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Haiku Deck Supports Google Sign-In

We’re happy to announce that Haiku Deck for web, iPad and iPhone now supports Google Sign-In for logging into the app on the web, iPad, and iPhone. This is especially exciting for educators with students who use Google IDs in lieu of email addresses as it provides an all-new way for users to create accounts without using an email address.

To create an account using your Google sign-in, just look for the Google logo on the sign in page on the web app, iPad or iPhone apps.

If you’re already using your Google sign-in email to sign into Haiku Deck, you should continue to sign in as you always have, by typing your email address and password.

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This is the latest in an ongoing effort to make Haiku Deck work better for teachers who use the app in the classroom for a wide range of activities. If you missed it earlier this year we added ‘share to Google Classroom‘ as a feature of our share tool.

If you’re an educator looking for inspiration on different ways to use Haiku Deck in your work, check out some of the examples and templates below:

How are you using Haiku Deck in your classroom? We’d love to hear from you!

Nonprofit Fundraising Presentations: Guest Q&A with Goalbusters founder Alice Ferris

Every day we see more nonprofits using Haiku Deck for fundraising presentations that tell the story of their cause, inspire donors and deliver results. When we  saw Alice Ferris’ Haiku Decks, we knew she could offer great insight and inspiration to help even more NPO’s with their presentations.fundraising presentation guru, alice ferris

Alice is founder of GoalBusters, a consultancy that helps small to mid-size nonprofit organizations build resources and do better with what they have. With over 25 years of experience, Alice and her team provide hands on fundraising services, strategic planning, and customized training throughout North America. She’s also a huge fan of Haiku Deck.

Guest Q&A

What inspired you to first start using Haiku Deck?

Like a lot of people, I have some pet peeves when I am in presentations. One peeve is too many words on the screen, made even worse if they read them. The other peeve is the clearly identifiable PowerPoint template. I was looking for something that I could use that would be more visual, and stumbled upon Haiku Deck.

What are some reasons you that recommend Haiku Deck to nonprofits?

As much as the general public thinks that fundraising is about money, it isn’t. Fundraising is really about building relationships and sharing stories. And stories are more powerful if they are visual!  Haiku Deck gives organizations an easy tool to tell their story in pictures…in fact, I like that Haiku Deck practically forces you to think visually!              

I also like that Haiku Deck is simple. Too many times, I’ve seen nonprofits stymied with creating a visual story because they have too many options. Analysis paralysis! With Haiku Deck, there are easy templates so that organizations can put together a presentation quickly and effectively.
Fundraising for Small Shops – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

What advice do you have for nonprofits when it comes to sharing their story and inspiring their communities?

First thing is to identify who your audience is and what their connection is, or might be, to your story. That way, you can focus on what words and images will resonate with them, rather than what works for you. The other thing that I share with organizations a lot is, don’t be afraid to put yourself and your listener in the story. It’s a way for you to connect with your listener by sharing a common perspective or feeling.

What are some tips you offer to nonprofits for using technology to better market their organizations?

Technology is not the magic bullet, but it is a very useful tool. There are so many good tools that are inexpensive or free that can help with marketing. That’s not to say that you should never pay for marketing–in fact, organizations should have a marketing budget. We like to focus on what’s the best use of those resources. Most of the time, if you invest in the right person to craft the message and create the campaigns, you can use inexpensive technology to distribute the message. You have to have the right content!

If you had to sum up the benefits of Haiku Deck for nonprofits, what would you say?

Haiku Deck helps nonprofits tell their story in a easy to create, compelling, visual way.

Here’s one more of our favorite presentations from Alice, on creating a plan for a healthy and sustainable development program for your nonprofit organization. 
Holistic Fundraising: Creating a Plan for a Healthy and Sustainable Development Program – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Thank you Alice for sharing your experience with us! To learn more about her work,  follow Alice Ferris on Twitter and visit her website. To view more of Alice’s Haiku Decks, visit her Haiku Deck user profile page.

Do you use Haiku Deck in your nonprofit? Email us your story!


How Teacher, Education Consultant, Author, and TEDx Presenter Mary Myatt Uses Haiku Deck To Plan Lessons and Talks

Recently we observed veteran teacher, education adviser, and author Mary Myatt on Twitter talking with a colleague about how she uses Haiku Deck in teaching lessons and planning.  Given her success as an author, TEDx presenter, teacher, and education consultant, we were inspired to learn more about her work and share her unique experience using Haiku Deck in her work.

