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January 21, 2011

Movable Type Sold Off To Japan?

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It looks like the fate of Movable Type is no longer in American hands as Say Media has announced that they are selling Movable Type to an IT firm located in the land of the rising sun.

As part of this new strategic focus and our commitment to reinvigorate the TypePad business, SAY Media has agreed to sell Six Apart’s wholly owned Japanese subsidiary, Six Apart KK (“SAKK”), and with it the Movable Type (“MT”) publishing platform, to Japanese IT services company Infocom. There will be no change to Movable Type’s future development as a result of this transaction.

Under the terms of this agreement, SAY Media is selling 100% of SAKK shares to Infocom, as well as complete control and ownership of Movable Type intellectual property. In addition, Infocom and SAKK will now hold all rights to the SixApart name. (Official Say Media Blog)

Say Media has not disclosed how much Infocom paid to acquire Movable Type, although Infocom’s press release does provide more details regarding the acquisition (note: they mention 10 million worth of capital which I assume is in Yen not US dollars).

As far as Typepad goes, Say Media is going to pour its efforts into revitalizing the platform which they see as critical towards their strategy of becoming a major ad platform within the blogosphere.

While Movable Type’s future as a major publishing tool may diminish in the future (at least outside the shores of Japan), their exodus could open the door for their cousin Melody (the latter which is starting to show promise despite being in beta).

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September 24, 2010

Can Melody Save Movable Type?

Right now Say Media (who now officially owns Movable Type and Typepad) is in the middle of a firestorm after the President (Troy Young) insulted every small blogger utilizing their services with this statement.

Say Media expects to lose some subscribers to the Six Apart blogging platform. Its main focus, Young said, is in those that hope to build media businesses, rather than regular people who write a blog for fun.

“The kinds of people we want to work with are emerging media personalities,” he said. (AdWeek)

While the company attempts to pacify the rage and prevent many users from defecting to rival platforms, Say Media may find their ultimate hope in an emerging platform that shares Movable Type’s DNA (if not a passion for the platform as well). read more

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September 21, 2010

Movable Type Receiving New Ownership? (Six Apart Assimilation)

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Sad news for Movable Type fans. It looks like the reports of Six Apart’s demise (or rather assimilation) will come to light tomorrow as Michael Arrington is reporting that VideoEgg will be acquiring Six Apart (and their various properties).

Advertising network VideoEgg will acquire blogging and advertising network Six Apart, and the combined entity will be renamed Say Media. The companies will officially announce the transaction tomorrow. VideoEgg CEO Matt Sanchez will run the combined entity as CEO. Six Apart CEO Chris Alden will step down. (via TechCrunch)

According to TechCrunch, VideoEgg (or rather Say Media) will keep Typepad and Movable Type alive, although it’s uncertain whether this merger will help the service and software platforms make a come back in the age of social blogging.

With Tumblr on the rise and Automattic expanding the WordPress empire (not to mention the rise of WordPress only hosting companies recently) the future for Movable Type doesn’t look very good.

Hopefully this merger can bring some much needed innovation to the MT universe, who despite its fall from the limelight is still one of the premier blogging platforms available.

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August 28, 2010

How Movable Type Can Get Its Groove Back

A long, long time ago (near the beginning of blog time) Movable Type was born.

Unlike many previous rivals (i.e.  Blogger and LiveJournal), Movable Type allowed bloggers to host the software upon their own servers, eliminating the need to rely on corporate hosting without breaking the bank.

In order to feed their families, the Movable Type monks charged businesses a fee to use their software while allowing individuals to use Movable Type for free.

But that was before the dark times, before the rise of the WordPress empire. Fast forward to today and Movable Type has (more or less) fallen out of the lime light.

While Blogger and WordPress have become house hold names (at least among my less than tech savvy non-geek friends), Movable Type has diminished in popularity as evidenced by the rise of Tumblr.

But all is not lost my Movable Type lovin’ friends, as their is still hope for Six Apart’s favorite child to regain its former glory by adapting to times (aka make Movable Type relevant for the new millennium). read more

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December 28, 2009

Movable Type Monday: Smileys, GPS, Title Length, and More

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Happy Monday, folks! This week we’ve got a handful of new plugins for you. I have not had a chance to try these personally, so if anybody has, please let us know what you think in the comments.

