the only blogging platform that delivers its features to you as part of a secure, customized XML feed. Instead of having to learn every screen in the application, every listing screen is available as a feed that lets you perform common tasks right from your feed reader. Use these feeds to manage comments and feedback, approve draft entries for publishing, keep track of site registrations -- anything you can imagine.

Improved! Powerful Customizable Search : Movable Type offers built in search, with completely customizable search result pages. Anyone can subscribe to search results as a feed, making it easy to keep tabs on just the information that interests you Plus, Movable Type's support for open databases and standard HTML means any standard enterprise search system can automatically index the content of your blogs.

Improved! Spam Protection : Movable Type is the only blogging platform with a smart Junk Folder for unwanted comments. Plus, through the use of plugins, you can make the Junk folder even smarter if spammers ever manage to get through. Administrators can also adjust the system to be more or less aggressive as needed.

XML Content syndication (RSS) : Movable Type supports all common data syndication formats, from XML and RSS to Atom to any other custom formats created through Movable Type's template tags. It's all built-in without any setup required.

Improved! Flexible archiving : Archive content by individual post, post category, or by date. Monthly and weekly archives are built in, and new in MT4 is support for archives by author. MT4's built-in archiving is smarter, too, automatically splitting up your category archives by month, and even letting you create as many different types of archives per post as you want.

Unlimited Categories & Sub-categories to organize entries : Each blog can have it's own set of categories and nested subcategories. Each entry can have multiple category assignments and Movable Type can be configured to publish one or more archives for each category/subcategory.

Improved! Extensive Style Library : Customize the look of your site with just a few clicks, without editing any HTML. Choose from dozens of unique designs and layouts, with support for any common multi-column design.

Tags : Entry tags are built right in to MT4, so readers can easily find any content. And MT automatically publishes custom feeds for each tag, so readers can subscribe to topics they're interested in.

Improved! Widgets : Arrange and manage your page just by dragging and dropping. Widgets can include your own content or content from other web services and feeds, and easily let you display things like recently-uploaded photos or recent comments.

Improved! Email Notification : Easily notify your readers of new content on your site using built-in email notifications, complete with address book management built right in to Movable Type. You can even customize your email notifications to include exactly the information and design you want.

Improved! Programming interfaces : Movable Type supports the Atom API (application programming interface) and helped pioneer the Metaweblog API. From Microsoft Word 2007 to dozens of third-party clients and devices, it's easier than ever to write your MT entries using tools that you're already familiar with.

Internationalization : Read, write, and connect in any language in the world. Movable Type ships with full support for Unicode and international character sets. And fully-supported professional translations of the software are available in English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish and Dutch.

Improved! Pluggable architecture : Even non-technical users can extend Movable Type's through the enormous collection of plugins. Movable Type pioneered the idea of plugins for web applications, and MT4 provides more power than ever to plugin developers.

Pricing and Availability

Movable Type 4 is available in English, Japanese, French, German, Dutch, and Spanish. MT4 pricing varies for personal, commercial, education, and non-profit licenses, ranging from free of charge for personal use to $295 for a 5 user commercial license. Custom licenses are available to organizations with more than 20 users. Six Apart is offering a limited-time 20% discount on commercial licenses during the launch period. Support and maintenance is included in the commercial license price; personal users can purchase support and maintenance separately for $49.95.

Current commercial users of earlier versions of Movable Type are encouraged to upgrade to MT4 for a 40% discount off of the list upgrade price during the launch period. For more detailed pricing information, please visit http://www.movabletype.com/pricing.

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