Mary works in schools across the United Kingdom, talking to students, teachers and leaders about learning, leadership and the curriculum. With over 20 years of experience, she has taught religious education, English, Latin and Greek in secondary schools. She has also done work to support school improvement and curriculum development for local districts, dioceses and others.

Guest Q&A

What inspired you to start using Haiku Deck?

I noticed a presentation on Twitter and was struck by the quality of the images. I saw it was by Haiku Deck, downloaded and got going. It is a complete counterpoint to the heavy handed, clunky, cumbersome alternatives. It transformed my presentations, not only in terms of aesthetics but also in terms of the clarity of my thinking.

What is your approach for using Haiku Deck with Lesson Planning?

I use Haiku Deck for conveying the main concepts in my keynotes, presentations and seminars. I find that linking the key words and concepts to an image does two things: it helps me to clarify my thinking and it gives my audience a powerful hook that links to the main ideas. The pictures and images produce a stimulus for discussion and as a result I have an insight into their points of view and can adjust my talk accordingly.
(here’s an example of one of Mary’s Haiku Decks)

Copy of Gathering evidence – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

What are some other ways you think teachers could benefit from using Haiku Deck in the classroom?

Providing images which link to the key concepts to be taught provides high challenge and low threat for students. It is high challenge, because they have to make the links between an image and an idea; it is also low threat because all responses are legitimate. This means that teachers have an insight into their students’ thinking. There has been some interesting work developed by The National Gallery in London on ‘Take One Picture.’

Your book focuses on lessons school management teams can learn from leaders in other sectors. Can you share some of the key ideas from your research that would be helpful to the educators who use Haiku Deck in their schools?

I’ve written extensively about a few ideas on my blog. Some relevant posts include, Focusing on the essentials,  High challenge, low threat,  and On trust.

You mentioned that you used Haiku Deck TEDx Norwich in March 2016. What did you do to prepare for that talk? What kind of feedback did you get from members of the audience afterwards?

I distilled my ideas down to the key points I wanted to convey. I decided not to use any text, and talked just to the images. I edited my ideas down to the key essentials and Haiku Deck helped me to do this. Some feedback from my talk is captured on Storify

Thank you, Mary for sharing your experience with us! If you’d like to view Mary’s inspiring TEDx Norwich Talk, click below. Also, follow Mary Myatt on Twitter and visit her web site to learn more about her work. To view more of Mary’s Haiku Decks, visit her Haiku Deck user profile page.

Easily Create, Edit, Share Presentations on iPhone with Haiku Deck 4.0

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Introducing Haiku Deck 4.0!

With mobile usage beginning to outpace desktop usage as a global trend, we’ve been getting more and more requests for improvements to Haiku Deck for iPhone. Today we’re proud to announce the all new Haiku Deck 4.0- the first truly-native iPhone presentation app. Whether you’re prepping for a client meeting on the road, struck by inspiration in a cafe, or just making a quick update to the big presentation that starts in a few minutes, Haiku Deck 4.0 for iPhone lets you:

Best of all, Haiku Deck 4.0 is FREE to download from iTunes today

Mobile-First iPhone Presentations

We like to think of Haiku Deck 4.0 as the first (and only) app designed to be mobile-first. We’ve got mobile in our DNA, so rather than cram a desktop app into a phone, we’ve made things easier for iPhone presentation creators by reducing the amount of tiny-keyboard tapping. For example, Haiku Deck for iPhone integrates Voice-to-Text technology and automatically delivers image search tags from the content you enter when creating slides. By limiting the number of words on each slide, Haiku Deck for iPhone helps you create presentations that looks great on any size screen- from a 3″ phone screen to the Jumbotron at your next big conference.

Want to learn more about the app? We’ve got special section of our user guide that explains everything you need to know about creating, editing, and sharing iPhone presentations. We’ve also got a cool video to show how it works.

Just in case you missed our last update, Haiku Deck web app now includes a handful of handy new updates like the ability to search for and embed YouTube videos (more) and auto-playback & looping presentations (more). If you’re an iPad Pro user, 4.0 supports slide-over and split view for multi-tasking (more).

Like what you see in 4.0? We would appreciate your review on iTunes. Find things that we should improve? Please drop us a line. We’re thrilled to bring Haiku Deck to hundreds of millions of iPhone users, so if you like what we’ve built and know an aspiring iPhone presentation creator, please help us spread the word!

