Adobe Acrobat vs. Laserfiche

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
Laserfiche
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Laserfiche has two main editions: Rio and Avante: Laserfiche Rio is designed to meet the needs of large organizations that have more than 100 users. It combines content management functionality with business process management (BPM), security and auditing, unlimited servers and a thin-client interface. Add-ons include records management functionality, public Web portals and production-level document capture and processing. Laserfiche Avante is an ECM suite for small to medium organizations with…
$540
per year per user
Pricing
Adobe AcrobatLaserfiche
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
Contact sales team
Starter
$540
per year per user
Starter
$600
per year per user
Professional
$710
per year per user (starts at 10 users)
Professional
$830
per year per user (starting at 5 users)
Business
$830
per year per user (starts at 25 users)
Business
$950
per year per user (starting at 25 users)
Enterprise
Custom
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Adobe AcrobatLaserfiche
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Adobe AcrobatLaserfiche
Considered Both Products
Adobe Acrobat

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Laserfiche
Chose Laserfiche
Laserfiche is much faster and the optical character recognition is more accurate than Adobe Acrobat Capture. It took approximately 4 times as long to scan and store a document in Acrobat Capture as in Laserfiche. Reviewing every scan was essential in Adobe Acrobat Capture …
Chose Laserfiche
Laserfiche is a much more focused product that simply and accurately fills our need for routine reporting and record keeping. By taking time to work on the design of the form you can anticipate the user's needs and possible areas where further explanation may be required. By …
Chose Laserfiche
Alaris is efficient for scanning and editing, but does not provide all of the advanced capabilities that Laserfiche offers. Laserfiche also provides top-notch training to users. Alaris is a more simple software that can be easily self-taught. Laserfiche has more than just …
Chose Laserfiche
Laserfiche is much simpler to implement and use. Its interface much more friendly, allowing our implementation time was much shorter. Hyland OnBase is much more complex and requires a much greater investment in the cost of licenses and hardware requirements.
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Features
Adobe AcrobatLaserfiche
Enterprise Content Management
Comparison of Enterprise Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Acrobat
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Ratings
Laserfiche
8.1
23 Ratings
1% below category average
Content capture & imaging00 Ratings8.023 Ratings
File sync, storage & archiving00 Ratings7.023 Ratings
Document management00 Ratings8.223 Ratings
Records management00 Ratings8.022 Ratings
Content search & retrieval00 Ratings8.522 Ratings
Enterprise content collaboration00 Ratings8.118 Ratings
Content publishing & creation00 Ratings8.214 Ratings
Security, risk management & information governance00 Ratings8.321 Ratings
Contract lifecycle management00 Ratings8.617 Ratings
Automated workflows00 Ratings8.914 Ratings
Mobile support00 Ratings7.99 Ratings
Integration00 Ratings7.315 Ratings
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User Ratings
Adobe AcrobatLaserfiche
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(473 ratings)
7.4
(46 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(11 ratings)
8.6
(16 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(232 ratings)
8.0
(7 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(2 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
9.9
(7 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.1
(52 ratings)
9.4
(9 ratings)
Online Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.5
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
10.0
(6 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.8
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Adobe AcrobatLaserfiche
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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Laserfiche
Laserfiche is well suited to the submission of simple routine reports to create a record repository. We use it for routine transport reports, audit reports, and anonymous citizen complaints. It creates a simple chronological record of routine events that can be reviewed and easily stored and recalled. Because the reports are in PDF format, it is not well suited to anything that needs to be imported into a common database or amended after submission.
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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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Laserfiche
  • Laserfiche is easy to learn. Anyone, whether they have experience with IT or not, can learn how to use Laserfiche.
  • Laserfiche Forms allows people to use the form without having each person needing to be fully licensed which saves money.
  • Laserfiche Workflow and Forms can make processes quick, easy, and efficient, freeing up time so staff can get more work done.
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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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Laserfiche
  • While Laserfiche has some powerful development tools, it is difficult to manage configurations while promoting code across environments. For example, SQL connections and other environment specific resources have to be manually configured in each environment.
  • Laserfiche forms are a newer addition to the product family and could use some product maturity. While easy to use for simple forms, once your forms become more complex, you need to accomplish tasks by heavy JavaScript coding.
