A feature that we've often had requested is a way to easily display excerpts of your post on your main and archive (date-based and category) pages. While you can set up an excerpt on a post-by-post basis with the Extended Entry option, we've created a new way to do this automatically. Our beta team will be the first to get to see this!
If you're a member of our beta team, to find this new feature, go to Settings > Posts and scroll to the "Auto-Generated Excerpts" option at the bottom. First, set the number of characters you'd like to use for your excerpt. After doing this, check the "Display excerpts instead of full posts on index and archive pages" box. You'll then get another option that - if there is a thumbnail within the post - will allow you to show a 200 pixel thumbnail of the first image in the post floated to the left of the content. If you'd like to do this, simply check this box as well and save your changes.
Now, on your main and category pages, you'll see your posts displayed as an exceprt with a link that your readers can click to read more.
You can find out more on this in our Knowledge Base.
These features will be rolled out to all Typepad subscribers over the next few weeks. If you want to get in on it now, simply go to the Account tab and sign up for the Beta team!