New Presentation Page Navigation, Looping Presentation Control, and Video Playback

We’re proud to announce our new playback page today with tons of great new features to make Haiku Deck better than ever. Here’s the run down:

New YouTube Video Playback

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Deck creators can now embed YouTube videos directly into their decks. To learn how to include videos in your presentation, click here. If you’re viewing a presentation with  a YouTube embed, you’ll notice a play button in the bottom right of the slide. Click to play the YouTube video from within the presentation!

New Loop and Auto Playback Settingsnew playback controlsWant to set your presentation to automatically advance or loop? This is a feature request we hear frequently from customers who want Haiku Decks to automatically play at a trade show booth, on a lobby monitor, or even at a Pecha Kucha event. Click the gear icon on the playback page to access these controls.

New Slide Navigation Controls

You may noticed that we’ve moved the slide controls to a more convenient location. To advance slides (or go backwards) look for the arrow buttons shown here. Keyboard arrow controls will also advance slides (left arrow to go forward, right arrow to go back).

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Want to navigate directly to a specific slide in your presentation? Use the grid control to instantly see your slide thumbnails. Click on one of the slides to navigate directly there.

New Notes Appear on Mobile

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As more and more presentation viewers open Haiku Decks on small screens, it has become more important to show public notes in that context. The new playback page does just that as shown below.

Other new elements of the playback page include a better layout for mobile browsers, and significantly faster page load time.

We’d love to hear your feedback! Let us know what you think about the updated playback page by dropping us an email any time!

Add Video to Haiku Deck

We’re pleased to now offer video as a feature for Haiku Deck Pro subscribers. This lets users embed any YouTube video into their presentations for playback online.

Here’s how it works…

First sign in and click the new video button shown in the illustration below. If you’re not a Haiku Deck Pro subscriber, you will be prompted to upgrade.  From here you will have two options. The first option is to paste the link to your YouTube video directly in the white box. The second option is to click the ‘search for videos’ button.  (more on that below)

Add video (editor)

Note that below the box where you can enter your link, you can choose to use the video thumbnail as a background image for your slide. If you wish to use another image for the background of this slide, you can do so by clicking the blue image button in the left-side navigation of the editor (above the purple video button).

If you wish to use our video search, click the ‘search for videos’ button.

search for YouTube videos

And then enter your video search term to find the perfect video right from within the app!

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When you share your deck, slides that have videos will now feature a small triangular ‘play’ button in the lower right corner. Click there to play your video.

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Video FAQ:

What formats does this support?

At the moment, Haiku Deck supports YouTube only. We plan to add other services in the future. Email support@haikudeck.com to tell us what you’d like to see!

What happens to my video when I view the presentation on the iPad or iPhone apps?

For now, a link to your video will be placed in the notes field. We plan to add support of this feature to a future release of the iPad and iPhone apps.

When will I be able to add video via the iPad app?

Just as soon as you update to Haiku Deck 4.1 or later! This feature is now live for iPad and iPhone. 

What if I want to upload my own video directly?

For now, you have to first upload to YouTube before including in your Haiku Deck.

What happens if my YouTube video is private?

As long as the YouTube link is valid it will appear when clicked.

Will videos show up when I view the presentation on a mobile browser?

Yes!

We’d love to hear your feedback on this new feature. Please email us your thoughts!

Fastest iPad and Web Presentations Ever: Haiku Deck v3.9

As the season of giving reaches full swing, we couldn’t be happier to announce Haiku Deck v3.9 for iPad today. As part of this release, we’ve also made significant improvements in the speed and performance of Haiku Deck for web, so no matter which how you use Haiku Deck, we’ve got great news today! 

We made Haiku Deck 3.9 in direct response to customer feedback on a few very important things. Here’s what’s new:

 

  • New Faster Sync and Save: One of our top customer requests has been to improve the speed of saving and synchronizing decks with the cloud. Version 3.9 for iPad and our latest version of the web app are way faster than before. You’re going to like what you see!
  • New Support for iPad Pro’s larger screen size: You paid extra for all of those pixels, now Haiku Deck 3.9 works great no matter which size iPad you use.
  • New Support for iOS9 multi-tasking: New on iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 4, Haiku Deck supports iOS9 multi-tasking. This is a great new feature that will help you get your job done faster than ever. Want to work on your Haiku Deck while researching something in Safari or reviewing notes made in another app? Want to copy/paste notes from a blog post or other document? Swipe from the right to get started with either Slide Over or Split View. More from Apple on how to use multi-tasking or watch this video.

