A new productivity app to help small-business owners get more out of their iPad was released today by a team of former Microsoft designers in Seattle.
Called Slide Bureau, the app offers templates for quickly building brochures, menus, presentations and other material.
The goal isn’t to build PowerPoint for the iPad. Instead, Slide Bureau is intended to be an easy tool for creating things that might otherwise require the services of a designer, according to Hillel Cooperman, co-founder of the Jackson Fish Market design consultancy, which is releasing the app.
Slides built with the iPad app can be shown on iOS devices or viewed on other devices through a browser. One example Cooperman gave is a restaurant using Slide Bureau to create its daily special sheet and display it on a monitor. Other examples include real-estate agents using the app to build listing presentations with interactive features, such as dynamic maps.
The app and a limited set of templates are free. Full access costs $99 per year, though the company is offering a free year to the first 10,000 users.
Cooperman was a user-experience manager at Microsoft before he left in 2006 and started Jackson Fish Market. The company, which operates from space in the former immigration office in the International District, primarily does consulting and contract design work but it has released several standalone products including a series of self-reading children’s e-books.
Templates offered through Slide Bureau are created by co-founder Jenny Lam, a former Windows creative director.
Slide Bureau is starting with 150 templates and plans to continue building its library in response to user requests.
“Our job over the long-term is to create thousands of templates,” Cooperman said.
Isn’t he worried about requests overwhelming his six-person company?
“Let that be our biggest problem,” he said.