Six Apart Releases Movable Type 3.1
Six Apart released a new version of its popular blogging software only three months after Movable Type 3.0.
Only three months after the controversial release of Moveable Type Developer Edition 3.0, Six Apart announced on Wednesday its release of Version 3.1 of its popular blogging software.
The controversy surrounding the last version was over Six Apart's decision to charge higher prices for its software, a move they said that was justified by an enhanced commitment to improving the product see.
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That commitment comes to life in the major new features contained in Movable Type 3.1. The new version allows bloggers to choose between static page generation or dynamic page generation on a per-tamplate basis. The feature allows better optimization of page performance by letting users choose static generation for frequently access pages, and dynamic generation for others.
Bloggers can now manage their page organization more granularly by using Movable Type 3.1's subcategory feature. Subcategories can be created at any level, and can be moved from one parent category to another.
An important feature for bloggers that have information with embargo dates, or who just want to take a vacation, is post scheduling. Blogs can be posted at forward dates, which means bloggers don't have to worry about violating agreements, or being on-site when a post needs to be published.
Movable Type now includes a so-called plugin pack that includes plugins submitted by developers. Six Apart ran a contest for the best plugins, and they are included in the plugin pack, although the company warns that they are still "in active development" and should be considered works in progress.
One of the company's three employees is now dedicated to running the Six Apart Professional Network. The move will enable the company to make benefits available blog developers that will enable them to do a better job creating blogs, and creating plugins and other enhancements to Movable Type.