We have just released 8.5.0 of the v8-devel branch.
This begins the next v8 devel series. Most importantly, it contains a greatly refactored imfile, which now supports wildcards inside filenames. There are also some other improvements, as well as some bugfixes that are not yet included in the stable versions (this will happen soon with the next release).
For more details about using wildcards in imfile, please take a look at this presentation:
As always, feedback is appreciated.