I've written about Haiku Deck before. The app originated on the iPad and now it's available to anyone on the internet. It works the same way as before, but because you don't have to type on your iPad, it's a whole lot easier to compose your decks.
I made the above deck online in about 15 minutes from pictures from a video I produced and directed. It's a converstation starter to other parents on why I give to my kids' school Annual Fund.
The advantages of Haiku Deck vs PPT.
- Themes (the font choice and how text is presented) are snazzy looking and make your presentations look instantly "designed."
- You can choose their free Themes or purchase others.
- Inserting text is easy and the lack of space for text -- makes me really focus on my message. Remember that Seth Godin post on how to make effective PPTs. In the post, he says never to put more than six words on a slide. I think rules are meant to be broken -- but I can see his point. The deck is just to wake people up and make the "emotional sale" (Godin's words). There's always more information (a webpage, a handout, pdf) that explains in detail your deck.
- Inserting pictures. Haiku Deck has done something brilliant here. You can use pictures to illustrate your points from your hard drive, dropbox, facebook, Google+, etc. Or, you can do a quick search through hundreds of creative commons licensed photos based on word searches. I used the CC search on this deck.
- Because Haiku Deck is now on your computer, you can easily take stills from videos (I make stills from video through Mpeg Streamclip (free app), screen grabs, or your iphoto stash. Make sure you have the rights!
- You can work on your decks on the iPad and the online portal.
- When you're done, take the deck and embed it with HTML code or send to social media sites. And, you can even make a PDF or even export into PPT file.
I've used Haiku Decks when I've presented talks to schools, as an opening teaser when bidding on projects and it's also a great way to get your team on the same page at the start of a project.
Next from Haiku Deck, I would like to see hypertext links on URLS.
I'm looking forward to the next iteration.