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Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings

Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

Adobe LiveCycle ES4

20 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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
8.1
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
Adobe LiveCycle ES4

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.9
Adobe LiveCycle ES4

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.1
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.8
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.0
Adobe LiveCycle ES4

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
Adobe LiveCycle ES4

Pros

  • It is easy for people who are not web designers to achieve an attractive and useful website
  • It is easy to manage users and their permissions
  • It allows users to assemble their digital assets in one place, for use on the web site
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  • It enables me to quickly update and distribute forms that have been changed.
  • The layout features help ensure that the forms look professional.
  • The ability to preview what the final form will look like and how it will work, while still editing, is extremely helpful.
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Cons

  • Styling the front-end of the author interface can sometimes be challenging. Built in styles and HTML can be overwhelming until you get used to it. Having a less intrusive author output or defining a standard output per site could speed development.
  • Documentation is often outdated, keeping docs up to date and readily available is needed.
  • The local build process is slow and takes a lot of space. Reducing the overhead with local testing would be great!
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  • There are so many bells and whistles it can be intimidating.
  • It is not a product you just pick up and use, there is some training needed.
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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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Support

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 1 answer
Its so far the best Content Management System, available in market.
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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

We selected Adobe CQ mostly for the ease of page authoring in brought to our non-technical staff. Powerful and simple UI widgets made it very simple for our merchandiser to create, edit and publish new pages. It also allowed us to customize those widgets to fit their needs while keeping the same clean experience. We also saw a plus in the ability to run activation workflows based on our own organization hierarchy, which helped make sure the right pages were exposed to the right eyes before going live. Overall, it was the mixture of user-friendliness of the authoring interface with the robustness of the technology stack that convinced us to go with CQ.
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I have only ever used LiveCycle for our PDF form creation. I am not sure what other options there are, but we have never needed to look into anything else as LiveCycle works for us.
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Return on Investment

  • Extreme flexibility and speed to publish new pages with as little as a few hours of notice. This allowed us to be more efficient in handling landing pages for lead generation.
  • Powerful technology stack that allows for an infinite amount of customization. New ideas came up as we learned all the capabilities of CQ. It helped us innovate in the way we build and author pages.
  • Poor documentation and small community slowed our initial ramp up and development times until first release. By now this should have improved with the increased popularity.
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  • LiveCycle has ensured that we are able to get a lot done, with little manpower.
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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