Well, I gave it a try. I used a site that I hadn't used WA DataAssist/CK on before. Fresh start. I replaced the CKE folder with new download. It not only didn't solve the word character mess, it also stripped it out of other features such a colors, font features etc. Not a bad thing, but definitely not the full dress of the previous one. It did carry over my saved subsets where I was experimenting with how to manage Word insert mess.
I guess I'll just wait for your updated one. Please let me know timeline expected.