Haiku Deck is an extremely elegant and intuitive way to create graphically rich presentations and slide shows. Like the poetic structure, it is simple, structured, but can be beautiful. While reviewed here as an iPad app, it also has the complete editing features available on the web site. See the video for full details:

Meet Haiku Deck from Haiku Deck on Vimeo.



There are five free themes, others are available for in app purchase. Each slide includes a full screen image and (optionally) text. Images can be searched and imported from the Haiku Deck library-- many excellent creative commons licensed ones are available. The app also adds an attribution to the final published presentation for creative commons images. It also offers in app purchase of other high quality photos. But, as I did, you can also import photos from the iPad photo library. Images can also be imported from Facebook, Instagram. Dropbox, Flickr, Picassa, Google Drive, and Box.

The text is usually a main title and a subtitle, but the display options allow for a variety of placement locations. Text can be either white text on a black translucent background, or black text on a white translucent background. The text sizes itself to fit the length of the input, again providing an emphasis for short amounts of text. The app offers display as well for bulleted lists, numbered lists, and paragraph text. There is enough variety to make the text less uniform, but not so much that it can look cluttered.

One subtle hint I found almost accidentally is that when the slide preview is available, you can pinch zoom and slide the background image around on the slide.

The app offers sharing to Facebook, Twitter, email -- but on the web site, are additional options to share to Pinterest, Google+, and Linked in. Likewise the app offers export options to post to a blog (actually the copy/paste the embed code), and to download it to PowerPoint or Keynote. The web version also offers an export to PDF option.

You can also include additional notes for any slide

Haiku Deck is a joy to work with, and would be useful for many kinds of multimedia creation projects, not just stories. At the time of writing, there is not an Android version, but the web site offers a place to add your email and request for other platforms.

- cogdog cogdog Feb 1, 2014