This morning I received over a dozen digest messages from Six Apart’s “ProNet” mailing list. Digests are once a day. Well, they should be. (Unfortunately, everyone uses the same python-based list manager, and it gets excited when subscribers get excited.) The big news is Movable Type 4.0 is in beta.
I installed it this morning before work. What’s nice:
- The administrative interface is more streamlined looking. There’s a dashboard.
- There is integration with authentication mechanisms other than typepad. Yes, my LJ Homies can use their own logins.
- It will eventually be open source.
- The option to ping blo.gs (RIP) is gone!
- The upgrade script ran into a couple of errors. I had to disable perl’s “strict” operation for the particular module. (I don’t remember which.) Once this was done, the “upgrade” ran in about a minute.
- There are several dead-ends in the administrative interface. For example, you save a template and it says “Your template has been saved” (or somesuch). There are no links to do anything, leaving one to use the alt-back button. WordPress’ is to post a fancy confirmation in the window you’re editing. You never leave the page.
- I could never get my individual archive templates to build. There is, unfortunately, no debugging information provided.
I rolled back to MT 3.35 this evening. (Thank goodness for backups.) I’ll try it again when it’s baked more.