Speaking as one of those convertor authors, I'd have to disagree with both of youNot Radio wrote:I converted an IPB database to a phpBB forum flawless. Granted, the design of the interface was horrible.Guillius wrote:Indeed converters are not any good really, they have a ton of flaws etc... I believe a pure version of phpbb is the way to go... patiance...
Many of the convertors are quite good and convert most things between forums, but they all have a number of compromises in them, either to speed the conversion process or because bits of the data just aren't compatible.
Converting between most of the big name products is usually fairly pain-free as long as you have the time, but you will lose little bits each time you convert.
Regarding the original topic of this thread, what is the competition? To my mind each of the products targets a slightly different market area. There is certainly overlap, but just becase one product has a new release does not automatically mean the others need one too. In the same way, just because one product has a particular feature it does not mean that the others need it.