Haiku Deck has launched a Web-based version of its iPad presentation app, giving anyone with a browser the chance to create a professional, well-designed slideshow for free.
The Web incarnation offers six different themes to get you started: Volterra, Five Seven Five, Picaresque, Origami, Cinematic and Zissou. These affect the primary and secondary fonts that will be used throughout the slideshow – the background and slide layouts are accessible across all the themes.
A preview of the current slide is flanked by an editing pane where you can choose the slide format, background and layout. It also gives you the option to add some private notes for when you deliver the presentation. A complete list of slides is shown at the bottom of the page and you can add a new one by hitting the giant plus button in the bottom right-hand corner.
If you’re used to Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple’s Keynote app, you might be taken aback by the fairly limited editing options. Haiku Deck’s iPad app is known for its simplicity though and the templates it does offer in the browser are generally fresh, appealing and fairly original.
To help dress up your presentations, the Web app also gives you access to over 35 million professional photos licensed via Creative Commons. The majority of them are stunning – the type you would find in a premium glossy magazine – and span almost every conceivable topic.
In our testing, it took a while for these photos to load-in though – images would have a tendency to pop-in at an incredibly low-resolution, returning to their original quality a few minutes later.
When you’re done, you can perform your finished slideshow full-screen, save it to your account for future editing, export it as a PowerPoint file, share it with a URL or embed it anywhere on the Web.
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