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Announcing Haiku Deck Pro

We are excited to share the news that Haiku Deck Pro, our long-awaited upgrade to Haiku Deck, is here!

We’ve been so grateful for your support over the past 3 years since we launched, and it has been incredibly gratifying to see millions of stories set free around the world. Though our core product, now known as Haiku Deck Basic, will remain free, we are at long last introducing a subscription model to make our business sustainable for the long term, and to offer the best new features and functionality to our amazing community of users.

More to Love with Haiku Deck Pro

Here’s what you can do with a Haiku Deck Pro membership:

No need to hire a design pro for your presentations — Haiku Deck Pro is all you need! Haiku Deck Pro may be used across devices (Web app and iOS). As noted above, Haiku Deck Basic will remain free.

We’ve addressed some common questions in our Haiku Deck Pro FAQ, and of course we invite you to get in touch with additional questions or feedback. As always, we thank you for your support through each new chapter of our own unfolding story.

Zuru Charter Members, Activate!

Haiku Deck Zuru Charter Members, Activate!

Instructions for Activation:

  1. Visit and sign in with the account you wish to use. Remember, you can only apply your code to one account. If you share your computer, make sure you’re not signed into a different account!
  2. Click the big GET PRO button that’s visible in the top right corner of the MY GALLERY page.
  3. Choose an annual plan. Important: Even though you’ve already paid, you will need to complete the payment information. When you see Payment Info, find the box that says “Enter your ZURU presale code or promo code here” highlighted in the image below with a pink box around it.



After you enter your unique single-use membership code (which has been emailed to you), you will will see that the price drops to $0. When you complete the upgrade to Haiku Deck Pro, you will see the blue Zuru beta button at the top of the page when you are logged in to

Tips and Tricks for Using the Zuru Beta:

  1. Zuru only works with .pptx files. If you try to upload an old .ppt or other kind of file, the system will reject the file.
  2. If your file size is large, consider breaking up your upload into pieces and uploading one part at a time to Zuru.
  3. Zuru is web-only. It is not available via our iPad or iPhone apps.
  4. As with any beta product, Zuru is a work in progress. Please let us know how we’re doing by completing the feedback survey after you see the results. With your help, we’ll continue to make Haiku Deck Zuru better and better!

We couldn’t have made it this far with the support of our thousands of charter members. Thank you so much for helping us to reach this milestone!

Artificial Intelligence, Presentation Brilliance

A Closer Look at the Artificial Intelligence Behind Haiku Deck Zuru

You may have heard that Haiku Deck Zuru is the world’s first presentation creation tool powered by artificial intelligence. It is so unique and powerful that we have submitted a patent for the transformation of structured content into a presentation.

Haiku Deck Zuru from Haiku Deck on Vimeo.

So…what exactly does that mean?

Here’s a step-by-step walk-through of Zuru with our co-founder and CTO Kevin, who shows that artificial intelligence isn’t just a buzzword. In fact, Haiku Deck Zuru uses a number of different kinds of artificial intelligence (as well as massive amounts of proprietary data) in thoughtful ways to transform presentations from boring to brilliant.

Step 1: Parsing and Data Structuring

Types of artificial intelligence used: natural language processing

The presentation transformation process begins with an uploaded PowerPoint or Keynote file, or with an outline created in Evernote. (Our goal is to be able to input more file types soon.)

First, Haiku Deck Zuru’s parsing engine extracts the text, converting it from a binary file into structured data that can be analyzed (and, ultimately, transformed).

Zuru looks for and extracts any custom images, analyzing where the images are placed on each slide and assessing importance by calculating how much of the slide area each image takes up. If an important custom image is identified, Zuru centers and aligns it to make it fit well with the visual style of Haiku Deck.

At this stage, Zuru also uses natural language processing to strip words down to their most meaningful roots, remove duplicates, standardize text, and identify meaningful compound words (for example, “Space Needle” instead of “space” and “needle”). This processing stage is critical for identifying appropriate images later on.

Artificial intelligence for presentations: Haiku Deck Zuru

Next, Zuru looks at how the text is laid out, noting patterns such as list items, titles and subtitles, headers and sub headers, and so on. It analyzes the size and placement of text to intelligently identify footer text, and to zero in on which text is important and which is not.

