MonthAugust 2012

How To Use Haiku Deck with Apple TV via Airplay

Using AppleTV

Using AppleTV for easy, wireless presentations to a TV is a snap.  When your iPad and AppleTV, or computer and TV, are on the same wifi network, you can wirelessly stream your deck to the TV, controlling it from the iPad and having access to your private notes for added presenter support.

From an iPad or iPhone:

1.  Make sure your device is connected to the same wifi network the AppleTV is.  (The AppleTV’s network settings can be found in the Apple TV’s main menu, in the Settings icon, under General – Network.  Your iPad’s wifi settings can be found from your home screen under the Settings app.)

2.  Swipe upward from the bottom of your screen to access control center, then tap the AirPlay button near the bottom right.


3.  Choose AppleTV in the menu that pops up.

4.  Go back to Haiku Deck and tap the play button for your deck (from the center of the deck in the main menu, or the top right corner in edit mode; it’s a square with a right-pointing triangle)

5.  To use your private notes as a presenter, rotate your device vertically.  For more info about private notes, check out our article about notes here.

From a Mac:

1. Publish your deck.

2. Make sure your Apple TV and Mac are connected to the same network. (The AppleTV’s network settings can be found in the Apple TV’s main menu, in the Settings icon, under General – Network.)

3. Click the AppleTV icon in the menu bar at the top of the screen. It looks like the symbol on the AirPlay button shown above in the iPad steps.

4. Choose Apple TV. This will stream all of the contents on your screen to the AppleTV (so make sure nothing private is visible!).

5. Pull up your deck from its URL or by signing into your Gallery on

6. Play the deck in full screen with the steps here. Everything on your screen will be shared to the Apple TV.

7. Whenever you’re done, return to the Apple TV icon in the top right corner of your screen to turn off airplay mirroring.


In both cases, please note that this presentation method will require an internet connection during the presentation, so it’s always good to make sure you’ll have internet connectivity wherever you’re presenting.  One way to play it safe if you created your deck on the iPad is to save a PowerPoint or Keynote version of your deck that you can pull up regardless of your wifi access, just in case.


For more about AirPlay, the technology used to stream to an AppleTV, check out this article on

Ignite Seattle 17

We’re proud to showcase Haiku Deck tonight at Ignite Seattle 17. Ignite was started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest of O’Reilly Radar and Bre Pettis of Make. Since then Ignite events have sprung up the world-over. Each Ignite speaker gets 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide. Yikes! Our talk is entitled “Bullet Control Now,” a homage to Chris Rock’s argument that if bullets cost $5000 each, people would think twice about killing one another. We couldn’t agree more and we think the idea ought to be extended to bullet points too. We hope you enjoy the deck and we’ll post a link to the video as soon as it’s available. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


Haiku Deck is Live in iTunes, Worldwide!

After tons of hard work and more than a little hand wringing, we finally submitted our release build of Haiku Deck to Apple for approval. Apple has a relatively stringent quality control process, so we were more than thrilled to receive notice that our app has been approved for worldwide distribution via iTunes. Here’s the Haiku Deck that Kevin wrote to show our appreciation for Apple’s app approval team.

What’s Your Favorite Blog Post Of All Time?

One of our favorite ways to use Haiku Deck is to take great blog posts and bring them to life by matching key points with awesome images. Recently we were honored by Brad Feld (investor, entrepreneur, and mentor extraordinaire) who reposted our summary of his thoughts on Marketing.  This got us to wondering… What’s your favorite blog post of all time? Is there one that makes you laugh? Cry? Taught you something new? Send us a link at and we’ll consider making a Haiku Deck homage to the post here.


Why Haiku Deck?

We believe everyone has great ideas and fascinating stories itching to get out. We also believe that crafting ideas and releasing them into the wild should be a joyful exercise of creativity. In the age of smartphones, tablets, and web connectivity, sharing thoughts is easier than ever, but getting people to listen? That’s another challenge completely. We also believe that listeners deserve to be captivated and inspired, not filled with despair at the sight of another dull presentation.

This is why we set out to create Haiku Deck, a simple way to instantly unleash your ideas through beautiful decks that are as visually stunning as they are easy to create. Haiku Deck’s image search engine spurs your creativity by providing a beautiful photographic backdrop to accompany your written words. We suggest related terms to help you find the perfect image and we even let you use your own photos if that’s what you want. Haiku Deck also includes easy-to-use design filters, helping you pick the perfect look for your deck, without requiring any design skills. Our goal is to make you look your best, every time you share.

Lastly, we know that inspiration can strike any time. Wherever you feel like crafting a Haiku Deck, just pull out your iPad. And whenever you have an audience–whether it’s on the bus, at a cafe, in a conference room, in an elevator, or on a stage, your Haiku Deck is there for you.

Most presentation tools aim to pack in as many features as possible with complicated menus, toolbars, and a range of capabilities to address every possible use case. Haiku Deck is intentionally simplified. We’ve focused on making it fast and easy to create the kind of decks you share every day. Here are a few ways you can use it to set your story free. We can’t wait for you to try Haiku Deck and send us your feedback at

Create a Visual Resume

Six seconds. That is, on average, how long you need to work on your abs. It is also how long recruiters spend scanning your resume before they decide to keep or toss it. (Read the cold, hard truth here.) It doesn’t seem fair when you’ve probably spent six hours or even six days or weeks crafting your masterpiece, but that’s the reality.

6 *SECOND* ABS Program
photo by seamus_walsh

We’ve spotted some helpful articles explaining how to optimize your resume for speed-of-light scanning, such as 10 Ways to Craft Your Resume for Ultra-Short Attention Spans, from Fast Company, and How to Make Your Resume Last Longer than 6 Seconds, from Time. And while we get the importance of maximizing white space and stripping out distracting details, we also believe there’s a time and a place for personality, creativity, and fun.

Our challenge: Try using Haiku Deck to create a visual resume. Sure, you’ll probably need a “real” one, too, but there might be times when a creative twist will help you stand out from the crowd. Here’s mine. And we’d love to see yours–you can post your links in the comments.

(By the way, we’re hiring! Send us your resume at

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