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Showcase Your Brand Identity Beautifully with New Logo Slides and Custom Colors

As more and more Haiku Deck users work with the app for selling products or representing their company’s vision, the need for slides to showcase a company’s brand identity with logos and custom background colors has become a top request.

Beginning today, iPad users can update Haiku Deck to version 3.3, and web app users can sign in to haikudeck.com, to give these awesome new features a try. Here’s how they work:

Creating a Logo Slide

Select the orange Text button on the left, then the Logo Slide type that now appears at the bottom of the “SELECT FORMAT” options.

haiku deck logo slide

Once you’ve selected the Logo Slide type, tap on the camera icon in the white circle on the slide to upload your image or logo. After importing your logo, enter your text and tap on the blue Image icon to search for a Creative Commons image, import your own photo, or use a solid color for your slide’s background.

Tip: For the best results, the optimal size for logo images in Haiku Deck is 600 x 600 pixels. If you find that the automatic zoom is cropping your image, we recommend resizing your image with free apps such as Canva to place your logo on a larger canvas, or PicMonkey’s collage feature to increase the amount of white space around your logo.

Selecting Custom Colors and Theme Colors

To select your background color, choose the blue background tab and then the solid color icon as shown below. Toggle “SOLID BACKGROUND” to ON. This gives you the ability to choose a preset background color or create a custom color to fit your brand exactly.

haiku deck solid colors

Custom Colors

When you tap on the eyedropper icon, you can customize the color of your slide background. Simply tap, or press, hold and move the small circle located on the color wheel to select a color. Pressing and holding the circle located on the square within the color wheel will adjust the color’s saturation and hue.

Tip: If you have the hex code for a color you’d like to use on your slide, tap on the hex code above the color wheel and type in the code.

haiku deck custom colors

Theme Colors and Haiku Deck Favorites

You’ll notice a few new options when you turn on solid background colors for a slide. Tapping on the color palette icon will provide you with a pre-selected group of colors specifically tailored to the current theme you have selected, as well as our Haiku Deck Favorites you’re already familiar with. Simply tap to select your desired color.

haiku deck color palette

Share Your Story

What’s the story behind your brand? Share your decks with us by dropping us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com — we’d love to see what you create! And if you ever have any questions, our support team is always here to help!

Power Tips: Optimize Your Haiku Decks for SlideShare

Haiku Deck for SlideShare

Uploading your Haiku Decks to SlideShare is a breeze — and now you can create them right from SlideShare! Here are a few things to keep in mind to make your Haiku Decks look their best for SlideShare’s 70 million monthly visitors (wow!).

5 Power Tips

1. Include an attention-grabbing title slide.

Make your first slide the title slide — think of it like a headline. This is the first thing your audience will see, and you want to grab their attention.

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Click here to view the full deck on SlideShare

2. Sprinkle in keywords.

Haiku Decks on SlideShare can draw some serious traffic! Be sure to include your important keywords in your deck title and throughout your slide content.

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Click here to view the full deck on SlideShare

3. Break out the multiline slides.

SlideShare is a great place to make use of multiline slides, which give you a bit more room to flesh out an idea, showcase an inspiring quote, or capture a mission statement. (Keep in mind that currently Public Notes are not uploaded to SlideShare, so you want to make sure you’re capturing a complete thought on each slide.)

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Click here to view the full deck on SlideShare

4. Optimize your layouts.

Haiku Deck’s different text layouts allow you to customize the placement of your text. For Haiku Decks shared on SlideShare, we favor layouts that place your text toward the middle and top of your slides (this keeps the Creative Commons licensing information from overlapping with your slide text).

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Click to view the full deck on SlideShare

5. Include your contact information on the last slide.

When creating and publishing your Haiku Deck on SlideShare, the normal final slide with your contact information will not be displayed. So be sure to add a wrap-up slide with any contact information you’d like to share with your audience. (We actually like to do this for all of our Haiku Decks!)

