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Score 8.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Formstack Forms

Formstack makes it easy to create a variety of forms. I have used it for event interest and registrations, email list sign-ups, and surveys. I have found it easy to customize, and easy to export data for import into other systems (e.g., CRM).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google App Engine

App Engine is such a good resource for our team both internally and externally. You have complete control over your app, how it runs, when it runs, and more while Google handles the back-end, scaling, orchestration, and so on. If you are serving a tool, system, or web page, it's perfect.If you are serving something back-end, like an automation or ETL workflow, you should be a little considerate or careful with how you are structuring that job. For instance, the Standard environment in Google App Engine will present you with a resource limit for your server calls. If your operations are known to take longer than, say, 10 minutes or so, you may be better off moving to the Flexible environment (which may be a little more expensive but certainly a little more powerful and a little less limited) or even moving that workflow to something like Google Compute Engine or another managed service.
Tristan Dobbs | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Survey Format & Appearance

Formstack Forms
9.0
Google App Engine
Survey templates
Formstack Forms
9.0
Google App Engine
Themes
Formstack Forms
8.0
Google App Engine
Custom logo/branding
Formstack Forms
10.0
Google App Engine

Survey Content

Formstack Forms
9.0
Google App Engine
Changes to live survey
Formstack Forms
9.5
Google App Engine
Question design help
Formstack Forms
8.0
Google App Engine
Multiple question types
Formstack Forms
9.5
Google App Engine

Survey Logic

Formstack Forms
9.5
Google App Engine
Survey logic flexibility
Formstack Forms
9.5
Google App Engine

Survey Reporting & Analytics

Formstack Forms
9.4
Google App Engine
Response tracking
Formstack Forms
10.0
Google App Engine
Data export
Formstack Forms
9.5
Google App Engine
Standard reports
Formstack Forms
9.1
Google App Engine
Custom reports
Formstack Forms
8.5
Google App Engine
Analytics
Formstack Forms
10.0
Google App Engine

Survey Administration & Security

Formstack Forms
9.5
Google App Engine
Access controls
Formstack Forms
9.5
Google App Engine
Compliance
Formstack Forms
9.5
Google App Engine

Survey Distribution

Formstack Forms
8.0
Google App Engine
Vendor-offered crowdsourcing
Formstack Forms
8.0
Google App Engine
Respondent restrictions
Formstack Forms
8.0
Google App Engine

Platform-as-a-Service

Formstack Forms
Google App Engine
8.0
Ease of building user interfaces
Formstack Forms
Google App Engine
8.1
Scalability
Formstack Forms
Google App Engine
8.9
Platform management overhead
Formstack Forms
Google App Engine
7.2
Workflow engine capability
Formstack Forms
Google App Engine
8.0
Platform access control
Formstack Forms
Google App Engine
8.0
Services-enabled integration
Formstack Forms
Google App Engine
7.7
Development environment creation
Formstack Forms
Google App Engine
7.9
Development environment replication
Formstack Forms
Google App Engine
7.8
Issue monitoring and notification
Formstack Forms
Google App Engine
8.7
Issue recovery
Formstack Forms
Google App Engine
7.5
Upgrades and platform fixes
Formstack Forms
Google App Engine
8.2

Pros

Formstack Forms

  • Allows for unique situations. As a school, we don't have the luxury of being cookie cutter. Neither do our forms.
  • Support. If we don't know how to do it, their support team has been very helpful and actually attempts to understand the issue on hand.
  • User friendliness. In our field we have a phrase: "what if you get hit by a bus?" With Formstack, you can "get hit by the bus" and someone else can jump in and still keep things running (this is used as a phrase for illness, not termination).
Patrick Stephens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google App Engine

  • Quick to develop, quick to deploy. You can be up and running on Google App Engine in no time.
  • Flexible. We use Java for some services and Node.js for others.
  • Great security features. We have been consistently impressed with the security and authentication features of Google App Engine.
Jonah Dempcy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Formstack Forms

  • Setting up our multi-step form took some getting used to. Some of the branching logic configuration wasn't as intuitive as would be ideal.
  • Since we were pushing data directly into Hubspot, I found it cumbersome to deal with data storage limits within Formstack. I would get frequent notices that new responses were not being stored in Formstack and that I needed to upgrade or delete data. I got tired of that.
  • More/easier support for custom fonts would have been a huge plus. We were able to customize the form's appearance, but had to make some concessions in that regard.
Josh Summerhays | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google App Engine

