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Adobe Experience Manager

If you have a number of smaller parts of your organization that you want to maintain the same look & feel as the rest of the organization, it is easy to create a base site and then let them customize. Also, if you have contributors of content who are not involved in the web site maintenance - our professors, for example - they can enter the text on a basic page which is then incorporated through tagging
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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

We use PDF forms for our submissions to the USPTO as well as for obtaining signature documents. With LiveCycle, I can update forms, save them, load them into my docketing database, and have them pre-populated with data. This process ensures continuity, less chance for error, and the ability to save the paralegals time when it comes to preparing filings.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Adobe LiveCycle ES4

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Adobe LiveCycle ES4

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.5
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
Adobe LiveCycle ES4

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
6.6
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Adobe LiveCycle ES4

Pros

  • Media library and asset management is simplified, separating storage and also allowing developers to manage the workflow of the publishing process.
  • No addition of API services are required, using the same requests and data access layer for both front end and back end development simplifies the project lifecycle.
  • Duplicating code is easy, developers can simply copy components and reuse or rework for each use case.
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  • Ease of use for end users - the forms made from LiveCycle work flawlessly
  • Adding sections dedicated to pictures or other elements - there is some room for design here
  • Variety of choices for types of input to be added to each form and many options for configuring each of them
  • Works REALLY well for forms that just require text information to be filled in
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Cons

  • There is no easy way to change a template if it has been built a certain way. Sometimes it would be nice to have an option to add an extra item on the spot. Instead, you have to ask your IT team to create for you.
  • You can set up a staging site and a site to publish... but sometimes the 2 environments doesn't connect correctly, meaning some changes in the staging sites doesn't show of on the live site.
  • The quick publish button is dangerous and not that helpful: pages can be published with the "quick publish" option even if they are blocked... however, the purpose of a blocked page is to prevent it from publishing until you unblock it. Also, the "quick publish" option will publish your age and every other page connected to it! so be careful!!
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  • Biggest issue is the user friendliness for the designer. It is hard to get elements to do what you want if you are adding any sort of design to your form. In my case I make flyers which require not only the form fills, but also other elements like pictures and background design elements.
  • The import from PSD or AI function does not work properly most of the time. If you create a document with lots of visual elements, your best bet is to convert as much of that as possible to a rasterized image and then popping that in as the background rather than trying to import elements. They come out very wonky, colors are lost in conversion, and the layout doesn't come over.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 5 answers
We had and still have a fantastic experience using Adobe CQ. Lots of flexibility, great integration with other Adobe products we already use and a powerful technology make it a great fit for our corporate environment. Also as the community grows, it makes it easier to network with other developers and users to get new ideas on how to continue to get the best out of the software.
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Usability

Adobe Experience Manager10.0
Based on 2 answers
I personally feel that AEM is very intuitive to use from an authoring standpoint. The entire CMS was engineered around the author. Everything about AEM is geared to helping authors generate and maintain content. There are ways that tool tips can be customized so that any individual could simply hover over and be guided step by step on how to author web content
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 1 answer
Its so far the best Content Management System, available in market.
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Adobe Experience Manager8.7
Based on 2 answers
Depending on your individual needs, It is really quite simple to create an authoring experience for a website that looks really good. I have been part of many implementations and many teams and have seen many projects that were super successful and others that were not implemented well. AEM has room for a lot of flexibility in the implementation process compared to other CMS like SharePoint
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Alternatives Considered

AEM exceeds WordPress on customizability. It is the backbone for the many modules and APIs we need to run our business.
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Because LiveCycle comes with the Adobe Suite, I've never really looked outside of it because it was something I already had access to.
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Return on Investment

  • AEM allows authors to push content live in a matter of minutes. This has greatly increased launch times for business.
  • Good integration with Adobe Marketing suite allows for analytics.
  • Poor documentation of the system proves a challenge for developers and administrators.
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  • Having LiveCycle enables me to offer more products in my lineup, so that is always a good thing. Most clients like the idea of being able to purchase a template and then making changes themselves, so I've had quite a few sales here. However it's not really something that will make me rich overnight or anything. It's just a tool that enables me to have different products.
  • If they could figure out a way to improve the limitations in terms of design capability in the form creation process, I could probably leverage this software a lot better since I would use it more.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Experience Manager

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

Adobe LiveCycle ES4

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