I see some frustrations outside...
...you are still waiting for the new release.
Against my planning I was involved in a larger project which was planned for all about 10 days. At the end it took until now (2 months). I will release some more information when it goes public.
It has pro and cons - the cons: I wasn't able to spend a lot of time developing phpwcms. Some short things were done as you have seen with snapshot of 1.3.5 availabe here: http://www.phpwcms.org/snapshot/trunk-20-08-2007.zip
But there are many pros: The main - I have spent a lot of time with Ajax related functionality in frontend and backend! This will help phpwcms a lot and improve usability.
I will not publish any date here (for now) - because this might cause more frustrations again. But I will continue to work hard to release phpwcms with expected (and extended) functions.
By the way - I plan to give phpwcms a new name, new CI and so on. What do you think? Any idea?