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Think Like a Red Bull Soapbox Racer for Epic Presentations

The world-famous Red Bull Soapbox Race is coming to our hometown this summer, and we have a shot at being one of 40 teams angling for glory. This got us to thinking: What can this crazy-creative, adrenaline-filled, crowd-pleasing event teach us about presentations?

We created this Haiku Deck to capture 6 quick tips for winning presentations, all illustrated with entertaining photographs of previous Red Bull Soapbox creations from our killer Creative Commons image search.

You can spin through it in less time than it’ll take us to (fingers crossed) steer our oversized origami crane down Yesler Way toward the finish line. If you like our tips, you can help us secure a spot in the lineup by tweeting the Haiku Deck, or posting your favorite slide to Instagram, using the hashtag #TeamHaikuDeck.

Think Like a Red Bull Soapbox Racer

As always, your support is the wind beneath our colorful paper wings!

P.S. If you’re really in the mood to send a little love to #TeamHaikuDeck — who is working really hard to make your presentations speedier to create and save across all your devices — you can also vote for us in the Tabby Awards Users’ Choice awards. (Just search for “Haiku Deck” on the page, then scroll down a bit to click the red bar that says Haiku Deck.)

A Year of Inspiration for Educators

As a special thank you for the amazing educators in our creative community, we’re making our premium iPad themes available for free, all week long.

And to help put those beautiful themes to good use, here is a full year of inspiration for using Haiku Deck — in the classroom and out — every month of the year.

Thank you for all you do, teachers! We are inspired by you.

May


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June

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Teacher Appreciation Ideas, and Free Premium iPad Themes for Teachers

Teachers, counselors, administrators, librarians, technologists — we are inspired daily by the tremendous inspiration and generosity that you bring to our creative community.  

To say thank you to our teachers, who we know often spend their own hard-earned money on classroom supplies, we’re making our premium iPad themes available for free all week long.

Just open up the iPad app beginning now through May 10th, tap Themes, select any locked theme showing a green $ in the corner, and tap buy for $0.00.

And since–naturally–we do everything in Haiku Deck form, here are a few fun teacher appreciation ideas to celebrate our amazing educators, this week and every week.


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{Come to think of it, how about some teacher appreciation Haiku Decks? After all, there are only so many picture frames and coffee mugs that can fit on a desk, but the only space a Haiku Deck takes up is in the heart….}

Thank you, teachers, for all you do! You have been some of our strongest supporters from day 1, and we’re so grateful for all of the projects you cook up with your students of all ages, the blog posts and reviews you write, the professional development sessions you host, and the Haiku Deck shout-outs you give at Twitter chats, EdCamps, and, really, everywhere you go!

Know a teacher who uses Haiku Deck, or should be? Be sure to spread the love!

 

 

 

 

Hai5s All Around!

It has come to our attention that yesterday was National High-Five Day, but in our view, one day is simply not enough. We believe every single day should be packed with high-five moments — or, as we like to call them around here, Hai5s.


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We hope you know that everything we do, we do for you!

Our Hai5s to You, Today and Every Day

1. We make it ridiculously easy and fast to create beautiful slides that make you want to Hai5 yourself — and you’ll get Hai5 from your audience, too, for breaking free from the same old, same old. Hai5!

2. If you have a question, an issue, or feedback, we are here to help you out! You can tweet us, search our amazing support forum, or open a support ticket for fast, friendly, personal service from Erin, Lisa, and even Adam. Hai5!

3.  We celebrate your awesome creations by showcasing them in our Featured Gallery, our Popular Gallery, and on the blog. Have a Hai5-worthy deck to share? Hai5! Send us a link at gallery@haikudeck.com.

4. We build real community across social channels with the explicit goal of making helpful resources and examples available for you.

5. We provide all these amazing tools, resources, and support for free, because we believe EVERYBODY, from 1st graders to the CTO of Australia, has amazing ideas and stories to share. Hai5!

5 Quick Ways to Hai5 Us Back

If you love being part of our creative community as much as we love having you in it…..if you love creating jaw-droppingly beautiful slides quickly, for free….if you love supporting a tiny team with big dreams…..

1. Help us win our first Webby Award for Productivity! We’re up against some pretty stiff competition, and this would be a very exciting win for us. Click to vote before April 24 — you can sign in easily with Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or email — then click again to confirm your vote. Hai5!

BONUS: Tweet your #Webbys vote between now and April 24 to unlock a secret premium iPad theme or score a coveted Haiku Deck sticker! (And if you already voted, that’s awesome — just tweet your vote again to earn your Hai5!)

DOUBLE BONUS: If we win the #Webbys People’s Voice vote, we’ll make all of our premium themes available for free for a week!

2. While you’re in the groove, you can also vote for Haiku Deck as Startup of the Year in the GeekWire Awards, which honors tech innovation in the Pacific Northwest. No sign-in required for this one — just click and vote before April 27. Hai5!

3. Create a Haiku Deck — for work or for fun. If you haven’t tried making one on the Web App, or if it’s been a while since you used it, give it a try to see how hard our Dev team has been workingHai5!

