This is not specific to "Bioinformatics" but I bet that most of us have come across this problem at one point. I was wondering if anyone has come up with a cool solution.
I've started collaborating with numerous "non-technical" writers lately. My general writing workflow is to use source-control (usually git) and a latex document. This helps me keep track of changes, reasons for them, reverting back to old versions if necessary, and seamless collaboration. However, these new members would rather quit the project than even try to learn latex.
I'm trying to avoid the problem where everyone has their own version of a manuscript and then having to e-mail them around and merge 12 different files at the end.
Does anyone know of a meaningful source-control system for Microsoft-Word documents? Or any way of converting latex to .doc files (and vice-versa)? Or any other suggestions. Google-docs may be a viable solution for dealing with the "text" of the manuscript and then just dealing with equations, figures and references afterwords.
I've thought of using a shared DropBox folder but this "locks" files that are in use by other users to prevent clashes when saving. The only way around this is to have a different file for each person and then have one person in-charge of "merging" them into a single file after every batch of revisions. However, this may make things more difficult.
Has anyone had this problem and come up with a reasonable workflow/toolset?