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Adobe LiveCycle ES4

20 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

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Score 7.5 out of 101

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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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PlanPlus

PlanPlus Online is great to split regional sales activities. PlanPlus Online is great in office environments but difficult to use on the road.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Sales Force Automation

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.2
Customer data management / contact management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
8.0
Workflow management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Territory management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
9.0
Opportunity management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
6.0
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
6.0
Contract management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Quote & order management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Interaction tracking
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Channel / partner relationship management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
8.0

Customer Service & Support

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Case management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Call center management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
8.0
Help desk management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
6.0

Marketing Automation

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
6.5
Lead management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
6.0
Email marketing
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0

CRM Project Management

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
6.7
Task management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
6.0
Billing and invoicing management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Reporting
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0

CRM Reporting & Analytics

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.4
Forecasting
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
8.0
Pipeline visualization
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Customizable reports
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0

Customization

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.3
Custom fields
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Custom objects
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Scripting environment
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
8.0
API for custom integration
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0

Security

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Single sign-on capability
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
6.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
8.0

Social CRM

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Social data
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Social engagement
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Marketing automation
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0
Compensation management
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
7.0

Platform

Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
6.0
Mobile access
Adobe LiveCycle ES4
PlanPlus
6.0

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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  • Weekly and Monthly Planner is very productive.
  • Task Delegation and Pipeline Tracker are easy to use and efficient.
  • Goal Planning helped us as well to identify our chances.
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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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  • The synching did not always work well, especially for people on the road in remote areas.
  • Offline handling needs to be easier and faster.
  • Very complex CRM.
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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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PlanPlus Online is much nicer than Salesforce and also much faster.
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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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  • Good ROI on our international team.
  • Very good to track records and faster sales success when discipline is followed.
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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
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PlanPlus

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$1,500*
1.  Up to 12 hours of Account Configuration Assistance Setup Include: Provision accounts and licenses (1hr), Kick-off Call (1 hr), and 10 additional hours of account configuration assistance to be used toward the following items, as needed by customers internal administrator: User Setup, Record Access, & Personal Preferences; Data Migration; Custom Fields & Page Layouts; Web-forms & Surveys; Views & Reports; Standard Sales Processes; Project Templates. Exact accomplishments may vary from this list based on Administrator's skills and requirements.
PlanPlus Editions & Modules
PlanPlus
Edition
PlanPlus Online Planner Edition
$69.991
PlanPlus Online Professional Edition
$34.992
PlanPlus Online Business Edition
$199.993
1. Per/Year
2. Per User per Month
3. per 5 users/per month
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