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Score 7.4 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

HotDocs

If you are doing transactional documents, HotDocs is a game-changer. If there are only a few select variables that change while the remainder of the work mostly consists of form language, this is a program that will dramatically increase efficiency. Even the most technical and dense documents can be turned into a template, as long as you are willing to take the time to invest in future time saving.However, if the majority of the work that you are doing is not constantly repeating, this may not be the software for you.
Garrett Lemons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windward Studios, from PDFTron

Great for Technical Users. It's great for people a bit more on the technical side. It allows developers to quickly create and modify reporting templates without having to modify source code or make updates to a repository. Potentially Difficult for Non-Technical Users. Making substantial changes to the data portions of reporting can be a bit difficult for non-technical users. While Windward's tools for this are great, it still requires an understanding of the database schema which not all users will have.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

HotDocs

  • It allows you to fill a form OR to use the Q&A approach.
  • It takes a particular fact pattern and applies it over several forms.
Riva Schwartz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windward Studios, from PDFTron

  • Native Office output -- not nested tables and/or horrible RTF like other tools generate.
  • Ease of use -- once the data sources are set up, creating tables is as simple as drag and drop (okay, maybe not exactly that simple, but you can certainly create a table of data using drag and drop, then format it and manipulate it as needed).
  • Responsive developers and support -- when I've had questions, they've been addressed VERY quickly and professionally.
Brent Rossow | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

HotDocs

  • HotDocs is difficult to develop new documents as it's as complicated as programming at times. I often have to call for assistance.
  • The tables can be frustrating. It makes it hard to insert between items as you have to make sure it doesn't offset other areas.
Kandice McElroy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windward Studios, from PDFTron

  • It is hard to pick out the tags if they are mixed in with a block of text.
  • Using report variables in select statements causes the selection list of available fields to not show anything.
  • The color themes do not match the office selection and it feels very disconnected.
Anthony Vengrofski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

HotDocs

HotDocs 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Could be more intuitive - could even "suggest" fill-ins with the option to take or not take the suggestion.
Riva Schwartz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windward Studios, from PDFTron

Windward Studios, from PDFTron 8.7
Based on 16 answers
For the most part, the Windward report designer is intuitive for our users; but there are a few areas where it is less intuitive. In these cases, our users need to search Windwards support wiki site, or even contact their support technicians. This can also be due to the short time we've had Windward and our lack of knowledge.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

HotDocs

HotDocs 7.9
Based on 3 answers
I haven't had to contact HotDocs very often for support. I suppose I rated them mid-level simply because I would like to see more online training options or white papers to view to assist with learning. I want to understand how to do something versus having it done for me.
Kandice McElroy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windward Studios, from PDFTron

Windward Studios, from PDFTron 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Support is something they take pride in. Once an issue is raised, they are quick to respond and provide details on a fix. No complaints on support here.
Hit Mistry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

HotDocs

HotDocs 4.0
Based on 2 answers
If you use WordPerfect X9 - choose"no word-processing software."
Riva Schwartz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windward Studios, from PDFTron

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

HotDocs

I haven't evaluated other products. We are so used to HotDocs that it would be difficult for us to switch to something else. We continue to use HotDocs because switching cost is high once you have already started. Be careful before beginning to use this program, as it is hard to breakaway.
Jason Shindler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windward Studios, from PDFTron

We evaluated several other products to integrate with our new software, but Windward Studios was an obvious standout above the majority. Other applications required some level of software development knowledge and experience to create templates and a much steeper learning curve. After consideration of ease of use, as well as a cost-comparison between different products, Windward Studios was the most suitable product to meet our needs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

HotDocs

  • Time savings by employees when generating documents mean better ROI efficiency for labor.
  • Faster, more accurate turnaround for documents needing to be generated from templates.
  • Large capital expenditure depending on the number of users and developers.
Derek Schroeder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windward Studios, from PDFTron

  • As a fully integrated solution, the ROI is impacted when a client gets stickier with our solution because they see the benefit of Windward.
  • Support has been fantastic for our development team so that as we integrate the solutions we have a clear and clean design.
Michael Horrocks | TrustRadius Reviewer

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HotDocs

Pricing Details

HotDocs

General

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

HotDocs Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic$251
EnterpriseContact sales team
  1. per user/per month
Additional Pricing Details

Windward Studios, from PDFTron

General

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

Windward Studios, from PDFTron Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Windward Core Flex$605.001
Windward Core Pro$547.001
  1. per month*
SaaS Edition
Windward Hub Standard$19.001
Windward Hub Premium$49.001
Windward Hub EnterpriseCustom Pricing
  1. Per User, Per Month (10 user minimum)*
Additional Pricing Details
*Pay annually: 15% discount 10% discount for quarterly payment of Windward Core.

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