Thank you. That is indeed sad. So even with a $4,000 theme rewrite, there is no way to tell if it will have the options that really make it so easy to use...
About patches, I have seen threads. Are these patches generally recommended (as in "for all Atahualpa users") or do these address plugin conflicts ect?
I understand the (forced) decision not to update the theme on the Wordpress site anymore. However, you have mentioned the possibility of a new version becoming available here, on the bytesforall site. I have used this theme for so long, yet contributed almost zero. If the team decides to release a new, up-to-date version, I would very much like to be informed about this option. You could eventually make it a 2-versions, like others do: Free, no support, no tickets, no... nothing, and the Premium version, paid, more customization options, support/tickets system included. I don't think the price would be a prohibitive one, or at least I hope so. I would be among the customers for the Premium version for sure, as a lot of the actual theme users would be too, I think.
Once again thank you for explaining what's going on. Have a great week!