Need your proposal for the best way to make collaborative proposals
July 18, 2013 12:14 PM Subscribe
Hairs are being pulled out. I don't have many left. I propose you take a peek inside for details...
posted by ecorrocio to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Background: I'm a creative director (designer/marketer/planner). Frequently I'm asked to help put together proposals for the company. They like them to look "high end" -- i.e. designed well.
Problem 1: To make the best looking designs, I prefer to use InDesign. Allows me full graphic control. But, I'm the only one who can edit these. And there's plenty of editing on these puppies. This results in tons of back and forth. I've tried to encourage the proposal writers to completely finish the verbiage before giving to me, but that just isn't possible. They like to see it in its finished format... and then edit the crap out of it all over again.
Problem 2: I don't use (or have) Word -- I much prefer Pages on my Mac. I can design them in Pages (less graphic power), and export them to Word, which almost everyone uses. The formatting never holds up. Then I have to shuttle back and forth fixing the design.
Problem 3: GoogleDocs would be nice... but just does not allow enough graphic features.
Problem 4: I've looked for online solutions to no avail. The ones I have found are all pretty limited in what they do.
What do you do? Do you have a suggestion for an optimal collaborative solution that can retain attractive design, and allow for editing by the group?