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MonthSeptember 2015

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.

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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).

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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.

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