Does anyone have any insights into the current situation with Manifold and, if the worst were to happen (or has happened) what alternatives to Manifold are there in terms of price and functions?
QGIS is definitely improving fast, but don't think it is there yet. I'm certainly not ready to give up on Manifold yet as I still think there is nothing to touch it for raw power and wealth of functionality in one convenient package. Much of this lead does however seem to be eroding with new releases from competitors, but I still believe that some of the fundamental ideas and engineering within Manifold will give it the edge for some time to come.
Like most, I am just frustrated and find it difficult to plan for the future without any firm information about upcoming releases/dates. There is constant mention of special relationships which is great, but I have tried to be a good Manifold citizen for many years both on and off from the forum and still believe (in my perhaps naive way) that the company would benefit from being a little more open with its customer base or at least communicating with forum members in a manner similar to AdamW who I suspect is a thoroughly nice individual.