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Attribute Ratings

  • ABBYY FineReader is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.8

ABBYY FineReader

98%
4 Ratings
8.9

iManage Work

89%
5 Ratings

Support Rating

ABBYY FineReader

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

iManage Work

90%
5 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

ABBYY

It works exceptionally well for digitizing paper and scanned documents for storage and simple retrieval mainly thanks to OCR technology, which greatly simplifies the process. If there is a need for protection and/or signing scanned documents than ABBYY FineReader has all the necessary features implemented. It may not be the best choice for individuals, where advanced functionalities are not really needed.
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iManage

iManage is well suited to managing the large volume of documents and emails that are created on a daily basis. Lawyers can get dozens if not hundreds of e-mails a day, and we need something to do with them. Deleting them is often not practical, because you may require the information a year from now. Leaving them in Outlook is also impractical, because a large Inbox will slow Outlook down. Outlook has an archiving feature, but this doesn't really help for collaboration (and your colleagues are likely out of luck if you end up unavailable due to emergency). iManage is less well suited to small organizations (ex: sole practitioners and small firms) because it is does require a significant investment in implementing and maintaining the software. iManage Work is well suited for large law firms, because it is great for collaboration, including between different offices.
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Pros

ABBYY

  • Read and analyze complicated documents
  • Automatically recognize tables and charts
  • Convert any documents into various common formats
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iManage

  • Very reliable, once setup it is usually pretty flawless outside of Outlook-related issues.
  • Simple and easy to use organization of files and groups.
  • Customizable for different departments or sections to divide up access and partition document system.
  • Allows collaboration with outside parties and makes sharing documents quick and easy.
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Cons

ABBYY

  • Conversion to MS Word (formatting accuracy issues occur)
  • Conversion to MS Excel (formatting accuracy issues occur)
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iManage

  • The iManage Communication Server, which interacts with iManage and Outlook, filing emails to the workspaces has always been bug riddled. Our current version is the most stable we've seen yet, but we still have issues every few months. We often find suddenly linked Outlook folders (which allow users to save emails in Outlook folders that in turn link to the DMS to automatically save a copy of that email in the iManage folder the user linked) aren't filing the copies in iManage anymore, in other words, the linking is broken. IT has to restart the Communication server, then the user has to recreate their Outlook folder and move the unlinked documents to the folder to kick off the filing process again. The worst part is that unless the user notices the filing isn't working, there's no monitoring IT can do to determine the linking is broken.
  • Due to the nature of how iManage captures the File-Open/Save function of applications, there are times that it leaves documents checked-out on user machines. When a user opens a document, it locks the server copy, creates a local copy on the user machine for edits, and when the user closes the document iManage copies the local copy to the server overwriting the original (by default) to save the changes. Sometimes, the process of writing the changes back to server doesn't happen so the local machine copy (the latest changes) are only on the user machine and the user much check in the documents manually. This happens a couple of times a month for almost everyone at my company. It's usually not a big deal, until an employee is terminated. If IT forgets to check-in that user's documents before the user machine and account are wiped, then the edited documents is lost forever because it only exists on the user machine.
  • iManage works with Windows Server native encryption features to allow you encrypt documents. Microsoft's native encryption is crude and problematic at best, especially with roaming profiles. iManage needs to partner with other software encryption technologies to offer alternatives for encryption at rest and in transit.
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Pricing Details

ABBYY FineReader

Starting Price

$19 per month per user

Editions & Modules

ABBYY FineReader editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
FineReader PDF 15 Standard191
FineReader PDF 15 Corporate242
FineReader Pro for Mac693

Footnotes

  1. per month per user
  2. per month per user
  3. per year per user

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

iManage Work

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

iManage Work editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Support Rating

    ABBYY

    No answers on this topic

    iManage

    Good local support is offered. Regular communication on updates
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    Alternatives Considered

    ABBYY

    Although both have functionalities that they share, in ABBYY FineReader they are better implemented, they have a better performance, in addition to being a more intuitive and simple user that makes their learning curve relatively simple, it is as if the options I need are always available. the hand and not within complicated menus or overloaded interfaces
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    iManage

    Much better user interface and web usage.
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    Return on Investment

    ABBYY

    • Automated document conversion using Hot Folder heavily reduced workload [for] our IT Support department.
    • The amount of storage required for digitized paper documents has been reduced by 30%.
    • Ability to compare multilingual documents has increased productivity of our multinational departments.
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    iManage

    • Positive ROI when it allows us to find precedent documents or language (because we do not have to reinvest the wheel).
    • Positive ROI from workflow continuation when other lawyers go on maternity leave or are otherwise dealing with medical issues, because it allows another lawyer to look at the history of the file and piece things together.
    • Positive ROI from having all documents on a single server. This means if a laptop is lost or stolen, the important documents do not have to be recreated from scratch.
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