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Jura
05-01-2008, 04:14 PM
Our full new feature list is very long but here is a sampling for everyone. Our development team will go into detail about each one in the coming weeks and also introduce all the other additions not mentioned in this introduction.

Interface
There will be a great focus on usability and streamlining functions. The introduction of a new template engine which allows for multiple default template sets, easier skin editing, and a brand new default skin is something we are very excited about. Search engine friendly URLs will not only make your community more interesting to search engine spiders but allow for more human-friendly linking.

Control
The overhauled BB Code manager along with moving all default BB Codes to the system so you can edit them will allow forum administrators greater control over how their users interact with the community. We are implementing greater configuration options including being able to turn off features you do not use and finer controls on current features. Finer tuning your user signatures, turning specific options off, or even removing entire sections such as the calendar will allow you to gain finer control of how you want your community to be presented.

Features
There will be quite a few new features but, for now, we will save those for our upcoming blog posts to reveal what's new. A quick sampling: user reputation system, more permission configuration options, moderator enhancements, and ... lots more.

Integration
We want you to integrate your community with the rest of your web site with minimal effort. To make this easier for you, we will be putting great focus on creating a new hooks system for developers, more advanced APIs, content syndication, login methods, and more. Our applications (IP.Blog, IP.Gallery, and IP.Downloads) more tightly integrated with each other and with IP.Board itself.

Coding
There will be a lot of low-level code improvements which will make working with our codebase much easier for our community of developers. Everything we do will be with an eye toward resource usage improvements to make our software lighter on servers.

Server Requirements
To take advantage of many new capabilities, we will be officially dropping support for PHP 4.x series and requiring a minimum of PHP 5.x for our software. The software will work on the MySQL 4.x database series but we will highly suggest using the MySQL 5.x version.

Oracle Database
Due to slowing demand over the past few years, we have decided to discontinue supporting Oracle database system. We will continue to support MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server.

Subscriptions Manager
Again, due to slowing demand, we have decided to stop updating the subscriptions manager in IP.Board. We will be fixing all current known bugs to make the system compatible with IP.Board 3.0 so those currently using the subscriptions manager will still be able to upgrade. Anyone currently using the subscriptions manager will still be able to upgrade and everything will work normally for you. From there, we will be looking for community developers to keep it up to date. We will be posting a blog entry when ready to ask for assistance in keeping the subscriptions manager up to date. Anyone wishing to use our new IP.Nexus commerce system when it's available will be able to migrate as well.



Of course this is just the short version. Keep an eye on our blog for more detailed updates and new feature reveals in the coming weeks. And finally, when will it be released? Right now we are thinking the fourth quarter of 2008 (IP.Board, IP.Blog, IP.Gallery, and IP.Downloads will all receive a new version at the same time) but of course that's subject to change... it could very well be sooner...

The only thing vBulletin has going for it is the hook system (with its mod community), with this news, it's making an already poorly coded software look worse.

Bryce W
05-02-2008, 12:19 PM
Oh lordy, I swear you posted this to make me bite, and I will. VB has all of that, except its not discontinuing parts of itself. Check out VB the new VB 6.7's features.

Any serious forum knows that vBulletin is the one to use. Check out the big-boards.com ranking and see what most of the non-custom solutions are:

http://www.big-boards.com/

Before you say PHPBB is the biggest, GAIA is hardly PHPBB anymore. Its so modified that there is almost nothing left :P

MHCG
05-02-2008, 03:05 PM
All of the boards I visit are VBulletin except for VWVortex and TheSamba

weseal
05-02-2008, 03:12 PM
All of the boards I visit are VBulletin except for VWVortex and TheSamba
^Both of which are excellent sites. I have 3 old school bugs and 1 02 1.8t jetta.

Jura
05-02-2008, 04:21 PM
Yes vBulletin has it all including an awful ACP and many features not really neeeded. The list above isn't a full feature list and Invision Power Board has many features vBulletin doesn't. Just because something is popular doesn't make it good, or otherwise we'd all be watching American Idol and Fox News. Norton anti-virus software seems popular.

MHCG
05-02-2008, 05:11 PM
^Both of which are excellent sites. I have 3 old school bugs and 1 02 1.8t jetta.

w00t! :D

'59 Euro(semaphores) ragtop beetle
'02 GTI
'06 Jetta

rurbaniak
05-05-2008, 04:10 PM
I've used everything from phpBB, SMF, Invision, and VBulletin.

VBulletin hands down.

Jura
05-06-2008, 07:00 PM
IPB as come a long way since after 2.2 came out. From what I've always heard, it's easier to skin with it and the code is much cleaner than vBulletins.