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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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PowerDMS

PowerDMS is an excellent tool to be used in a law enforcement setting. Being able to run reports on policies and procedures gives management the ability to verify that these documents have been reviewed, received and understood by staff. It also provides a central repository for all critical documents including policies, procedures, training courses and certificates, accreditation related materials, maps, and countless other activities.
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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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  • PowerDMS allows law enforcement agencies the ability to create a course with specific dates/times for personnel to enroll in. The enrollment list is easily printed out for instructors to provide for personnel to sign.
  • PowerDMS makes it easy to create courses (Material, PowerPoint, Test, etc.) for personnel to complete at their convenience, thus freeing up more time for hands-on training.
  • Tests are easily created in PowerDMS. The tracking of tests is easy and lets the agency see where personnel stand in relation to understanding the material, and completing the testing.
  • Certificates are easily awarded in PowerDMS for training, and the training history compiled is assembled in an organized manner.
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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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  • PowerDMS allows users managing accreditation processes to run reports showing the status of their assessment. While a step in the right direction, there needs to be an easier way to distinguish and log when specific cycle years are complete.
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PowerDMS9.1
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PowerDMS has become an integral part of the managing of multiple accreditation processes at various levels within the organization. PowerDMS has also provided a mechanism to distribute and manage training processes along with training documentation.
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Usability

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PowerDMS8.9
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I'm still learning some stuff.
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Reliability and Availability

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PowerDMS8.2
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Never had an issue with PowerDMS not being available. Speed is an issue from time to time
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Performance

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PowerDMS8.2
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Receive few error or conflicts. Speed can periodically be slow. Report speed is very reasonable.
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Support

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PowerDMS9.1
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PowerDMS Support has been outstanding. From the time of initial purchase, an on-boarding specialist is assigned to provide all of the orientation and training needed to get started with the program. In the rare event that a problem occurs, staff is always available to quickly guide the user and remedy the issue. Additionally, PowerDMS actively seeks out input from their clients on how to improve the product and its delivery.
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Implementation

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PowerDMS7.1
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Frequently require employee use of PowerDMS
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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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The AS400 database was very old and did not offer the capability of uploading policies and having them signed off and recorded. This was the main reason the Orlando Police Department purchased PowerDMS. There were some things in the AS400 we could do for training, that we can not do in PowerDMS, and vice-versa.
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Scalability

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PowerDMS7.3
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Because of features and functions.
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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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  • The biggest positive impact is 100% accountability. For a department that never had an automated Document Management System, I don't know how we operated without one before.
  • The only negative impact is 100% accountability, LOL. When someone is now held to task, they don't like the fact that with the click of the mouse you can show them, they know how we want it done.
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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
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PowerDMS

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