Zuru also analyzes the text to evaluate at a high level how well it follows presentation best practices, and to identify presentations that will require more manual intervention. For example, are there too many bullets, or too many words in general?

Step 2: Keyword Analysis

Types of artificial intelligence used: machine learning

This is where the artificial intelligence behind Zuru gets really interesting, as Zuru uses the (anonymous) data it has gathered from the millions of presentations created by Haiku Deck users to suggest a beautiful, relevant image for each slide.

Using this giant data set (which had to be crunched for 36 hours using a linear regression model), Zuru looks at how frequently each possible keyword on a slide appears in presentations, vs. how frequently it has been used as an image search term and actually selected as an image result.

For example:

  • “Love” appears very frequently in presentations, but it’s not frequently used as the image search term. So when Zuru sees “love” on a slide, it is less likely to select that word for the image search.
  • “Dog” appears frequently, and is frequently chosen. So when Zuru sees “dog” on a slide, it is more likely to select that word for the image search.
  • “Space Needle” does not appear frequently, but is frequently chosen. So when Zuru sees “Space Needle” on a slide, it is very likely to select that phrase for the image search (and, if you remember from step 1, it’s smart enough to look for the iconic structure instead of pictures of stars or sewing).

Zuru also takes into consideration where a given keyword appears in the slide (for example, a word appearing in the header is likely more important than a word appearing in the 5th bullet), how frequently it appears on the slide, and how frequently a given word has appeared in other slides. All these calculations help determine the best term or terms to use for an image search.

Step 3: Image Selection

Next, Zuru does an image search for the most highly ranked keywords, returning hundreds of extremely high-quality, Creative Commons licensed images in a matter of milliseconds. Kevin has carefully designed this step to be able to handle massive amounts of image searches very quickly, in parallel, so that it feels instantaneous to the user.

Because of all the natural language process and normalization we’ve done already (see step 1), as well as our robust proprietary data set (see step 2), more than 90% of image search terms appear in our list of the 70,000 most popular image search terms, which allows Zuru to suggest standout images incredibly quickly and accurately.

The Data Behind Haiku Deck Zuru – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Images that have been hand-curated by our team, or that have been selected frequently by Haiku Deck users, rise to the top — and, of course, Zuru will continue to get smarter with every new presentation created.

Step 4: Image Optimization

Types of artificial intelligence used: computer vision, K-means clustering

Once Zuru has identified the perfect image for a slide background, it converts the image into a Lab color space, a format closely mapped to the way that humans perceive light. Zuru uses a process called K-means clustering to analyze the color palette, removing the grayscales and zeroing in on the colors that appear most frequently in the image. Zuru pulls out the most prominent colors in the image and performs brightness analysis on them, comparing them against hundreds of professionally designed color palettes to select the ideal colors for the slide foreground and background.

Next, Zuru performs brightness analysis to determine the best placement of the text (top, middle, or bottom), and whether a text screen is needed for optimal readability and contrast.

Artificial intelligence for presentations: Haiku Deck Zuru

Finally, Zuru adjusts the zoom and placement of the image so that the slide background is perfectly centered.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

At this stage, Zuru analyzes the presentation content to determine the high-level category (for example, real estate, marketing, education) and select an appropriate font from our full library of themes.

Kevin’s goal with Zuru is to use data and artificial intelligence to get presentations 90% of the way there in a matter of minutes, and to make it very easy for the presentation creator to review and fine-tune the results.

In this final stage, Zuru will point out areas where trimming down text could improve the presentation, and also identify slides where it needs more input to select the correct keyword or image. The user can either make edits right in Zuru, or export back to .pptx format to edit directly in PowerPoint (which we didn’t even think was possible until very recently).

Sound complicated? Well, it is — which is one of the many reasons we love Kevin and his team. The good news is that although Zuru is complex behind the scenes, it’s incredibly important to all of us that the user experience is simple.

Want to give Zuru a try? Send us a PowerPoint or an outline at We’ll run it through Zuru and send it back to you to see what you think.

And if you’re already convinced (as I am), you can become a charter member and be one of the very first to try it.





