Haiku Deck is an iOS app from Giant Thinkwell. It is available now as a free download from the App Store with additional in-app purchases, allowing users to quickly and easily build detailed presentations.
When Haiku Deck is first launched, users will be prompted to log in either through social media or with a Haiku Deck account. Once an account is created, users get a quick overview of what the app has to offer, then they can jump right in to making a presentation. For users who want a bit more instruction before making anything, there are two pre-made presentations that further explain what Haiku Deck is and how it works. Once a user is comfortable with the system, he or she can jump right in and begin building a presentation.
Creating a presentation in Haiku Deck is easy because the program is more than happy to guide users every step of the way. When a user first creates a new presentation, they’re prompted to enter a title. Next, the slides are generated and the theme list is shown. There are currently five free themes available, and the level of customization enables users to make each presentation feel unique, regardless of the chosen theme. Once the theme is selected, users can start to add content to the slides. There are four main slide types available: Text, ordered list, unordered list, and charts. Each category has various layouts and settings, and there are three different charts available. In text slides and lists, users can format the content and layout as they see fit. Charts can easily be adjusted by dragging handles to set the desired value.
Adding backgrounds is one of the most unique features to Haiku Deck. Once the text content in a slide is entered, Haiku Deck will pull out key words and the user can select one (or enter their own) and the system will generate a list of images that can be used as a background. Haiku Deck’s image library is vast and it can find relevant images to a variety of keywords. Some of the available images are flashy and distracting, and others lack any sort of professional appearance. Fortunately, these problemsome photos are in the minority, and most pictures have a sleek and professional look that will fit well as the background of slides.
Haiku Deck doesn’t do much for monetization, other than selling premium themes. In the list, there is a handful of themes available for $1.99 each. Users can also opt to purchase the entire 16-theme pack for $14.99. Themes are almost fully customizable, with only font and colors changing between themes. On this end, most users will be more than happy with the default themes, as they cover a wide array of styles. Users who are frequently creating presentations may opt for purchasing a few themes. Unfortunately, Haiku Deck doesn’t provide in-depth previews of premium themes, leaving users guessing how certain colors and fonts may appear.
All things considered, Haiku Deck is great for someone looking to make a quick presentation for a meeting or project with an app that guides users through every step of the process. The large image database provides many ways to add personality to a presentation, and the premium themes are cheap enough where users should find some value, no matter how often they create presentations.
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