Adobe Acrobat vs. DocuWare

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Adobe Acrobat
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Adobe Acrobat DC is the current version of the well-established document / PDF management solution, part of the Adobe Document Cloud (the other part being Adobe's eSign services based on technology acquired with EchoSign in 2011).
$12.99
per month
DocuWare
Score 9.2 out of 10
N/A
DocuWare’s document management software delivers digital workflow and document control to boost productivity without the need for IT resources. Its cloud and on-premises products are presented as a best-fit solution for companies seeking to digitize, automate and transform key processes. DocuWare is headquartered in New Windsor, NY, and their solution is presented as a DCM, or lightweight ECM.
$300
per month
Pricing
Adobe AcrobatDocuWare
Editions & Modules
Acrobat Standard for Individuals
$12.99
per month
Acrobat Standard for teams
$14.99
per month per user
Acrobat Pro for Individuals
$19.99
per month
Acrobat Pro for Teams
$22.19
per month per user
Acrobat for Enterprise
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Base
$300
per month
Enterprise
1,500
per month
Pro
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Adobe AcrobatDocuWare
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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User Ratings
Adobe AcrobatDocuWare
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(475 ratings)
9.0
(7 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(11 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(232 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.8
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(52 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Online Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.6
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
10.0
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.7
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Adobe AcrobatDocuWare
Likelihood to Recommend
Adobe
If your organization uses PDFs frequently, then Adobe Acrobat feels like must-have. I could not imagine our organization not using it. The ability to create, organize, and edit PDFs easily and intuitively are the main reasons my organization uses it. The other additional functions and features are "nice to haves", but ultimately, don't impact our day-to-day
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DocuWare
We currently have a scenario where we print 1,000 documents per month, one for each resident. Because of DocuWare's ability to process barcodes, we dump that pdf to DocuWare and it files it into each resident's account. We then run scripting to add each of those documents to our cloud-based property management software. Saves having to process one document at a time per resident.
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Pros
Adobe
  • Easy to understand- the program has a very intuitive layout that is great for people who doesn't use the product very much
  • Includes all features you might need. There are many features I didn't even think we would need that they have included.
  • They have a very recognizable name so my clients feel they can trust what they are being asked to open/sign since the Adobe name is next to it.
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DocuWare
  • The software is secure and makes our documents safe
  • The software is scalable which is like
  • The software offers features that makes document processing and collaboration easy.
  • Docuware Cloud offers some automation features
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Cons
Adobe
  • It would be good if Adobe Acrobat could utilize less system resources. I have had crashes due to memory and CPU load this week
  • Quicker load times from a cold launch
  • Easier collaborative commenting for offline documents - knowing where and who wrote what
  • Ensuring documents don't have issues where text cannot be copied before publishing
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DocuWare
  • No active directory integration, this doubles up user management.
  • No Outlook integration. Would be nice to be able to interact with Docuware from email.
  • No mobile application. We have many remote users that would benefit from this.
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Likelihood to Renew
Adobe
I bought a perpetual license to Acrobat some time ago, but if the software ever stopped being supported in my version of windows or other solution that makes me need to buy another license I would not hesitate to do so since it saves me a lot of headaches. There are workarounds to merge files and edit pdfs with an online interface but I dont think those are a good usage of time when Acrobat exists.
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DocuWare
Docuware has become a vital part of our organization.
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Usability
Adobe
My overall experience with Adobe is great because because the it has almost all of the tools in one place and it can be used it for most of my work without going anywhere else. Because the tools are available right there in the main interface, it makes it very easy to use.
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DocuWare
Fairly intuitive for average users.
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Reliability and Availability
Adobe
Pretty much always there for my business and personal needs.
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DocuWare
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Performance
Adobe
One of the best features of Adobe Acrobat is its speed and stability. When dealing with massive multi-page files, having to reload a crashed program over and over again would slow down progress unnecessarily. And expanding on that, having the table of contents generated allows me to skip to different pages with ease, a necessary feature with exceptionally long files. word searches are even more helpful with text recognition.
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DocuWare
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Adobe
Because I don't need it. Used it years ago for account management/billing issues but they have changed the user experience so more of that can be managed online. If I have a question the knowledge base or a video that Adobe has posted answers
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DocuWare
We use a third-party company to assist in the support process, and they have been great to work with. Quick turn around on issues and almost immediate communication concerning support tickets. They are more than willing to consult with our IT partners as well, which is a must for our business.
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Online Training
Adobe
Answered basic questions.
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DocuWare
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Adobe
Works well with JamF and SmartDeploy. These are our Enterprise imaging solutions for Mac's and PC's. The Enterprise installer is required when pushing out this app.
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DocuWare
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Adobe
There really is no comparison. Although we use other PDF programs, we mainly utilize Adobe. Not only because we find it to be a better program but also because everyone is more familiar with it. However, the other products are implemented for various reasons, such as a feature or 2 that we find necessary to use at times.
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DocuWare
We actually moved from DocuWare to Plate IQ because Plate is restaurant specific and shares many item codes, SKU #'s, etc from major vendors. However, we continue to use DocuWare for other data management because it was so useful to us while we used it for AP.
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Scalability
Adobe
I find that many users aren't aware of many features of the software they use, nor may they be comfortable with learning multiple-step processes. For the simplest of PDF purposes (scanning, downloading, exporting), it gets a thumbs-up. For anything involving electronic signatures, meh--causes eyes to glaze over, or forgetting what all is involved.
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DocuWare
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Adobe
  • Adobe Acrobat has improved the security of our documents, resulting in less risk, as protecting documents is essential to ensure compliance with privacy laws.
  • It saves our company money, as the product makes it easier for our employees to complete their jobs.
  • The product assists our employees with providing quality work product.
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DocuWare
  • Allowed us to do multiple hours less data entry per client/per week.
  • ROI very quickly.
  • Package is customizable so you can scale as needed.
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ScreenShots

Adobe Acrobat Screenshots

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