There was a time when PowerPoint presentations were seen as an answer to the age-old question of how to liven up dull meetings. That promise quickly gave way to a reality where such presentations—poorly thought out, or simply uncreative—have possibly made workplace meetings even more dull.
Enter Haiku Deck for iPad, a free offering from Giant Thinkwell. The app offers beautifully designed slideshow templates and draws upon immense resources—including more than 35 million free photos available under a Creative Commons license—to inspire users and help them easily craft a good-looking presentation in just a short period of time.
New users will sign in using Facebook, Twitter, or an email address. Then, jump straight into the creation of a presentation: Just push a “plus” button on the bottom of the home page to get started. You can choose from one of five themes with its own font that are free to the public; 11 more themes are available to buy, either at $2 apiece, or $15 for an entire “theme pack.” One of the free offerings should do, at least when making your first presentation.
Once you’ve picked a theme, choose a title for your presentation, and the process is pretty straightforward after that. Choose one of three options for each new slide after the title page: an animated graph (pie, bar, and stat), text on a solid-colored slide, or text overlaid on a picture. For the picture option, you can pick your own photos from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, or from the camera roll on your iPad—that is, if you don’t like one of the 35 million stock images available.