TagHaiku Deck help

5 Ways To Save Time on Presentation Prep

Save Time for Fun

The great Walt Mossberg once commented that Haiku Deck saves people so much time it will raise the GDP. And we hear frequently from our community that they can’t believe how quickly they can create something that looks amazing.

Here are five ways Haiku Deck helps you save time.

1. Fast photo finding

New Haiku Deck Guru Bill Seaver created his very first Haiku Deck, “Presenting (In a Nutshell),” in about 10 minutes (!) using the app’s built-in Creative Commons image search. This feature will save time by finding you free, high-quality, perfectly sized images and pulling in the proper attribution automagically. (Check out Bill’s original post, Haiku Deck: Beautiful, Easy iPad-Built Presentations).

Presenting (in a nutshell) – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

2. Fuss-free formatting

We’ve heard from a bunch of people who made their first Haiku Deck under time pressure as a result of a dead laptop, a disastrous PowerPoint crash, or a ticking deadline clock. A consistent theme is that the app’s one-step formatting and automatic font sizing make decks look polished without a lot of fiddling. When Meghan Rihanek turned to Haiku Deck in a pinch at Startup Weekend, “Everything just flowed.” Read how she created a standout pitch in short order.

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Haiku Deck Tutorial: Getting Started

Getting Started with Haiku Deck

Welcome to Haiku Deck–we’re glad to have you in our creative community! Here’s an overview of how to get started from the Main Menu of the iPad app.

Looking for help with the Web AppClick here to go to our Haiku Deck Web App User Guide.

First, here’s a fun video where you can meet Haiku Deck.

When you first open the iPad app, you’ll need to sign in or create a new account to get started. You can create a new account using Facebook, Twitter, or your email address – for more information, check out our article about accounts here.

Important: Be sure to make a note of how you sign in, because you’ll want to sign in to our website and iPad app the same way to take advantage of all the awesome features available between the two.

Sample Decks

Once you’re signed in, you’ll see two sample Haiku Decks: “Haiku Deck In Action” and “What is Haiku Deck?”  Tap the PLAY button in the center of a deck to view it.

Haiku Deck Tutorial: Sample Decks

Tap the Play button to view a deck

Just use your finger to swipe left and right to try out the basic navigation and view the slides. You’ll get a sense of the visual style of Haiku Deck, an overview of how it works, and the kinds of things you can create with it.

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Haiku Deck Tutorial – Edit Mode

Edit Mode

This Haiku Deck tutorial, the second in a series of three, will walk you through creating, editing, and saving slides.

If you’d like to start at the very beginning, visit Getting Started with Haiku Deck.

Looking for help with the Web App? This post is exclusive to the iPad app, but you can click here to go to our Haiku Deck User Guide, which covers both apps.

Entering Edit Mode

If you’re creating a new deck, you’ll enter Edit Mode automatically once you give your deck a title and tap RETURN. (Tip: Tap the + at the bottom of the screen to start a new deck.)

To edit an existing deck, simply swipe left or right on the Main Menu to select the deck, then tap EDIT.

Haiku Deck Tutorial: Editing a deck in Haiku Deck

From the Main Menu screen on the iPad, tap Edit

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Haiku Deck Tutorial: Present Mode

Present Mode

This special Haiku Deck tutorial will walk you through presenting your deck right from your iPad.

Looking for help with the Web AppClick here to go to our Haiku Deck Web App User Guide.

Looking for help with the iPhone App? Click here for steps specific to the iPhone.


There are four ways to present your deck using your iPad:

1. Directly from your iPad: This is ideal for sharing a Haiku Deck pitch or portfolio with a small group in an informal setting: At a coffee shop, across a table, on a plane, etc. Bonus: No special equipment needed!

2. Using your iPhone as a remote control. If you’d like to manipulate your deck from your iPhone, you can connect your iPhone to your iPad as a remote with the Haiku Deck app for iPhone.

3. With a projector and a VGA adaptor: If your presentation will be projected to a larger audience, you can connect your iPad directly with a VGA adaptor. (Tip: We recommend always bringing your own, and labeling it with your name!)

4. With AppleTV: If your venue is equipped with AppleTV (or if you have your own), you can project right from your iPad without being tethered by a cord.

