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Future features of MovableType

Sixapart is developing the next version of MovableType. The future version will be including following interesting features:
1) Role
Role may replace the Author and Administrator. Default roles include Weblog Administrator, Designer and Editor.
So, it is more flexible to implement the rights for users.
2) Clone Blog
It is much easy tool to duplicate a new blog with same entries. You don’t need to export and import the blog any more.
3) Interface tweak
Always, on interface. Every program has an updage, will change its interface somewhere.

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Post from Google Docs & Spreadsheets

I want to try the post from Google Docs & Spreadsheets.
The MovableType API is http://YOURBLOG/PATH/TO/mt-xmlrpc.cgi
I use MovableType. Google said MovableType supports more features than Blogger. Good.
Don’t forget setup your Web Services Password in your Author setting in the MovableType.
Now Google is only support one blog setting. What about if I have two or three blogs and I want to post to more than one Blogs?
In Try Google Docs & Spreadsheets , I say I will try it. It is a real test for Google Docs & Spreadsheets .

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Update to MovableType 3.32 is quite simple

Update my blog to MovableType 3.32.

I just update my two other Blog to MovableType 3.32 from 3.31.
It looks so smooth that I don’t feel any problem.
To update your MT from 3.31 to 3.32.
1) Download the MovableType 3.32 package from SixApart site.
2) Unzip the package file
3) Upload all files into your CGI folder, and confirm to overwrite your original files.

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MovableType has 3.32

SixApart updated MovableType to 3.32 on August 28, 2006.
David Yin’s Blog is just upgraded to 3.31 two weeks ago. Do I need to update it?
Let’s review the new features or bug fixes.
Five features:
32509: Activity Log Filter Missing ‘Search’ option
32695: MTIfCategory ‘type’ attribute should accept ‘secondary’ as a value
32732: New DebugMode settings for publishing performance profiling
32747: Create a “Powered by” default widget for WidgetManager
32450: lite requests and improvements
I am not interested in these new features or improved features.
There are about thirty seven bugfixes on the list.

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TagSupplementals Plugin

This is a really good plugin. It works smoothly with Tag in MovableType 3.31.
TagSupplementals provide some convenient features I needed.
The features added is shown as below:
# MTEntryTagsCount variable tag
# MTRelatedEntries container tag
# MTRelatedTags container tag
# MTTagLastUpdated variable tag
# encode_urlplus global filter
# MTSearchTags container tag
# MTXSearchTags container tag
# MTTagXSearchLink variable tag
If you look at the individual archive of this blog. you will find some new things.
The related entries are shown under the post. It use the MTRelatedEntries tag to get the related entries based on the same tag of every entries.
It provide the users the chance to read the related post without search again. All entries have same tag are linked together.

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Build a perfect Tag Cloud page

MovableType 3.31 introduced Tag as a new feature.
I’d like to tell you how to build a perfect Tag Cloud page.
1) Create a new Index template. Add the html code as below.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html xmlns="" id="sixapart-standard"> <head> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=<$MTPublishCharset$>" /> <meta name="generator" content="David Yin" /> <link rel="stylesheet" href="<$MTBlogURL$>styles-site.css" type="text/css" /> <link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="Atom" href="<$MTBlogURL$>atom.xml" /> <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0" href="<$MTBlogURL$>index.xml" /> <title>Tag cloud : <$MTBlogName encode_html="1"$></title> <link rel="EditURI" type="application/rsd+xml" title="RSD" href="<$MTBlogURL$>rsd.xml" /> </head> <body class="layout-one-column"> <div id="container"> <div id="container-inner"> <div id="banner"> <div id="banner-inner"> <h1 id="banner-header"><a href="<$MTBlogURL$>" accesskey="1"><$MTBlogName encode_html="1"$></a></h1> <h2 id="banner-description"><$MTBlogDescription$></h2> </div> </div> <div id="pagebody"> <div id="pagebody-inner"> <div id="alpha"> <div id="alpha-inner"> <h3> Tag Cloud </h3> <MTTags> <a href="<$MTTagSearchLink$>" class="tag<$MTTagRank max="7"$>"><$MTTagName$></a> </MTTags> </div> <hr/> <p> This Tag Cloud page is designed by <a href="">David Yin.</a> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </body> </html>

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Http Header Error again in MovableType 3.31

I met the Http Header error during upgrade to MovableType 3.2. I use my own cgi files to replace the original files and solved this problem.
This time, when I upgrade from MovableType 3.2 to MovableType 3.31, something happen.
The test bed is Windows 2003, IIS web server. I install the MovableType in the mtcgi path, not in the root. So the problem comes again as below.

CGI Error
The specified CGI application misbehaved by not returning a complete set of HTTP headers.

I use another way to solve this problem. As I mentioned in the Perl ISAPI Vs Perl.exe (Chinese), I use the ISAPI to ren the perl files.

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