Firstly apologies for the thread to Kier and Mike. Obviously XF 1.1 is the focus right now and probably importers after that. I understand that the Resource Manager isn't coming "soon". However, here's my situation.
I have a heavily modified VB site whose 25% traffic and revenue source comes from the Downloads section. I am on VB 4.1.1 and see no reason to upgrade to any of the latest VB maintenance releases. However I have many custom features planned for the site, which would require a lot of custom coding. Now I have three choices,
1. Select the latest VB release and start building my custom features on them.
2. Code a Downloads Modification myself for XF / hire someone to do it.
3. Wait for XF to code and release the awesome resource manager.
Now the amount of effort I am looking ahead is of at least a couple of months work for the custom work required for the features planned. I really am not keen to invest so much of time and effort into VB at this moment, given their current trajectory. Hence, it would be a REAL BIG help if I was to have some rough indication of when Kier's awesome resource manager is coming. (By the way I would be totally fine paying for it). Can we expect a beta by new year? or will it be as far as say beginning of summer next year? or maybe (and this is my optimistic self) sometime before christmas!
If I was to know that the resource manager won't be around before say march-april next year, I can consider investing the time or money to get a downloads section coded. However it would be such a terrible waste of everything if I was to get my custom coded downloads section done only to see a RM beta by christmas...
Again, I appreciate the impossibilities of software development prediction and the team size of two. I am just requesting if we can get some form of indication of approximate time frame for the Resource Manager, it might help IMMENSELY in my decision making process.