Hi! I know you guys have been working on an update for Manuscripts. But I was hoping you could please share with us some of your thoughts — especially a roadmap for the app’s future. As it exists now, Manuscripts still has lots of bugs and an incomplete feature set. Without knowing what’s to come, I don’t know if it is worth it (or safe) to invest my academic career to using this tool. The last blog post on manuscriptsapp.com was written in 2015! It would be wonderful to hear if the project is still alive and what we might expect.
Just so you hear it from a fan, I think that Manuscript has tremendous potential. Many of us users really want to see it succeed. It’s way too early for a major update, but when you get to that point, many of us will pay for the major upgrade. I think you communicated your initial vision for Manuscripts really well and sold us on it. We’re all on board. But now, we’re all left straggling, wondering what’s going on, and if maybe the train is derailed and the project abandoned. It would be wonderful to have a roadmap published on the blog, even if your next update to Manuscripts is not ready for production. A great model for transparency and consistency in communication is the Omni Group. Besides regular feature updates, their blog has annual roadmap — e.g., https://www.omnigroup.com/blog/looking-back-looking-ahead-2017-edition
I hope you consider publishing the roadmap on your blog soon. We’re really desperate for it.