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Adobe Acrobat DC

620 Ratings

Confluence

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718 Ratings

Adobe Acrobat DC

620 Ratings
Score 8.4 out of 101

Confluence

Top Rated
718 Ratings
Score 7.9 out of 101

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Adobe Acrobat DC

What I liked the most was how nice the PDFs look and all the options Adobe gives you. Capturing parts of the PDF is very useful for making reports. The conception of the image as a vector object is a right choice, since you can zoom without losing quality.Adobe Acrobat products need a simplification, Acrobat comes with Acrobat Reader, but you have to pay monthly. DC comes without Scan, but the MAX comes with the Scan, but without the cloud, and the cloud comes without the MAX but with the Adobe Acrobat DC, it is a tremendous mess to know what tools you need apart from the Adobe Acrobat DC to have everything centralized in the same suite. That and the price you have per month if you only select Acrobat DC
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Confluence

It works well for remote teams that need to communicate and keep track of many projects happening all at once. It keeps everything all in one place so that everyone can find things and we all know where stuff should go. If you are tracking KPIs using complicated formulas in excel, you will find it annoying to try and replicate that in confluence.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
7.4
Task Management
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
7.6
Gantt Charts
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
7.3
Scheduling
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
7.1
Workflow Automation
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
7.9
Mobile Access
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
6.8
Search
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
7.6
Visual planning tools
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
7.5

Communication

Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
7.8
Chat
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
6.5
Notifications
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
8.0
Discussions
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
8.3
Surveys
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
7.3
Internal knowledgebase
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
8.9
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
5.9
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
8.5
Integrates with Outlook
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
8.9

File Sharing & Management

Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
8.3
Versioning
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
8.6
Video files
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
7.8
Audio files
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
8.0
Document collaboration
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
8.4
Access control
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
8.5
Advanced security features
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
8.1
Integrates with Google Drive
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
8.4
Device sync
Adobe Acrobat DC
Confluence
8.2

Pros

  • I like the fill and sign feature.
  • Synching feature is very nice.
  • Simplicity for basic tasks with a PDF, although then the thing gets a bit complicated. It has quite a lot of options
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  • WYSIWYG editing of content
  • Rich text formatting capabilities
  • Search and indexing of content
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Cons

  • What I like the least is its high price. A month is quite expensive. I would like for that price at least to be more agile using heavy pdfs.
  • Sometimes it is not very intuitive to use. Some functions seem hidden to the user.
  • Opening the large pdf documents it makes it to hang
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  • Upgrades -- for the most part, these go well but they can be challenging if you've done any customization to the programs files (which is required for certain basic things like SSL). Plugins are great for extending the functionality of Confluence but they add to upgrade headaches. (Does not apply to on-demand since upgrades are done by Atlassian)
  • Migration paths (to Confluence) -- there is no official supported tool for this. The Universal Wiki Converter is an outdated and seemingly unmaintained tool that is tricky to use and in my experience barely viable if at all, so conversion from your existing wiki to Confluence may be best handled by a consultant who is very familiar with the process and its pitfalls. Of course if you're starting from scratch, this doesn't apply.
  • Licensing is done in tiers, so you can't just add a handful or a certain number of users. If you have 100 users, and need a few more, you need to jump up to 500. The pricing is fair so for most companies this could be a non-issue, but in a small business it might force a tough decision about whether to expand to a number of users you'll never need (at significant cost increase) vs. not having enough licenses for everyone who needs one.
  • Although there is a supported clusterable configuration, there are so many caveats and pitfalls to it that it's rare to see it done in production. As such, true high-availability is unlikely to be achieved, except maybe in On-Demand, though the SaaS version has many limitations itself.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Confluence10.0
Based on 15 answers
Confluence remains well worth its support renewal price, and features continue to be improved and added. We are adding internal users to Confluence even without an internal push (which we hope to do within a year, where we expect a major uptake by labs)
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Usability

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Confluence9.2
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Simple, easy to use user interface. Two simple views (tree, editor) - which is much simpler in comparison to other documentation tools.
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Reliability and Availability

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Confluence10.0
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It is always on, always ready. It is very adaptable and reliable.
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Performance

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Confluence10.0
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Pages load quickly. If something closes abruptly (such as the browser), it lets us know when work needs to be reviewed/saved/deleted to avoid any unintentional overrides.
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Support

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Confluence8.1
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I have not had a lot of support experiences with Atlassian, but of the few I have, I wasn't very satisfied with the results. I found that multiple people would respond to the issue at various stages, requiring re-communication (even though the support system stores everything and shows it to both them and you). Often responses came at odd hours, resulting in 24+ hour turnaround on basic responses, even if you respond right away. Support often asks you to do things which require downtime, and don't seem sympathetic if your organization requires that downtime to be done off-hours. This makes it difficult to resolve issues in a timely manner, if at all.I must note that I have not opened a support incident with them in close to 2 years, and it's my understanding from colleagues that there has been much improvement. My comments and ratings reflect my older experiences.
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Implementation

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Confluence9.0
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Great process overall
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Alternatives Considered

As I mentioned, we were forced to shop around for an alternative to Apple's designed system. Once Apple killed the ability to embed live links in their PDF creating system, and I'll never understand why since the Apple community clearly wants it back, we went back and checked out Adobe since it was what we knew best and they are the 800 lb gorilla of the industry.So far we are very pleased with the capabilities, pricing and customer service.
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Anyone who has made an edit on Wikipedia knows what it's like to use MediaWiki. I occasionally find an instance where I'm using it, but I don't use it often. I have done a conversion from MediaWiki to Confluence and it was painful.TWiki and DokuWiki (along with others I don't remember anymore) were evaluated for a client of mine many years ago (they really wanted something free). Once we tried Confluence, those options were not in the running, and Confluence was the clear winner. It just felt right, whereas with all the others it felt like a struggle to use.In my opinion Confluence blows SharePoint's wiki out of the water.Confluence has a SharePoint connector, which provides some integration between SharePoint as a document management system and Confluence as a wiki. It seems promising, but I have not personally used I don't currently use SharePoint in production.
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Scalability

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Confluence10.0
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This tool is very adaptable. So much so we use it for three completely separate projects, in three very different ways.
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Return on Investment

  • This tool is very powerful, and there is a learning curve. But we found an immediate, positive impact on what we can do with our market research projects.
  • We were also able to create new marketing offerings that simply delight and surprise our brand marketing clients. It enables us to overdeliver to their ROI, exceeding expectations all around.
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  • Much better communication between team members -- when you have to write for other people it makes you see things from an outside perspective.
  • Less duplication of effort -- documentation on a task can be seen by other users and followed or improved.
  • Reinforcing policies and procedures -- it allows us to make our workflows an iterative process naturally, without forgetting about previous requirements or constraints.
  • Visibility -- a team member's activity can be seen by her peers and the team leader, so it gives the team a view of what everyone is working on without needing a formal meeting; it can allow someone to provide relevant information or feedback sooner.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Acrobat DC

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Confluence

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details