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Click to view the full deck on SlideShare

Your Turn!

Now that you can easily create and share Haiku Decks from either site, there’s no reason not to set your story free! If you’ve shared a Haiku Deck on SlideShare, we’d love to see it — just leave us a comment below.

SlideShare and Haiku Deck Team Up for Presentation Creation and Sharing

Millions of Users Can Now Create Beautiful Visual Presentations Directly from SlideShare


Announcing Haiku Deck for SlideShare – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Click to view a version of this announcement created with Haiku Deck for SlideShare

Seattle, WA — November 6, 2014 — Haiku Deck today announced that its popular presentation creation software will be integrated into SlideShare.net, allowing SlideShare users to publish beautiful Haiku Decks quickly and easily to the platform’s 60 million global monthly visitors without leaving the site.

SlideShare, a LinkedIn company, is the world’s largest community for presentation discovery and sharing, and Haiku Deck has won a passionate global following for making it fast and simple to produce stunning slides. This new integration brings together the best of both worlds: Create standout slides quickly with Haiku Deck and publish directly to SlideShare. The streamlined login experience keeps the focus on creating outstanding presentation content.

“Our goal at Haiku Deck is to make it 10 times easier for professionals to create decks that are 10 times more effective, in 1/10th the time,” said Adam Tratt, co-founder and CEO of Haiku Deck. “We’re thrilled to help SlideShare users express their ideas and share their expertise through beautiful presentations.”

Haiku Deck for SlideShare makes powerful digital storytelling available to professionals from all disciplines. Presentations are no longer confined to a particular time and place — increasingly they are vehicles for circulating ideas, showcasing expertise, and building thought leadership. Haiku Deck’s streamlined design templates, high-impact visuals, and vast image library — with more than 40 million free, beautiful Creative Commons images — make it easy to communicate ideas powerfully, without design skills or a big budget. Plus, SlideShare’s avid, rapidly growing community makes presentation content instantly visible to the widest possible audience.

Haiku Deck for SlideShare extends and deepens the partnership announced in December 2012, when Haiku Deck added the ability to upload decks  to SlideShare. Since that time thousands of Haiku Decks have been uploaded to SlideShare, and many have been featured on the SlideShare home page.

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This Haiku Deck by content marketing agency XPLAIN has received more than 275,000 views on SlideShare.

Try Haiku Deck for SlideShare for free at SlideShare.net/create.

About Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck makes it simple and fun to create flawlessly beautiful presentations. Headquartered in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, Haiku Deck is a privately held company with the backing of prominent investors, including Trilogy Partnership, Madrona Venture Group, Founder’s Co-op, and Techstars. The Seattle-based startup was founded by Adam Tratt and Kevin Leneway. Haiku Deck has been embraced by creative communicators from a wide range of disciplines worldwide; for examples of how people are using Haiku Deck to pitch ideas, teach lessons, tell stories, and ignite movements, visit the Haiku Deck Featured and Popular Galleries, Blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Pinterest boards. For additional information and company images, visit www.haikudeck.com/newsroom.

Media Contact

Nicole Brunet

408-770-9380

media@haikudeck.com

Rethinking the Case Study Format

Irene Yam had an “aha” moment recently — case studies are the most important B2B marketing tool, yet in their traditional text-heavy format, it’s challenging to get them approved (let alone read). Why not make them visual?

The Visual Case Study Approach

Irene has been using Haiku Deck to transform the typical case study format, making her project write-ups more visual, more engaging, and ultimately more effective (examples below).

“Haiku Deck has really changed the way I think about engaging customers for case studies. Traditional case studies don’t really get read. Case studies are more like “proof” to show to potential customers.”

She has distilled her best tips into this awesome visual case study template — click to view Irene’s template with her step-by-step suggestions.

Template for a Visual Case Study Format
Irene’s Template for a Visual Case Study Format

Visual Case Study Examples

Why do visual case studies work? In Irene’s words,

“Today, most people lack the time or willingness to read case studies or white papers. Many readers prefer to click and snack on catchy titles, bullet points and summaries — the sticky stuff.”

