set mt3 to “good” as string

(What can I say? I’m more of an AppleScripter than a programmer.)

I’ve been playing with the new Movable Type 3. It’s pretty great. For those of you who haven’t seen this yet, Six Apart has changed their licensing plan for the software from what was announced a few days ago.

Old Plan

  • 1 author / 3 blogs / Free
  • 3 authors / 5 blogs / $70
  • 6 authors / 8 blogs / $120
  • 9 authors / 10 blogs / $150

New Plan

  • 1 author / 3 blogs / Free
  • 5 authors / 5 blogs / $70
  • 10 authors / 10 blogs / $120
  • 13 authors / 13 blogs / $150

Plus you can add 1 author and 1 blog to any paid license for $10.

It’s pretty friendly now. After seeing this new plan and thinking about it, I’ve decided to stick with Movable Type. In fact I’ve already paid for my license. I haven’t updated this site yet. I’m testing the new version out in the background first and will bring the new version online when I’m ready.

The whole Export entries and Import entries function works really well. I’m able to work with an exact copy of this site in my test site with those functions. Maybe these functions have always worked well. I don’t know. I never had to use them before. I’m impressed that it brings over Comments as well. I’m guessing it would do the same for Trackbacks but no one’s ever done a Trackback ping to my site so I don’t know.

The new Comment Management is exactly what I was looking for. It makes me very happy.

I’m also glad that they’ve switched to XHTML. There’s actually a few bugs with the default templates. They don’t validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional. I’ve already put in a report about this to Six Apart along with a couple of other fixes they could do to make it possible to do XHTML 1.0 Transitional, XHTML 1.0 Strict, or XHTML 1.1 right out of the box. All the end user would have to do is put in the appropriate DOCTYPE in the template.

One other important point: they consider a weblog to be the actual site that you’re looking at. So if for example you’re using another weblog to feed a blog roll to your weblog, that’s still only one weblog as far as licensing is concerned. That’s very cool of them.

Ok, I’m off to do some more playing. Plus I have to finish reading “Crossroads of Twilight” this weekend. I don’t want to be distracted when I go back to work on Monday.