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New Text and Layout Options

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

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

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

How To Create a Multiline Slide

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

Layout options in Haiku Deck 2.4: Multiline slide type

Select the orange Text icon, then Multiline Slide

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

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

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

How To Adjust Text Background and Font Color

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

Layout options in Haiku Deck 2.4: Text background

White font; text background on

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

Layout options in Haiku Deck 2.4: Text background

White font; text background off

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

Layout options in Haiku Deck 2.4: font color

Black font; text background on

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

How To Align Your Text (iPad only)

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

Layout options in Haiku Deck 2.4: Justification

Right justification

How To Control Text Placement

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

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

Layout options in Haiku Deck 2.4: Text placement

Select the green Layout icon, then a slide layout

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

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

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

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

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

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Haiku Deck for Desktop: Announcing the Haiku Deck Web App Beta

It’s been a whirlwind year for us, culminating this month in a new product development that we are so excited to share with you, our amazing creative community, before anyone else.


Haiku Deck Web App Launch – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Ever since we launched Haiku Deck for iPad, the most common question we hear from you is, “When can I use Haiku Deck on my computer? When will there be Haiku Deck for desktops, PCs, and Macs?

And the answer is: Now! Haiku Deck Web App Beta is available now for all Haiku Deck account holders!

Here’s everything you need to get started:

We’re calling this Haiku Deck Web App “Beta” because we’re still working hard to make it as full-featured as Haiku Deck for iPad. Each week we’ll be adding new functionality to the Web App, and we really appreciate your patience as we continue to improve it. We’ve included a Feedback button in the app so you can help us identify issues and share your thoughts.

As a special thank you for joining us early, we’ve also built a way for you to invite your friends to the Beta before it becomes available to everybody. To earn invites for your friends, simply use the Web App to create and share decks. Each deck you email, post, or embed earns you an exclusive invite code you can share. (New users can also request an invite to the private beta.)

Thanks again for helping us to fill the world with more amazing stories and beautiful ideas. We wouldn’t be here without the amazing support and invaluable feedback of our community. We are grateful for your help in trying out the Web App and sharing with friends, and as always, you can drop us a note with feedback any time.

P.S. A special Hai-5 to those who’ve been helping us test the Web App over the past few weeks!

Haiku Deck Web App – FAQ for iPad Users

Wondering what’s different between the web app and the iPad app? Check out our article about it here.

Announcing Haiku Deck for iPad with iOS 7 Support

Haiku Deck + iOS 7

The breakthrough iOS 7 rolls out today for iPhone and iPad, and we have worked hard to be among the first iPad Apps to incorporate the new look and feel. Here’s a rundown of what’s new in Haiku Deck for iPad v. 2.2!

Redesigned for iOS 7

We’ve redesigned the app from the ground up to take full advantage of the breakthrough style and technology of iOS 7. The newest version of iOS, with its focus on simplicity, clarity, and efficiency, now informs the look and feel of Haiku Deck, from the new app icon to the parallax effect on the app’s main screen, which offers a whole new experience of depth when you tilt your iPad.

Haiku Deck for iOS 7: New app icon to match look and feel of iOS 7

The new Haiku Deck app icon incorporates the look and feel of iOS 7

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Multiple Image Import

We’ve already covered all the ways Haiku Deck saves you time, and the new multiple image import in Haiku Deck for iPad v 2.2 will speed up your slide creation even more. Now you can select multiple images from your iPad’s photo stream or camera roll, and turn them into beautiful Haiku Deck slides in a snap.

How To Use Multiple Image Import (iPad Only)

Tap the blue Image icon, then IMPORT. Tap My Photos, then Photo Library, or a particular Camera Roll or Photo Stream.

Multiple Image Import in Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck for iPad: Selecting and importing multiple images

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Announcing Premium Images from Getty Images

Haiku Deck + Getty Images

We believe strongly in the power of images to tell stories and communicate meaning. Our powerful image search puts millions of beautiful, high-quality, Creative Commons-licensed (free) photos at your fingertips, and those will always be available to you in both our iPad and Web Apps.

In our quest to make Haiku Deck even more useful and powerful as a storytelling tool, we have partnered with Getty Images–one of the world’s premier image collections–to make premium images available in Haiku Deck for iPad. This allows us to offer an even wider range of incredibly high-quality images.

Because Getty’s collection is vast and professionally curated, we think you will be delighted (as we have been) by the improved quality, variety, and accuracy of the image search results with premium images in the mix. Here’s a deck that showcases some of the new premium images:


The Haiku Deck Way – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

We are making these premium photos available to you for easy purchase within the iPad app, without the hassle of creating a separate account, wondering about file sizes, or trying to decipher licensing agreements. Like everything we do, we’ve made it very simple: buy a premium image with a couple of taps, right from the app, and you’ll be able to use it any Haiku Deck you create.

