Quite frankly, I'm not sure whether to be happy or disappointed about the new release and pricing.
From what I've seen playing with the beta, MT3 is pretty cool. Significantly faster than 2.6 especially when it comes to rebuilding. Good backward compatibility with older plugins, although I don't use too many of them. Better comment and trackback editing and handling.
There are the license changes. I haven't read through them yet, but from what I see it looks like it'll be more friendly for web developers and ISPs who want to offer MT to their clients.
Then there's the money aspect. MT's a great product, but honestly, I'm not at all sure it's worth $100 for a personal license that only gives you 5 weblogs and 3 authors. $40 or $50 I wouldn't object about. But I think $100 is a little steep. MT would do well to reconsider their pricing model so that it's a little more friendly to the power user needing a personal license.
Mena Trott writes
Additionally, as promised, donors who have ever contributed $20 or more to Movable Type will be able to apply their full donation to this version. For many who donated, the difference after applying their donation will be a nominal fee.Ok, I have to take issue with that statement. Yes, I made a $20 donation shortly after I started using MT 2.6. But I'd hardly call $50 (discount price minus donation) a nominal fee. It's anything but that. And you still end up paying the same price in the end.
Sure, there's the stripped down free version, but you only get one author and up to 3 weblogs with it. And a long list of No's and features taken away from the 2.x versions:
- No support from Six Apart
- That's fine, there wasn't much to begin with anyway unless you donated $45
- No access to paid installation service
- I think if MT is going to offer paid installation services, they should offer it to everyone whether it's the free version or not. Is MT going to ask people to want to buy a personal or commercial license to also pay for installtion too?
- No access to fee-based services
- May or may not be an issue, depending on what fee-based services they decide to offer
- No promotion of your weblogs through the Recently Updated list
- Needed to make a donation to get this anyway. But what about those current MT users who have already donated, and don't have the resources or desire to shell out $100 for a personal license? I think MT ought to continue to current model of accepting donations (particularly from users of the free edition) and providing a Recently Updated Key to them and allow current key owners to keep using theirs if they decide to go with the free version.
- No commercial usage
- No problem. If you're going to use MT to make money, then you should pay them for acommercial license.
- No more than one author and three weblogs
- Again, far too restrictive for power users that can't afford the cost of a personal license.
Notable license items with the free edition
"Author" means one individual with a unique login name generated by the Software via the "Add/Edit Weblog Authors" function of the Software. The sharing of an individual login name for more than one person is prohibited.
Making Copies You may install the Software on only one (1) computer or server having a single CPU. You may make one (1) copy of the Software in any machine readable form solely for back-up purposes, provided you reproduce the Software in its original form and with all proprietary notices on the back-up copy.
So I guess what I'm saying in short is
- MT 3 release: Very good
- MT 3 features: Very good
- MT 3 licensing: Good
- $100 MT 3 Personal license: Bad
- MT 3 free version: Not so good
- MT 3 Pricing: Needs work