Last year, I have written some patches for the most visible problems like the problem with not working media uploader on the editor pages of the last WP versions and have contacted Dan Kuykendall (Seek3r) the original author and owner of podPress and Andrew Ozz, who is like fiduciary for this plugin.
Dan answered my first email and told me that would try to put the patches into a new version he is(was) working on. But that was at the end of last October. Since this time I had no further contact with Dan. But Andrew Ozz has contacted me during Christmas days and added the patches.
Because I have built in unfortunately some own new bugs it was necessary to make some emergency releases in the first week of January. I'm deeply sorry for the confusion I have probably created!
With help of some diligent and thorough bug reporters have created some more patches which are partially included in the current development version (v8.8.5 beta 2). But most of them will be added in the next days. I can not tell when v8.8.5 beta 3 will be ready because I have no permission to add the patches myself to the repository and Andrew is sadly very ill.
When these patches are in the development version I will post a message here.
If podPress will become one of these "Canonical" or "Core" plugins is still undecided. Because at the moment I'm the only one who is maintaining this plugin and one part of the definition of this new group of plugins is that there should be more than one maintainer to assure continuous support in the future.
But whether podPress will become such a special plugin or not I would like to make and keep podPress working (at least this year). Beyond the maintenance work I have some ideas for further customization options.
podPress is a very complex plugin and there are a lot of source code lines which should be reviewed after more than one year without real development. Because of that and the fact that I'm only an enthusiastic podcast listener and no podcast producer help is appreciated!
In conclusion: Yes, there is maintenance for podPress.
But if there will be big development depends on the original plugin author or further helpers.