Online Proofing Software
What is Online Proofing Software?
Online proofing software allows users to upload various file types and provide feedback on them by marking up the content assets. Some tools may only allow users to upload specific file types, such as a PDF, JPEG, or PNG. However, online proofing tools that are designed for use by larger teams typically allow users to upload a wide range of file types. These file formats may include:
audio and video files
This type of software is commonly used by marketing teams, designers, content or creative teams, and freelancers working in the creative industry. The primary use case for this type of software is to provide feedback on and approve content assets and marketing collateral before they are published.
Project management tools like Wrike, Workfront, and Asana also often include a set of online proofing capabilities. Although, larger project management or project portfolio management software may not be the right choice for smaller teams, or teams looking for a stand-alone online proofing software tool.
Online Proofing Software Features
Some smaller stand-alone online proofing tools may only provide users with the ability to mark up specific file types. But more comprehensive online proofing software products typically include more features, including the following:
Uploading multiple different file types (e.g. documents, images, video)
Markup tools (e.g. highlighting, shapes, pixel measurements, etc.)
Commenting and annotations on files
Version management and control
Side-by-side version comparison
Folder system or file taxonomy tagging
Real-time collaborative commenting on files
Automated approval workflows
Integrations with third-party software
Online Proofing Software Comparison
Before deciding to purchase an online proofing software, consider the following key points:
Scope of the software: There’s a big difference between online proofing tools that are designed for larger teams and smaller products that focus on serving the needs of small teams and freelancers. Products designed for smaller teams may not allow users to upload as many file types, may not have the real-time collaboration features, and typically do not offer workflow automation capabilities. Simpler tools that are freelancer-friendly may also not offer as many (or any) integrations with other popular project management or creative software like the Adobe Creative suite of products. Deciding what level of tool you and your team need before purchasing is a critical first step.
Stand-alone tool vs. PM suite: Another thing to keep in mind while shopping for online proofing software is that both online proofing tools and project management software have these capabilities. The important question is, are you looking for a stand-alone online proofing tool or a larger project management suite that includes these capabilities? A larger project management platform will be more expensive than a tool that only does online proofing. This may be an added benefit for some businesses and overkill for others.
Pricing for online proofing point solutions can vary depending on the amount of storage required, the number of users, and the number of advanced features included. Most vendors offer a free trial of their product, which typically lasts for 14 days. Different plans may charge either per month per user, or simply per month and allow a set number of users. Billing is typically monthly or annual.
Starter plans can range from $9 per user per month up to $90 per month for a set number of users. Mid-tier plans can cost between $20 per user per month up to $200 per month for a set number of users. Some vendors offer enterprise-level plans with custom pricing.
Larger project management software suites are typically more expensive than point solutions like online proofing tools. See the project management software page for a more comprehensive breakdown of pricing.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Two of the main benefits of using online proofing software are:
- Having a centralized place to provide feedback on content assets and other file types
- Cutting down on the time-consuming feedback back-and-forth between designers or copywriters and marketers.