Is this Solution just bonkers?
Word > Dropbox > Indesign. Auto'magically
Using a combination of the following: Word - Dropbox - Indesign with WordsFlow plugin. Dont know what WordsFlow is? click to find out -quite useful
If I set up a word document per page or possibly text area of an indesign layout, I then place linked doc via Wordsflow to indesign. While Storing these documents over dropbox so there is one copy on my desktop and one on the clients (same copy). He updates word and I hit update linked file.
This way Im still involved but can charge a very small fee for simply clicking update links in Indesign save and send. This removes the responsibility and time of editing the content throughout large documents.
WordsFlow’s auto-merge removes the pain
WordsFlow ends the headaches. When you place the original Word or Excel file (or any text file), WordsFlow asks InDesign to keep a link to the file.
When you or anyone else updates that file (locally or in a shared-file situation), InDesign will notice that the link’s source has changed, and allow you to update it using the usual mechanisms. (For example, you can double-click on the link-changed status icon.) WordsFlow then kicks in, and, instead of replacing the placed story wholesale, it magically merges the changes in the new file contents with all the existing changes to the current InDesign story. (We call this a “merge-update.”) So you never lose any of your hard work, while WordsFlow saves you hours of manual merge drudgery.
WordsFlow doesn’t require any special configuration or extra steps to do its magic–just install the plug-in and use File > WordsFlow > Place with WordsFlow… and proceed using the normal Place dialog. WordsFlow then works behind the scenes, while you continue with your existing InDesign workflow, now super-charged. And your collaborators need no special software or configuration changes–they continue to work exactly as they always have.