Introducing Haiku Deck Zuru

Haiku Deck Blazes Ahead with Powerful New Features; Announces Instant Presentation Creator Powered by Artificial Intelligence

Breakthrough Offerings Make Beautiful, Visual Presentations Possible in Minutes

Haiku Deck Blazes Ahead – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Seattle, WA — March 5, 2015 — Haiku Deck today announced a range of robust new features designed to significantly increase formatting flexibility while drastically reducing presentation creation time.

Since its launch in 2012, Haiku Deck has built a passionate global following of highly engaged presentation creators, and the latest features in its core offering address its community’s most frequent requests.

  • New remix feature allows users to tap into the power of the community and jumpstart deck creation and collaboration by copying, modifying, and remixing decks flagged as shareable by their authors.

Zuru: New Haiku Deck presentation template gallery

New presentation template gallery

  • More than 2 dozen new, professionally designed slide layouts allow users to include a paragraph or quote, showcase their logo, and pair text and images in a variety of creative, flexible formats.

  • Custom color matcher allows users to precisely match slide backgrounds to their brand or business colors, or to complement image hues with colorful sidebars.

  • Expanded theme collection makes the full set of 20 premium fonts, in either white or black text, free for all users across platforms.

Haiku Deck is also making its groundbreaking new technology, Haiku Deck Zuru, available for presale. Haiku Deck Zuru further builds on the power of the creative community, using artificial intelligence and machine learning to radically streamline presentation creation.

Haiku Deck Zuru: Instant Presentation Creator

Introducing Haiku Deck Zuru

Beginning in late spring 2015, Haiku Deck Zuru users will be able to import an outline or existing presentation from PowerPoint, Keynote, or Evernote to instantly create a beautiful, visual Haiku Deck that’s perfectly optimized for any platform.

Haiku Deck Zuru technology intelligently analyzes presentation content and applies best practices to identify keywords, recommend images and fonts, and optimize slide layouts, quickly transforming rough presentations or notes into stunning visual presentations.

“When I think about the millions of people around the world who are spending 6, 8, 10 hours on every one of their PowerPoints — to be able to reduce that from 10 hours to 10 minutes is a big deal,” said Kevin Leneway, co-founder and CTO of Haiku Deck. “We can save people so much time. And we can prevent so many really awful presentations.”

“We can save people so much time. And we can prevent so many really awful presentations.” Kevin Leneway, Co-founder and CTO

Haiku Deck Zuru is made possible by the massive trove of data collected over the past 3 years, as Haiku Deck’s highly engaged global community has performed millions and millions of image searches to create more than 3 million presentations.

The Data Behind Haiku Deck Zuru – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

By analyzing the frequency of image search terms and the images selected over time, Haiku Deck Zuru can intelligently predict the most important concept to be illustrated on each slide, suggest high-quality images, and accurately place text and layout for optimal readability. Haiku Deck Zuru users can easily make edits and refinements in the Haiku Deck iPad App or Web App, which will remain free, or save their presentation as an editable .pptx file.

“Our goal at Haiku Deck has always been 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. “With these new developments and the technology behind Haiku Deck Zuru, we are really delivering on the vision.”

“Our goal at Haiku Deck has always been to make it 10 times easier for professionals to create decks that are 10 times more effective, in 1/10th the time.” Adam Tratt, Co-founder and CEO

Learn more about Haiku Deck Zuru, or try Haiku Deck, at

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

Introducing the Haiku Deck Presentation Template Gallery

New Presentation Template Gallery

With its integrated Creative Commons image search, one-touch formatting, and streamlined layout options, Haiku Deck already saves you ridiculous amounts of time. The brand-new presentation template gallery jump-starts your creative process even more — now it’s easy to save a template to your account and edit it, instead of starting from scratch.

Browse the Presentation Template Collection

Hey! There’s something new on the Gallery page.

Click the Presentation Templates tab to view templates

Click the Presentation Templates tab to view templates

It’s a snap to put one of these killer templates to work for you! Simply hover over a deck and click COPY. The deck will be saved to your My Decks page, where you can easily open it for editing to make it your own.

Click COPY to save to your My Decks Gallery

Click COPY to save to your My Decks Gallery

Working With Templates


For each template, we’ve blocked out suggested slides to give your Haiku Deck structure, but we’ve also made it really easy to add, copy, delete, or rearrange your slides. We’ve also made sure that changing the layouts and formatting your slides will remain simple.