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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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Laserfiche
We plan on renewing Laserfiche for the coming year but also have been considering a scanning and document management solution that can be purchased from our new accounting system company, we are implementing the accounting system this year. It will be a couple years before we make a decision to stay with Laserfiche or change.
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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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Laserfiche
It has an intuitive design that feels very natural to any user that has ever used Outlook or Windows Explorer. There are multiple ways to perform every action in order to help users with various software experiences find the shortcuts and actions they seek quickly and effectively.
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Reliability and Availability
Adobe
Pretty much always there for my business and personal needs.
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Laserfiche
I am very satisfied with Laserfiche. I have found that certain larger jobs may are slow. This may also be related to our infrastructure environment. We have been able to tune Laserfiche to increase performance on larger jobs.
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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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Laserfiche
Performance, of course, is largely dependent on the underlying environment. Laserfiche does its part with multi-threading, taking advantage of multi-core servers on scanning, workflows, and bots. A SQL-Server back-end is suitable for small to medium-sized company, but may not scale to large, where Oracle would be the better choice. Workflows can be poorly written and perform recursive work slowing down the system. It's better to run batch type workflows at night when possible.
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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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Laserfiche
I have never had to wait for help from Laserfiche. If I cannot find the answer online, I can easily send an email to a customer support representative. I have always been helped the same day and my questions have always been resolved. The Empower conference is always a great learning opportunity and the online resources and webinars are top-notch.
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Online Training
Adobe
Answered basic questions.
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Laserfiche
Easily accessible 24/7 so am able to complete courseware whenever time allows: Commute to work; waiting for friends or family; at night while relaxing [with a delicious glass of wine!]; whenever and wherever time and circumstances permit. Courseware is well written and presented in an easy to follow and understand format.
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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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Laserfiche
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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Laserfiche
The core infrastructure of Laserfiche, and the end user experience, is vastly superior. OnBase has a TERRIBLE UI and administration console by comparison. The core architecture of OnBase is also more scattered, while all Laserfiche processes go through a single service. Overall, the Laserfiche product is easier and more intuitive to install, maintain, and use.
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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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Laserfiche
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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Laserfiche
  • Laserfiche has increased the efficiency of our sales reps by giving making all of the historical sales deal information very simple and fast to retrieve.
  • Laserfiche has increased our efficiency with our AP department and gave department heads the ability to approve invoices where ever they are.
  • I would say the biggest ROI came with the transparency of the order process for new deals. Before there would be numerous phone calls made daily to find out where an order was within the process, and now you can simply look at all deals at any time.
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ScreenShots

Adobe Acrobat Screenshots

Screenshot of Create, edit, convert, and share PDF files all from within Microsoft Teams – as part of Acrobat integrations with Microsoft 365 apps.Screenshot of With Liquid Mode in Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app, users can read PDFs on phones and tablets without having to pinch and zoom. Navigate lengthy documents with intelligent outline and search tools, while maximizing readability and comfort with font size and line spacing that are adjustable.Screenshot of Fill and sign PDF forms from anywhere and on any device.  Collect signatures, digitally track progress, and automatically archive the signed document.Screenshot of With Adobe Scan mobile app, capture and convert documents into high-quality, interactive PDF documents that can be filled out, signed, and shared.  Eliminates the hassle of finding a printer, filling a form by hand, and scanning it again.

Laserfiche Screenshots

Screenshot of Laserfiche Records ManagementScreenshot of Change of Major/Minor Request created with Laserfiche FormsScreenshot of Student Information Sheet created with Laserfiche FormsScreenshot of Laserfiche Quick Fields ScanningScreenshot of Laserfiche Quick Fields ScanningScreenshot of Laserfiche Mobile Repository