Dear trusty, faithful users and new users alike,
Despite periodic silence, work still ticks on here in development of 2.0. The silence here can be easily explained: development is to be a process that is, in our case, more often just done and less often talked about. To put it succinctly, we are working.
On our part there has been a little bit of dismay over watching the date we intended to release come and go. In reflection on what is causing the delay, Jeff realized a few things:
1. The scope of work for version 2.0 has increased significantly since it was originally conceived. Originally, 2.0 was to be a rewrite of the code so that future added features would have a stable code-base. But what happened was that while in the code, tinkering, it seemed more logical (and more interesting) to start the process of making some of the more major improvements that were slated for the future.
2. The amount of anticipated collaboration for the task of version 2.0 decreased by about 66%. A smaller team made more work to be done.
3. The hosting situation caused a bit of a slowdown for awhile but has since been rectified.
As we saw the date of anticipated release approaching, there were signs that things weren't going to work out as planned. The release date was too ambitious, based on a "best case scenario" when excitement was high, and the scope of work was smaller.
Now, a year after beginning, Jeff is just pushing for that next release date. There had been considerations of releasing with what we had completed, but that would have fallen short on what we had told users to anticipate. We are setting the date to end of February 2010, which seems entirely reasonable since version 2.0 is 80% complete.
The February release is planned to be beta tested and ready for use.
Thank you for your patience and hope that you will continue to looking forward to this as much as we are!