Bidsketch helps designers create and manage effective proposals. The user can review all their data from the dashboard, which shows recently completed proposals, win and loss stats and proposal drafts. The user can combine individual proposal sections, designs and fees to create a custom, professional proposal to send to clients. Images and Flash content can be embedded into the proposal so the client can view examples and marketing material online. Bidsketch supplies built in templates, however the user can also create their own customized CSS/HTML templates. Each template option can be selected in a variety of colors and exported as a PDF. Bidsketch can also store client data and private notes to help the user stay organized. Additional features include proposal landing pages tailored to the client’s needs and global customization options.Show more screenshots »
Bidsketch is a product of Earthling Works. The application was intended to make it easier for designers to create, manage and submit effective proposals. For the most part, Bidsketch has been met with rave reviews. Many users savor the convenience of keeping all their proposal and client data in one virtual space. The application also allows users to build professional looking proposals to give them a leg up on the competition. Some have complained that despite the template options, they wind up re-creating a lot of their content. The application also removes some text formatting when pasting content into a proposal. These shortcomings may be frustrating for some, but overall designers find Bidsketch to be an appealing alternative to a word processing program.
Customization is king with Bidsketch. The application offers pre-made proposal templates and gives the user the ability to create their own templates. Each section can be customized with media embedded. The user can also set prices for individual items. Customization options can be set for individual proposals or for all proposals so the user retains complete control over the finished document.
Bidsketch welcomes users with an eye-catching interface that uses deep teal and a white background. Stylish buttons and icons give the application character without hindering the user’s overall experience and ability to navigate. The dashboard presents recent proposals and stats in vibrant colors and clearly marked labels. The logical layout and spacious environment allow the user to move freely from each area when building new proposals or reviewing client contact information.
New users can create an account by clicking the red “See Plans and Pricing” button along the left hand side of the Bidsketch homepage. The next page asks the user to select their preferred membership plan before continuing. After doing so, the user is presented with the registration form which requires a business name, desired Bidsketch site address, login name, email address, password and billing information. The user is not billed until their 14 day free trial has run out. The billing date will appear on the form so there are no surprises for the user.
Bidsketch users are given three membership plans to choose from. The first is the Basic plan which costs $9 per month and includes unlimited proposals, up to 15 clients, access for one user, templates and themes, integration with FreshBooks and HighRise, branding options, PDF export capability and up to 35 MBs for embedded images and Flash content. The Premium plan costs $19 per month and includes unlimited proposals, unlimited clients, access for up to five users and up to 150 MBs for embedded media. The Business plan costs $49 per month and includes access for unlimited users and up to 500 MBs for embedded Flash and image content.
Bidsketch.com is intended for designers. This is the group it is best suited to serve, with a number of proposal options that can help the user manage their business. The application also includes a number of customization options so the user can create a proposal that best displays their business’ personality as well as their talent.