Upfront extremely difficult and unreliable

I'm having major problems with upfront. The concept is there, and seems like it could be good.

Does anyone else think this ease of customization is seriously degrading the user experience?

I'm having many issues, including simply creating new posts.

Also, using custom press I cannot add my custom post type.

Using google maps plugin, I cannot associate post with map, nor can I access google map plugin settings.

I have used WPMU plugins before and they are awesome, but I'm seriously doubting moving forward on this project using the upfront framework.

Id there something I am doing wrong?