I just wanted to post my 2 cents for this since I have been away for a while from 14 and just tried it out again yesterday.
YES, it is a lot better now!
I am really liking the changes made to the mages and the MP management. Melees can't necessary solo with heals anymore and jobs seems to have more defined roles.
I would definately recommend you to come back and try it for yourself because 4 months ago I thought 14 would never in million years survive but now I am starting to change my mind.