A Comparison of Formstack Documents & Windward Studios
If you’re working with document generation, be aware of the plenitude of options out there. Windward Studios and Formstack Documents are two of the more popular choices. Windward’s product team has created this comparison to help you understand the merits of both.
Formstack Documents provides a Document Builder that allows users to customize their own documents with the ability to implement basic loops and conditional logic. While the Document Builder does have similar functionality to Microsoft Office products, the interface looks outdated, and is less intuitive to navigate.
Windward runs directly in the native Microsoft application which gives users flexibility to design freely in Office, while making it easy to retrieve, filter and sort data from their data sources to display in an intuitive manner.
Formstack Documents offers unique features like a Cloud option and provides a document delivery option built in, but their process lacks quick and easy data selection. In order for the Document Builder to know what to generate, specific syntax must first be manually added to the document, which creates room for error.
Windward simplifies this process by providing the user with Windward Designer. With the help of Windward Designer, table and chart creation is quick and to the point, taking advantage of Microsoft Office and building upon it. Syntax errors become a thing of the past with Windward Designer doing the heavy lifting.
There is a learning curve for first time Formstack Documents users, especially when making a template from scratch. An alternative to using the Document Builder is offered as there is an option to upload previously designed templates already populated with the required syntax. This does allow for more options than only using the provided design environment.
In terms of support, Formstack Documents provides access to many help articles, as well as Formstack Documents University, which offers access to past webinars, videos, and free resource guides.
Windward offers extensive support by providing users access to in depth training guides, free webinars, forums to discuss issues, a strong internet presence, extensive documentation, and more.
The table below provides an overview of Formstack Documents and Windward, and its selection of key features.