ProofHQ: Collaborating on Design Signoff

This year’s South By Southwest interactive festival saw the arrival of over 30 British startups as part of a “Digital Mission” to bring the country’s most promising web startups to a global showcase. This mission was backed by Sun’s Startup Essentials program (s java), TechCrunch UK and UK Trade and Investment, a governmental body, amongst others.

One of the more interesting companies taking part in the program was ProofHQ. It was also the only participant that managed to get a flyer into each SXSW delegate’s schwag bag.

proofhqThe service purports to be “the easiest way to get feedback and approval on design work,” enabling clients and designers to collaborate on the signoff of deliverables in a design project — a service that might might be very useful for many web workers. WWD writer Pamela Poole covered Colaab, a similar tool, in An Elegant Option for Collaborative Content Review.

The screenshot to the right shows a proof document being marked up for review by a client. The service is entirely web-based and has an impressive array of features:

  • Uploading tools
  • Version control
  • Support for most common asset file formats, up to 75mb in size
  • Discussion threads
  • Basecamp integration

There are a whole bunch of video walkthroughs on the company site, which illustrate the scope of the product. It looks very impressive, though it might be well served to allow integration with time-tracking and invoicing tools, as well.

UPDATE: Win a Mac Mini! Mat Atkinson of ProofHQ has kindly allowed WWD readers to enter the SXSW prize draw: sign up for the free trial, using the promo code “SXSWi” (don’t forget the “i”), and you will be entered into the drawing..hurry, you only have until March 25.

What tools do you use for client feedback and signoff?