Other UThink enhancements
Hello everyone! I thought you all might be interested in a some thoughts on other enhancements that have not been discussed in much detail yet that will come with the UThink upgrade. Namely enhancements to asset managment, commenting functionality, and private blogging.
With the current version of UThink, asset managment is weak, at best. You can upload any file that you want, but manipulating that file, or even finding it again on the server after you've uploaded it, is another story. With the UThink upgrade, Movable Type 4 has vastly improved asset management capabilities. With MT 4 you can keep track of all your uploads, and filter them by file type such as video, audio, or image. You can also describe your assets, tag them, and delete them if necessary. Check out the image below for a little snapshot into the capabilities:
Managing comments within MT 4 is also improved. Within the current version of UThink (MT 3), you could either moderate comments, or let all comments through automatically (with a heavy dose of spam filtering brought to you by some MT plugins we've added). Now, with MT 4 you will still have the ability to moderate comments or let all comments through, as well tying comments to the U of M Internet ID and password system (aka "x.500"). In other words, we have modified MT 4 to give you the ability to require that only comments from U of M students, faculty, and staff can get through. You can mark any Internet ID as a "trusted commenter" or you can let all Internet IDs post comments by choosing "Any authenticated commenters." Here is a snapshot of the functionality:
Finally, and having to do with authenticating commenters through the U of M Internet ID and password system, is the ability to create private blogs. In the current UThink system you can create a private blog through Apache web server directory level passwords, or through PHP. In MT 4 we are building the ability to create a private blog using the U of M Internet ID and password system. In other words, we are making it so that as a blog owner you can choose which Internet IDs will be given the ability to see the content of your blog. We hope to do this through the MT 4 interface in order to make this as easy to implement as possible. Unfortunately I don't have any snapshots of this functionality yet, but be rest assured it will be awesome!
Of course, let me know if you have any questions or comments!