Who Uses This Software?

Government (city council, town council, committee meetings etc) Education (school boards, school districts, universities, colleges etc) Healthcare (hospital boards, clinics, etc)


Average Ratings

15 Reviews

  • 4 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • eSCRIBE
  • escribemeetings.com/
  • Founded 2003
  • Canada

About eSCRIBE

A leading provider of cloud-based meeting management solutions for public sector boards, committees and councils, eSCRIBE supports each step of the meeting lifecycle with comprehensive tools and workflow. Compliant with AODA and WCAG 2.0, and seamlessly integrates with Office 365, eSCRIBE improves transparency and use of resources, so staff can better serve their stakeholders. Meetings, Evolved.


eSCRIBE Features

  • Action Item Tracking
  • Agenda Management
  • Attendee Management
  • Board Meetings
  • Committee Meetings
  • Internal Meetings
  • Invitation Management
  • Legislative Meetings
  • Materials Management
  • Meeting Preparation Tools
  • Meeting Room Booking
  • Minutes Management
  • Post-Meeting Tools
  • Scheduling
  • Travel Management
  • Voting Management

eSCRIBE Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Credit Valley Conservation

Sep 28, 2018
4/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 6.0/10 Not
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Pros: - like that it creates a single location to store all our Board reports that staff have access to. Can go back and search for past reports.

- like being able to access our Board information from anywhere.

Cons: - I don't find the software overly intuitive and the amount of training I initially received wasn't sufficient to 'trouble-shoot' the number of the issues I was experiencing. There are a lot of settings behind the scene that I find really hard to navigate.

- Staff have also commented that they don't find the software overly intuitive as well and since they don't use the software on a daily/regular basis they get frustrated and then come to me to upload their reports that they composed outside of eScribe and start workflows for them. Approvers then call me and say they are fine with the report could I then approve the report for them. I have told staff that I wouldn't do it for them but I will show them how to do it themselves. I end up having to do this for almost every Board meeting so it has actually slowed down the agenda process for me.

Overall: It was a painful start. It took us well over a year to resolve a number of issues we were experiencing. As a result staff got frustrated and lost trust in the software. As I have become more experienced with the software I have been able to resolve a number of issues on my own but, I continue to struggle to get staff to trust and use eScribe vs. coming to me to do everything for them.

eScribe has been an absolute benefit to Lambton Shores.

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It has made an great difference on the delivery of our agendas to Council. Council members prefer to have the agenda right in front of them either on their computer or ipad rather than a paper copy.

Cons: The information provided for updating is a bit confusing. As I am not a techno wizard when the updates come I am never sure if they are to be forwarded on to all eScribe users or just ipad users. I am very technologically challenged.

Overall: It makes putting together an agenda a pleasure instead of the old nightmare it use to be.

The ease of putting in agenda items once approved is amazing. Easy to use the report writing.

Approval process is great.

Still iffy on the minutes taking. Does take some getting use to especially when Council puts a motion forward then brings in another before the vote.

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Vendor Response

by eSCRIBE on November 08, 2017

Hi Roberta - Thanks for your feedback! Apologies for any confusion. We'll be in touch with you and see what we can do to make things easier for you. Thanks for taking the time to review us!

I appreciate the paperless management of meetings.

Nov 06, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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Pros: the ability to publish to participants,

the defer option to move an item to a future meeting,

the ability to reorder the meeting items,

Cons: the way that the text doubles uncontrollably,

the resolution shows on main page but in the edit button it disappears until entered into again,

the inability to track resolutions (I am not sure how others manage their resolutions to ensure completion or to see what resolutions are still "on the books"),

I would like to learn more about the software as I do not believe I am using it to it's full potential.

Overall: The ability to manage meetings without paper required.

Vendor Response

by eSCRIBE on November 08, 2017

Hi Kim - Thank you for your feedback! We'd love to set some time aside for training so you can take advantage of our software. Sorry to hear about the issues. The good news is that they seem to be associated with an older version, which our support team can easily fix. We'll be in touch! Thanks Kim!

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Escribe is not user friendly, but when I have a question I'm able to get my answers quick

Oct 31, 2017
4/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: I like that it is converted to Words and that I can make changes in that manner. I also like that I can set up many meetings at once.

Cons: I find it not very user friendly, I do a lot of searching at times before I am able to find what I am looking for. Although, we are going to have a training session in the new year, this may help.

Overall: I find escribe to be a software that answers all needs when it comes to municipal meetings. I would recommend it to with much confidence.

Vendor Response

by eSCRIBE on November 08, 2017

Hi Wanda - Thank you for your feedback! We're continuously making improvements to our software to become more user-intuitive. We look forward to the upcoming training session with you and your team. Thanks again!

City of Fort Saskatchewan Review.

Sep 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - Ease of use / very user friendly.

- Conducting a meeting / webstreaming is effortless.

- Voting features through the eSCRIBE App works very well, especially when a member of Council is unable to attend a meeting.

