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Curate & Organize Presentation Collections

We are pleased to announce Haiku Deck Presentation Collections, a new feature on the web that lets you curate and organize presentations that you or others create for your own use or for sharing with others. Only paying subscribers can create Haiku Presentation Deck Collections, but anyone can view a Haiku Deck Presentation Collection, regardless of whether or not they are a subscriber.

Here are the primary ways to use Collections:

  1. Use Haiku Deck Collections to organize your own Haiku Decks: If you’re a teacher, you might want to have a collection of Decks for each class or unit. If you’re a professional, you might want to have a collection for functional decks like ‘sales pitches,’ ‘status updates,’ or ‘strategic plans.’ If you’re a real estate agent you might create a collection of ‘listing presentations,’ ‘comparative marketing analyses,’ and ‘team update’ Haiku Decks.
  2. Use Haiku Deck Collections to curate and share decks you create and/or public Haiku Decks that others create for sharing: Using the Haiku Deck Gallery Search or links that other Haiku Deck users share with you, you can create collections that are for sharing with others. For example, an event organizer or attendee can share collections of Haiku Decks from a conference or meeting or an educator can search for a topic to create subject-matter collections related to a curriculum.
  3. Use Haiku Deck Collections to curate and save decks you might want to use for inspiration later on: Let’s say you’re surfing the Haiku Deck gallery and you find a deck that inspires you. Just copy the URL and add it to a collection so you can easily find it for reference later on.

Only paying Haiku Deck subscribers can create collections, but anyone can view a collection when they have a link to it. If a deck is added to a collection and later made private by the author, it will be automatically removed from the Collection.

Learn how to create Haiku Deck Collections in our user guide.

Learn more in the Haiku Deck Collections FAQ

We’d love to see the presentation collections you create! Send us a link at gallery@haikudeck.com.

New! Presentation Analytics from Haiku Deck

We are pleased to announce a new feature for Haiku Deck Premium subscribers, Presentation Analytics. If you’re using presentations to raise money or sell or conduct marketing, this is a great new way to see how your presentation content is being consumed by viewers and to get notified when key people engage with your Haiku Decks.

Invitations: Allows you to create a custom link to send to anyone in order to get in-depth analytics based on their actions related to your Haiku Deck. Presentation Analytics will track when the invitation is clicked, how long the viewer spent looking at the deck, and trigger an email notification to you when the link is clicked.

Recent Viewers: Provides high-level data on recent viewers of your individual decks or all of your decks in aggregate. This includes time spent on the deck(s), the location of the viewer, the date and time of their visit.

Views: Provides a line chart showing the number of views received for the deck and time frame you select.

Downloads: Shows a line chart of all of the downloads that you deck has received over the selected time period.

Shares: Show the number of shares of your deck to different social media platforms via the share buttons on the playback page. Specifically, you will see the number of shares of your deck to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Google Classroom, as well as the number of time a link to your deck has been copied.

Though Presentation Analytics will apply to all of your Haiku Decks, data for this feature is only available beginning from the start of Presentation Analytics tracking on September 15, 2017. Learn more about Presentation Analytics in the Haiku Deck user guide.

As with any new feature, we’re eager to hear your feedback! Click here to learn more about Haiku Deck Premium and to upgrade. Also, if you’re a qualifying nonprofit, be sure to take advantage of our 50% off pricing. Drop us a line at team@haikudeck.com and let us know what you think!

 

Get 40 Million Free Presentation Images for Microsoft PowerPoint with Haiku Decks Add-In

Who doesn’t want free presentation images for Powerpoint? Millions of users already turn to Haiku Deck as a huge time-saver when it comes to sourcing great images and finding great presentation design. But we know that sometimes users have to work in PowerPoint, and now we’ve got a solution for you!

Now with Haiku Deck Add-In for Microsoft PowerPoint, we bring  40 million+  world-class presentation images to PowerPoint so you can get your work done faster even when you’re not using Haiku Deck.

Just as with Haiku Deck’s award-winning web and iOS apps, the presentation images found in our search results are all high-quality, royalty-free images licensed under the Creative Commons license. In order to comply with the Creative Commons license, users must include attribution and license information for the photos they include in their work.

Not only do we help you find great images, but the add-in automatically provides the license details and attribution information for you to copy/paste either as a note, footnote, or onto an attribution slide at the end of your presentation. Please remember, the deal with Creative Commons photos is that the photographer is licensing their work to you in exchange for you giving them credit for their work. Please be respectful of their copyrights and take a moment to learn about the various flavors of the Creative Commons license here.

