MonthMarch 2013

Presentation Inspiration: Haiku Deck 2.0 in Action

We hope you’ve had a chance to download the latest version of Haiku Deck, try out all the cool new features, and set some new kinds of stories free! Our Gallery is bursting with beautiful decks, and for your own presentation inspiration, here are a few of our favorites. (Hot tip: you can now browse the Gallery right from the app! Learn more here.)


In “Through the Noise,” Fenella Olynick uses short lists (and the striking Picaresque theme) effectively to deliver her “students matter, teachers care” message. (Learn more about creating lists here.)

Through The Noise – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Colorful Backgrounds

If you’ve experimented with solid-color slide backgrounds, you might have noticed that the palette of color choices has been expanded. We love mixing in solid-color slides to punctuate the flow of a presentation. Check out how Therese Beale uses them to make her message pop in “Message Gap: Three Clues You Have One.” (Learn how to select a solid-color background here.)

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Presentation Boot Camp Recap

I just wrapped up a series of three webinars, Presentation Boot Camp for Power Agents, with our friends at TruliaPro. I have attended plenty of webinars and given many talks to audiences of all sizes, but presenting a webinar was an entirely new experience.

What was hardest to get used to was…the silence! I wasn’t nervous about talking to 1,000+ people, but I realized how much I depend on visual and audio cues to develop a connection with my audience, to read how things are going, and adjust. It was as disconcerting as the first time I rehearsed my Ignite talk with the slides timed to auto-advance every 15 seconds. But, just like the Ignite talk or any new presentation experience, practicing was the key. By the third session, the host and I had developed a comfortable back-and-forth dialogue to keep things moving, even though we’ve never actually met in person! (Hai-5, Jovan!)

Session 1: Three Keys to Presentations that Wow

Presentation Rehab & Workshop – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

In the first session, Three Keys to Presentations that Wow, we covered some presentation best practices that are central to Haiku Deck, but that can be applied no matter what presentation tool you’re using: in a nutshell, keep things simple, beautiful, and fun. We also touched on the #1 mistake that most presenters make (and which I’ve certainly made myself in the past), which is treating your slides like content-rich documents instead of visual aids to illustrate and enrich your message. Using the Haiku Deck Notes feature is a great way to avoid this pitfall.

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Announcing Haiku Deck 2.0!

After many weeks of hard work and at least 8 times that many afternoon trips to the neighborhood coffee shop, Haiku Deck 2.0 is now available in iTunes!

Yes, we’ve released updates in the past, but this is a big one, and it’s packed with all kinds of awesome new stuff! It’s like Christmas, New Year’s, and a disco-ball dance party all in one.

What’s New In Haiku Deck 2.0

What’s New in Haiku Deck 2.0 – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

For all the details, read more about:

But really, what we MOST want you to do is download or update Haiku Deck 2.0 TODAY, try it out, send us your feedback, rate and review it, tell your friends about it, and set your story free!


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Charts and Graphs Made Easy with Haiku Deck

Custom Charts and Graphs

One of the most exciting features in Haiku Deck is the ability to create your own charts and graphs, right in the app. Like everything we do, we worked hard to make it simple, beautiful, and fun. That’s right…fun! No linked spreadsheets, no fussy formatting, no complicated formulas–just magical drag-to-edit and tap controls. Seriously, it’s actually fun.

Here’s a Haiku Deck that includes all three kinds of charts you can create in the app: bar charts, pie charts, and stat charts. Below this example, details on how to use our awesome charts and graphs.

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Presentation Images to Order: In-App Resizing

Resizing Images

One of the most magical features of Haiku Deck is the built-in image search, which puts millions of beautiful, free (yes, free!), high-quality presentation images at your fingertips. And of course, you can also snap or import your own photos for a personal touch. Our selection of professionally designed text layouts make it easy to position your header and subheader lines so that your text doesn’t cover up the graffiti tag or vintage Phillies ball cap that perfectly illustrates your point, but when you just need more control, in Haiku Deck for iPhone and iPad you can crop and reposition your images, right from the app.

How to Crop and Resize Images

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Presentation Ideas: Lists the Haiku Deck Way

Haiku Deck Lists

We remain big believers in limiting the amount of text in your presentations and focusing on one idea per slide, but we’ve heard from many of you that sometimes you need just a bit more to work with. And so….to expand the possibilities for presentation ideas and inspiration, Haiku Deck for iPad and our Web App includes the ability to add simple, beautiful bulleted or numbered lists, like this one.

Presentation Ideas: Short, simple lists using Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck for iPad: Sample Bulleted List

True to form, we’ve designed these new layouts to help you keep your message focused and bring your ideas to life with beautiful imagery, if you choose.

Click “more” for a step-by-step how-to.

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Power Tips for Haiku Deck Lists

Advanced Lists

If you’ve already mastered the basics of creating lists in Haiku Deck, it’s time to level up with some power tips!

1. Haiku Deck automatically adjusts the spacing for your list, based on the longest item. The less text you have, and the more uniform your items are in length, the better your lists will look.

