Participation in the Beta program so far has been fantastic and we have been able to incorporate most of the feedback and requests that you have sent in so far.  It is evident that this community is very hands-on and enthusiastic about the authoring and archiving process.

We have been able to engage in a good dialog with several community members, with folks submitting their sample documents for testing and scenarios as input.  While a lot of people have downloaded the add-in, not everyone has contacted us with comments and feedback yet, so I wanted to open up the dialog and solicit your input. 

As expected, the majority of the early adopters are part of the staff at journals, repositories, libraries, and also companies that support the publishing workflow.  There are a few enthusiasts/early adopters, as well as folks interested in the writing process and on capturing semantics, who have also tried out the add-in and sent their feedback.  Many thanks to all that have contacted us!

To help kickstart the broader dialog, here are some questions as to how you are using, or planning to use, the add-in as part of your workflow:

  • Do you start using the add-in by importing an xml file, or by pasting in content from another document?
  • Do you use the add-in for editing content, metadata, or both?
  • Do you introduce new sections into documents?  Do you tend to use custom sections?
  • Have you created templates, with sections that you use often, for re-use?
  • Have you used the keyword or subject area panel (on the right side of the window)?
  • Are there elements in the NLM format which are not currently supported in the add-in which are essential for your workflow?
  • Do you plan to access the content or metadata in the file directly, without using Word (for example using your own internal tools)?

If there is anything else you want to comment on in relation to the add-in, feel free to send it in.  You can post your answers as comments on the blog or send them over email.  This is a great opportunity to engage in the development of the add-in and help shape the experience for authoring scientific and technical articles.

And, once more, many thanks for your participation and input.