Wish You Could Use Haiku Deck for Presentations? You Can

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If you’ve been wishing you could use the glitzy iPad presentation app, Haiku Deck, but don’t have an iPad, you’ll be pleased that Haiku Deck is now available on the Web.

You can create Haiku Deck presentations in your Web browser, on any computer. I’ve just tried out the Web app, and it’s excellent. But…

Oddly enough, I prefer Haiku Deck on the iPad. I think it’s because I’m more used to it (and I prefer lounging on the sofa to sitting at my desk):

How I create presentations fast

With Haiku Deck, anyone can create a fantastic presentation in less than an hour.

I use sticky notes stuck onto an Oasis pad to create the presentation outline. One sticky per slide.

Then, sitting on my sofa, with the outline on a coffee table, I relax and create the presentation on my iPad. Best job ever. :-)

Sign up (or log in), and create your first presentation.

In the spirit of cookery shows, here’s a slide deck I created just for you, to show you how easy it is to use Haiku Deck’s new Web app.

This deck took me around ten minutes to create; I was dithering around with images, otherwise I would have finished more quickly.

Once you’ve signed up, or have logged in, you can go to your gallery. Make sure that you sign in with your Haiku Deck ID, if you’ve been creating decks on your iPad, so that your decks are available in your gallery.

Haiku Deck

From your gallery, you can share your decks, or create a new deck, as you can see in the image above.

Prototype your ideas, then export to PowerPoint.

Of course, Haiku Deck doesn’t have all the bells and whistles you’ll find in PowerPoint. That’s OK. You can export your decks to PowerPoint, as you can see from the Export to PowerPoint option in the image below.

Haiku Deck export

Next, just open your deck in PowerPoint.

PowerPoint

 

The deck in PowerPoint

Your slide deck opens, ready for you to get on with your work.

Haiku Deck’s perfect for prototyping presentations, or for noodling with ideas. Just create a slide deck in Haiku Deck, either on your iPad, or on the Web, and explore your ideas. When you’re ready, export your desk to PowerPoint, without publishing it. You can now delete the “starter” deck, because it has served its purpose.

If you haven’t tried Haiku Deck, try it out. It’s a perfect tool if you need to create a presentation FAST. By the way, if you’re a Slideshare user, you can export your decks directly to Slideshare if you wish.

 

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iPad for Business: 11 Inspiring Apps To Try Today

Apple wants you to use your iPad for business
Apple wants you to use your iPad for business

Are you using your iPad for business? Apple wants you to. It’s set up a new website for iPad business apps. Check it out, it may inspire you.

When I bought my first iPad, I had no intention of using it for business; for me, it was an ereader and notetaker par excellence. Last year however, I discovered that the iPad works better for some things than my iMac. Who knew?

These days, I’m as likely to use my iPad as my primary machine. It goes with me everywhere.

Here are my favorite business apps. Many of the apps are FREE. I’ve tagged those which aren’t “commercial.”

Your preference for business apps will vary, of course. It’s worth Googling your industry for iPad apps. Lawyers for example, have embraced the iPad, so there are many apps for them.

1. Evernote for EVERYTHING

Evernote is my “everything” app on all my devices. I use it for research, contacts, reminders, meetings, and client data. When combined with Trello, you can catch up with clients no matter where you are.

I’ve mentioned before that Evernote allowed me to keep working when my hard drive and cable modem died. The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it. It really is an external brain.

2. Kindle app – read everything everywhere

The Kindle app is a gem. Not only can you read all your ebooks, but you can read other documents too – just Send to Kindle.

3. Trello – lists on the go

With Trello for iPad you can manage all your lists everywhere. They’re updated in real time. I use it for client work, as well as personal stuff. You can keep your personal and organization boards separate, so on the iPad, filter your boards to quickly find the board you want. You’re notified when someone adds something to a board.

4. Quip – collaborate on documents and projects

Quip’s a very clever social word processing app, which you can use anywhere. I like Quip on iPad because I can collaborate on clients’ documents. It’s easy to create a version of a document, and get a review and comments quickly.

5. Drafts (commercial) – quick notes to wherever you choose

Drafts is a fast note-taking app, and much more. It has Actions, which automate your workflows. For example, it’s easy to send notes to apps like Dropbox, Evernote, and Day One, and to post to Tumblr blogs and Twitter. You can create your own custom actions, of course; Drafts is completely customizable.

6. Blogsy (commercial) – blog on your sofa and at the coffee shop

No time to blog? Consider Blogsy for iPad. You can post to all the most popular plaforms: WordPress.com and WordPress.org, Typepad, Blogger, Tumblr…

7. Haiku Deck – fast presentations for lazy people: share your ideas

If you hate creating presentations you’ll love Haiku Deck. I used to consider creating presentations a punishment until I discovered Haiku Deck.

