The Gold release of v Bulletin 3.6.0 New features in 3.7 included an inline spam management & prevention system, thread tagging and tag cloud, thread prefixes, reciprocal friendship between users, public visitor messaging on user profile pages, user picture albums, user-created social groups, user-customizable profile pages, a lightbox viewer for images attached to posts, post edit history, a notices system, multiple human verification systems, and social bookmarking integration.Version 3.8 introduced more new features, such as social group discussions, social group categories, private message sorting and filtering options, private message history, quick edit for newer types of content (visitor messages and picture comments), social group icons, social group transfers, a private message quick reply box, private message throttling (limit messages sent over a time period), private message reporting, profile privacy (limit blocks to a subset of users), lightbox navigation, thread prefix permissions, and dismissible notices.However, as time progressed, it proved to be a complete rewrite.Some of the key advantages over v Bulletin 2 are as follows: v Bulletin 3.6 introduced features such as the multi-quote system, the infractions system, the ability to automatically post threads and announcements from RSS feeds, and podcasting support.Architecturally, v Bulletin 4 follows MVC (model-view-controller) object oriented principles, allowing far greater capabilities in code re-use and extendability." At the time, the requirements of v Bulletin 4 were "PHP 5.2.3 and My SQL 5.0.22 or newer".On 15 December 2008, James Limm, Managing Director of Jelsoft, posted the v Bulletin 4 Series Development Update with significant differences from the August announcement.As there was still a demand for the software, Limm and Percival created Jelsoft and released their work as a paid solution, called v Bulletin 1.After subsequent minor releases of their Software, the two decided to start working on a new version that would be more than a rewrite of UBB: they wanted to turn their software into a competitive solution for forums.
In December 2002, v Bulletin 3 was beginning development.As their site grew, they noticed that their software, written in Perl using a flat-file database, could not always cope with the number of users they had.In February 2000, the two decided that it would be better to write their own solution as both were unfamiliar with the software's code and thus unable to optimize it.The lawsuit alleges "widespread infringement and unlawful exploitation" of v Bulletin's source code and "equally damaging misappropriation of trade secrets" developed and owned by v Bulletin with "investments of millions of dollars over the last ten years." The lawsuit further alleges that the developers of Xen Foro Ltd."took with them virtually every type of document a competitor would need to enter the market and unlawfully create a competing bulletin board software program." Since the initial release of the v Bulletin forum product in 2000, there have been many changes and improvements.
Below is a list of the major revisions and some of the changes they introduced.