Jackson Fish Market, the Seattle development and design shop led by Hillel Cooperman and Jenny Lam, is shutting down its Slide Bureau presentation software product 10 months after its debut. Users of the service will have until December 24th to shift presentations to other services, after which time the company said the material will be “irretrievable.”
“Collectively, you created thousands of presentations. You gave us tons of great suggestions. You were incredibly generous with your time and your creativity,” the company writes in a message to users. “Unfortunately, for the moment, we’ve decided to close Slide Bureau while we digest all your feedback and suggestions and decide where Slide Bureau should head next.”
Cooperman and Lam were in meetings this morning and unavailable to comment.
In an interview with GeekWire from August, Cooperman said that Slide Bureau was different from products such as PowerPoint and Haiku Deck. One difference, he said, was the product’s focus on enterprise customers.
“What we are building is an industrial-strength communication tool,” he said. “I don’t mind if you are at an Ignite talk and you want text on pictures, and you want to go use Haiku Deck. I’d recommend it. You go do that. That is not us. To us, it is not like there is some limited supply of visual communication that people want to do on this planet right now. There is endless amounts, and nobody really is meeting people’s needs in a broad way.”
Here’s the full message that went out to Slide Bureau users:
To you, our adventurous Slide Bureau customer,
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Collectively, you created thousands of presentations. You gave us tons of great suggestions. You were incredibly generous with your time and your creativity.
Unfortunately, for the moment, we’ve decided to close Slide Bureau while we digest all your feedback and suggestions and decide where SlideBureau should head next.
If you would like to retrieve your data from Slide Bureau, now is your chance.
1. You’ll need to have a free DropBox account (which you can get at DropBox.com).
2. Launch Slide Bureau on your iPad
3. Go to each presentation you want to save.
4. Tap on the “Share” button
5. Tap on “DropBox”
6. Tap on “Export to Dropbox”
7. Configure your Export
8. Tap on “Export”
You’ll need to do this for as many presentations and configurations as you’d like to save. You can save to PDF, JPG, or even MP4 Video. You can also choose 16×9 or 4×3, and various resolutions.
*** You have until Wednesday, December 24, 2014 to get your data. After that your data will be irretrievable. ***
We’re working hard, and will keep you posted on what we do.
In the meantime, sorry we’re not here for you today, and thanks again for giving Slide Bureau a shot.
Jackson Fish Market