Using Haiku Deck to Make Your PowerPoint Amazing

October 22nd, 2015 by

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

October 6th, 2015 by

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.

custom branding

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:

custom branding in pdf print-out

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 for Web and Google Classroom

September 10th, 2015 by

We’re pleased to announce that Haiku Deck on the web 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.

Users of our web app will notice a new Google share button in all of the web share locations as well as on the deck playback pages.  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 + symbol to expand the sharing options on the playback page.



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

Easiest PowerPoint Ever! New Editable Export in Haiku Deck Pro

September 9th, 2015 by

New and old Haiku Deck users rejoice! We’ve added an much-requested new feature that lets Haiku Deck Pro subscribers download editable .pptx files! This means you can create your Haiku Deck, download it, open it in Microsoft PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, or Google Slides and edit the words on the slide. If you like to add slides in one of these other apps, this is a huge new convenience that is sure to help users who go back and forth between our app and others. To access this feature, click the export icon in the app (highlighted in pink below).


Why might you want to export to PowerPoint? Lets say you have some slides that you want to incorporate into your existing presentation and you want to add beautiful visual slides to go with them. Now when you export Haiku Deck slides to merge with your other presentation, you can easily make changes without having to return to Haiku Deck.

What if you love our Haiku Deck presentation, but you want to swap out one of the Haiku Deck fonts with your own custom font? Editable export enables this too.

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To make this work, we’re using open-source fonts that may require installation on your machine. When you download, you’ll notice the instructions and links to install the fonts relevant to your deck. If you want to get a jump on this, here they are all in one place:

Please follow the instructions below to ensure the best results:

  1. Download the font zip file by clicking this link
    Double-click on the zip file to unzip
  2. Find the uncompressed zip file in your download folder and double-click each of the 27 fonts. Follow the prompts to install each font.
  3. If you have PowerPoint open already, completely quit out of PowerPoint by choosing File/Quit
  4. Reopen PowerPoint to revel in the beauty of your downloaded Haiku Deck

An additional word about fonts…​In order for the deck to look right when you open it, ​the fonts​ need to be​ installed on the ​local ​machine where ​the deck is opened. If the fonts aren’t installed​ on the local machine where the deck is opened, then PowerPoint or Keynote will guess which fonts to use instead of the intended fonts.

Once these fonts are installed, you don’t have to do it again for that machine. If you share the deck with a colleague or friend using a different machine, they *will* have to install the fonts on their machine. One alternative is to share a .pdf which will not be editable, but *will* maintain the look and feel of the deck without additional font installing.

Grow Your Presentation Audience with User Profiles

September 9th, 2015 by

Today we’re announcing new user profile pages to help you build awareness for your presentations and grow your presentation audience. Public profile pages show all of your publicly shared decks in one place so that it’s easier to share with your audience and also easier to be discovered when viewers search for your presentations. You can even customize the Haiku Deck URL that points to your user page to drive awareness for you, your company, your organization, class or brand.

Profile pages also help Haiku Deck viewers discover new presentations and learn more about authors. Now on the presentation page, viewers can click on the author’s name to see all of their publicly shared Haiku Decks!

Features of profile pages include customizable:

  • Profile and background images
  • Link to your website
  • Short Biography
  • Links to social channels like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook


When signed in, users can access the profile editing tools under the blue “edit profile” button on the new MY DECKS page. Your audience will see a slightly different view of this page- one that hides private decks from view.

You can now access these public profile pages by clicking the names of authors below their decks on the playback page. See highlighted area in the screen grab below.


Announcing Haiku Deck Pro

July 22nd, 2015 by

We are excited to share the news that Haiku Deck Pro, our long-awaited upgrade to Haiku Deck, is here!

We’ve been so grateful for your support over the past 3 years since we launched, and it has been incredibly gratifying to see millions of stories set free around the world. Though our core product, now known as Haiku Deck Public, will remain free, we are at long last introducing a subscription model to make our business sustainable for the long term, and to offer the best new features and functionality to our amazing community of users.