Our Haiku How-To: Premium Images video on Vimeo.

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Haiku Deck, Getty Images Partner to Bring More Beauty to Presentations

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Updated iPad Presentation App Introduces Premium Imagery, Powerful Storytelling Features

Seattle, WA — June 4, 2013 — Haiku Deck, in its continued quest to transform presentation creation and sharing, announced today an expanded library of stunning, high-quality imagery through a new partnership with Getty Images, through its Thinkstock offering. Getty Images, the leading provider of digital media worldwide, will make more than a million premium images seamlessly available for purchase within the free Haiku Deck iPad app.

Haiku Deck + Getty Images Bring More Beauty to Presentations

Haiku Deck, proclaimed the “Instagram for pitch decks” by Mashable, launched in August 2012 and has topped charts in productivity in 50+ markets around the world. The app’s focus on empowering people to easily create beautiful, image-rich presentations has inspired a passionate global community of creative communicators from a wide range of disciplines. A central feature of Haiku Deck is its powerful, integrated Creative Commons image search, and today’s update–which brings professionally curated premium imagery into the mix–opens up exciting new possibilities for visual storytelling.

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Introducing Haiku Deck 2.1

Haiku Deck 2.1

We’ve been hard at work making Haiku Deck an even more powerful tool for communication and storytelling. Here’s a quick tour of what’s new in Haiku Deck 2.1:

http://www.haikudeck.com/p/ryC9V2OPME/announcing-haiku-deck-21

In-App Public Notes

Our Haiku How-To: Notes Overview video on Vimeo.

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Import Images to Haiku Deck like a Pro

How To Import Images

We’re pretty darn proud of our killer built-in image search (which the great Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons, called “insanely cool”), but of course there are times when it makes sense to use your own images or screenshots in a Haiku Deck. Here’s how to import images like a pro.

In EDIT mode, use the + to add a new slide. Go to the blue IMAGE icon on the left, then use the IMPORT button (iPad app) or click the ⬆UPLOAD IMAGE button (Web App beta).

iPad App example: the blue Image button on the left, and the Import button

iPad App example: the blue Image button on the left, and the Import button

Uploading an image from the Haiku Deck Web App

Uploading an image from the Haiku Deck Web App

A popup will appear displaying all of the options to import images.

iPad app example: the Import popup displays all your options for importing

iPad app example: the Import popup displays all your options for importing

Take a picture (iPad app only)

Tap Take a picture to take a picture with your iPad’s built-in camera.

Inspiration: This method is ideal for a Haiku Deck advertising a real estate listing, like Paul Kaplan Group’s stunning Midcentury Modern Bungalow, or for “how-to” Haiku Decks like Jeremy Conn’s Cell Membrane Bubble Lab or Destination Cuisine’s How to Eat a Pomegranate. Kesey Pollock also used this technique to create their extraordinary Women In Art Photo Project, which helped drive support for their successful Kickstarter campaign.

My photos (iPad app only)

Tap My photos to select a picture from your iPad’s Camera Roll, your Photo Stream, or a custom Album or Photo Stream you have created.

Inspiration: If you’re making an “About Me” Haiku Deck, like this one by Haiku Deck Guru Megan Hunt, you’ll definitely want to include some of your own imagery for a personal touch. Importing your own images is also very useful for a Haiku Deck portfolio like Cat Barrett’s Cat’s Print Shop, a Haiku Deck using custom imagery like Andrea Sutten’s Buying a Home, or even a Haiku Deck showcasing drawings by imaginative 1st and 2nd graders, like Anacondas (one of many amazing Haiku Decks produced by Pat Johnson’s students).

Importing Multiple Photos (iPad app only)

With the latest update to Haiku Deck, you can select multiple images from your iPad’s Photo Stream or Camera Roll, and turn them into beautiful Haiku Deck slides in a snap.

iPad app example: tapping multiple photos will outline them in white to be imported as separate slides.

iPad app example: tapping multiple photos will outline them in white to be imported as separate slides.

Tap all the images you’d like to include in your Haiku Deck — a white box will appear around the images you’ve selected. Tap Add Images, and voilà! Your slides will be created automatically, and you can visit each one to adjust sizing and placement and add text.

Uploading a Logo to a Logo Slide Type

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.

haiku deck logo slide

Tap on the camera icon in the white circle on the slide to upload your image or logo

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.

