With Movable Type fading away into obscurity (unless you live in Japan), it looks like Melody (which is a fork of Movable Type 4.34) is entering its last round of beta in anticipation for its first release candidate debut.
So it is with great pleasure that we announce the release of Melody 1.0 Beta 3, the last beta before we release RC1 next week, and hopefully 1.0 shortly thereafter. So to all Melody beta testers: time to fire up your test instances and take one last opportunity to bang on Melody before it finally ships. And to the rest of the Melody and Movable Type community – get ready, 1.0 is right around the corner! (Official Melody Blog)
Despite my heavy affection for WordPress, I’ve been rather impressed with Melody overall (especially their user interface) as well as how they plan on making Melody designer friendly via YAML (which is suppose to be much easier to use than HTML).
It will be interesting to see if Melody can prove itself as a superior alternative for dissatisfied Movable Type users instead of WordPress (which seems to be the first choice among defectors), although from what I’ve seen thus far from the team, Melody may prove to be a blog/CMS hit a few years from now.