More to Love with Haiku Deck Pro

Here’s what you can do with a Haiku Deck Pro membership:

No need to hire a design pro for your presentations — Haiku Deck Pro is all you need! Haiku Deck Pro may be used across devices (Web app and iOS). As noted above, Haiku Deck Public will remain free.

We’ve addressed some common questions in our Haiku Deck Pro FAQ, and of course we invite you to get in touch with additional questions or feedback. As always, we thank you for your support through each new chapter of our own unfolding story.

Zuru Charter Members, Activate!

July 22nd, 2015 by

Haiku Deck Zuru Charter Members, Activate!

Instructions for Activation:

  1. Visit and sign in with the account you wish to use. Remember, you can only apply your code to one account. If you share your computer, make sure you’re not signed into a different account!
  2. Click the big GET PRO button that’s visible in the top right corner of the MY GALLERY page.
  3. Choose an annual plan. Important: Even though you’ve already paid, you will need to complete the payment information. When you see Payment Info, find the box that says “Enter your ZURU presale code or promo code here” highlighted in the image below with a pink box around it.



After you enter your unique single-use membership code (which has been emailed to you), you will will see that the price drops to $0. When you complete the upgrade to Haiku Deck Pro, you will see the blue Zuru beta button at the top of the page when you are logged in to

Tips and Tricks for Using the Zuru Beta:

  1. Zuru only works with .pptx files. If you try to upload an old .ppt or other kind of file, the system will reject the file.
  2. If your file size is large, consider breaking up your upload into pieces and uploading one part at a time to Zuru.
  3. Zuru is web-only. It is not available via our iPad or iPhone apps.
  4. As with any beta product, Zuru is a work in progress. Please let us know how we’re doing by completing the feedback survey after you see the results. With your help, we’ll continue to make Haiku Deck Zuru better and better!

We couldn’t have made it this far with the support of our thousands of charter members. Thank you so much for helping us to reach this milestone!

Achievement Unlocked! Using Haiku Deck to Help Land Your Next Job

June 24th, 2015 by

We love hearing about all the different ways members of our community use Haiku Deck each day. Aside from the great feeling we get from happy users, we get invaluable feedback about ways we can improve the experience. Last week, we received this message from a new user, “I was able to create 2 fab last minute presentations and secured a new job… You are amazing!”

Our collective day being made, we had to learn more, which led to this interview with Tammy Leipacher, of Birmingham, England. Tammy works in training and education after a stint working for an organization that helped people start and grow their own businesses.

Here’s more about the story of how Tammy used Haiku Deck to land her new job.

Tammy Leipacher, Haiku Deck user

Tammy Leipacher, Haiku Deck user

Congrats on your new job! What is it that you do?

I work for a technical training academy, my work is focussed on engaging with employers and helping young people gain apprenticeships.

How did you use Haiku Deck when applying for your job?

I used it to create two presentations, I don’t believe in death by slides and wanted something to complement what I had to say and not be the focus. I used it to search for images that had a relevance and tied in with the message I wanted to get across. They added interest and colour to my presentation in a way that standard slides don’t. I used your templates (which are so easy to use) to highlight the key points that I wanted to make.

In what ways did Haiku Deck make a difference for you?

It was the simplicity of putting the slides together and being able to find relevant but fun and quirky images to get my message across.   I was also able to take a photo of some of my own artwork, admittedly a stick drawing of myself and use that. I have used other presentation software before and there is always a worry that something will go wrong and that was the last thing I wanted in an interview. With Haiku Deck I simply produced it on my ipad and it was there ready. I had really good feedback about both presentations and I know that my confidence in my presentation made a huge difference


How do you use presentations in your new role?

I have to present to senior teams and at events throughout the region. Haiku Deck will certainly be a part of future presentations

What do you do to keep your presentations engaging/interesting/memorable?

For me it’s about putting your own personality into your presentations and making sure what you have to say is relevant. If appropriate, a little humour can also go a long way. If they can remember you, chances are they will remember what you had to say.