The add in also helps you find presentation templates created by members of our community and shared publicly through the Haiku Deck Gallery. Anyone can search for and find presentation templates and examples through the add-in. Paying Haiku Deck subscribers have the added benefit of being able to download editable versions of presentations they find, saving countless hours of presentation authoring.

The add-in works in PowerPoint 2013 Service Pack 1 or later, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, PowerPoint 2016 or later, PowerPoint Online. Go and get your free presentation images for Powerpoint by downloading the Haiku Deck add-in here. While you’re there, please leave us a review if you like the add-in, and if you have additional questions learn more in the Haiku Deck User Guide.

New! Live Presentations for Webinars, Remote Sales, and More

If you’re looking to offer live presentations for webinars, remote sales calls, or online classes, Haiku Deck’s new Live Presentation Mode is for you! This allows you share your presentation playback from a browser to remote viewers no matter where they are or what connected device they’re using.  As the presenter navigates through slides on their web browser, the audience members will see the slides change on their screens, whether they’re across the room or across the world.

To use Live Mode, first sign into a Haiku Deck Premium account. If you’re a qualifying public-sector educator, you can get Live Mode through the Haiku Deck Classroom subscription level.

Next, visit the playback page for your presentation and look for the green GO LIVE button next to your slides.

When you click the Go Live button, you’ll see a special Live presentation URL. This is the link your audience members will need in order to join your presentation. Just copy it and share it in your meeting request, through email, or chat.

When this link is  clicked, viewers will be prompted to enter their name before they join the presentation.

The animation above shows three different browser windows. The audience-member experience is shown in the windows on the left in separate Firefox and Chrome browsers. The right side is the presenter’s view. As the presenter clicks to advance the slides, the audience stays in sync. Here’s a short video demonstration of the feature in action:

This feature has been tested on up to 150 simultaneous connected devices. 1:1 Classroom teachers who are familiar with products like Nearpod can use live mode in a similar fashion, driving a presentation from their device for students who are viewing from their own devices.

This works as well for desktop viewers as it does on mobile devices. It doesn’t matter if you’re presenting to someone across the board room on a browser or across the world on a connected iOS or Android device. The audience will see what you want them to see when you want them to see it. Questions? Learn more in our user guide.

Add audio and Create a Presentation Video in Haiku Deck

More and more presentations are being shared in virtual spaces- from webinars and blogs to social media and online forums. As a result, our top feature request has been to let users add audio to their Haiku Deck presentations and give the option of saving presentations with audio as video presentations. With the launch of new Haiku Deck Presentation Video beta, we are delivering on this request.

Our test-release will be available for a limited time at no additional charge to Haiku Deck Pro Subscribers via our web site only.

What better way to introduce you to Haiku Deck Presentation videos than with a Presentation Video about this very topic.  (I know, it’s meta)

While Presentation Videos will be offered at no-additional charge during the beta period, we do expect that it will eventually be paid upgrade for Haiku Deck Pro users.

We came to Presentation Videos based on feedback from thousands of users who told us they need a better way to create all kinds of videos. Here are a few examples of the requests:

  1. Create videos for webinars
  2. Create videos for corporate training
  3. Quickly create and deliver lesson videos for students in flipped classrooms or traditional learning environments
  4. Create team update videos
  5. Reach more customers online with remote sales presentation videos
  6. Inspire donors and share your story with fundraising videos for nonprofits and other organizations
  7. Keep your group engaged with community update videos
  8. Easily build promotional videos for events, products, and services
  9. Drive listeners and readers to your blog and podcast by creating presentation videos that summarize your content for easy sharing through social media
  10. Create informational videos for customers and partners

As with any beta, some users may encounter an issue along the way. Please share any problems you encounter or ideas you have so we can make Haiku Deck Presentation Videos the best possible solution for your needs.

For more information about creating Presentation Videos in Haiku Deck, please refer to the Haiku Deck User Guide and our FAQ.

Audio Playback for Haiku Deck Presentations

In addition to creating videos, we also now support audio playback through the Haiku Deck playback pages. When you record your audio, a small play button will appear in the lower left corner of your slides. Online viewers can click to hear your audio track for each slide. For more information on adding audio to your Haiku Deck, please refer to this article on the Haiku Deck User Guide. For information on audio playback, please refer to this article.

