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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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FileHold

FileHold is well suited because it reduces the paper use for approvals. It also allows the managers to track the time employees spend sending files for approval and how many times it takes them to get the approval. FileHold is less appropriate when the approvers of a document are out of office and they did not set up a backup approver
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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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  • Keep track of approval process once a document is submitted for approval
  • Allowed me to run reports on the amount of documents approved the first time through, second time through etc.
  • Allowed tracking of documents.
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Cons

  • 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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  • Whenever there was an update done to the program, we would run into multiple issues.
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Alternatives Considered

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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I find FileHold more useful than SAP at times. It is easier to use, you do not need transaction codes. Both programs allow you to run reports. I am not sure if SAP could be compared with FileHold due to the fact that I use SAP to get approval and funding on tooling contracts. However, in FileHold, all you get is an approval from your supervisors. If all the departments would use FileHold, it would be more efficient and effective.
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Return on Investment

  • LiveCycle has ensured that we are able to get a lot done, with little manpower.
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  • Faster approval process
  • Better relationships with our plant [locations]
  • Improved employee efficiency by making the approval process faster
  • Improved employee efficiency by allowing employees to find documents faster through the search function
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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
Adobe LiveCycle ES4 Editions & Modules
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
Additional Pricing Details

FileHold

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Range*
1.  Varies
FileHold Editions & Modules
FileHold
On-premise Edition
FileHold Express for 5 users
$3,7501
FileHold Enterprise for 20 users
$7,6002
1. Server and 5 users
2. Server and 20 users
SaaS Edition
FileHold Express for 5 users
$15.001
FileHold Enterprise
$10.002
1. per user / month
2. Per user / month
Additional Pricing Details
In all cases the price per user will decrease as more users are added to the system. FileHold has many optional and custom features that can be chosen and will change the price. For outright purchase of a license there is an optional 20% per year support and upgrade fee.