There's a Market update available for ROM Manager, and it brings a new feature that many have been wanting -- automatic installation of ClockworkMod Touch Recovery. ROM Manager itself is still free (you can buy the premium version for more features), but if you want to use it to flash CWM Touch, it's going to cost you. The price is $1.99, and it's available as an in-app purchase from the ROM Manager app, billed through the Android Market, PayPal, or via e-mail with a redeem code.
ClockworkMod Touch is still available for free, though. If your phone is supported you can download and install it manually through fastboot from the ClockworkMod website. What you're paying for is the convenience of having ROM Manager do it for you, or for not having to configure and install the Android SDK and set up fastboot. As some of you know, sorting out fastboot and drivers for your computer can be a pain, so here is your way around it once again.
Anyone who hacks at their Android phone needs a custom recovery. Besides having an easy way to flash modifications and new ROM's, a custom recovery gives us something that is indispensable -- a way to create a restore point for our phone or tablet and go back to it at any time. While there's a lot of good to be said for the "old style" that forces you to read every option and select carefully, there's no denying the allure of a touch-based version for many folks. If you're one of them, now you have an easy way to get it on your device. Koush is currently adding more builds for more phones, so if your's isn't listed just keep checking. Happy flashing!