Another benefit is a streamlined approval process — she has found that with the visual case study format, the turnaround time for getting her case studies approved dropped from two months or more to under a week.

Here are a couple of Irene’s case studies in Haiku Deck format.

Visual Case Study Format Example: Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company

SFBCIC Visual Case Study Example

Visual Case Study Format Example: City of Milpitas, California

City of Milpitas Visual Case Study Example

Irene has gotten positive feedback from her sales team as well because the new format makes the case studies easier to share.

Be sure to read her full write-up on LinkedIn, where she details strategies for structuring case studies and getting them turned around quickly.

The Case for Visual Case Studies

Visual case studies are an all-around win:

  • Faster approval time
  • More likely to be read and understood
  • Easier to share
  • Flexible, valuable brand asset
  • Make your work stand out

Share Your Story

Have a killer Haiku Deck visual case study? You can easily embed it in your LinkedIn profile to demonstrate your work in a standout way — and be sure to share it with us, too, at gallery@haikudeck.com.

 

 

 

Missing Vizify? How To Create an Attention-Grabbing Visual Resume

Our friends at Vizify announced recently that they have been acquired by Yahoo and will be shutting down the site. They were awesome enough to recommend Haiku Deck as an alternate service for creating standout visual resumes. (Hai-5, Team Vizify!)

Like Vizify, we believe there are many compelling reasons to present your story visually.

  • Images engage your audience’s emotions and make your story more memorable.
  • Presenting content visually helps you stand out from the crowd.
  • Visual content is easier to consume on mobile devices.

In an age of information overload, visual content is an increasingly powerful way to communicate, and we’re here to make that part simple and fun. To make your transition from Vizify — or your leap to visual storytelling —  as easy as possible, we’ve created two flexible Haiku Deck presentation templates you can use to whip out a visual resume in no time flat.

Create a Professional Profile

Here’s a template you can use to create a stunning visual resume or professional profile. Continue reading

5 Tips for Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck

Note: We’re delighted to feature this guest post by the awesome Lisa Johnson, also known as TechChef4U, who generously offered to share how she’s been using Haiku Deck to create standout professional development resources. Hai-5 for sharing your ideas and insights, Lisa!

Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck

Professional Development Tips from TechChef4U

How do you serve up your professional development on a delectable platter that leaves a lasting and memorable impression?

As a CEO of a Techucation firm, and an educator that delivers professional development to other educators, this was on my mind as I started gathering materials and preparing to deliver multiple sessions and workshops at an upcoming regional technology conference.

Two of my sessions focused on highlighting a tool, and I wanted to create unique resources that would really help the attendees absorb the information quickly and give them everything they needed to implement the tools right away in their classrooms.

1. Make it Visual

When I’m focusing on a tool or app, I often provide a brief live demo, and then share best practices for using the tool. What better way to provide tips and best practices in a visual manner … than to create a Haiku Deck?!

What better way to provide tips and best practices in a visual manner … than to create a Haiku Deck?!

Here’s the Haiku Deck I created of 14+ Tips for PD that Works, featuring iTunes U:


14 Tips for Creating – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

And here’s one I put together to showcase Nearpod:


Nearpod in the Classroom: An Educator’s Toolkit – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

2. Use Notes to Extend Learning

Many Haiku Decks include beautiful images help the text resonate, but few take advantage of the Notes section to leave learners with additional, more thorough takeaways.

I wanted to really throw Haiku Deck into overdrive, so I used the Public Notes to offer learners additional support resources to expand and extend the initial ideas presented in the slides. (These Notes are not visible in the full-screen or embedded version of your deck, but are visible when you view a deck on the Haiku Deck website.)

Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck: Using notes to add context

Including a list in the Public Notes field

I found that including additional information, lists, and links in the Notes doesn’t take away from the simple and eye-catching design of Haiku Deck…it adds depth.