 

From Wikipedia article to Presentation in 5 minutes flat

With more than 5,000,000 articles, Wikipedia is a gold-mine for information that presenters can use to build or enrich presentations on virtually any topic. For this reason, we’re excited to share that Haiku Deck Zuru makes the process of converting a Wikipedia topic to a presentation significantly faster and easier than ever before.

The simple process is shown in this video and below.

  1. CHOOSE YOUR TOPIC: Start by clicking the Zuru button and choosing Wikipedia topic as your starting point.  Next, type your topic. As you type, Zuru will show you relevant topics already available on Wikipedia. Use the slider bar to choose the desired length for your presentation. The fewer slides, the tighter the summarization will be in the next step. 
  2. EDIT YOUR OUTLINE: In step 3 you’ll be presented with an outline of the Wikipedia article. Here you can open a new window with the Wikipedia source material and edit the outline as needed. In some cases the Zuru summarization will be exactly what you want. In other cases, you’ll want to add and remove elements of the outline to suit your needs.
  3. CHOOSE IMAGES: After you’re done with the Wikipedia presentation outline, Zuru will extract image keywords for each slide in the outline. You can choose one of the suggested image tags, enter your own image search term, or just choose a solid color background. Repeat this process for each slide.
  4. PREVIEW SLIDES: When you’ve finished step 4 for each of your slides, Zuru will carefully review the image selections to choose the right layout and color palette for the fonts and text background. The result is a rough draft of your presentation shown in preview mode. Clicking edit beneath slide thumbnail will take you back step 3 above.  Click the blue EDIT DECK button to edit the deck in the Haiku Deck Editor. Click the blue DOWNLOAD button to download in .pptx or .pdf format.
  5. EDIT/DOWNLOAD: If you are a paying Haiku Deck Pro subscriber, your next step is to edit the deck in the Haiku Deck editor or download your draft in PowerPoint or .pdf formats. If you are not signed in as a paying Haiku Deck Pro subscriber, you will have the option of subscribing or paying a one-time fee to complete this step.

We’d love to hear what you think of Zuru! Please share your feedback with us here.

Find and Remix Presentations with Haiku Deck Gallery Search

Long time readers of our blog know that from the beginning, Haiku Deck’s vision has been to make it 10x faster to create  presentations that are 10x better. One way we’ve done this is through our apps on iOS and the web. Another way we’ve done this is through Haiku Deck Zuru, our Artificial Intelligence that automatically creates presentations from outlines, Wikipedia topics, or even existing .pptx files. We’ve also achieved this through our creative community who have shared millions of presentations with one another. Today we’re happy to announce  a brand-new feature that makes it easier than ever before to find and remix decks from the millions in our library of publicly shared presentations.

 

New Haiku Deck Gallery Search is available on the web only and it allows you to keyword search all publicly shared decks created in Haiku Deck. Keywords can include topic matter or author name. After running a search you can sort the results by relevance or date.

When you find a deck you want to save to your gallery or remix, first click through to that deck’s playback page. Then look for the COPY button beneath the slides. Learn more about copying decks in this article.

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Decks not designated by the author as reuseable will not have a COPY button visible on their playback page. This is a setting authors can adjust in the privacy controls for each Haiku Deck. Learn more about allowing reuse of your decks in this article. Once you copy a presentation to your own Haiku Deck account, you can edit it as if it is your own.

 

Limiting Decks in Unpaid Haiku Deck Basic Accounts

When we launched Haiku Deck in 2012, our goal was to make it 10x faster and easier for users to build presentations that are 10x better. In our quest to reach this goal over the past 4 years, our product has evolved and so has our business. During this time we’ve made several changes to the business to ensure a bright future for Haiku Deck and the members of our community who rely upon us. This means that we are increasingly asking users to support our efforts by becoming subscribers.

One recent change to our business is that we are now asking Haiku Deck Basic users with more than 1 deck to become paying subscribers (3 decks if you’re a teacher or student).  

Why start limiting decks now?

Over the past year we have eased reluctantly towards this decision. In July 2015 we introduced paid Haiku Deck accounts for users who wanted advanced privacy, deck download, custom branding, and access to Zuru Beta. At the same time, we added ‘unlimited cloud storage’ to the list of paid features. We didn’t ask existing users to pay for unlimited storage at first because we hoped to support our costs without putting a limit on the number of decks users create. After a year of trying this approach we have to ask a little bit more from users who use the app regularly, but have not become paying subscribers.

Does this mean you’re going to delete my decks if I don’t pay?

