Windward Studios and Docmosis are two of the most popular choices when it comes to finding a solution for document automation problems. These two companies aim to provide document generation and reporting to businesses around the world. While their markets are similar, Windward and Docmosis have several key differences when it comes to their software capabilities.
Docmosis allows their customers to design and create templates in Microsoft Word or LibreOffice. Designing templates in Word should be a very familiar and user-friendly experience, meaning non-developers can use the software easily. However, usage of Docmosis seems to require prior programming experience, as creating templates is extremely tedious with confusing syntax options. There is a high likelihood of human error when designing a template using Docmosis, and the tiered levels of their paid customer support do not allow for fast, responsive help.
For non-technical users, Windward’s developers focused on making their solution as easy-to-use as possible, including allowing the user to choose from many tag options, and easily editing the tag properties using the Tag Editing Wizard. Windward even allows users to save tags within a POD to use for later. To top it all off, Windward has a speedy support team to help users through even their most frustrating reports. And the support prices are not tiered to boot!
Similar to Docmosis, Windward allows for the design of templates in Word, but also extends its design possibilities to Excel and PowerPoint as well, allowing for a range of template creations, like slide decks and advanced charts. Having the flexibility of the full Microsoft Office Suite places Windward ahead of its competitor. Once Windward is installed as an add-in to Office, users can design any templates they desire, only limited by their imagination.
Windward’s output formats also include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, whereas Docmosis is limited to Word, PDF, and HTML. Docmosis also has limitations with its data input, only supporting XML and JSON as their two datasources. Windward, on the other hand, not only supports XML and JSON, but Salesforce, SQL, OData, and most other datasources with our powerful RESTful engine. Windward’s solution can even pull data from multiple sources, allowing users to generate reports drawing from distinct databases, perfect for large corporations with lots of data.
While Docmosis and Windward have similar offerings, Windward’s plentitude of supported design software, datasources, and output gives it a heavy advantage against other document automation solutions. Check out a detailed comparison between Windward and Docmosis here.