And if you’re more of a visual learner, we’ve created a helpful video that teaches you how to arrange your text, change the font and text color, and more, here.

Selecting a Theme

We’ve selected a theme to match the mood of that specific deck, but you can choose any theme you’d like to use. Learn more about selecting themes here.

If you’d like to see a preview, and samples, of all 20 themes, check out A Field Guide to Haiku Deck’s Free Themes.

Using Images

You are free to use the images that we’ve selected, but of course you can also search for other free Creative Commons images or import your own images.

If the deck uses a logo slide, you’ll want to add your own logo to the cover slide, and use your own brand colors. You can learn more about these two features here.

Finishing Touches

Once you’ve finished editing and the deck, you’re probably going to want to share your deck. We recommend doing this straight from Edit Mode so that you can put these finishing touches to your deck:

  • Retitle the deck to reflect your changes.
  • These decks will be PUBLIC by default. If you do not wish for your deck to be public, make sure you update your privacy settings.
  • Update the deck’s description. You can do this by clicking on the Settings gear at the top right corner in the editor (in the web app), or by tapping the Share button (on the iPad app).
  • Select a category for your deck.
  • Choose whether or not you would like others to be able to copy your deck, just like you did with the template. Learn more about that here.

Presentation Template Examples

We’ve created and collected all kinds of useful presentation templates to give you a head start on inspiration and creation. Whether you’re sharing an idea, creating a press release, collecting or adding a visual resume to your LinkedIn profile, we’ve got you covered.

Here are a few of our favorite templates — and, of course, you can browse all of our presentation templates here.

Startup Pitch Template

This simple, elegant template, created by Jeremy Caplan and packed with great advice, has been one of the most enduringly popular Haiku Decks of all time.

Startup Pitch Template

Click to view the full Haiku Deck with notes

To learn how to craft the perfect pitch, check out How To Promote Your Business or Service.

Idea Sharing Template

Use this template as a visual model to share your ideas and stories.

Idea Sharing Presentation Template – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Find more tips on creating and promoting your thought leadership content in, How To Build Thought Leadership.

Twitter Chat Publicity Template

Spread the word about your chat in a visual format that grabs attention. We also have templates to help you promote an event, a webinar, or an EdCamp.

Twitter Chat Publicity Template – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Check out more ways Haiku Deck can make your chats stand out in How To Host a Twitter Chat with Style.

Share Your Story

Did you try out one of these templates? We’d love to see what you create! Share your creations with us by tweeting us at @haikudeck, or by dropping us a line at

Submit Your Templates

Have an awesome template that you’d like to see in our Presentation Templates Gallery, like this Case Study Template by Irene Yam? We’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below, or drop us a line at

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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, 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 — we’d love to see what you create! And if you ever have any questions, our support team is always here to help!

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!

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.


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 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 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 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!


Haiku Deck Builds Suite of Mobile-First Presentation Tools with New iPhone App

Seattle startup continues to push productivity paradigm forward, with expanded opportunities for mobile presentation creation, editing, viewing, and sharing

Seattle, WA — February 13, 2014 — Haiku Deck today announced the release of an iPhone app to round out its offering of presentation tools for the mobile age. The new iPhone app works flexibly with Haiku Deck for iPad and the Haiku Deck Web App Beta, opening up powerful new options for browsing, viewing, and presenting — and even turning the iPhone into a remote — on the go.

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

Mobile traffic to the Haiku Deck website has skyrocketed–iPhone visits in Q4 increased by a factor of 18 compared to the same period in 2012, reflecting a broader industry trend. And with more and more Haiku Decks being shared and viewed on small screens, Haiku Deck for iPhone offers a mobile-optimized display of its signature image-rich, minimal-text decks.

For the global community of Haiku Deck users, the iPhone App also delivers expanded flexibility for viewing and presenting, with the ability to download decks for offline viewing or spontaneous pitching in a taxi, plane, or Wifi-strained conference venue. Those giving live talks can present their Haiku Decks using the iPhone as a remote control — a feature frequently requested by conference presenters and tech-savvy trainers and teachers alike.

