Finally, I can confirm that on June 21 2012, first public version of GD Star Rating 2.0 will be released. This version will be labeled Alpha #2. Here you can find more information what exactly to expect in this version, information about new website for the plugin and few more things.
Yes, June 21 2012 will be a release date for first public version. If everything goes well, there will be Alpha #3 soon after (2 weeks). After that it all depends on the bugs in Alpha. I can’t announce anything else beyond that at this point. Back to June 20. Alpha version will be released on the new GD Star Rating website to launch same day (old website will go into archive sub-domain) and here on Dev4Press. This version will not be available on WordPress.org. GD Star Rating 2.0 will replace current version in WordPress.org plugins directory once the final 2.0 is ready.
By the end of this month I will release first commercial graphics pack that will include 8 stars graphics sets. In July two more sets will be released, one for thumbs and another one with stars. Expect 1 or 2 more sets during the year. Owners of GD Star Rating Premium Support license have free access to all graphics sets while their license is active. By default plugin will include only one stars set and one thumbs set. Each graphics set will cost $29.00. First commercial module will be released later in the plugin development cycle, I can’t confirm anything right now. There are 2 modules that are in works to be ready for the final release of the plugin. Two planned free modules (for bbPress and BuddyPress) will not be functional in Alpha #2. GD Products Center and GD CPT Tools Pro will add own modules for support soon.
GD Star Rating 2.0 Alpha #2 will contain fully functional rating module and interface to control the rating process, API hooks to expand it with new rating objects and methods, shortcodes and functions for adding rating/review blocks into the code. I am also preparing API tutorials for the plugin (premium support access only), and videos on plugin setup (free for all).