Doing a Government Proposal? There’s an App for That (Part III)!

In the most recent issue of Proposal Management (Spring/Summer 2011), Beth Wingate, Managing Director of the Lohfeld Consulting Group, provided proposal professionals with a detailed description of her favorite apps on the new Apple iPad (64GB, 3G) that they can use in proposal development.  While iPad apps do not run on PCs, many PC-based applications are being turned into apps, as the list below indicates.

Below are apps that I think will especially help in the proposal development process from conceptualization through proposal delivery.  My list will be continued in  a subsequent blog article.


FreeDictionary (

This dictionary contains many different kinds of tabs, such as medical and legal dictionaries, and a link to Wikipedia.  It also is available in multiple languages.

Merriam-Webster (

This is far lighter than the hardback version and has better word choices than MS Word’s dictionary and thesaurus.

Department of Defense Dictionary of Military Terms (

Doing a proposal full of military terms and jargon and feel confused?  This dictionary, which is managed by the Joint Doctrine Division, J-7, Joint Staff, contains approved definitions through October 2009.

PDF Conversion

Primo PDF (

This app creates PDFs from more than 300 file types up to 10 MB in size which open from any PDF viewer.

ABBYY PDF Transformer 3.0 (

This app converts PDF files into editable formats.  It even retains the original layout and formatting, such as tables and graphics.

For updates on Ms. Wingate’s list of apps, visit

These programs and tools are becoming more widely available and widely used in proposal development.  While most of them are free, some require a fee to download.

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