AuthorAdam Tratt

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 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.

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).


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


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.


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

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!

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!

Using Sidebar Slides & Wrapping List Items in Haiku Deck

If you’re anything like us, updates to Haiku Deck are like fun new toys: when you find out about them, you want to drop everything immediately and try them out. So I’ll cut to the chase:

Great News: We've added new features to Haiku Deck!

Now, you can divide your slide with a solid colored bar that makes your words stand out.

Different configurations in the layout tool allow you to choose how to split it up.

Bullet text wraps now to make more space for anything you need to type in your lists.

Pretty cool, right?

Wait a second — you’re still here? You’d rather read more of this blog post before you take the new features for a spin? Oooookay…

Details about the New Features

Sidebar Slides:

To use this awesome new slide type, just head to the Tt tool on the left in edit mode, and choose the option highlighted below:


Type your text and add a photo like you normally would, and use the solid colors tab in the background tool (photograph icon on the left) to choose the color in the bar behind your text. Use the layout tool (green grid-like icon on the left, below Tt) to rearrange your text and image, and choose how the two are divided on the slide.

For more info, check out our tutorials and videos about:

Wrapping List Items:

To have your list items wrap, just type them the way you normally would have. This update replaced the list slides of the past, so all you need to do is go to the Tt tool on the left and choose one of the list options (bulleted or numbered). Type away! For more info about choosing a list slide type, check out our support article here.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about the new updates — now give them a try, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Introducing the Haiku Deck Presentation Template Gallery

New Presentation Template Gallery

With its integrated Creative Commons image search, one-touch formatting, and streamlined layout options, Haiku Deck already saves you ridiculous amounts of time. The brand-new presentation template gallery jump-starts your creative process even more — now it’s easy to save a template to your account and edit it, instead of starting from scratch.

Browse the Presentation Template Collection

Hey! There’s something new on the Gallery page.

Click the Presentation Templates tab to view templates

Click the Presentation Templates tab to view templates

It’s a snap to put one of these killer templates to work for you! Simply hover over a deck and click COPY. The deck will be saved to your My Decks page, where you can easily open it for editing to make it your own.

Click COPY to save to your My Decks Gallery

Click COPY to save to your My Decks Gallery

Working With Templates


For each template, we’ve blocked out suggested slides to give your Haiku Deck structure, but we’ve also made it really easy to add, copy, delete, or rearrange your slides. We’ve also made sure that changing the layouts and formatting your slides will remain simple.

And if you’re more of a visual learner, we’ve created a helpful video that teaches you how to arrange your text, change the font and text color, and more, here.

Selecting a Theme

We’ve selected a theme to match the mood of that specific deck, but you can choose any theme you’d like to use. Learn more about selecting themes here.

If you’d like to see a preview, and samples, of all 20 themes, check out A Field Guide to Haiku Deck’s Free Themes.

Using Images

You are free to use the images that we’ve selected, but of course you can also search for other free Creative Commons images or import your own images.

If the deck uses a logo slide, you’ll want to add your own logo to the cover slide, and use your own brand colors. You can learn more about these two features here.

Finishing Touches

Once you’ve finished editing and the deck, you’re probably going to want to share your deck. We recommend doing this straight from Edit Mode so that you can put these finishing touches to your deck:

  • Retitle the deck to reflect your changes.
  • These decks will be PUBLIC by default. If you do not wish for your deck to be public, make sure you update your privacy settings.
  • Update the deck’s description. You can do this by clicking on the Settings gear at the top right corner in the editor (in the web app), or by tapping the Share button (on the iPad app).
  • Select a category for your deck.
  • Choose whether or not you would like others to be able to copy your deck, just like you did with the template. Learn more about that here.

Presentation Template Examples

We’ve created and collected all kinds of useful presentation templates to give you a head start on inspiration and creation. Whether you’re sharing an idea, creating a press release, collecting or adding a visual resume to your LinkedIn profile, we’ve got you covered.

Here are a few of our favorite templates — and, of course, you can browse all of our presentation templates here.

Startup Pitch Template

This simple, elegant template, created by Jeremy Caplan and packed with great advice, has been one of the most enduringly popular Haiku Decks of all time.

Startup Pitch Template

Click to view the full Haiku Deck with notes

To learn how to craft the perfect pitch, check out How To Promote Your Business or Service.

Idea Sharing Template

Use this template as a visual model to share your ideas and stories.

Idea Sharing Presentation Template – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Find more tips on creating and promoting your thought leadership content in, How To Build Thought Leadership.

Twitter Chat Publicity Template

Spread the word about your chat in a visual format that grabs attention. We also have templates to help you promote an event, a webinar, or an EdCamp.

Twitter Chat Publicity Template – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Check out more ways Haiku Deck can make your chats stand out in How To Host a Twitter Chat with Style.

Share Your Story

Did you try out one of these templates? We’d love to see what you create! Share your creations with us by tweeting us at @haikudeck, or by dropping us a line at

Submit Your Templates

Have an awesome template that you’d like to see in our Presentation Templates Gallery, like this Case Study Template by Irene Yam? We’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below, or drop us a line at

More Inspiration – Related Posts

Beyond Presentation Templates – How To Make It Yours

Corporate Templates: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

10 Must-Have Marketing Presentation Templates

First-Rate Presentation Formats

Presentation Inspiration #5: First-Rate Presentation Formats

Using most presentation apps can be like planning a wedding or an international getaway: all the choices can easily become overwhelming and gobble up your time. That’s why we give you just enough options to make your slides look great — effortlessly and quickly.

Here are some quick pointers on presentation formats — and a fun two-minute challenge:

Presentation Inspiration #5 – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Hint: When using Haiku Deck, remember that there are a range of slide types shown under the red Tt button. This lets you switch from header/sub-header, multi-line, split slide, and logo slide types. Using the green Layouts button on the left, try different layouts on for size. You’ll get different options depending on which slide type you choose. All-in-all, there are dozens of options to get exactly what you’re looking for.

Set Your Story Free

We’d love to see what you create! You can share a link in the comments, tweet your deck with the hashtag #hdinspired, or drop us a line at! To see decks inspired by this series, check out our #hdinspired Pinterest board here.

More in the Presentation Inspiration Series

Presentation Inspiration #1: The Power of Visual Communication

Presentation Inspiration #2: Simplifying Communication

Presentation Inspiration #3: Presenting Data

Presentation Inspiration #4: Beyond Presentation Templates – How To Make It Yours


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