This release focuses on just one new feature, support for JPA. Both the search and DAO portions of the framework are now fully compatible with both standard Hibernate and with JPA.
This made for the biggest structural changes we've had so far and some changes in the way the framework is installed and configured. For more details on this, look to the wiki (InstallationAndConfiguration and FrameworkArchitecture).
In order to work with various JPA providers, the framework uses a MetadataUtil interface that must be implemented for the desired provider. At this point, the only implemented provider is Hibernate Entity Manager, but perhaps we will see a few others contributed to the project over time.