Haiku Deck Tutorial: Presenting with Apple TV

Tap the AirPlay icon to connect to Apple TV


Picture this: You’re up in front of the crowd; you’ve displayed your Twitter handle and the event hashtag on your first slide (nice going!), you’ve started talking, and all of a sudden the top of your screen starts blowing up with Twitter notifications. Trust us, you don’t want this. Here’s how to prevent it.

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Share Your Presentation Online: Haiku Deck Web View

Put Your Presentation Online

One of the best things about Haiku Deck is that you can view decks from any web-enabled device — a laptop, a tablet, or even a smartphone. In the Haiku Deck web view you can enjoy each presentation online in its full glory and get a snapshot of all the key information —  the description, author, views, category, and public notes). You can browse decks, share your own creations or decks that inspire you with your social networks, and even embed or download a deck, all from one place.

Web View

Here’s your Haiku Deck presentation online at a glance.

(You can explore yourself and check out the deck we’re showcasing below, featuring communication tips from Haiku Deck Guru Lois Zachary, here.)


Whether you’re a sit-back-and-relax viewer or a quick-on-the-trigger keyboarder, there’s bound to be a slide viewing option you’ll love. Here are the options—give them all a try to see what works best for you!

1. Use the controls in the top right corner. Click > to advance one slide or < to go back. Press the gear icon to access auto-advance timing and looping, which is great for running your presentation in kiosk mode.

2. Click anywhere on the slide to advance to the next slide.

3. Tap your spacebar to advance one slide.


The best way to set your story free is to share your decks with your social networks! You can also share inspiring decks you discover to help great content and ideas spread.

Click the share button to reveal options for sharing.


Select whether you’d like to post the deck to your own timeline, a friend’s timeline, to a group, or a page from the Share dropdown. Add a comment, make any edits you’d like to the deck title and description, and click Share Link.


Check the account you’re signed in with in the top right (or sign in if you are prompted to do so), make any edits you’d like to the tweet text, and click Tweet.


Add your insight, make any edits you’d like to the deck title and description, and click Share.


Add a custom comment, select your favorite people, circles or communities, and click Share.

Google Classroom

If you’re using Google Classroom, click this button to add your deck to a Google Classroom page. Learn more here.


To embed a deck in a website or blog, click Embed, select HTML code then copy and paste the string of code. Read more about embedding Haiku Decks here.


To download a beautiful PDF handout that includes your Public Notes, click Download, then Download an Adobe Acrobat PDF copy of your Haiku Deck. Read more about why and how to add Public Notes here.

Your presentation online: Sample Haiku Deck PDF

Sample page of PDF handout showing slides and public notes

Sharing to Other Sites

You can always simply copy the deck URL and post directly to any social site. Read more about ways to share here.

Surprise Pizza: Customer Support, Haiku Deck Style

This awesome tweet got our Friday off to a perfect start:

Maybe the sunshine was making us feel a little giddy, but we thought, wow, wouldn’t it be AMAZING if we tracked Heather down and DELIVERED A PIZZA to her?

This brainstorm quickly gathered momentum around the office, so we did a little Twitter recon to discover that Heather was attending a conference in Boston and that she was planning a happy hour meetup at a downtown brewery. Perfect!

Lisa, our awesome customer evangelist, made all the arrangements. She called the brewery, then she researched a nearby pizza place that had gotten great reviews on Yelp. She placed the order. Everything appeared to be falling into place. At the appointed time, we watched our Twitter feed with anticipation.

Unfortunately, our surprise didn’t quite work out as planned. The pizza guy showed up to a packed bar, and the person Lisa had made the arrangements with was nowhere to be found. Heather was on a tour of the brewery. We called the brewery, but were told no outside food was allowed. By the time we got a manager to agree to hold Heather’s pizzas for her in the kitchen, the delivery guy had left–with the pizzas {cue sad trombone}.

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Haiku Deck Help: Collaborating on a Haiku Deck

Someday we plan to add the ability for multiple contributors to collaborate on a single Haiku Deck. But in the meantime, in this special edition of Haiku Deck help, here’s how we recently partnered with Haiku Deck Guru Greg Bamford on a deck he presented at EduCon in Philadelphia.

Outlining in Google Docs

First, Greg created a slide-by-slide outline for his talk in email. Catherine (our VP of Marketing) pulled the outline into a shared Google Doc and fleshed it out with ideas for image direction and suggested keywords for image searching.

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