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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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Concord

Suitable:- Simple contract management, especially bulk contract management. Less Appropriate:- Larger entities. Though, based on their price + features, I don't think they're focusing on the > 500 employee organizations.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Contract Authoring

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
7.4
Contract creation
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
8.2
Contract templates
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
9.0
Clause library/saved fields
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
5.0

Contract Collaboration

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
8.3
Contract sharing
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
8.8
Contract editing
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
8.8
Collaborating on contracts
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
8.8
Approval process
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
10.0
Interdepartmental workflows
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
5.0

Contract Monitoring

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
7.0
Contract database
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
6.4
Legacy contracts
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
6.8
Contract search
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
8.8
Contract milestone reminders & alerts
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
7.3
Custom contract reports
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
5.0
Tracking contract status
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Concord
8.0

Pros

  • 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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  • Automated templates are incredibly easy to implement. Concord also does, for the most part, very well at keeping formatting when uploading documents in Word. The only downside is if you use formulas (naming convention for contracts), if you do not copy + paste as values before uploading then it will give the contract the name of the formula.
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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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  • User management has been and still is, a pain point for us. We operate over a dozen entities and for the most part, anyone with access to Concord on our team has the same permissions across all entities. We must manage users one-by-one so onboarding + offboarding can be tedious.
  • The analytics are basic. I wish we could slice and dice and say "Show me only contracts tagged with X tag".
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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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  • Since our implementation, I am saving a few hours a month in managing our IC contracts.
  • When people have questions about contracts, now it's clear "Hey, look in Concord" versus "Hey, does John or Sally have this contract?".
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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

Concord

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
Unlimited contracts. Unlimited users. For free.