They spoke, and Haiku Deck listened.
After listening to customer feedback for the past few months, the Seattle-based startup announced a big new version of its presentation app today.
Haiku Deck is a free iPad app which automatically matches text with Creative Commons images or allows users to easily input their own photos, screenshots or charts. The Haiku Decks, created on an iPad in a few minutes, can be viewed on a tablet, mobile devices or PC. They also can be exported to Microsoft’s PowerPoint or Apple’s Keynote.
New features with Haiku Deck 2.0 include the ability to add charts, graphs and bulleted or numbered lists of up to five items. There’s also new ways to edit images you upload.
CEO Adam Tratt said the updates are based on feedback from people who didn’t necessarily want full control of the presentation, but at least some more flexibility.
“People looked at version one and said they could use it for some presentations, but not all of them,” Tratt said.
Tratt said that the app currently has 300,000 downloads. The company of five is focused on the product for now and hasn’t dialed in a monetization strategy quite yet.
“Let’s do one thing really, really well and prove it out,” Tratt said. “Plenty of room to grow in the universe of iPads before we proliferate.”
Down the road, Haiku Deck hopes to make money via content sold through the app, as well as premium services. They’re also partnering with publishing companies like Slideshare. Right now, users have the option to buy additional themes for $1.99 via in-app purchases past the five included free templates.
Tratt founded Haiku Deck last August with Kevin Leneway. The pair previously worked with Kyle Kesterson at a startup called Giant Thinkwell, but that idea didn’t really take root.