3. Make it Collaborative

Notes can include collaborative tools and links if you get creative with it. For example, I added a public Google Doc to the Notes of the “Nearpod in the Classroom” deck, so learners can share and expand their own knowledge on a topic and tool.

Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck: Adding a link to a Google Doc

Linking to a Google Doc from Public Notes

4. Model Best Practices

Too many times, I have witnessed students stoically reading a full paragraph of text on their PPT slide, and incorporating images with little or no citation and attribution.

We’ve already seen how Haiku Deck cures you of text-ridden slides — another bonus is that it includes citations for the Creative Commons images available through its image search.

Here’s a sample Haiku Deck PDF handout that shows how you can minimize the text on your slides, use the Notes to include supplemental info, AND include proper image attribution, all in one tidy package.

Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck: Sample PDF Handout

Sample Haiku Deck PDF handout page

5. Ask for Feedback

Haiku Deck doesn’t have to be one-way communication! Consider planting a Google Form within your deck to request and gather specific and targeted feedback on your topic, as I did in “14+ Tips For Creating PD That Works.”

Powerful Professional Development with Haiku Deck: Including a feedback form

Linking to a feedback form from Public Notes

Conclusion

By choosing Haiku Deck as my go-to for preparing concise, unique professional development resources for educators, I hope to not only inspire the design of future Haiku Decks, but to spread the word that Haiku Deck is a worthy opponent for death by PPT and sloppy citation in the classroom!

Have you used Haiku Deck for professional development? Please share your examples and tips in the comments!

 

Meet Haiku Deck for iPhone!

Haiku Deck for iPhone

One of the coolest requests we’ve had from our creative community is to be able to use an iPhone as a remote control to present a Haiku Deck. Ask and ye shall receive, Haiku Deck fans: Beginning today, you can now download Haiku Deck for  iPhone!

http://www.haikudeck.com/p/ntsQJycvzP/meet-haiku-deck-for-iphone

Carry your Haiku Decks everywhere you go.

You can download any or all of the Haiku Decks you’ve created for fast, fluid viewing and impromptu pitching, even if you’re on a plane, in a taxi, or at a conference with sluggish Wifi.

Haiku Deck for iPhone: My Decks View

Easily access your Haiku Deck collection, even if you’re offline

Use your iPhone as a remote.

Easy, one-hand operation frees you up to connect with your audience without a tangle of technology. Present right from your iPhone using AirPlay or a direct connection to the projector. Or plug in your iPad and control it remotely with your iPhone, with a beautiful parallax display.

Display your notes — or not.

In portrait orientation, your notes and key talking points are visible only to you, for confident, polished delivery of your message — it’s like having a personal mini teleprompter.

Haiku Deck for iPhone: Portrait View (Teleprompter Mode)

Hold iPhone in portrait orientation for teleprompter mode

And in landscape orientation, your beautiful imagery and words fill the screen in a crisp, mobile-optimized display.

Haiku Deck for iPhone: Deck Browsing in Landscape Orientation

Hold iPhone in landscape orientation for mobile-optimized browsing

Inspiration and ideas anytime, anywhere.

Instant access to the week’s best Haiku Decks at your fingertips, in the Featured and Popular Galleries. Waiting in line or between meetings? Browse the powerful ideas shared by our creative community, and get ideas for your next Haiku Deck, wherever you are. Learn more about how Haiku Decks get selected, and how to create decks that are likely to get chosen, here.

Haiku Deck for iPhone: Popular Gallery

Easy access to each week’s Featured and Popular Galleries

Flexible presenting options.

Haiku Deck for iPhone expands the range of ways you can view and present your decks, whether you’re swiping through with your finger over cappuccinos or projecting to a crowd via Airplay. Offline or online, we’ve got you covered.

Easy sharing.

Share your presentations, or your favorites from the Gallery, with a tap to email, Twitter, or Facebook — or beam them directly to any contacts close by with AirDrop.

