The goal of the project is to simplify and to speed up the creation of complex tables, with GUI features such as for
- Splitting and merging cells
- Aligning and formatting of cell content
- Rotating cell content
- Setting background color
- Choosing border type and width
- Importing from CSV, JSON, txt, possibly even from LaTeX and ConTeXt
- Exporting to LaTeX, HTML, possibly ConTeXt and more
Many packages shall be supported, such as booktabs, tabularx, colortbl, longtable, multirow, and many more.
A full list of features can be found on www.latex-tables.com.
The “risk” for supporters seems to be low: the author Xavier Dionne wrote, that his plan is to program and release the editor software anyway, the Kickstarter funding is for allowing to focus full-time on this project in order to get it done in a much shorter time, and to support creating many more advanced features. You can ask questions or tell ideas to the author on LaTeX.org: Project : A WYSIWYG LaTeX complex tables editor. The forum requires a free registration to keep spam bots out.
If you like the idea of visual rapid table creation, it would be great if you would become a supporter. Visit it on Kickstarter: LaTeX Complex Tables Editor