4. Share your Haiku Decks! The more people see how beautiful slides can be, the less we’ll all have to look at awful ones. And when you see a great Haiku Deck, click the Hai5 hand below it for a feel-good animation that gives a little love back to the deck’s creator. (Fair warning: It’s a little addicting once you start.) Hai5!

Hai5 All Around

If you see a great deck, give it a Hai5!

5. Tell your friends, colleagues, bosses, and neighbors about Haiku Deck. Share it with educators, non-profits, entrepreneurs, trainers, bloggers, and marketers. Let’s work together to fill the world with beautiful stories and ideas. Hai5!

Hai5s all around, today and every day!

 

Haiku Deck Announces Support for Windows XP

UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 9:00 A.M. ET TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014

Seattle Startup Responds Boldly to Office for iOS Launch, Making PowerPoint Alternative Available to Millions of Windows XP Users WorldWide

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Seattle, WA — April 1, 2014Haiku Deck today announced that its popular presentation app will now offer support for Windows XP. The free software brings Haiku Deck’s innovative approach to presentation creation and sharing to more than 300 million Windows XP users worldwide.

Haiku Deck’s streamlined design templates, dynamic HTML 5 output, and vast image library–with access to more than 35 million Creative Commons images–will now be available to diehard Windows XP users, offering an attractive alternative to traditional presentation software.

“Even if you have resisted updating your operating system for the past decade, there’s no longer a need to use presentation software from 24 years ago,” said Adam Tratt, co-founder and CEO of Haiku Deck. “In less time than it takes you to boot your Windows XP machine, you’ll be able to create an amazing Haiku Deck for sharing your new idea, closing a deal, or telling an awesome story. You’ll also have time to make a grilled cheese sandwich and watch two episodes of Matlock.”

In less time than it takes you to boot your Windows XP machine, you’ll be able to create an amazing Haiku Deck for sharing your new idea, closing a deal, or telling an awesome story.

Haiku Deck has demonstrated strong momentum since the launch of its iPad app in August 2012 — the app has millions of users and has ranked #1 in productivity in more than 50 countries worldwide. The Haiku Deck Web App offers full support for syncing from iPad to Windows XP, as well as future bug fixes and security updates for Windows XP users worldwide.

The Haiku Deck Web App is available to all Windows XP for free at www.HaikuDeck.com or on 3.5” floppy disks upon request. To receive a faxed copy of the Haiku Deck Web App User Guide, please contact aprilfday@haikudeck.com.

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

Adam Tratt

media@haikudeck.com

Random Acts of Kindness, Haiku Deck Style

Random Acts of Kindness Week

It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week, and to celebrate, we’re giving away free premium themes all week long!

We’re making two random premium themes available for free each day. Just open Haiku Deck on your iPad, tap any deck to enter Edit mode, and pull down the THEMES handle at the top center. Tap on the themes to discover which ones  are set to $0.00, then tap BUY. And be sure to visit each day to unlock new themes! (Note: Premium themes aren’t available quite yet in the Web App, but we’re working on it!)

Random Acts of Kindness Haiku Deck Challenge

The world can always use more acts of kindness, so make sure to spread the word. With the fancy new fonts and image filters you get with your premium themes, you can create a single slide or even a whole deck if you feel inspired to celebrate random acts of kindness.

Here are a few fun ways you can celebrate random acts of kindness:


Random Acts Of Kindness – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Tweet your Random Acts of Kindness Haiku Decks and slides to @haikudeck with the hashtag #hdrakweek. We’ll be adding them to our Random Acts of Kindness Week 2014 Pinterest Board to keep the positive energy flowing.

We hope you enjoy the free premium themes — and we have another fun surprise coming up on Thursday, so stay tuned!

 

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…

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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.”

 

Announcing our Mother’s Day Contest Winners!

Happy Mother’s Day!

We had such a great response to our Mother’s Day contest—thank you so much to everyone who participated!

Our Grand Prize Winner!

There were so many fantastic decks it was difficult to choose, but this one by Josh Zagorski (and his two super cute little boys) really touched our hearts. We hope their #1 mom loves it, along with her new iPad Mini! Congratulations, Jenn!


Things We Learned From Mom – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

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Teacher Appreciation! Tips for Using Haiku Deck in the Classroom

We always appreciate our teachers and we want to give a special shout-out to all of the amazing, innovative, inspiring educators in our creative community, all around the world!


National Teacher Appreciation Day – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Teacher Appreciation Tips

Just for our teachers, we’ve collected a few power tips to make your lives easier, save you time, and keep you (and your students) inspired.

1. Turning Auto-Capitalization Off (iPad only)

If you’d like students to practice correct capitalization as they work, you might also want to adjust the auto-capitalization setting as you’re signing in to your classroom account on each iPad. From the Main Screen, tap the Settings wheel, then adjust the Use Auto-Capitalization? toggle to OFF. Read more about Main Menu settings here.

