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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

If you are creating forms that you might normally create in Excel, this is an excellent upgrade. PDFs are easy to use and relatively easy to create.

If you are designing a template for any sort of creative piece, LiveCycle is frustrating to use, but it can be done. It'll just require you to have patience and work around the limitations.
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AgilePoint NX

If you have a lot of different systems and software AgilePoint can likely tie it all together and make communicating a lot easier. It is well suited for those that use SharePoint or SQL databases. AgilePoint's ability to connect with the different database types makes it really easy to implement applications.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0
Dashboards
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0
Standard reports
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0
Custom reports
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0

Process Engine

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0
Process designer
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0
Process simulation
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0
Business rules engine
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0
Process player
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0
Support for modeling languages
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0
Form builder
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0
Model execution
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0

Collaboration

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0
Social collaboration tools
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0

Content Management Capabilties

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0
Content management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
AgilePoint NX
10.0

Pros

  • 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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  • Flexibility
  • Connectivity
  • User Experience
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Cons

  • 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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  • Access to the backend
  • Mass migrate application versions
  • Infinate Loops
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Alternatives Considered

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

  • 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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  • Less systems to login
  • Faster collaboration
  • More accountability
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Pricing Details

Adobe LiveCycle ES4

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

AgilePoint NX

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