Privacy: Public Beta
At long last, I'm extremely glad to announce the public beta of Privacy, MT Protect's successor. I'd already talked about a few of the features but then suddenly never mentioned it again. The biggest reason was that after doing a few betas with the folks on ProNet, many, especially the folks at Apperceptive came forward with a bunch of great ideas. Today I'd like to highlight some of these new killer features.
Extensible authentication framework - a fancy way of saying you can use any login system with Privacy. Privacy comes with the password protection and OpenID authentication (this includes easy support for Typekey, LiveJournal and soon Vox) out of the box but this can easily be extended to include any other means of authentication. I have plans for creating plugins for Privacy that will allow you to use Google's and Yahoo's authentication - meaning you could simply enter a reader's yahoo username to an entry! Movable Type Enterprise users will be glad to know that LDAP is also supported out of the box. I hope to flesh out the developer docs over this beta period.
Extremely user-friendly - thanks to the advances made by Six Apart with the latest Movable Type 3.3x release, Privacy has become much easier to use:
- Automatic Installation - once you upload Privacy to your Movable Type installation, it will prompt you to finish the installation and will automatically upgrade your database (including migrating MT Protect users) as well as install the necessary files.
- Streamlined Privacy - a feature I'd already previously demo'd, the privacy settings for assets (such as entries) appear directly on the respective editing interface. So for example, whilst creating a new entry, you can also set it's privacy settings, a sharp change from MT Protect.
- Integrated Listings - MT Protect users will remember how difficult it was to get a list of entries that had been protected. Thankfully, Privacy now displays the privacy status of objects directly on the listing screens. For example, if you had a private entry, on the
Entriesscreen, this would be shown as a lock next to the entry's name.
Category Privacy - along with entries and blogs, Privacy now allows you to mark categories in Movable Type as private. The new inheritance settings then allows entries that are assigned to private categories to also be marked private.
Templating - I've already elaborated on this before. To get your templates working with MT Protect was hellish, with Privacy, you really only need to use the appropriate
Privacy has indeed been a long time in the making, in fact I spent the better part of 2006 on it. It has already gone through three beta cycles on ProNet but there may still be some bugs remaining so I'd recommend taking a full database backup before installing this plugin (MT Protect users, your data will - should - migrate peacefully!)
On it's release, Privacy will be a free plugin for personal users, supported by donations. Commercial and Enterprise users will be asked to purchase the appropriate license after a 30-day evaluation period.
So, grab the beta. I'd love to have your thoughts, concerns and bugs!