In the previous article, I explained how to set up Movable Type as a Fluid application to run on your desktop.
But Arvind suggested one better: why not install the iMT plugin and have Movable Type run as a MenuExtra? For those of you that don’t know, MenuExtras are the little icons on the right-hand side of your OS X menu. Putting Movable Type up there as a simple dropdown menu would make it almost as easy as… dare I say, Twitter?
See for yourself.
First, make sure you’ve downloaded the iMT plugin for Movable Type and installed it on your server. This is what’s going to give us our slick iPhone-like interface perfect for a MenuExtra dropdown.
Next, follow the instructions from the previous article on setting up Movable Type as a Fluid application. After that’s done, you’ve only got just a few changes to make before you’re ready to go:
1. On your application menu, change your User Agent to Mobile Safari 1.13 — iPhone. This will trigger the display of the iMT interface for MT.
2. Set the Window Opacity (if you prefer) under Preferences » Appearance.
3. Again, on the application menu, select Convert to MenuExtra. Fluid will ask to relaunch your instance and when it does…
Suddenly, blogging is easy again!
Note: Fluid tries to use the large 256×256 pixel icon which is a mess. So I’ve created a smaller, desaturated version for those who are using Movable Type as a MenuExtra: