The auto publish feature is working perfectly and the response times on the forums are outstanding. We had a delay on responses because one of our crew members got _seriously_ sick. Still we give an amount of free support that is absolutely unusual in the joomla world. Of you don't believe me, scroll the recent pages on the forums of the last 7 days.
If you use the auto publish feature, then make sure you publish the records from the view panels, not from the artic manager. This has been discussed many times in the forums.
After reading this, please get back to me to in the forums an I'll point you to the right topic.