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Introducing Haiku Deck 4.0 – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

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

click to play video

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).

new grid viewNew Grid view

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

notes on mobile

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!

search results

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.

video playback button

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?

We plan to offer this in the future, but we aren’t ready to provide a date just yet.

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!

Will videos show up when I embed the presentation in a blog post or web site?

Not yet. This feature is coming in the future.

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.

 

Haiku Deck multitasking

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.

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

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

Easiest PowerPoint Ever! New Editable Export in Haiku Deck Pro

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).

export

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

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

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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.

Profile_Pages

Announcing Haiku Deck Pro

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.

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