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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 9.1 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Windward Studios, from PDFTron is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

7.4

HotDocs

74%
9 Ratings
9.1

Windward Studios, from PDFTron

91%
25 Ratings

Usability

5.0

HotDocs

50%
1 Rating
9.1

Windward Studios, from PDFTron

91%
16 Ratings

Support Rating

8.2

HotDocs

82%
3 Ratings
9.1

Windward Studios, from PDFTron

91%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

4.0

HotDocs

40%
2 Ratings

Windward Studios, from PDFTron

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

AbacusNext

It is well suited in the organisations which deals with lots of paper work like legal, teaching, research, etc as they need similar kind of documents again and again. In a typical office set up it is of great use by human resource, marketing and legal department. Hot docs is not suitable if you have a proprietary or solo business as it do not caters to them.
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PDFTron Systems Inc.

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

AbacusNext

  • Personalized training. We were able to get an expert on a video call who walked us through solutions to each of our unique problems (i.e. all fifty states have different notary blocks, how can we auto-populate it when the state of the deal is selected?).
  • Team access. Multiple people can work with the templates at once, thus allowing the members of our team who deal with financials to work on their documents while others focus on the organizational and legal documents.
  • Once you have successfully drafted your templates, it runs incredibly smooth (barring any minor hiccups that happen with software updates) and efficiently.
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PDFTron Systems Inc.

  • 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

AbacusNext

  • Most HotDocs templates demand high-level code. This includes complicated Word codes
  • Using HotDocs is incredibly user-friendly. Creating and maintaining templates is a programming task
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PDFTron Systems Inc.

  • 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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Pricing Details

HotDocs

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

HotDocs editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Basic251
EnterpriseContact sales team2

Footnotes

  1. per user/per month
  2. none

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Windward Studios, from PDFTron

Starting Price

$190 per month

Editions & Modules

Windward Studios, from PDFTron editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Windward Core Flex$605.001
Windward Core Pro$547.002
Windward Hub Standard$19.003
Windward Hub Premium$49.004
Windward Hub EnterpriseCustom Pricing5

Footnotes

  1. per month*
  2. per month*
  3. Per User, Per Month (10 user minimum)*
  4. Per User, Per Month (10 user minimum)*
  5. none

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

*Pay annually: 15% discount 10% discount for quarterly payment of Windward Core.

Usability

AbacusNext

Could be more intuitive - could even "suggest" fill-ins with the option to take or not take the suggestion.
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PDFTron Systems Inc.

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 Rating

AbacusNext

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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PDFTron Systems Inc.

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.
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Implementation Rating

AbacusNext

If you use WordPerfect X9 - choose"no word-processing software."
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PDFTron Systems Inc.

No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

AbacusNext

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.
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PDFTron Systems Inc.

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

AbacusNext

  • 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.
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PDFTron Systems Inc.

  • 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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