What advice do you have for people for who are starting to hunt for jobs of their own?

Be confident in your abilities and know what your skills are. My biggest piece of advice though is to look for something you’re going to enjoy doing. It’s so much easier to sell yourself at interview if it’s something you are passionate about. Oh and for presentations use Haiku Deck.

Good or bad, we always appreciate the opportunity to meet our users and find out about their lives. Drop us an email and tell us your story!

Presentation Templates are here with Haiku Deck v. 3.5!

May 21st, 2015 by

We’re so proud of the team here at Haiku Deck today, as we push the button on Haiku Deck 3.5 for iPad. Here’s what’s new and awesome:

  1. Vastly improved image search: With this latest release, we’ve got our best and brightest image matching technology ever. Over the past few years, Haiku Deck users have matched tens of millions of images with their ideas. We’ve always used the choices of users to inform the results for future users, but this new release is faster, more accurate, and more intelligent than ever before. You should notice the difference right away.
  2. Template Gallery and Copy Templates comes to iPad: It’s always been our vision to make it 10 times faster and easier to create decks that are 10 times more compelling. One way we’re delivering on this is by making public and reusable content from our community available to everyone. After seeing the tremendous popularity of the copy decks feature and template gallery on Haiku Deck for Web, we’re finally bringing similar functionality to iPad. This lets users find templates that suit their needs. In iPad, just click the GALLERY button and then look for Template Gallery along the top. Once you find a template that suits you, just click Copy and you’re already half way home! Some examples of what you’ll find there include:
    • Idea Sharing
    • Professional Profile
    • How-To
    • Press Release
    • Social Media Report
    • Webinar
    • Status Update
    • Event Recap

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  1. Drag and Drop List Items: One of our most requested features is now available on iPad. To reorder your list items just tap on the number or bullet and drag it up or down in the list. You’re going to love it!

As always, we love to hear your feedback! Drop us a line, send us a tweet, or better yet, tweet us a Haiku Deck to tell us what you think! If you love the latest version of Haiku Deck, we’d appreciate a quick review on iTunes!

Artificial Intelligence, Presentation Brilliance

April 3rd, 2015 by

A Closer Look at the Artificial Intelligence Behind Haiku Deck Zuru

You may have heard that Haiku Deck Zuru is the world’s first presentation creation tool powered by artificial intelligence. It is so unique and powerful that we have submitted a patent for the transformation of structured content into a presentation.

Haiku Deck Zuru from Haiku Deck on Vimeo.

So…what exactly does that mean?

Here’s a step-by-step walk-through of Zuru with our co-founder and CTO Kevin, who shows that artificial intelligence isn’t just a buzzword. In fact, Haiku Deck Zuru uses a number of different kinds of artificial intelligence (as well as massive amounts of proprietary data) in thoughtful ways to transform presentations from boring to brilliant.

Step 1: Parsing and Data Structuring

Types of artificial intelligence used: natural language processing

The presentation transformation process begins with an uploaded PowerPoint or Keynote file, or with an outline created in Evernote. (Our goal is to be able to input more file types soon.)

First, Haiku Deck Zuru’s parsing engine extracts the text, converting it from a binary file into structured data that can be analyzed (and, ultimately, transformed).

Zuru looks for and extracts any custom images, analyzing where the images are placed on each slide and assessing importance by calculating how much of the slide area each image takes up. If an important custom image is identified, Zuru centers and aligns it to make it fit well with the visual style of Haiku Deck.

At this stage, Zuru also uses natural language processing to strip words down to their most meaningful roots, remove duplicates, standardize text, and identify meaningful compound words (for example, “Space Needle” instead of “space” and “needle”). This processing stage is critical for identifying appropriate images later on.

Artificial intelligence for presentations: Haiku Deck Zuru

Next, Zuru looks at how the text is laid out, noting patterns such as list items, titles and subtitles, headers and sub headers, and so on. It analyzes the size and placement of text to intelligently identify footer text, and to zero in on which text is important and which is not.

