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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

DocStar

It is well suited for billing service storage and retrieval. It ends the need to pay extra for a storage space. It also makes for easy cleanup of files on a yearly basis.
Julee Carlson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Terrence Abrams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Enterprise Content Management

DocStar
8.1
SmartSearch
Content capture & imaging
DocStar
8.0
SmartSearch
File sync, storage & archiving
DocStar
8.2
SmartSearch
Document management
DocStar
9.2
SmartSearch
Records management
DocStar
9.2
SmartSearch
Content search & retrieval
DocStar
8.8
SmartSearch
Enterprise content collaboration
DocStar
7.9
SmartSearch
Content publishing & creation
DocStar
5.0
SmartSearch
Security, risk management & information governance
DocStar
8.4
SmartSearch
Contract lifecycle management
DocStar
7.2
SmartSearch
Automated workflows
DocStar
7.9
SmartSearch
Mobile support
DocStar
10.0
SmartSearch
Integration
DocStar
7.5
SmartSearch

Pros

DocStar

  • Templates - By being able to create templates for each document type, it made organizing files much easier. It also made the titles similar in format, which also allows for better organization.
  • We were able to scan documents directly into docStar, which helped us eliminate extra steps. For example, if we were missing a page from a document, and we received it at a later time, we could scan just that page into docStar as opposed to scanning the entire document again.
  • The functionalities are straight forward, so it is not hard to use the docStar system.
Beza Yihun | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartSearch

  • 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.
Megan Cobleigh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

DocStar

  • Cost is an issue, pricey for what it's essentially glorified cloud storage.
  • No ability to lookup vehicles by stock number or phone number.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartSearch

  • I use Firefox on a Mac Mini and often times my documents will not display in the preview so I will need to email them to myself first to preview prior to sending them to a client or candidate. (The Adobe image preview does not work either)
  • Sometimes it can hang up when saving files with a large amount of graphics.
R.J. Kahn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

DocStar

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SmartSearch

SmartSearch 8.6
Based on 3 answers
Too easy to use, low enough TCO to continue on with for a long, long time.
Terrence Abrams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

DocStar

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SmartSearch

SmartSearch 7.5
Based on 2 answers
Need to fix the preview utility.
R.J. Kahn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

DocStar

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SmartSearch

SmartSearch 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Square-9 can get this product out to you in almost the same hour your order it. We got ours very fast.
Terrence Abrams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

DocStar

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SmartSearch

SmartSearch 8.2
Based on 1 answer
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.
Terrence Abrams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

DocStar

DocStar 8.5
Based on 2 answers
Our support for DocStar has been phenomenal! They are always prompt, courteous, and effective. We have never had a bad experience with the support staff and they are always available when we need their help.
Julee Carlson | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartSearch

SmartSearch 6.4
Based on 2 answers
I have never really needed support for this feature.
R.J. Kahn | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

DocStar

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SmartSearch

SmartSearch 7.3
Based on 1 answer
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.
Terrence Abrams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

DocStar

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SmartSearch

SmartSearch 8.1
Based on 2 answers
Just let it happen. It's very quick and smooth.
Terrence Abrams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

DocStar

A former employee of our company chose DocStar after much research and Q&A with the DocStar seller. I believe she truly put a lot of time/effort into choosing this system, but the end result is that it is not a good match for our company. After reviewing her notes, I believe she chose the system due to its ability to be customized through the template system
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartSearch

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.
Megan Cobleigh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

DocStar

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SmartSearch

SmartSearch 7.3
Based on 1 answer
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.
Terrence Abrams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

DocStar

  • We have saved almost 10,000 dollars a year just in toner cost. We had to implement some up front cost for tablets and other computer aspects but the initial cost of this was about 3,000 to 4,000 dollars. docStar has saved us an instrumental amount of money and will so in the future as well.
Jeremy Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

SmartSearch

  • 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.
Megan Cobleigh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

DocStar

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SmartSearch

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

DocStar
8.9
SmartSearch
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

DocStar
SmartSearch
8.6

Usability

DocStar
SmartSearch
7.5

Reliability and Availability

DocStar
SmartSearch
9.1

Performance

DocStar
SmartSearch
8.2

Support Rating

DocStar
8.5
SmartSearch
6.4

In-Person Training

DocStar
SmartSearch
7.3

Implementation Rating

DocStar
SmartSearch
8.1

Scalability

DocStar
SmartSearch
7.3

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