The BuddyPress team has released the latest version of BuddyPress, version 1.5, adding considerable improvements especially in the integration part. If you don’t know about BuddyPress, it is a major social plugin for WordPress, allowing you to use the user system in the front end of the website, complete with groups, forums and profiles.
New in 1.5 is apart from the usual ton of bug fixes and minor enhancement are a few more major features. First of all, they have reworked the default theme to behave and look better. Additionally, the integration with WordPress core is much tighter. BuddyPress now has support for the built in menu system and the admin bar.
Other news are a brand-new installation and update wizard as well as improved profile field management.
BuddyPress is freely available through the WordPress repository (you can install it from your dashboard like any other plugin). They also have their own plugin website with support and a community which provides both help and plugins for BuddyPress itself.