The review site Crowd Reviews gives Haiku deck a 4.10/5 and ranks it 8/79 (Prezi is no.1). Their reviewers particularly appreciated the ease with which the presentations could be shared and viewed on iPhones. Several of the reviewers also appreciate how Haiku-deck forces the user to simplify the message and communicate more through images. The Haiku Deck website also emphasizes the opportunity to produce an Image rich more professional and consistent deck while having fun. Although it appears that most users would want to use the millions of images available Susan Kistler noted how easy it is to import your own images or charts quickly and easily.
Additionally the company has introduced Haiku Deck Zuru which was reviewed in Geekwire The reviewer points out that Zuru uses AI and the results from millions of users to help the user create a new deck. Zuru is accessible via both tablet and browser. As part of my research I signed up for a subscription. I tried both Haiku-Deck and Haiku-Deck Zuru . Since I was really eager to learn more about how Zuru’s AI worked I tried it first and uploaded a PowerPoint deck I had created with text only – no background. Zuru would also have enabled me to upload an outline or even an article from Wikipedia. It then brought up each slide and, based on the words on the slide, asked me to determine the most significant word or words on that slide. Once I selected the key word it offered me a selection of images which could be inserted in each of the slides. After I had made my selections it whipped up a deck and prompted me make changes. When I was done I downloaded the PowerPoint to my computer where I had the option to continue editing. I was successful in my first attempt. I also tried Haiku-Deck which had similar functionality and worked on both tablet and PC. The big difference is that you have to build your deck from scratch in Haiku-Deck and in Zuru you can import pre-existing content. This is a big time saver. Both my experience as well as the reviews revealed both strengths and limitations.
Haiku -Deck seems like a very simplified Power Point with better images. There are only a few layout and font options but that makes it really quick and easy to learn. There was also an option enabling insertion of the notes page and it was actually easier to enter the notes in Haiku-Deck because you could view the notes section more clearly than you can in Power Point. It is really simple and did look good on the screen. I prefer creating on the PC and found the tablet creation more challenging – but the ability to create something that nice very quickly on the tablet is a plus. Positive aspects of Zuru included doing a solid job identifying the key words and providing images which supported that concept. The process moved along quickly and there was no problem uploading my original Power Point or downloading that which was created on the site. It was fun to see the final product. I had some challenges logging in so sent an email describing my challenge and was contacted within two hours. My challenge was corrected.
Haiku Deck strikes me as a great classroom tool and I am planning to look for opportunities to use it in some upcoming training sessions. However, it would be far more effective in ILT (instructor led training) than webinar style. In an interactive session (live or virtual) the minimal slides can help foster more dialogue However for less interactive sessions, like most webinars the minimalism of the slides will make it more difficult for many people to comprehend the concept.
For detailed financial or business updates with any degree of detail Haiku-Deck is not a good option because of its forced simplicity. However the rich use of visuals could encourage the deck designer to think more visually. And that change of perspective could also alter how you viewed your subject and might make you want to approach/deliver content differently. It also forces you to use good PowerPoint design fundamentals.There are some notable downsides to Haiku Deck and Zuru, some of which have been previously alluded to. Fonts are one problem. If you use Haiku Deck, when you download the presentation to your computer you are required to download fonts. This can be problematic on a business computer whose amped up security will not allow any type of downloading. With Zuru – the fonts are embedded but not appealing. Therefore, after you download you will likely want to modify them all. Although the simplicity is a plus it is also a challenge because many leaders and departments still send decks to meeting attendees as an informative tool. People are used to reading the slide for the information (not notes page on a screen) so this presents a possible dissatisfier.
Haiku-Deck literally limits the amount of verbal content you can place on the slide and by its design tries to help you adhere to recommended PPT construction rules. This link discusses some of the premise behind Haiku-Deck’s design rules which you are forced to follow. Privacy is only available to premium subscribers which could be a challenge for businesses or anyone who is concerned about public availability of their content. Not only are they publicly stored but the best decks are even featured on their gallery and on Pinterest .
Also, because the decks in the free version are stored on their server you have to be connected to the internet in order to show your presentation. There are times and locations where that can still be a challenge – and the photos can take a while to load. With a premium license you can download decks in 3 forms – editable PPTX, un-editable or PDF. Consumer Advocate goes on to give Haiku Deck Zuru a 7.7/10 emphasizing outstanding appearance but indicating challenges in being unable to add audio files or media. Reviewer Susan Kistler pointed out limitations with the graphs – there are only 3 types, font can be small and there is minimal opportunity to manipulate them.
Overall, I think it may be too simplistic for my general use. However, I do plan to continue playing with Haiku-Deck and will incorporate some of the photography into upcoming presentations. At this point I don’t envision that I will be able to utilize Haiku-Deck as a substitute for Power Point but rather as an additional tool. https://www.haikudeck.com/presentations/Tricia.garwoodAn area where I feel our business could use some great technology is in the virtual collaboration space. Nothing seems ideal. From this week’s top 200 I noted: WebEx, Zoom, Today’s Meet (with opportunities for backchannel discussion space), Team Viewer, Go to meeting, Kaltura, and Zeetings (enabling participation from your own device). I have used WebEx and Go to meeting but am curious to know more about any of the others or any with which you have had great experiences. Thanks!