Zuru also analyzes the text to evaluate at a high level how well it follows presentation best practices, and to identify presentations that will require more manual intervention. For example, are there too many bullets, or too many words in general?

Step 2: Keyword Analysis

Types of artificial intelligence used: machine learning

This is where the artificial intelligence behind Zuru gets really interesting, as Zuru uses the (anonymous) data it has gathered from the millions of presentations created by Haiku Deck users to suggest a beautiful, relevant image for each slide.

Using this giant data set (which had to be crunched for 36 hours using a linear regression model), Zuru looks at how frequently each possible keyword on a slide appears in presentations, vs. how frequently it has been used as an image search term and actually selected as an image result.

For example:

  • “Love” appears very frequently in presentations, but it’s not frequently used as the image search term. So when Zuru sees “love” on a slide, it is less likely to select that word for the image search.
  • “Dog” appears frequently, and is frequently chosen. So when Zuru sees “dog” on a slide, it is more likely to select that word for the image search.
  • “Space Needle” does not appear frequently, but is frequently chosen. So when Zuru sees “Space Needle” on a slide, it is very likely to select that phrase for the image search (and, if you remember from step 1, it’s smart enough to look for the iconic structure instead of pictures of stars or sewing).

Zuru also takes into consideration where a given keyword appears in the slide (for example, a word appearing in the header is likely more important than a word appearing in the 5th bullet), how frequently it appears on the slide, and how frequently a given word has appeared in other slides. All these calculations help determine the best term or terms to use for an image search.

Step 3: Image Selection

Next, Zuru does an image search for the most highly ranked keywords, returning hundreds of extremely high-quality, Creative Commons licensed images in a matter of milliseconds. Kevin has carefully designed this step to be able to handle massive amounts of image searches very quickly, in parallel, so that it feels instantaneous to the user.

Because of all the natural language process and normalization we’ve done already (see step 1), as well as our robust proprietary data set (see step 2), more than 90% of image search terms appear in our list of the 70,000 most popular image search terms, which allows Zuru to suggest standout images incredibly quickly and accurately.

The Data Behind Haiku Deck Zuru – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Images that have been hand-curated by our team, or that have been selected frequently by Haiku Deck users, rise to the top — and, of course, Zuru will continue to get smarter with every new presentation created.

Step 4: Image Optimization

Types of artificial intelligence used: computer vision, K-means clustering

Once Zuru has identified the perfect image for a slide background, it converts the image into a Lab color space, a format closely mapped to the way that humans perceive light. Zuru uses a process called K-means clustering to analyze the color palette, removing the grayscales and zeroing in on the colors that appear most frequently in the image. Zuru pulls out the most prominent colors in the image and performs brightness analysis on them, comparing them against hundreds of professionally designed color palettes to select the ideal colors for the slide foreground and background.

Next, Zuru performs brightness analysis to determine the best placement of the text (top, middle, or bottom), and whether a text screen is needed for optimal readability and contrast.

Artificial intelligence for presentations: Haiku Deck Zuru

Finally, Zuru adjusts the zoom and placement of the image so that the slide background is perfectly centered.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

At this stage, Zuru analyzes the presentation content to determine the high-level category (for example, real estate, marketing, education) and select an appropriate font from our full library of themes.

Kevin’s goal with Zuru is to use data and artificial intelligence to get presentations 90% of the way there in a matter of minutes, and to make it very easy for the presentation creator to review and fine-tune the results.

In this final stage, Zuru will point out areas where trimming down text could improve the presentation, and also identify slides where it needs more input to select the correct keyword or image. The user can either make edits right in Zuru, or export back to .pptx format to edit directly in PowerPoint (which we didn’t even think was possible until very recently).

Sound complicated? Well, it is — which is one of the many reasons we love Kevin and his team. The good news is that although Zuru is complex behind the scenes, it’s incredibly important to all of us that the user experience is simple.

Want to give Zuru a try? Send us a PowerPoint or an outline at We’ll run it through Zuru and send it back to you to see what you think.

And if you’re already convinced (as I am), you can become a charter member and be one of the very first to try it.