  • There is a slight learning curve to getting used to code on Google App Engine.
  • Google Cloud Datastore is Google's NoSQL database in the cloud that your applications can use. NoSQL databases, by design, cannot give handle complex queries on the data. This means that sometimes you need to think carefully about your data structures - so that you can get the results you need in your code.
  • Setting up billing is a little annoying. It does not seem to save billing information to your account so you can re-use the same information across different Cloud projects. Each project requires you to re-enter all your billing information (if required)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Formstack Forms

Formstack Forms 9.1
Based on 12 answers
Our user base has come to rely on Formstack to get forms done. The Formstack tools make it easy to start from scratch or copy an existing form to "quick start" a new, similar form. The price is right and frees up IT staff to do more transformative work.
Tim Roe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google App Engine

Google App Engine 8.3
Based on 8 answers
App Engine is a solid choice for deployments to Google Cloud Platform that do not want to move entirely to a Kubernetes-based container architecture using a different Google product. For rapid prototyping of new applications and fairly straightforward web application deployments, we'll continue to leverage the capabilities that App Engine affords us.
Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Formstack Forms

Formstack Forms 9.5
Based on 5 answers
Well written, modern software. Works as expected for software of 'today.' Does not operate like something from five or ten years ago...like a legacy platform. Continuous improvements are nice to see.
Mitchel Laman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google App Engine

Google App Engine 8.0
Based on 8 answers
Google App Engine is very intuitive. It has the common programming language most would use. Google is a dependable name and I have not had issues with their servers being down....ever. You can safely use their service and store your data on their servers without worrying about downtime or loss of data.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Formstack Forms

Formstack Forms 8.5
Based on 6 answers
The agents in the original group, especially the ones in cahoots with the developers, are really solid and know what they're talking about--I'm looking at you, Collin. The 'Tier 1' support agents that typically reply to the tickets are really spotty. If you have an overly technical question, i.e. bugfix, or describe a feature from a few years back that randomly disappeared, these agents typically will give you what feels like a generic reply and not know what you're talking about.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google App Engine

Google App Engine 8.3
Based on 17 answers
Good amount of documentation available for Google App Engine and in general there is large developer community around Google App Engine and other products it interacts with. Lastly, Google support is great in general. No issues so far with them.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Formstack Forms

Formstack Forms 10.0
Based on 2 answers
We implemented on one of the earlier versions. Through continuous engineering improvements, the interface keeps getting easier and more intuitive. Therefore, later implementations keep getting easier and better.
Mitchel Laman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google App Engine

Google App Engine 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

Formstack Forms

Drupal is a much more customizable platform, however you must have someone build the forms first and then you can work with them if you do not have the programming knowledge. If you have any changes to make, it can sometimes be both a time consuming and difficult process. Formstack is much more efficient if you do not have an in house programmer.
Jason Fluegge | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google App Engine

We were on another much smaller cloud provider and decided to make the switch for several reasons - stability, breadth of services, and security. In reviewing options, GCP provided the best mixtures of meeting our needs while also balancing the overall cost of the service as compared to the other major players in Azure and AWS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Formstack Forms

  • Positive - ability to analyze submission trends - e.g. when a marketing email is sent, looking at increased form viewing and submissions in relation to the sending of the campaign.
  • Immediate response - those that submit forms receive immediate response that their form has been submitted.
Ryan Spear | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google App Engine

  • Effective employee adoption through ease of use.
  • Effective integration to other java based frameworks.
  • Time to market is very quick. Build, test, deploy and use.
  • The GAE Whitelist for java is an important resource to know what works and what does not. So use it. It would also be nice for Google to expand on items that are allowed on GAE platform.
Paul Ford | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Formstack Forms

General

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

Formstack Forms Editions & Modules

Edition
Silver$591
Gold$991
Platinum$2491
EnterpriseContact sales team
  1. per month
  2. none
Additional Pricing Details
We also offer a variety of Add-on features: Workflows, Conversion Kit, Portals, Approvals

Google App Engine

General

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

Google App Engine Editions & Modules

Edition
Starting Price$0.051
Max Price$0.301
  1. Per Hour Per Instance
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Formstack Forms
9.3
Google App Engine
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

Formstack Forms
9.1
Google App Engine
8.3

Usability

Formstack Forms
9.5
Google App Engine
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Formstack Forms
10.0
Google App Engine

Performance

Formstack Forms
Google App Engine
10.0

Support Rating

Formstack Forms
8.5
Google App Engine
8.3

Implementation Rating

Formstack Forms
10.0
Google App Engine
8.0

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