We’re working on Axure RP 9 and we’re excited to share details about it when we’re able, but not quite yet. Thanks for your interest in it! I’ll be happy to let our marketing team know that you’ll look forward to more news from us when the time comes.
Meanwhile, we just released Axure RP 8.1 (just yesterday!), which includes a number of new features and optimizations for performance and stability. We’ll have a newsletter and blog posts in the next week highlighting some of the new functionality in 8.1, which you’ve probably been following along with in the beta channel updates thread since you’re active here on the forum.
We can see these concerns! We’re closely watching developments in the industry, including the products that you mentioned. We believe that our upcoming releases will help to address your concerns.