Haiku Deck is so fast and easy, it makes you look like a creative genius without effort.

8. Dropbox – take all your files with you

Do you trust your backups? You shouldn’t. I’ve always had a backup solution, and over the past couple of decades, I’ve been let down badly TWICE. And not just because I had a single backup – take it from me. Multiple backups can and do fail, at the worst possible moment.

Now, everything that’s a current work in progress gets backed up to Dropbox. Some apps (like Scrivener) do this for you automatically.

Dropbox for iPad not only allows you to access files anywhere, it also gives you peace of mind.

9. GoodReader (commercial) – read and markup with ease

I’m a big fan of Victorian novelists like Anthony Trollope, Dickens, and Elizabeth Gaskell. It’s comfort reading for me, and this makes me a Project Gutenberg fan AND a GoodReader for iPad fan too. GoodReader makes reading long text files a joy.

GoodReader also does an amazing job with PDF files. You can mark up your PDFs in many different ways, and handle enormous files with ease. Beyond PDFs, GoodReader will handle most kinds of files – MS Office, images, and audio and video too.

10. iThoughtsHD (commercial) – mind map your brain

I’m a constant mind mapper. I create them on paper, on whiteboards (snap an image of your creations into Evernote), and in various apps. Much like the never-ending search for the perfect shoes, I hunt for the perfect mind mapping app.

iThoughtsHD comes close to mind mapping perfection.

11. iWork for iPad (commercial) – prime office apps for iPad

Oddly enough, I tend to use Pages and Numbers more on my iPad than I do on my Mac. iWork for iOS is a pleasure to use. If you need MS Office compatibility, iWork is the way to go. You can work with Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on your iPad.

 

Article update: June 3, 2014

Are you using your iPad for business too? It’s been nine months since I compiled this list of apps. I thought I’d go through them to see what had changed — had I stopped using any of the apps? Was I using other apps?

No, and no. I’m still devoted to the same apps. If you’ve recently started using your iPad for business, I hope this list of apps inspires you, and helps to make your business life more comfortable and profitable. :-)

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, too.

iOS 7 Upgrade Goodies, and Beware of Error Message When Upgrading

iOS 7 looks different, and it's faster
iOS 7 looks different, and it’s faster

If you’ve got an iOS device, you’re probably thinking about upgrading to iOS 7, which is available now.

Sadly however, if you own an older device (iPhone 3G, 3GS for example), you may not be able to upgrade. More on which devices are upgradeable here.

Assuming you can upgrade, do you want to?

Definitely NOT if you have mission-critical applications which you rely on every day. If you’ve got business apps, or medical or legal apps on which you depend, make sure that they will run on iOS 7. Visit the developer’s website, or contact the developer to make sure.

Over the past week, iOS 7 versions of apps have poured out. You’re probably sick of updating your apps. :-)

Goodies you get if you upgrade

I’ve upgraded to the latest iOS because I’m curious – I want to see what’s new. Most of the features in iOS7 seemed to come under the heading of “pleasant, but so what?” for me.

Here’s what I didn’t expect. Speed. Although I’ve only been tinkering with iOS 7 for a little while, apps are notably faster, which is wonderful. So if you like a speedy device, upgrade – you’ll be pleased.

Apple’s iOS security features in iOS 7 are welcome too, especially the Activation Lock, which makes it harder for anyone who finds your device, or steals it, to get any value out of it. With any luck, thieves will decide that stealing devices isn’t worth the effort.

Wilson Rothman has an excellent article on Activation Lock:

Now, Activation Lock really ties your device to your iCloud account, in a way that will make it very hard for bad guys to prep it for resale.

So now when you turn on your device, you need to unlock it.

The upgrade experience: smooth except for an annoying error message

The upgrade on both my devices proceeded smoothly; I had to download and install a new version of iTunes first.

Then, before iOS 7 would download for either of my devices, I received this error message: “You do not have permission to access the requested resource”.

I checked Google for more information, but couldn’t find anything. Not surprising, since iOS 7 is only just available.

The first thing to do when something won’t work is always to shut everything down and reboot. Thankfully, this happens rarely in OS X. (Thank you, Apple.)

So I rebooted, and the upgrade for my phone went smoothly.

That done, I tried to upgrade my iPad and received the same error message: “You do not have permission to access the requested resource”.

Grinding my teeth just slightly, I rebooted.

And all was well… iOS 7 installed without a hitch.

If you get the error message, you may find a way of installing without rebooting, but try it if nothing else works.

Not sure whether it’s worth upgrading? Here’s Apple on what’s new in iOS 7.

I’ll be exploring iOS 7 over the next few days so I’ll have more to say about using iOS 7 for business. Enjoy the new iOS. :-)

, and on Twitter: @angee