Haiku Deck for iPhone: Easy sharing for favorite decks

Share with a tap to email, Twitter, Facebook, or AirDrop

Coming soon: Create!

We’ll be adding the ability to create new Haiku Decks on iPhone — with features tailored to the smaller form factor — soon! In the meantime, you can create decks on an iPad, or on your computer, using Haiku Deck for iPad or the Haiku Deck Web App Beta. And if you haven’t made a deck in the Web App recently, you should give it a try: Our amazing dev team has been very hard at work making the Web App better each week.

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Haiku Deck for iPhone User Guide

1. Getting Started

Current Haiku Deck Users

If you’re already a Haiku Deck user, be sure to sign in to the iPhone App the same way you do for the iPad App or the Web App to access your Haiku Deck collection on your iPhone.

Haiku Deck for iPhone User Guide: Signing In

Sign in the same way you do on your iPad or on the website

New Haiku Deck Users

If you’re new to Haiku Deck, welcome! We’re thrilled to have you in our creative community. You can set up a free account with a tap using Facebook or Twitter, or enter your email and password. Be sure to make a note of how you signed in, so you can use the Haiku Deck Web App and enjoy the full Haiku Deck experience.

Read more about creating a Haiku Deck account.

Help

At any time, you can tap the Account icon (three horizontal lines) in the top left corner, then NEED HELP? to get a screen overlay with tips.

2. Browsing and Selecting Decks

Basic Navigation

Tap the orange selector at the top to switch between  FEATURED, POPULAR, MY DECKS, or HISTORY.

Scroll down to view all available decks as well as deck creator, number of slides, and views.

Tap any deck to open it for viewing.

Tap the share icon next to the deck view count to share it via email, Twitter, Facebook, or AirDrop.

Featured Decks

The Featured Decks are hand-curated by our team each week and cover a wide range of subjects. They’re a perfect source of inspiration and demonstrate a variety of ways you can use Haiku Deck.

Popular Decks

Popular Decks, also updated weekly, showcases frequently viewed and shared decks from our creative community.

Haiku Deck for iPhone User Guide

Browsing the week’s Popular Decks

My Decks

My Decks displays any decks you have created and published using the Haiku Deck iPad App or the Haiku Deck Web App. (Soon, you’ll be able to create new Haiku Decks right on your iPhone!)

Haiku Deck for iPhone User Guide: My Decks

Browsing My Decks

There will be no decks to view here if you haven’t created a Haiku Deck. (But you can fix that easily by signing in to the Haiku Deck Web App Beta and creating a quick deck!)

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History

History displays any other decks you have viewed using the iPhone App — for example, decks that have been shared with you via email, social media, or AirDrop. (There will be no decks to view here if you haven’t been sent a link to a deck.)

3. Viewing Decks

Displaying Notes

Hold your iPhone in portrait orientation (vertically) to view a deck that has Notes. (Read more about Public Notes and Private Notes.) If you’re presenting from your iPhone, you can use the Notes as a personal teleprompter — they will be visible only to you.

Haiku Deck for iPhone User Guide: Displaying Notes

Hold in portrait orientation to display notes

Swipe left or right to advance or go back.

Tap the Share icon to share via mail, Twitter, Facebook, or AirDrop.

Tap the CC logo to view the image credit and licensing information. (Learn more about Haiku Deck’s integrated Creative Commons image search.)

Tap the ? for a screen overlay with helpful tips.

Full-Screen Display

Hold in landscape orientation to view the slides in full-screen display.

Haiku Deck for iPhone User Guide: Full-screen display

Hold in landscape orientation for full-screen display

Swipe left or right to advance or go back.

4. Presenting a Deck

Using your iPhone as a remote with your iPad

If you are signed into the Haiku Deck app on your iPad and your iPhone, you can use your iPhone to control playback of any published decks on your iPad! Just make sure both devices are connected to the same wifi network or have bluetooth turned on, and that the deck you want to play is published (if it is, it will be visible on your iPhone), then tap the remote button in the top right corner of the iPhone app.

