For what it 's worth, I'm new to actually using IPB, though I've owned a license since last year. After having had a chance to work with IPC, I can say I'm excited by the possibilities it gives. I'll be working heavily with the databases function as soon as time permits. It definitely has it's shortcoming in that customizing it is more geared towards coders currently. But out of the box for Articles, it's great...but I wish it was setup by default to look like the site and not a separate page. Easy fix for me, but really, it seems we should be given options on how it should be setup be default. Do you want your index page to match your skin or do you want it to act as it's own page?
Anyway, I agree can be difficult to use "out of the box", but the possibilities are awesome if you can get past the learning curve and coding. It's quite possibly my favorite IPS app.
+1. Seriously, Flash is a near useless format. This isn't about Apple or Adobe being stubborn. It's about Apple taking the reins with their products and abandoning support for old, dying technology--just as they did with floppy drives and more recently, Firewire 400.