No. It means that when you go to create a new deck, we’re going to ask you to pay. Your existing decks will remain exactly as you left them. You’ll still be able to view, edit, and share existing decks. If you like what we’ve built and want us to be there for you in the future, we hope you’ll decide to upgrade. If you don’t upgrade, we hope you’ll stay with us as a free Haiku Deck Basic user.

Why subscription instead of a one-time fee?

Most cloud-based and mobile productivity tools, from Evernote to Microsoft Office, are subscription-based businesses. This industry-wide shift is a function of the costs involved with continuously creating, maintaining, and servicing cloud-based software. The cost of creating and maintaining great software is high. Software engineers are expensive. Storing data and providing customer service are expensive. To ensure that we’re here for our users when they need us and to remain competitive, we had to move to this model.

The Future of Haiku Deck

In  4 years of having Haiku Deck on the market, we have earned over 5M downloads on iTunes and grown to over 2M+ registered users. This is an achievement reached by very few startups and one that we couldn’t have dreamed of when we began. We do not take the support of our community for granted and remain committed to delivering on our mission. We regret that with this change we may lose committed members of our community, but we hope that many more will join us as subscribers. If you’re a student or educator, we offer a 50%  price break for you to help ease the cost of upgrading.

Your feedback means the world to us, so please drop us a line if you have questions or concerns. We read and respond to every email.

Thanks,

Team Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck Classroom Brings Haiku Deck Presentations to Students and Teachers

With back to school season in full swing, we couldn’t be happier to announce a brand-new offering for educators, Haiku Deck Classroom.  Over the past 4 years, we’ve seen over a hundred thousand teachers, librarians, and education technology professionals from 15,000 schools (from primary to universities) embrace Haiku Deck. They use the app for creating inspiring lessons on any topic, teaching presentation best-practices, and even running curriculum nights or staff meetings. We built Haiku Deck Classroom to bring the full power of Haiku Deck Pro to educators and students in a way that’s easy and, more importantly, affordable even for teachers on the tightest of budgets.

Haiku Deck Classroom makes all the features of Haiku Deck Pro available to educators and students, including unlimited presentation creation, advanced privacy settings, offline viewing and printing, and YouTube video embedding. The subscription applies to use of Haiku Deck’s award-winning web, iPad, and iPhone apps. Here’s a 1 minute video introduction of Haiku Deck Classroom:

Additional features include:

    • Classroom Management Dashboard: Educators can easily add and remove students from their classroom by email address.
    • Mobile and Web-Based: Educators and students can create or view Haiku Decks on the web, iPad, or iPhone.
    • The option of Google Classroom integration: Educators who use Google Classroom may import users from and share decks directly to Google Classroom.
    • The option of using Google Sign-In: Haiku Deck now supports Google sign-in, for students without an email address.
    • Course Gallery: Students can share Haiku Decks to a classroom gallery, making it easy for teachers to review and evaluate work.
    • Share to LMS: Students can easily share their Haiku Decks to Classroom Management Systems like Schoology, Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, Edmodo, and more.  

Haiku Deck Classroom is offered at an introductory price of just $99/year for a teacher and up to 150 students with the option of adding student licenses. Department, school, and district pricing is also available.

To learn more about Haiku Deck Classroom and to purchase or upgrade, visit www.haikudeck.com/getclassroom or for technical information about the product, please visit the Haiku Deck Classroom section of the Haiku Deck user guide.

As with all product updates, we’d love to hear your feedback! Please drop us a line if you’ve got questions or ideas for ways we can improve Haiku Deck Classroom in the future.

Haiku Deck Supports Google Sign-In

We’re happy to announce that Haiku Deck for web, iPad and iPhone now supports Google Sign-In for logging into the app on the web, iPad, and iPhone. This is especially exciting for educators with students who use Google IDs in lieu of email addresses as it provides an all-new way for users to create accounts without using an email address.

To create an account using your Google sign-in, just look for the Google logo on the sign in page on the web app, iPad or iPhone apps.

If you’re already using your Google sign-in email to sign into Haiku Deck, you should continue to sign in as you always have, by typing your email address and password.

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This is the latest in an ongoing effort to make Haiku Deck work better for teachers who use the app in the classroom for a wide range of activities. If you missed it earlier this year we added ‘share to Google Classroom‘ as a feature of our share tool.

If you’re an educator looking for inspiration on different ways to use Haiku Deck in your work, check out some of the examples and templates below:

How are you using Haiku Deck in your classroom? We’d love to hear from you!

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