DCs have been with us for some years now but have never been updated since. Some people persist with them but my impression is that they have not delivered on their promise. That is probably in large part due to the clunky UI.
The attributes table that controls DCs is effectively a spreadsheet with a few commands that are specific to the software. I was wondering whether there is any clever way of using a standard spreadsheet to input a lot of the formulae that could then be imported into a DC attribute table? I realize this would mean writing some code.
A lot of the formulae are often relative. Conventional spreadsheets make relative operations very easy because you can simply use a cell reference instead of having to name everything. So the width of an element can simply be an absolute cell reference such as C:1 without having to continually tell the software its hierarchical name. That can all get very long-winded and easy to get wrong.
No one is going to use DCs if it takes longer to set them up and then make use of them than it does to reinvent the wheel each time. My feeling is that DCs were a great idea in principle but were let down by poor implementation. The idea remains good so what about improving the implementation?