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Likelihood to Recommend

HotDocs

HodDocs definitely has a place where it helps with efficiency. For instance, when drafting documents, HotDocs can make it a quick process by simply answering questions. The challenge though is developing the questions and basic shell. I would probably use it more if it was easier to build new documents. But for existing documents, it's easier to modify (depending on the level of modifications).
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Windward Studios

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.
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Pros

HotDocs

  • Allows users to complete an interview
  • Allows users to download draft documents
  • Allows programmers to create the interview and document templates.
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Windward Studios

  • 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.
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Cons

HotDocs

  • Most HotDocs requires high-level coding in order to create templates. This includes complicated codes to insert into Word.
  • From the user perspective, using HotDocs is very simple and easy. Creating and maintaining templates requires nearly a programming background to perform.
  • Cost for software varies but is generally a sizable cost, especially Developer licenses.
  • New versions must be purchased to keep up with newer versions of Microsoft Office.
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Windward Studios

  • 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.
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Usability

HotDocs

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Windward Studios

Windward Studios 8.3
Based on 15 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.
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Support

HotDocs

HotDocs 7.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
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Windward Studios

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Alternatives Considered

HotDocs

HotDocs integrates with all versions of Office, OEM, open license and O365 (as long as it's not too old). I can't think of any direct competitors of HotDocs as it is a very good program. There are other document generation programs out there, but HotDocs is far superior to any we have used/seen.
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Windward Studios

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.
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Return on Investment

HotDocs

  • Increased speed of document creation
  • Increased accuracy of document creation
  • Allowed users to transition from older Wordperfect templates.
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Windward Studios

  • 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.
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Pricing Details

HotDocs

General

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

HotDocs Editions & Modules

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Windward Studios

General

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

Windward Studios Editions & Modules

Edition
Pay per document$2091
Pay per server$4961
  1. per month
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