2. If you need to reorder your list items, the built-in iPad cut and paste feature will save time. Hold your finger on your text, then choose Select or Select All, then CutCopy, or Paste.

3. Your list title will be centered by default. To choose left alignment, tap the green Layout icon, select your preferred layout, and tap the green DONE button.

Haiku Deck Lists: Adjusting list layout

Haiku Deck for iPad: Choose left alignment or centered

4. If you’re using a solid color background, choose one that coordinates with your theme. In the example below, the dark blue color looks great with the Zissou palette for charts and graphs.

Haiku Deck Lists: Using a solid color background

Haiku Deck for iPad: Match the background to your theme

We’d love to see your Haiku Deck lists! Send your links to

Haiku Deck Help: Sharing your Haiku Deck

Note: For getting-started Haiku Deck help, be sure to check out the Haiku Deck Tutorial and How the App and Website Work Together.

There are a lot of great reasons to share your decks online and lots of different ways to do it, but sometimes there’s a little confusion surrounding this topic. Note that sharing your Haiku Deck is part of our free offering, Haiku Deck Basic.

We thought we’d put a little resource together to help shed some light on this topic so you can easily set your story free!

3 Ways to Get Started Sharing:

  1. From within the Haiku Deck Editor
  2. From your User Profile Page (web) or Main Screen (iPad app)
  3. From the Deck Playback Page

Sharing from within Haiku Deck Editor:

To share your Haiku Deck from within the editor, open your deck and look in the top right corner for the share icon.

Haiku Deck Share Button

Share from main screen

After you tap this button, you’ll be presented with a range of options for sharing via various social networks. If you want to embed your deck in a blog, use the HTML option. Also note, we now support adding to Google Classroom along with other common social networks. COPY LINK option puts a link to your deck on the clipboard so you can easily paste it directly into an email or into a social post elsewhere.  Note that the “allow reuse…” checkbox allows others to copy your deck into their own gallery for editing. This is a great way to collaborate with colleagues, classmates, or others who might want to work with or remix your presentation content.

Haiku Deck Share Options


Sharing from your Profile Page and the iPad App Main Screen:

To share from your profile page on the web, sign in at and look for the options below your deck.

share from profile page

To share from your iPad Main screen, look for the share button here shown on each deck:

ipad share button


Share from Deck Playback Page:

The share controls on the deck playback page are found to the left of the slides as shown below. Note that hovering over the “+” sign reveals more choices for sharing to LinkedIn, Google Plus, Google Classroom, and for embedding your Haiku Deck in a blog.

playback share

Here are some great ideas for using Haiku Deck with various social networks:

Facebook: Post memorable birthday messages, one-of-a-kind photo albums, or other creations you’re proud of directly to Facebook. If you haven’t yet configured a Facebook account in your iPad Settings, you’ll be prompted to do so.

Twitter: Don’t forget to share your amazing stories and ideas to Twitter! Again, you’ll be prompted to configure your Twitter account in iPad Settings if you haven’t already.

Email: If you’d like to delight a small group or your 15,000-member email list with a beautiful Haiku Deck, by all means, do so.

Post to Blog: Tap here to grab an HTML or WordPress embed code, right from the app. You can still get one from the Haiku Deck website, of course.

PPT/Keynote: Tap here to generate an email with an attachment that you can open with recent versions of Powerpoint or Keynote. Tip: If your deck has a lot of slides and you don’t receive the email, try this.

Copy URL: New! Tap here to paste a link to your Haiku Deck right to your clipboard.

Google Classroom: New! Submit Haiku Deck assignments directly to your Google Classroom with this button.

Of course there are many more ways to share from the Haiku Deck website. You can read about them all here.

Publishing updates to your deck, or changing privacy, etc.

If you’ve published a Haiku Deck and later want to make a change, no problem! You can make any changes you like easily update your deck. The best part is that any links you’ve sent out already (including blog embeds) will automatically point to the updated version.

Simply click the SHARE button in the top right, and then click DETAILS at the top and click CONTINUE until you see the green DONE button.

You can also click SHARE in the top right and then click DETAILS or PRIVACY at the top to make changes to the deck description, category, or privacy.

More resources:

Check out our Haiku Deck Web App User Guide, Part 7: Saving, Sharing, & Publishing Your Deck here.

More Haiku Deck Help

If you have a question or need more help, we’re here for you! Drop us a line any time here.

More Fun Stuff in Haiku Deck 2.0

If you’ve already mastered charts and graphs, resized your images, learned how make lists, and tried out the new, streamlined publishing flow, here are a few cool new features of Haiku Deck 2.0 that you can access from the Main screen.

Copy Decks

Haiku Deck already saves business users so much time that Walt Mossberg once commented the app would raise the national GDP, but pitches and presentations can now be easily modified for a new client, event, or meeting. Just tap and hold to copy a whole deck. (John James and Greg Bamford: This one’s for you!)

Copy a Haiku Deck with a long press

Copy a deck with a long press

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Haiku Deck Help: Adjust Your Deck’s Privacy Settings

Looking for info on how to update and understand your decks’ privacy settings? Check out our support article here.

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