 

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Haiku Deck 3.9 supports multitasking on iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 4

 

 

Using Haiku Deck to Make Your PowerPoint Amazing

When we first introduced Haiku Deck, our little app was hailed by some as a PowerPoint “killer,” but those who know us well know that we here at Haiku Deck are lovers, not a fighters. That’s why we’ve been working hard to make Haiku Deck export even better for users who still rely on PowerPoint. Pro subscribers have found all kinds of great ways to use Haiku Deck and PowerPoint together to address the age-old question, “How can I make my PowerPoint presentations amazing?”

Here are 8 ways to use Haiku Deck to make your PowerPoint presentations way better and to get even more from Haiku Deck. 


8 Ways To Make Your PowerPoint Amazing with Haiku Deck – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

  1. Using editable export, you can now replace Haiku Deck fonts with your company font when you edit in PowerPoint or some other .pptx-loving app.
  2. Using Haiku Deck export you can merge your Haiku Deck slides with slides in a pre-existing PowerPoint. This is great if you want more visual “header” slides or section breaks to break up the monotony of a traditional boring corporate template.
  3. Using editable export, you can tap into advanced PowerPoint features like slide builds so that one bullet shows up at a time as you’re delivering your presentation
  4. Using uneditable Haiku Deck export, you can share your deck with anyone, knowing that even if they don’t have the same font installed, your presentation will still look the way you want.
  5. Using export you can create a quick bar, pie, or stat chart 10x faster using Haiku Deck’s point and click charts and then easily merge them to make your dusty old presentation look better.
  6. Use an exported .pptx to run your Haiku Deck as a looping presentation for your lobby, event, or trade show booth.
  7. Add audio, video, timing or narration to your Haiku Deck
  8. Use Haiku Deck Zuru’s artificial intelligence to automatically transform your PowerPoint into a more beautiful editable .pptx presentation.

Got additional ideas for making PowerPoint presentations amazing with Haiku Deck? We’d love to hear from you!

 

Add Custom Branding to Your Haiku Deck

We’re happy to announce that Haiku Deck Pro users can now add a custom branding to appear on their decks in place of the Haiku Deck logo.

When added to your Haiku Deck, custom logos appear in 3 places:

  1. At the top of the Haiku Deck Player on the Web
  2. On the final slide during iPad app playback.
  3. On .pdf print-outs created during Haiku Deck .pdf export

Users may also set a web address to make their logo a clickable link to their web site when viewed on the web.

To add your custom logo, start by clicking on the shield icon in the top of the Haiku Deck editor.

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add custom branding by clicking the shield icon

Next click PICK LOGO button to upload the logo file. If you see the GET PRO button, you’ll need to upgrade your account to Haiku Deck Pro in order to move ahead.

You can upload your logo from your local machine or a variety of sources on the web, like Dropbox or Google Drive.

After you’re done uploading, the logo will appear at the top of the slides upon web playback. Here’s what it looks like when you’re showing a deck with custom branding in full screen mode on the web:

add custom branding in web playback

Here’s what custom branding looks like in standard web playback mode:

custom branding in standard web playback view

When viewing your deck on iPad, your logo appears on the final slide, as shown below.

custom branding in iPad playback

Here’s a view of the logo on a .pdf export:

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custom branding in Haiku Deck .pdf export

Custom branding is just one feature available to our Pro subscribers. Other features include:

  • Privacy controls
  • Editable .pptx export for offline viewing and deep customization of decks
  • .pdf Export for printing beautiful handouts
  • Unlimited cloud storage
  • Access to Haiku Deck Zuru beta, our artificial intelligence engine that converts traditional PowerPoint decks into beautiful presentations.

To upgrade to Haiku Deck Pro, click GET PRO in the app or click here.

Haiku Deck and Google Classroom

We’re pleased to announce that Haiku Deck on the web, iPad, and iPhone now supports share to Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. To access this functionality, tap the share button in the Haiku Deck Editor. Then look for the Google Classroom button shown in the illustration below:

Share to Google Classroom is also available on the web playback page shown below. This allows you to share decks directly to Google Classroom. This new option and all standard sharing features remain part of Haiku Deck Public, our free offering. Find it when you share a deck from the Haiku Deck editor and on the Haiku Deck playback page. Make sure you click the share button to expand the sharing options on the playback page, shown in the illustration below. Then find the Google Classroom icon along with other share options that are revealed.

share to google classroom

One of our users made a great how to video that you can watch below if you want to see it in action.

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