I’m not commenting either way on any software, or the method you choose to collect data, but just stating that you have the wrong perspective about choosing your Report software.
You need to understand that the Report (in effect, the information it contains), is what your clients are paying you for. Your entire business and reputation rides on that Report! If you provide a substandard report, you will likely fail. If you provide incredible information with a poor report layout, you will likely fail. If you provide crap information with a crap layout, you will likely (rightly so) FAIL! What you should be looking for, is the software that will provide your clients with the information and layout that best represents YOU and your company. Only YOU can decide for your business what that is!
The path you should be on, is taking advantage of the FREE TRIALS that most all Report Software offer nowadays. USE those free trials for their maximum terms to decide which one is a fit and best reflects who you and your company are. You should see that some are strictly boilerplate stuff, and others are totally customizable. Take the time to give them an honest run through. Don’t be lazy. Do the work now as once you choose and get going, you likely won’t be changing software anytime soon… even if it sucks!!
As you move forward in this profession, your needs will change/expand. There is NO one size fits all software, so any software that gives you the power to customize it, is in your best interests to put the time into it.
For my needs, I have used and discarded multiple software’s. I now focus on two separate software from two different companies, plus a custom Windows format of my own design for specialized applications. Still, I am making changes on the fly to suit my needs… all this after using digital software for 14+ years!!
Sure, others opinions are great to read, but in the end, it is all about YOU… what you want your report to be, how much time you want to put into it, and (mostly ignored by many) is how user friendly the software is! Many are a just a pain in the ass to use, thus the need to take the Trials for a healthy run!!