This is the message I posted in response to when it'll be released and what it'll have, in basic:
I've never really believed in releasing buggy software. I'm sort of taking my time with it. A lot of the back-end is done and when it's completed it'll likely be checked over to remove unnecessary code and complete optimisations and small errors. It's going to do a beta - RC - release structure, with a small group of beta testers before a public buyers beta. I'm really excited with how it's coming out, it's feature fledged in my opinion as a community blog, taking inspirations from both IPS Blog and WordPress, picking out the best with a few special integrations. More information to come in the official announcement.
We hope to release an add-on that combines the most powerful features of a community based blog combined with an easy to use mass community based environment like a forum platform.
The price of this would be £60 for your first year, with (significantly) cheaper renewal pricing. Branding removal would be available for the price of our higher tier branding removal pricing.
So it's not exactly cheap, but it's not expensive either. The add-on will take quite a bit of work to create from scratch and that's what I believe constitutes the price. Hopefully the payoff is worth it for your site.
As far as features go, you can take your favourite features of a blog and assume they could be here. We do plan on having user and group/team blogs, blog entries can be tagged as well. Delayed posting will also be an option right from the first version. Blogs can have various graphical images associated with them, if the administrator wishes to allow it. We do hope to potentially allow custom slugs in a later update, without an ID reference, but that's not planned for an initial update. Blog comments will be a thing and are permission controlled as well as per-blog or per-entry controlled as well, which is also permission controlled. Of course, as with all of our add-ons, we make everything configurable and permission controlled.
I've only really outlined some of the things we have planned. As you can probably tell, it is going to be as customisable as possible by the administrator through various options and permissions.
We do plan on releasing a beta, following into a release candidate stage before going into a full release. With an add-on of complexity, it's expected to have some bugs here and there and hopefully this will help us iron them out. Prices during this stage will be cheaper as a generosity towards potential customers that help us through this stage.
More information to follow!
If you have any suggestions, please let us know.