Bidsketch vs. VisibleThread VT Docs

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Bidsketch
Score 8.0 out of 10
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Bidsketch is a sales proposal automation software solution offered by Bidsketch.
$149
per month
VisibleThread VT Docs
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
VisibleThread provides language audit software that performs document content analysis to bid and proposal managers and government agencies. They have formed a partnership with Privia for the more standard proposal automation capabilities.N/A
Pricing
BidsketchVisibleThread VT Docs
Editions & Modules
BidSketch
$149.00
per month
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BidsketchVisibleThread VT Docs
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
BidsketchVisibleThread VT Docs
Top Pros

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Features
BidsketchVisibleThread VT Docs
Proposal Creation & Organization
Comparison of Proposal Creation & Organization features of Product A and Product B
Bidsketch
5.0
3 Ratings
46% below category average
VisibleThread VT Docs
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Ratings
Proposal branding5.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Proposal templates5.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Proposal content library updates5.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Guided proposal creation5.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Searchable proposal database5.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Proposal Collaboration & Workflow
Comparison of Proposal Collaboration & Workflow features of Product A and Product B
Bidsketch
7.8
2 Ratings
4% below category average
VisibleThread VT Docs
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Ratings
RFP management & response8.12 Ratings00 Ratings
Proposal collaboration & approval8.22 Ratings00 Ratings
User permissions/proposal editing controls8.12 Ratings00 Ratings
Sales proposal workflow7.32 Ratings00 Ratings
Proposal automation user interface7.32 Ratings00 Ratings
Proposal Delivery
Comparison of Proposal Delivery features of Product A and Product B
Bidsketch
5.4
3 Ratings
39% below category average
VisibleThread VT Docs
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Ratings
Proposal distribution6.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Interactive proposals5.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Proposal content tracking5.03 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
BidsketchVisibleThread VT Docs
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(3 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BidsketchVisibleThread VT Docs
Likelihood to Recommend
Bidsketch
I think Bidsketch would work well for any small business or freelancer looking for a low-cost, simple to use proposal software solution. It's quick and easy to set up and provides everything you need for more cases. If you're looking for something with more flexibility or features that Bidsketch does not offer then you may need to keep looking.
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VisibleThread
VT is fabulous to proposal writing as it created for that. It can also be used for ANY type of persuasive or technical writing. If you can write it, VT can help to make the writing better. BUT!!! if you are writing news articles or descriptive writing, this is NOT the software for you. VT works to eliminate fluff, ambiguous words, exaggerations, run-on sentences, improper grammar, misspelled words, sentence fragments, etc. VT also works to eliminate passive writing. As with any software, use it for what it was created - and find something else for the rest.
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Pros
Bidsketch
  • Pre-written proposals for many scenarios.
  • Integrations with 3rd party apps.
  • Own domain for branding.
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VisibleThread
  • Acronym finder - the best acronym finder I have used! This creates an Excel spreadsheet with the acronyms and their definitions in an alphabetically sorted worksheet ... AND this worksheet includes actual sentences from the document showing how and where the acronym was used.
  • Compare documents - WOW! what a wonderful update! You get an Excel worksheet with the 2 compared documents side-by-side showing differences in red and statements with no changes in blue.
  • Starter compliance matrix (SCM) - again, one of the best SCM-creators I have used. This choice is quick, concise, and the resulting Excel worksheet is easy to manipulate and change.
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Cons
Bidsketch
  • REALLY PRICEY for a small business/freelancer that doesn't do a lot of proposals each month. Would be nice if they offered a per proposal pricing for the smaller guys.
  • Wish there was more customization of the design/layout to better fit in with branding.
  • Also would like to be able to mark a proposal private.
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VisibleThread
  • Dictionaries - I would like to see more "canned" dictionaries. We create our own, but I know that VT has more that they can supply, giving us more quick turnaround changes (versus always having to start from scratch).
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Usability
Bidsketch
I'd say Bidsketch is very easy to use. I don't think most people would have any problem getting comfortable with this software. I was able to get up and running very quickly. Their template library is a great resource to get a professional proposal up and out the door fast.
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VisibleThread
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Support Rating
Bidsketch
Although I didn't need to reach out to support much, they seemed to do a very good job. I've also heard great things about the team through people I've talked to so I wouldn't expect anyone to run into issues with regards to their support. Their support definitely was not a factor in my ultimately not sticking with the product.
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VisibleThread
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Alternatives Considered
Bidsketch
We used DocSend to track our outgoing proposals but after testing Bidsketch we never returned back. It is simply better suited for us as we send out tens of proposals every week and the professional output and management of proposals won us over.
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VisibleThread
We reviewed many other products but found all of them did not have the extent of tasks that VT had. These searches were over 5 years ago and many of the products reviewed are no longer available. In addition, some software still in existence have merit, just not to the extent we need. I do not want to give anyone a bad rating just because we did not choose them. Again, choose the right software for the right job!
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Return on Investment
Bidsketch
  • The proposals do look professional (even if you can't fully customize to your brand) and make a great impression on the potential client.
  • The cost of Bidsketch is prohibitive if you don't do a lot of proposal writing on a regular basis.
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VisibleThread
  • We reduced proposal writing time and output. By reducing time, we gained time for work in other areas of proposal handling. I used to need 3-5 DAYS to create an acronym list. Now, with VT, I do the same work in 1-2 hours!
  • VT is for proposal WRITING and not for proposal HANDLING. Our proposal managers and coordinators do the handling part.
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