Privacy 2.1 Public Beta: Read Permissions in MT4
Another day and another public beta! This time for Privacy. Privacy is a new plugin for Movable Type that allows you to define "read permissions" for system objects in Movable Type (entries, categories and blogs). As a result, readers will first need to authenticate to be able to view the object. Privacy gives you fine-grained control over who can read your content.
Privacy 2.1 now makes the plugin fully compatible with Movable Type 4.0 (it integrates beautifully into the application as the screenshots no doubt show) and takes advantage of one of the major new features of MT4, the commenter authenticator framework. As a result, your readers can authenticate using the same services they can sign in to comment with. What this means is that Privacy is completely compatible with all OpenID plugins (for example the Wordpress OpenID or AIM OpenID plugins). In addition to these external commenter authenticators, Privacy allows you to require readers to enter a password or authorize Movable Type authors to read an entry (and with the Enterprise Pack, readers can even use LDAP to sign in to read a private object).
So download Privacy 2.1b1 and be sure to post all your suggestions, bugs reports and thoughts to the Privacy Beta Testing forums. A word of caution, Privacy will not migrate your configurations from older versions (this includes MT Protect and Privacy 2.0).