Create Beautiful, Shareable Slideshows with Haiku Deck

Description

“Presentations That Inspire. Meet Haiku Deck, a completely new kind of presentation software. We make telling your story simple, beautiful, and fun.”

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Haiku Deck, a web app still in beta, gives users another option for creating presentations. It tries to keep things minimal, with few, but attractive design options available.

Design

Haiku Deck couldn’t be more user-friendly. They really do stick to the idea of keeping things simple and beautiful. Usually I like options, but it is less of an issue when the few choices I do have are good ones. The creation screen is very easy to understand.

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When you create an account, you are presented with a quick description of each tool and that’s really all you need to get started. While I certainly wouldn’t have minded more font choices, I was still left pleased as far as design goes.

Features

Haiku Deck tries to stay away from feature-overload, instead offering the minimum you need to create good-looking slideshows. At the creation screen you can choose from four different types of slides and one of the several layout types for available for each of them.

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The image tab allows you to search for a photo to be displayed as the slide’s background. You can also use the photo tab to add charts or a solid background. Being able to search within Haiku Deck for photos is convenient, but I had trouble finding just what I was looking for. It is not clear which search engine they are using. I tried searching for weeping angels and expected to see several stills from Doctor Who but I was underwhelmed by the options.

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At this screen you can also add notes to your slides. If you make your slideshow public, these notes are also public, so that is something to keep in mind.

When you have completed your slideshow, you can easily share it on any social network or embed it on a webpage, like the one below. You have the choice to make your presentation private, public or viewable only to those with the link. Presentations, called “decks”, are saved as you go, so returning to your main page allows you to see all of the decks you have worked on.

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

You can also browse through many of the public decks on the Haiku Deck homepage. Haiku Deck can also be accessed through the iPad app.

Bottom Line

Haiku Deck is a simple web app that, while still in beta, performs flawlessly. If you do not need an extensive feature-set and just what to make sharable, visually appealing presentations, you should certainly give Haiku Deck a shot.

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Shaila Lias

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