I spoke last week at the spring meeting of the ACS in San Francisco about Chem4Word (well, at least we can still call the project that even though the product actually goes by the much catchier “Chemistry Add-in for Word”). The talk was the day after Alex Wade, Peter and I had officially announced the launch. The talk went down well and was captured on video which will be available soon. I’ll also get my slide deck online.
Since then I have been on holiday – driving up the coast (via Sonoma) to Seattle for the external research symposium at Microsoft – so have been out of contact. On reconnecting to WiFi (bless it) I am delighted to find that the add-in has been downloaded 27,000 times in the first week. Oh my!
I am going to be heading up the project when it goes open source (we are expecting this to happen in a couple of weeks and it will be available here) so I’m delighted to find so much interest out there and, of course, so many potential developers.
However, mostly the reason for this entry is to make sure that I commit myself publicly to writing up a list of TODOs for the project and where we see it going in the short to medium term. I would try to look far into the future but we all know that whatever I come back with will certainly come back to haunt me.
So there you have it. My commitment in print. It is for my own good; when I get back to Cambridge I am definitely going to have to hit the ground running. How exciting”