My Computer (Web App beta only)

Selected by default, My Computer will allow you to drag-and-drop photos right into the middle of the image import popup, or click the Choose File button in the bottom right to browse through all the photos you have on your computer. Tip: if you’re on a Mac, clicking Choose File and selecting Photos on the bottom left of the next window that pops up will allow you to browse your iPhoto or Aperture libraries.

Online (Cloud) Photo services

You can also upload pictures from FacebookInstagramDropboxFlickrPicasaGoogle Drive, or Box to quickly access photos you’ve saved to any of these services. You’ll need to sign in to each account to connect it to Haiku Deck, but then you’ll have easy access to your favorite images.

Inspiration: Our CEO Adam worked some Facebook photos into his Mother’s Day Haiku Deck message, Things I Learned from Mom. Also don’t miss GlobalFootprints: A Travel Photography Project, a gorgeous Haiku Deck made completely from Tercia Goh’s Instagram photos.

Editing Imported Images

Once you select an image, it will be automatically placed as your slide background.

Import Images to Haiku Deck

Your imported image will be placed automatically

If you’d like to resize or reposition your image on the iPad, simply tap the blue IMAGE icon again, then use your fingers to make any adjustments in the PREVIEW pane.

Import images to Haiku Deck: Resizing and cropping

BEFORE: Tap the blue IMAGE icon, then use fingers to resize and reposition

Tap DONE to save your work.

Import images to Haiku Deck: resizing and repositioning

AFTER: Tap DONE to save your work

On the web, just use the controls in the bottom right corner of your slide once a background has been selected:

Web Image Controls

Creating Custom Albums on the iPad

If you have a large number of images on your Camera Roll, you’ll save time by creating an Album for the images you want to use in your Haiku Deck first. From your iPad’s main screen, tap Photos, then Albums, then, the + button in the top left.

Import images to Haiku Deck from a custom album
Tap Albums, then the + button to create a new album

Type a name for your new Album, then select  the images you’d like to include.

Import images to Haiku Deck with a custom album
Tap the images you’d like to include in your album, then tap Done

In Haiku Deck, when you tap Import, then Albums, your images will be easy to find.

Import images to Haiku Deck from a custom album
Creating a custom album makes your images easy to find

Advanced Tips

1. If you’re sharing images across devices, sharing them to your Photo Stream is a great way to save time. You can even create a customized Photo Stream using the same method described immediately above.

2. To take a screen capture from your iPad, press the round Home button and the power switch on the top simultaneously. The image will automatically appear in your Camera Roll.

3. If you’re creating custom images using another tool, the optimal image size is 1124 x 768. Be sure to leave 50 pixels of space on each edge to allow for the cool scrolling “parallax” effect on iPad playback.

4. If you’re trying to resize an image with your fingers on the iPad and it’s snapping back, try using your other hand to tap DONE when you have the image how you want it.

5. Some of the best Haiku Decks seamlessly incorporate both personal photos and images from our powerful image search. Even if you’re showcasing an event you attended or a trip you took, you can often supplement your own imagery with photos capturing unique perspectives, beautiful lighting, or scenes you didn’t get a chance to photograph yourself. Read more about how Haiku Deck’s image search helps you tell the story (and see a fun Haiku Deck about a family trip to Ironman Canada) here.

More Helpful Resources

Turn Presentations into Content Assets with Public Notes

Enrich Your Content

Our power users have discovered that Notes are an awesome way to add richness and supporting detail to Haiku Decks that are published to the web, turning their presentations into shareable, evergreen content assets. Here are a few great reasons to add Public Notes to your Haiku Decks:

If you’re using the latest version of Haiku Deck for iPad or the Web App, you can add Public Notes as you create your slides.

How To Add or Edit Public Notes from the Web

You may find it easiest to type your Public Notes at your computer using the new Haiku Deck Web App. Just sign in and head to GALLERY/MY DECKS (or email yourself a link). Click NEW DECK, or hover over a previously published deck, then  EDIT DECK. (Tip: If your deck was created using an older version of the iPad app, you’ll need to republish your deck to allow web editing.)

To add Notes to any slide, simply click the yellow Notes icon and type your text.

Tip: To include a hyperlink, be sure to use the full http:// format. If you’re including a long URL, consider using a link shortener such as bitly to keep things tidy.

Content Assets: Adding public notes to a Haiku Deck

Adding a public note in the Haiku Deck Web App

 How To Add or Edit Public Notes from the iPad App

Here’s a quick demonstration video:

Our Haiku How-To: Notes Overview video on Vimeo.

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