Remote button - iPhone app

The remote button in the top right allows you to control your iPad from your iPhone.

As long as you’re signed into the same account on both devices, you’ll be able to select your iPad from the menu that pops up. A pop up will appear in Haiku Deck on your iPad, so that you can accept or decline the connection. Then, just play any of your decks from your iPhone – and watch the magic happen!

Presenting to an AppleTV with Airplay

If you have an AppleTV on the same network as your iPhone, you can stream your deck wirelessly to play on the TV with Airplay, just like you can with the iPad. Simply swipe up from the bottom of your screen, and tap the Airplay button in the bottom right. Choose AppleTV in the menu that pops up, and viola! Click here for more info about streaming to an AppleTV.

Connecting to a Projector

You can also present while connected to a projector like you can with the iPad. Just find the appropriate adapter for your iOS device and projector, connect it to the projector, and play your deck. You can rotate your iPhone vertically to see your notes. If you run into any trouble, swipe upward from the bottom of your screen to check your orientation lock and mirroring settings in control center, or check out this article.

5. Troubleshooting

Missing decks on your iPhone?

You can tap the three horizontal lines in the top left corner of the iPhone app and choose IMPORT to prompt the app to check for any recently published decks. If it still doesn’t show up, make sure that it’s been published to the same account from the web or your iPad.

I can’t connect my iPhone as a remote.

Make sure that:

  • Your iPhone and iPad are on the same wifi network, or that they both have bluetooth enabled.
  • You have the latest version of Haiku Deck installed on both devices, by going to the App Store, and checking under the Updates tab.
  • The account you’re signed into on your iPad and iPhone is the same. If you haven’t signed out/back in on either recently, you may want to sign out and sign back in just to make sure you’re in the same account.
  • Your iPhone and iPad are both up to date. To check this, you can go to the Settings app, and choose General – Software Update.
  • If you’re on a public network, such as one in a hotel or conference hall, that you don’t have to agree to any terms and conditions in a web browser before utilizing the connection. To check this easily, just try to go to a website like haikudeck.com in your browser on both devices.

If you’re still stuck:

  • Swipe upward from the bottom of the screen, and turn on Airplane Mode on both devices. Then, turn it back off, make sure you’re connected to wifi and/or bluetooth, and try again.
  • Follow the steps in this article on both devices.
  • Drop us a line so we can help out!

I can’t start a new deck.

The ability to create decks on the iPhone is something we’re working on. It’s coming soon, but for the time being, you’ll want to download our free iPad app, or head to haikudeck.com to use our Web App beta.

The app isn’t acting as expected.

Follow the steps in this article and if that doesn’t help, drop us a line for speedy, personalized assistance!

 

New In-App Feedback

As you’re using Haiku Deck for iPad, you might notice a new pop-up asking whether you love Haiku Deck.

We don’t take interrupting your creative flow lightly, but this new prompt for in-app feedback allows us to do three important things.

  1. If you tap YES and you’re willing to rate the app or even leave a quick review, it allows you to quickly do that right from your iPad. This in turn helps other people find out about Haiku Deck and join the movement to fill the world with beautiful stories and images instead of presentations that make you want to run screaming from the room. Every rating and review really does make a huge difference — and we’re grateful for each one!
  2. If you tap NO and you’re having an issue, you can let us know — and get  a quick response — right from the app. This helps us give you better support and service, which is incredibly important to us! (You can also open a help ticket — and search our huge collection of tips and resources — right from our support page.)
  3. Your in-app feedback helps us know how we’re doing, and what you love and what you don’t, so we can keep making your experience more awesome.

