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December 2, 2013 / carlispina

Create Beautiful Presentations With Haiku Deck For Web

Haiku Deck LogoI’ve previously written about the Haiku Deck iPad app, which makes it quick and easy to make visually appealing slide shows that integrate Creative Commons-licensed images, and now the company has expanded their offerings to include a browser-based option.

As the image below shows, the layout will be familiar to those who have used the iPad app, but there are some differences as well. Once you log into the application, you are presented with the option to create a new slide deck. Currently, there are six available themes for your project, all of which are free. When you first start to create a deck, instructions appear on the screen to offer an overview of the features of the service. Options for each slide are limited, but this is part of the advantage of Haiku Deck, since it ensures that all decks are well-designed and visually engaging. There are three different types of text available, with the default being single line of title text. If you would prefer you can instead opt for a bullet-point list or a numbered list. Each of these types of text can be laid out in a variety of ways. Once you have selected a layout, you can add images either by using the included search feature to search for Creative Commons-licensed images from Flickr or by uploading your own images. If you opt to use a Creative Commons-licensed image, Haiku Deck automatically includes the correct credit information at the bottom of your slide. You can also include presenter notes for yourself. Adding your next slide is as simple clicking the plus sign in the lower right hand corner of the screen.

Haiku Deck Screenshot

Once you are happy with your slides, you can preview them and then share them either publicly (meaning they will appear in the Haiku Deck gallery), privately (meaning that only you can view the deck), or under restricted access (meaning that they can only be seen by people with whom you share the URL). You can also share slides via social media with simple buttons, uploaded directly to SlideShare embedded online, downloaded as a PDF or PowerPoint file or shared via email. Overall, this tool is a great way to create visually appealing slides. I have used Haiku Deck for several presentations and I definitely recommend trying out this free alternative to PowerPoint.

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