For those of you that have been following the development of, or even using sIFR, this post is for you. Mark Wubben has announced the release of the alpha of the next version of sIFR. I just got back from TODCon, so I haven't had time to play with it yet, but the feature list makes it look very promising. Especially the part about the increased simplicity of tuning your fonts. For me that was the only difficult part.
Other interesting bits — Mark is taking advantage of the new Flash 8 filter features, like drop shadows. You'll also get the added benefit of Flash's new anti-aliasing and leading. There's also a fix included for the AdBlock issue. All in all, very promising.
If you've got time to test/play/help make this version the best it can be, head over to the sIFR 3 Alpha page and download it now.