There's some great news from the Zend Developer Zone today - an announcement about the code freeze that's happened for the latest version of the Zend Framework:
We are in the final week of development for Zend Framework Preview Release 0.6.0! We are on schedule to call a code-freeze on Friday December 15. [...] The code-freeze for 0.6.0 should be lifted by Monday December 18.
Some of the improvements in the upcoming version include a more mature MVC environment, architecture changes to several modules, new components, and much more. Be sure to keep an eye on the Framework's website and here for an update when the new Preview Release has been posted.