AutoSmileysSebastian Böthin has written a plugin that replaces text-based emoticons with images. The plugin comes with a default list of emoticons to replace, but you can customize that list as much as you want. And AutoSmileys can be used just about anywhere — entries, comments, pages, and more.

Garmin Connect Action StreamGarmin Connect is a social training log that lets you track and share your training activities using Garmin GPS devices. This plugin from Scott Hill adds those activities to your Action Stream. read more

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December 21, 2009

Movable Type Monday: jQuery Comments, Asset Listings, Safari Support, and More

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Happy Monday, folks! Things seem to be a bit slow in the Movable Type community right now. I think it’s a combination of the holidays and impending release of MT5. Still, we’ve got a few news items to tell you about.

Mike from Code Monkey Ramblings has forked Byrne Reese’s jQuery Comment plugin. This doesn’t seem to be a radical departure from the original. Instead, Mike has concentrated on small tweaks that improve the plugin and extend its compatibility with existing themes. read more

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December 14, 2009

Movable Type Monday: MT5 Delayed, Media Manager, Page Listing Hack, and More

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Happy Monday, folks! Disappointing news for those of us waiting for the official Movable Type 5 release: It’s been postponed till January 5. In the announcement, Six Apart only says that there are issues to resolve so they’re waiting till after the holidays to release. I believe this is the third official release date we’ve had, let’s hope it’s the last one.

Byrne Reese has announced a new version of the Media Manager plugin. The previous version was broken by a change to Amazon’s API. Rather than patch the problem, Byrne did a major rewrite of the software to take advantage of an existing Amazon API library. As a result, folks upgrading from a previous version will likely need to update their templates. read more

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December 7, 2009

Movable Type Monday: Updates on MT5

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Happy Monday, folks! This week, Six Apart posted a couple of blog entries updating us on the status of Movable Type 5. First thing to note is that the North American and European release will not be tomorrow. Instead, MT5 will be released on December 16. The reason given is they need more time to work on developer documentation. Since a lack of documentation has been an issue in the past, this is probably a good move.

Also for MT5, 6A’s Beau Smith wrote up a new installation and upgrade guide. This set of instructions covers a lot of different scenarios, with additional reference material so you understand what is going on. This is probably the most extensive installation documentation for MT I’ve ever seen. Good work, Beau. read more

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November 30, 2009

Movable Type Monday: MT5, Resetting Passwords, and Asset Gallery

Happy Monday, folks! Good news if you’re in Japan: You’ve already got the official release of Movable Type 5. The rest of us have to wait till December 8. Apparently there was briefly a Release Candidate 3, but it and all the other RCs were pulled when MT5 went gold in Japan. The list of changes in RC3 is short, which bodes well for the final release.

While Japan enjoys MT5, everyone can try Asset Gallery 1.2 from Endevver. Asset Gallery lets you embed slideshows in entries, user profiles, or pages. And it includes lots of options for customizing the look of your slideshows. Better still, Endevver is releasing it as an open source project.

Finally, Dax from GuruLabs posted instructions for resetting MT passwords using SQL. Dax includes instructions for both MySQL and PostgreSQL. If you just need to reset one password, it’s probably easier to do it from the MT admin. But if you needed to update several users at once, this would be much faster.

What have you done with MT lately? Let us know in the comments.

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November 23, 2009

Movable Type Monday: MT5 RC2, Melody, StumbleUpon, and More

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Happy Monday, folks! This week, Six Apart put out the second release candidate for Movable Type 5. They mention a few highlights in the announcement, so let’s look at those here:

  • A lot of work to get the dynamic publishing in sync with the static publishing.
  • Updates to the Professional blog templates
  • Unbundling of Motion and Action Streams
  • The Entry/Page “previous” and “next” container tags now account for entries/pages with the same date-time, rather than skipping them.

The item on that list that catches my eye is the “unbundling” of Motion and the Action Streams plugin. This is the first I’ve heard of this. If you download the release candidate you’ll see that, sure enough, the Motion template set and the Action Streams plugin are gone. One has to wonder if this is the end of Motion or if it will be back as a separate plugin. If anybody’s heard more about this, let us know in the comments. read more

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