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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

20 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

FoxitPhantom PDF

20 Ratings
Score 8.8 out of 101

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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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FoxitPhantom PDF

For smaller companies looking to go paperless it is perfect. It's affordable, easy to use, and has a really good workflow for converting everything. I think it also works well for companies who are looking to convert just their mail to email attachments. This was actually where we started and it worked flawlessly. I think bigger companies would need something more integrated or will already have the same features built into a larger system.
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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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  • The UI is very similar to the Microsoft Office "Ribbon", so our users have learned it quite quickly.
  • Very good OCR and edit capabilities.
  • While not exactly small in size, it's far smaller and lighter on system resources than Adobe.
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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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  • Subpar support experience. If you have an issue that requires their intervention it requires a lot of handholding and cajoling on my end to get a resolution.
  • In multi-user environments (i.e. Citrix), it constantly tries to update itself leading to multiple update files in my users' profiles. Although it has GPO extensions that should prevent this, they are not particularly effective.
  • They've begun cloud based document software in their apps.
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FoxitPhantom PDF4.0
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Issues get resolved eventually, but it requires a lot of customer follow up to make sure they are being worked on.
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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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All the features we need without being forced to overpay for Adobe. Lightweight on system resources.
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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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  • All the core features of Adobe Acrobat at half the price
  • Allows us to OCR scanned documents for archival and electronic storage
  • Easy for our users to learn and pick up due to it's common UI
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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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FoxitPhantom PDF

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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