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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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SmartSearch

Not really. This is a smart product built by a bunch of former Xerox Docushare and Westbrook Fortis developers and sales directors who got tired of doing it wrong at their old employment.
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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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  • Sends email notifications to appropriate individuals when expiration or renewal notice dates are approaching.
  • Offers an easy and fast way to search for specific documents.
  • It allows managers to simply drop documents into the inboxes for Legal to permanently archive.
  • Allows documents to be easily emailed. No more sorting through various files on the desktop to try to find the correct document.
  • Is set up in an organized manner that is appropriate for the documents that are contained in the archives.
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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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  • There was some difficulty initially setting up the workflows for the email notifications to work. This was frustrating to get worked out and involved multiple test attempts.
  • The system can be slow at loading long documents, which for a legal department is not ideal.
  • The documents do not automatically get uploaded with search pdf capability, a workflow must be set up in order to enble this feature.
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Likelihood to Renew

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SmartSearch8.6
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We are definitely renewing our SmartSearch. This is the only place all of our companies contracts and regulatory filings are kept. Our company would lose track of all expiring contracts if we did not renew. We would also need to spend many hours figuring out a new organizational system for all of our files, as well as savings the documents from SmartSearch onto the computer.
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Usability

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SmartSearch7.5
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It really is that intuitive and easy to learn.
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Reliability and Availability

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SmartSearch9.1
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Square-9 can get this product out to you in almost the same hour your order it. We got ours very fast.
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Performance

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SmartSearch8.2
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With the PDF projected viewer, the document retrieval-to-display can drag for a second more than some systems, and the capture workflow if you overload a server array can also drag, but those are the only two issues we've ever seen with this product, and they are not serious issues at all.
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Support

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SmartSearch6.4
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I'd give them a 10, but sometimes the initial contact or call-back is a little slow. They are a rapidly growing company and new client base, so this is to be somewhat expected.
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In-Person Training

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SmartSearch7.3
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It would have been higher, but the training is a bit muted for the lesser qualified office equipment vendors who signed up as partners to sell and support it. The more experienced ECM vendors and customer end-users will find the training very good, but a bit slow.
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Implementation

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SmartSearch8.1
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Just let it happen. It's very quick and smooth.
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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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A similar product I have used was Time Matters. For a Law Firm, I think Time Matters is more useful as it keeps track of everything for a client, including billing. However, since I now work for a legal department of a corporation, SmartSearch is definitley more useful. It is not possible to seperate the documents we have internally in neat client files. We have various miscellaneous documents for many different services and customers or vendors. SmartSearch allows us to organize in broad categories that make sense to internal employees using it and to make sure security is set on specific documents. Time Matters would not have been sufficient for our managers to have access to, since it uploads all documents to the file - some of which are confidential.
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Scalability

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SmartSearch7.3
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The scale-ability is quite good actually, but you need competent sales/support folks providing it to you, so the scale is set right for the demands of your system use. Some resellers are not good at doing this, some are fantastic. If you are scaled correctly at first implementation, you'll be very happy with this system.
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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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  • Increased efficiency in time management
  • Assists the company in not missing termination dates of vendors we do not wish to continue business.
  • Allows an easy analysis of all active vendors and customers.
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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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SmartSearch

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details