I just wanted to add that I agree with Alfa's assessment. I hadn't really thought of it that way. But, I've always felt that the image posting and commenting could actually be so much more on my site. I have a very active pet site. It should be non-stop image posting and commenting, but it's not. It's okay, but not great. The commenting system associated with the photos is weak relative to forum postings. It would be great to have a better integration and awareness on the commenting. Running photo contests appropriately and easily is virtually impossible--something I'd really love to be able to do.
We (forum administrators) are definitely competing more and more with Facebook. We have to be much more attentive to useability and simplicity to compete for our user's participation. I've been looking forward to the new release in hopes of better integration and simpler views. There are some improvements from what I've seen, but this was a very conservative upgrade after so much time, at least that what it feels like to me.
Yes, I agree there are no solutions out there right now that really deliver on the vision that I would like to see with my forum. PP comes the closest, but I feel like overall, I'm still losing out on what I could be doing for my community. And therefore, I'm losing business--I'm not able to reach my potential.
So, I have to wonder, if there is not enough business for Photopost to invest in more developers (and support, I suppose), that is, amp up more significantly, then why not?
Are we dying breeds? Full-featured community providers? To me, it just makes more of a case that forums are not gaining market share in general, we are losing. That's what I've been reading in the general techie press. We are not needed quite as much with FB, twitter, and other platforms for social communication.
All the more reason to provide awesome value to our communities to keep them thriving.
I'm just venting and probably totally off-base, but that's what it feels like to me.
That said, I'm looking forward to the gold version of the release so that I can get going on it.