We know that filling out a support ticket can sometimes feel like you’re shouting into the void, but we make it a high priority to address your questions and issues quickly and personally. Case in point, a recent exchange with somebody who tapped “NO” and sent us a mail to explain why…

2014-01-13 22:18:27 UTC

I’m sorry Haiku Deck. I just don’t have those kind of feelings
for you. You’re a great person, and I’m sure you’ll make someone out there very happy, but I already love someone else. Please, don’t be discouraged by my rejection, but be happy to know that there’s more apps in the App Store. I will always care for you as a friend, but I can never truly love you in the way that you deserve. You deserve someone who will love you to the end of the earth, and that person is not me.

I’m sorry,

B.

ErinfromHaikuDeck Jan1316:24

B,
We understand. With so many great apps out there, how could we have ever thought we’d be your one and only? It was really only a matter of time. We won’t be too bent out of shape about it – this was an open relationship anyway, wasn’t it? With all the other iPads we’ve been downloaded and installed onto, we suppose we have some rebounds to fall back on. It’ll be okay.

We’re glad you found someone that means that much to you, and will loyally remain your friend… it just might be awhile before we can handle being invited to parties your main squeeze is at.

Forever yours to make slideshows with if you’re in the neighborhood,

Haiku Deck

P.S. A special shout-out to our friends at Apptentive for helping us integrate the in-app feedback tool. We couldn’t agree more with their philosophy of “people, not users.”

 

New Text and Layout Options

When we did our user survey last fall, one thing we heard frequently was that you love Haiku Deck, but there are times when you just need a little more control over how the text appears on your slides. Some of you wanted to be able to include a bit more text. Others wanted to change the font color. Many wanted new layout options and more control over where text is placed on the slide, or the ability to show text and image side by side.

Great news! Haiku Deck 2.4 and the latest update to the Web App Beta makes all of these things possible. If you’ve ever felt a bit too constrained by the two-line format, you’ll definitely want to give the new version of the iPad app a try or sign into haikudeck.com and start a new deck.

Here’s how to make use of these powerful new text layout options.

How To Create a Multiline Slide

Select the orange Text icon, then the Multiline Slide type.

Layout options in Haiku Deck 2.4: Multiline slide type

Select the orange Text icon, then Multiline Slide

Simply tap and start typing. Your text will automatically wrap from line to line, maintaining a uniform font size for your entire block of text.

You can also tap RETURN any time to control where a line breaks.

Tip: Solid-color backgrounds can really make multiline slides pop!

How To Adjust Text Background and Font Color

As you type your text, you’ll notice some new editing options at the top of your keyboard if you’re using the iPad app.

Layout options in Haiku Deck 2.4: Text background

White font; text background on

From here you can turn your text background on and off and select white or black font (iPad only right now, but we’re working on it!).

Layout options in Haiku Deck 2.4: Text background

White font; text background off

Tip: If you use a photo background, the text background is often helpful for legibility. Be sure to choose an image that reads clearly, even with the text background on.

Layout options in Haiku Deck 2.4: font color

Black font; text background on

Tip: You can turn the auto-capitalization off (for a mix of uppercase and lowercase) from the Settings gear on the Main Screen of the iPad app.

How To Align Your Text (iPad only)

You can also choose left, centered, right, or full justification, right above the keyboard.

Layout options in Haiku Deck 2.4: Justification

Right justification

How To Control Text Placement

Select the green Layout icon, then the slide layout of your choice. You can center your text block vertically or place it at the top, middle, or bottom of the slide.

Tip: You can also adjust the text background from this screen.

Layout options in Haiku Deck 2.4: Text placement

Select the green Layout icon, then a slide layout

To try a side-by-side layout, select one of the small text blocks. You can place your text block top left, center left, bottom left, top right, center right, or center bottom.

Tip: Some themes can accommodate more characters on a line than others — if you’re using the small text blocks, Volterra, Underdog, and Tabletop are particularly good choices. Read more about themes in Presentation Templates with Pizzazz.

Layout options in Haiku Deck 2.4: Image and text side by side

White font without text screen; right-justified small text block

Tip: Be sure to play with both text alignment (justification) and layout (text block placement) to explore the full range of options and looks. You may need to toggle between the orange Text icon and the green Layout icon to experiment.

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