I have been working with and following Contract Express as a consultant for a number of years. I recently had the opportunity to convert a complex GhostFill document assembly system to Contract Express. In working on the project I had chance to do an in depth look at Contract Express in its current incarnation. At the outset of the project, after initial planning but before coding began, Contract Express enabled developers and consultant to create custom functions. This brand new feature became key to leveraging features that had existed in GhostFill, but, till that time, were beyond the reach of Contract Express.
I have never been more optimistic about the future of document assembly than today. After years of retrenchment and stagnation, the market is full of new energy and ferment. HotDocs is under new management, but it is not clear what direction it will be taking. On the desktop, XpressDox has been launched by key developers formerly of Korbitec, developers of GhostFill. At $150/user, a free full-functioning trial downloads, a full powered syntax markup that requires NO component file and automatically determines relevance, there is some real new energy on the desktop level.