- Public being able to live stream a meeting through a tablet or smart phone. Demonstrates transparency.

Cons: The software works well for what we require from an electronic management system. We have no issues. Very pleased with the product.

Overall: Customer support is exceptional. We are also very pleased with the regular software updates and eSCRIBE's positive communication to its clients.

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City of Kelowna

Oct 01, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: It helped make the Council Agenda process more efficient.

Cons: It was new and there was huge learning curve.

Overall: eSCRIBE allowed us to streamline the Council Agenda process by moving to an electronic approval process. The benefit to the City is that Report approvers no longer had to physically be available to approve Reports, now they can approve them remotely.

It has been an overall positive experience. Customer service is awesome!

Nov 01, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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Pros: I like that everything is together in one document. The system is secure and confidential. The system is accessible from wherever meeting attendees are located.

Cons: The program does not move fast enough. Taking minutes can be held up. The curser jumps around at times. Changing spacing in documents is clunky and has to be done each time. Processing task lists continues to be an issue.

Overall: Peace of mind knowing that confidential documents are secure.

Vendor Response

by eSCRIBE on November 08, 2017

Hi Connee - Our Support team will be happy to hear your experience with them has been positive! We'll send them your way again to get those glitches fixed. Thanks Connee!

We have had great success with the new version and the added features.

Jun 23, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: Ease to create agendas and the task management allows us to keep track of outstanding issues from every meeting. We are looking forward to seeing the product in HTML.

Cons: Formatting issues arise with the minutes due to the tables. Sometimes it is frustrating resolving these issues and it takes time when rushing to complete the minutes.

Overall: Track tasks to ensure completion of directions.

Vendor Response

by eSCRIBE on November 08, 2017

Hi Judy - Thank you very much for taking the time to share your feedback! We understand how it can get frustrating. Our support team will be in touch to see how we can make your eSCRIBE experience better!

Been using eScribe now for about 3-4 years and it's been great!

Nov 06, 2017
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Workflows to approve reports, ability to do a lot of the technical stuff on my own without the assistance of an IT department.

Cons: I seem to get an issue with "incorrect file structure" in the PDFs whenever I try to do anything with the PDF afterwards

Vendor Response

by eSCRIBE on November 08, 2017

Hi Richard - Glad to hear we've been helpful. Sorry to hear about the hiccup with regards to PDFs. Our support team will be in touch and it should be resolved easily as it seems to be a setup issue. Thanks again, Richard, for your support!

In love with eSCRIBE!

Sep 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the ease of use of the software. I like the added functions with the latest upgrade.

Cons: We lost some functionality after the last upgrade. eSCRIBE support took care of the issue we experienced right away.

Overall: Our overall experience is excellent. We love the software and the service from support is outstanding. We have a phenomenal relationship with eSCRIBE staff.

There were a lot of hitches, glitches to start with. There are still the occasional glitches.

Jun 22, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
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Pros: It totally eliminates the need to print an agenda. Contributors upload easily and directly.

More work prior to a meeting, but less work afterwards.

Cons: Slow during meetings. Trying to find a report in the "added" is a bit of a challenge, even with filters. Still the occasional glitch. I am sure there are features that I am not aware of and not using. Follow up training - review with eScribe staff would be useful.

Overall: Time saving, elimination of paper. Easy for contributors.

Vendor Response

by eSCRIBE on November 08, 2017

Hi Alison - Thanks for your feedback! Glad to hear that we're saving you time and paper. Your account manager will be in touch to do an evaluation on the system. Thanks Alison!

Review

Sep 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
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Pros: user friendly with many useful functions

Cons: no issues with using the escribe software

Overall: Customer service is outstanding - friendly, quick to respond and very helpful.

Its the best meeting management tool available. Its eases the work to organise the meeting.

May 25, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The most I like about this software its give seamless offline experience as well. It handles every details about the meeting very efficiently and specially its voting management is the great feature to experience.

Overall: If you are looking for the paperless meeting solution than this one is definitely for you.

Vendor Response

by eSCRIBE on November 08, 2017

Hi Nishith - Thank you for your support! We are very proud of our software and are happy to see the impact we've had on our customers. The voting feature is definitely one of the best sellers.

Great product which helps us run our meetings seamlessly.

Jun 26, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Product has all the features we are looking for and Customers service is always courteous and quick to solve any issues we encounter.

Vendor Response

by eSCRIBE on November 08, 2017

Hi Jaclyn - We're happy to hear that we've met your expectations. Our support team is one of our proudest assets, we will definitely keep our work quality up! Thanks for your feedback, Jaclyn!

eScribe review

Sep 27, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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Pros: There are many functions for minute taking. We are hoping to utilize the functions more than we have in the past.

Cons: I do not have issues with the interface but some of my co-workers are afraid to use it. The interface could be more user friendly. I find it difficult to create new templates and they all appear different even though the settings were the same as another template. Preview button is painful to use.

Overall: Reduction in paper is great!! I look forward to using eScribe for report management.