Does anyone have any recommendations for a proposal creation system that isn't a SaaS offering like Bidsketch or its various competitors? I know one-time purchase software is growing incredibly hard to find in this day and age, but I loathe SaaS and I'd really like to find a solution I can purchase once and host on my own server, like my current billing software Pancake App.

(Pancake, incidentally, does offer proposal creation as a feature, but it's horribly unfriendly and buggy as hell, and I hate it)

The alternative is creating them manually in InDesign the way I used to, but that was super tedious and I'd rather not revert to that. :/

Thank you for any and all suggestions!

  • Kind of curious why the hate-on for SaaS solutions. "Loathe" is, after all, a pretty strong statement. Jun 12, 2017 at 10:15

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I too spent alot of time in Indesign, but recently moved my stuff to Wave. It's free, professional & has a great UX/UI.


You can find some pretty good proposal templates on GraphicRiver that you can edit in Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign. Since they're downloads, you own these assets outright and can use them forever.

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    "Since they're downloads, you own these assets outright" How so? Maybe you do get full rights - but if you do - it isn't because they are downloads
    – Cai
    Feb 20, 2016 at 21:44
  • You are correct. You don't own these outright because they are downloads, you own them outright because you buy them with a personal license. Feb 20, 2016 at 23:44
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    "personal license" is not the same as "owning outright". A license would indicate limited usage permission.
    – Scott
    Apr 16, 2017 at 6:55

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