Mobile-first presentation tools: Using Haiku Deck for iPhone as a personal teleprompter

Using iPhone as a remote and personal teleprompter

“Our goal was to make Haiku Deck for iPhone optimized for all aspects of our customers’ mobile lifestyle,” said Kevin Leneway, Haiku Deck’s co-founder and CTO. “Rather than squeeze an iPad app into a 3” screen, we thought deeply about how to make an awesome iPhone experience from the ground up.”

“Our goal was to make Haiku Deck for iPhone optimized for all aspects of our customers’ mobile lifestyle.”

With more than a million presentations spanning topics from social media storytelling to common core educational standards — and visits to its Featured and Popular Galleries growing at a steady clip — Haiku Deck for iPhone also offers a portable, convenient way to flip through each week’s best examples for inspiration and ideas.

Mobile-first presentation tools: Browsing Gallery in Haiku Deck for iPhone

Browsing the Featured Gallery with Haiku Deck for iPhone

Gallery browsing in the iPhone App plants the seeds for creating new Haiku Decks, functionality available now on iPad and in the Web App Beta and coming soon — with features tailored to the smaller, more portable form factor — to iPhone.

Haiku Deck has demonstrated strong momentum since its launch in August 2012 — the iPad app, now available in 8 languages, has been downloaded close to a million times and has ranked #1 in productivity in more than 40 countries worldwide. The Haiku Deck Web App Beta, launched in November 2013, makes deck creation and editing available to anyone with a browser. These innovative, mobile-first presentation tools are designed to work flexibly, alone or in concert, and with the new iPhone App for a seamless, cross-device experience.

Mobile Traffic Trends – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
“Everyone has a great story to tell, lesson to teach, product to sell, or idea to share,” said Adam Tratt, co-founder and CEO. “Haiku Deck for iPhone is a natural extension of our goal to make it awesome to both create and consume presentations, in an age when mobile devices play a central role in how we work, teach, and learn.”

“Everyone has a great story to tell, lesson to teach, product to sell, or idea to share.”

Haiku Deck for iPhone is available for free in the iTunes App Store.

About Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck creates presentation tools for the mobile age, making it simple to create and share inspiring presentations on any device. 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; to see 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

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Announcing Haiku Deck 2.4!

New for 2014!

Exciting news, Haiku Deck fans! Haiku Deck 2.4 is now available in iTunes!

New Multiline Slide Type!

If–like many–you occasionally need just a bit more text on your beautiful Haiku Deck slides, your wish has come true!

The multiline slide type is ideal for those times when your presentation calls for a quote, a pithy paragraph, or simply a slightly longer bit of text that you’d like to include in a uniform font size.

Haiku Deck 2.4: New multiline silde type

Sample multiline slide in Haiku Deck 2.4

New Font Color Options!

You can also now change your font color to black (with or without a translucent white text screen) for high-impact slides like these:

Haiku Deck 2.4: New font color options

Haiku Deck 2.4: New font color options

New Text and Image Layouts!

Even better, you can mix things up with cool new text and image layouts like these:

Haiku Deck 2.4: New text and image layouts

Cinematic theme with right justified text

Haiku Deck 2.4: New text and image layouts

Picaresque theme with centered left text block

Haiku Deck 2.4: New text and image layouts

Volterra theme with black text and white screen

Read more and get step-by-step instructions in New Text and Layout Options.

New Languages!

You already know that Haiku Deck is more than an app; it’s a movement! Our amazing creative community circles the globe, and we are delighted to now offer our free iPad app in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese. Check out what Haiku Deck fans have to say in all of these languages (and see a whole deck using the new multiline slide type) here:

Haiku Deck 2.4: New support for 8 languages

Click to view the full Haiku Deck with Notes

New In-App Support!

As you use Haiku Deck, you may get a popup asking whether you are loving your experience. If you are having any issues at all, you can now let us know right from the app, and our amazing support team will help you out as soon as they possibly can (really). And if you are loving Haiku Deck (and with all these new goodies, we hope you will love it even more), you can now easily rate or review the app right from your iPad. For a small company like ours, every one really does make a huge difference!

We can’t wait to hear what you think about — and see how you use — Haiku Deck 2.4! Send your creations to, or let us know your favorite features in the comments.






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