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I have a review copy of DART (Document Authoring and Readiness Tool), a set of power macros for MS Word created by Jason Scott Yeldell of Yeldell Scientific.
Jason Yeldell introduces DART as “the actions of the D.A.R.T are based on industry standard style guides for regulatory submissions. In total, the D.A.R.T system adds over 200 custom functions to MS Word’s Ribbon (or toolbar) and its design serves to foster standardization during document development and the quality control of documents prior to submission to regulatory authorities.”
Before I go into the features of this application, I’d like to describe the correct way to install it because it does not come with an installer program.
Since it consists of a system of macros, everything is programmed inside a template Word document (DOT). You save that document inside your Office Templates document, create a new Word document and then apply the DART template to the document. That’s how DART tools display on your Word ribbon.
Ask for a time-limited trial copy from Jason to test out DART.
Follow these steps to install DART:
1) Unzip the downloaded DART folder.
2) Extract the contents of the folder (a Word template file (.DOT) and a small configuration .TXT file) to
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates\
3) Go back to MS Word. Select Word Options>Advanced. Click the File Locations button (scroll all the way down).
4) In the File Locations list box, click and select User Templates. Then click Modify.
5) Browse and go to the same location where you’ve saved the DART template file (C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates\) and select the DART template file. Click OK.
6) Back in the File Locations window, click OK once again to close it.
7) Back in the Word Options window, click OK once again to close it.
Now, when you create a new Word file, Add-Ins tab should display on your Ribbon. If not — and for good measure — close and re-start your MS Word application.
Inside the Add-Ins tab, you should see the DART macro tools icon. Double click it to open. Now you’re ready to rock’n roll with DART.
In another blog post, I’ll go over some of the features of DART.