This week's Best Free iPad App is for my consultant and MBA friends that make presentations for a living. You know who you are, wink wink. Making snazzy presentations may not be cocktail party fodder but it's an important business skill. Presentations (decks as some say) are how companies outline strategies, financials, organization charts and so on but they're often pretty bland. So here is an app that makes them shine - Haiku Deck with its 90 AppScore. The app's goal is to help you make beautiful, visually stunning presentations through artfully designed fonts, backdrops, layouts and images. Think PowerPoint from an artists perspective. Haiku Deck also focuses on simplicity allowing you to apply these artistic touches with a quick tap on the iPad. The Wall Street Journal called it "a smart app that makes beautiful slide shows in no time and makes your iPad a more productive tool". It's so cool you may even find me discussing presentations at a cocktail party one day. So what do you think of Haiku Deck? Will you use it to stun everyone with your presentation skills?
As always our AppScore rankings are based on aggregating independent professional review scores from around the web.
From the app description: "Beautiful: Instantly create the perfect look by choosing from a range of stylish themes. Select the perfect backdrop for your words from millions of free high-quality Creative Commons licensed photos. Import images from your iPad, Flickr, Picasa, Instagram, or Facebook for a personalized touch. Easy: Apply fonts and image settings with one tap. Select the perfect layout for each slide with one tap. Toggle image filters to achieve the perfect look with one tap. Shareable: Share to email, Twitter, or Facebook. Display decks with an iPad, a projector, a smartphone, or any web browser. Export to PowerPoint or Adobe .pdf"
Here are some professional thoughts from iPadWorld: "What We Liked About Haiku Deck: There are so many uses for Haiku Deck. If you find yourself constantly having to present ideas to people, this will probably make your life a lot easier." (September 4, 2012).