It wasn't announced as far as I can tell but CA is now updated to 4.2. I only noticed because completely coincidentally, we just moved servers a week after CA.O got back up, and upgraded Abrahadabra Forums to 4.2 the day before yesterday and when I went to look for other forums I know to see if they are on VB4 to solve some baffling banner alignment issues, (which we solved) I noticed CA was still on an old version of 3 (til yesterday...are they synchronizing their periods too?). I find the best time to upgrade or make major changes is September when the school crowd dies down. we get a huge influx as the weather turns nasty. But this could be due to use being popular in Finland, Wales and the Pacific Northwest.
I know there are a bunch of PHPVB owners here so I would like to hear some talk pertaining to art forums that use VB. I would be happy to share anything I have learned managing PHPVB
Thankfully the upgrade when totally smoothly and we are very pleased. The up to 3.0 was hell for us.
There are some majorly cool developments for 4.2 which I am just getting used to.
The first wonderful thing is the post editor will autosave your post, so you don't lose anything if say, you accidently close the window or hit the back button like I am wont to do. The question is, where does the draft save to? I suppose this will be answered in a user friendly sort of way when it actually happens.
Second, admins now have the option to see Who has previously viewed a post. Very cool. I am trying to figure out how to allow this for all of our users, not just admins. If anyone has any info on how to make this happen I would really appreciate it.
Also the optimization for mobile and general streamlining will make the forums incredibly faster than in 3.0. I am noticing some major improvements to load times already.
Social Media gets a huge upgrade in 4, admins have the option of including a facebook "like" to each post. This is not the $99 facebook addon it's free. I would love to be able to post to FB from CA and need a lazy way to do this.
An example of how this can work to CA's advantage is you can post events and then when people get excited and want to share the news quickly with friends and family they can. To show you how this looks:
The only issue I forsee is the lag time on the load of the Facebook frame itself which loads from Facebook. I don't want this to slow down mobile load times. Right now I can't tell if it does or not as I have not tested it extensively.