We created the nLift project for individual developer who needs to start communicating with his users. We tried to keep it simple and integrate simple bug tracker with a forum. If you go through some forums for a software project you probably realize that a large percentage of the posts are actually bug reports and feature requests. We wanted to put the issues category at the same level as discussions so that people spot it and use it, where appropriate.
Other important aspects of our project are email notifications and external authentication. If you are busy online user you probably have many sources of information. I think it's very important to have a tool to aggregate the most important pieces of information into one place. And email inbox can be such a place. If you don't want to miss any action in your project, you can activate "Get email notifications for project" and you'll get all the events into your inbox.
External authentication is another "consolidation" feature. You don't have to create and remember a unique login with us, just use some of the external accounts (Google,Yahoo, Facebook ......) you most likely already have.
So If you are a open source or freeware author, please register and use it. Depending on the user feedback we plan to implement other features. Let us know what other features you would like.