I’m feeling like one of the last holdouts here with Manila, and I’ve got open source issues that I need to come to terms with, but this news from Userland CEO Scott Young has me hoping:

We are getting closer to the release of Manila into public beta. Its been a fairly long process, but the size and scope of the changes will be worth it. Significant additions have been made and as we have finally worked through all the change notes and have come to discover that what we have is Manila 9.5 !!

After adding versioning for content and templates, access controls, enclosure support, Atom support for Manila’s aggregator, greater flexibility in the new member signup process, easier navigation of stories and pictures pages, improved static rendering support, and a large number of other enhancements and bug fixes for users and developers alike – we’ve set the version number for the next release of Manila at 9.5. (We’ve even got a few more surprises in store.)

We’re excited!

Fingers crossed for a successful release…soon!