Teacher Appreciation Tips: Toggling Auto-Capitalization On and Off

Toggling Auto-Capitalization On and Off

2. Teaching Digital Citizenship

Haiku Deck not only helps students focus their message and explore visual storytelling, it’s a great tool for teaching digital citizenship as well. The app’s unique  image search taps into more than 35 million beautiful, high-quality images that have been made available for (free) use under Creative Commons license, and proper attribution is pulled in automatically. From Play mode on the iPad, tap the CC logo in the bottom right corner to view the photographer as well as the type of Creative Commons license. In Web view, look for the CC logo in the bottom black bar. Read more about our Creative Commons image search here.

3. Image Searching

Haiku Deck does include an explicit terms filter, which prevents searches on naughty terms. Unfortunately, we can’t control how photographers tag their photos, and it is possible for some “inappropriate” images to appear in the search results. (This is why Haiku Deck has a 12+ rating in the app store; you can read more about that here.)

We’re working on ways to improve this, but in the meantime, we’ve been thrilled to see many forward-looking teachers using this as an opportunity to work with their students on digital responsibility as well as digital citizenship. There are also some creative workarounds if you’d like to use Haiku Deck with your students and are concerned about image results:

  • Do some searching on your topic ahead of time to look for (and possibly discuss) trouble spots.
  • Create a folder or set of pre-screened images in Google Drive, Flickr, or Dropbox for your students to access.
  • If you’re using the iPad app, have students generate their own images by using the iPad camera (here’s an example), or by creating illustrations and pulling them in off the camera roll, like this one:
Teacher Appreciation Tips: Sample Haiku Deck Using Student Artwork

Sample Haiku Deck Using Student Artwork

4. Publishing Without Email

We heard from teachers that many classrooms don’t have access to email, so you can publish straight to the website from the iPad. Tap SHARE, then select one or more categories and tap PUBLISH, and your deck will be published to your Gallery on the Haiku Deck website. If you like, you can tap COPY URL to grab the link right from the iPad app, and click the EMBED button from the Web App to copy the deck URL. You can read more about publishing and sharing here.

5. Adding Notes and Printing

By limiting the amount of text on each slide, Haiku Deck encourages students to keep their message focused and to discuss their topic (instead of reading slides word for word). They can take their decks to the next level by adding supporting details and even links to more resources in the Public Notes area under the yellow icon on the left. (Tip: You can then click DOWNLOAD on the web (look for the text buttons immediately to the left of the deck) to create a great-looking PDF that you can save, email, or even print that includes the notes.) Read more about adding Notes here.

Teacher Appreciation Tips: Sample Haiku Deck with Notes

Sample Haiku Deck with Notes

6. Embedding in a Classroom Blog or Site

If you have a class blog or website, you can easily embed your Haiku Decks right from the app or from the website. From the iPad app, tap SHARE, then PUBLISH, then POST TO BLOG. From the web, look for the EMBED button to the left of the deck (it’s an icon with two brackets like these: <>). In either case, simply copy the code string and paste to your blog. Read more about embedding Haiku Decks here, and see a couple of Haiku Decks embedded in this great post on Free Technology for Teachers.

7. Ideas

If you’d like to see how educators are using Haiku Deck for a wide range of teaching purposes, from fact gathering to creative expression, be sure to visit our Education Case Studies Pinterest board frequently–we add new examples every week.

Teacher Appreciation Tips: Haiku Deck Education Case Studies on Pinterest

Haiku Deck Education Case Studies Pinterest Board

More Inspiration

You also might enjoy reading about 4th graders creating sensory poems and character studies, Haiku Deck for vocabulary development, and Haiku Deck Goes New School. We also invite you to participate in our brand-new Haiku EDU community on Google+.

And if you’d like us to feature your work, please email link(s) to gallery@haikudeck.com, or tweet us using the hashtag #hdgallery.

Teachers, thank you so much for everything you do! And if you have a question we didn’t answer or a tip you’d like to share, let us know! Drop us a line with our support community, anytime!

 

 

Mother’s Day Contest: Things I Learned from Mom

Happy Mother’s Day!

I’ve given my mom plenty of books and flowers over the years for Mother’s Day, and this time I took a different tack. I created a special Haiku Deck to tell her all the important things she’s taught me over the years (click to view):


Things I Learned From Mom – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

One of the best things I’ve learned from mom is that anything is possible (yes, we really did find that hearing aid on the beach the next day), so here’s what I propose: How about a Haiku Deck Mother’s Day tradition? It would be so amazing to see an outpouring of Haiku Decks capturing the most memorable lessons our moms have passed down. Let’s fill the world with beautiful Mother’s Day Haiku Decks that are as unique and inspiring as our moms.

As an added bonus, I’ll personally pick the most creative, inspiring deck and send an iPad mini to the winner’s mom. I’ll even spend 30 minutes on the phone to personally teach her how to use Haiku Deck. (On that note, you can read how my own mom Ellen inspires us to keep things simple, and get her famous brisket recipe in Haiku Deck form, on our blog.)

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