Presentation software startup Haiku Deck is finally bringing its software to the iPhone, after a successful run on the iPad. The smaller screen version of the app offers full access to your Haiku Deck library, allowing you to review and play back presentations from your Apple smartphone, as well as providing a remote control mode with access to presenter notes for when you’re showing your stuff at that board meeting or product brainstorming session.
The new app offers a piece that was missing from the original Haiku Deck puzzle, and one that users have been asking for according to the startup’s founder and CEO Adam Tratt. The iPhone app is being used as a content consumption and discovery tool, too, thanks to the inclusion of Featured and Popular gallery sections to let you see what kind of presentations others are sharing and enjoying.
“Last we spoke, we were launching the beta of the web app, and that was all about giving people the opportunity to create new Haiku Decks outside of the context of the iPad app,” Tratt said in an interview. “And increasingly, what we’re seeing on our own site and globally across the Internet is that a significant amount of traffic related to content consumption is happening on mobile, and Haiku Decks by nature are ideal for mobile consumption.”
The new iPhone app offers the ability to remotely control a presentation on an iPad, but also to broadcast from the iPhone to a connected display on its own. What it doesn’t yet offer is the ability to create Haiku Decks, and Tratt says that’s definitely in the works for a later update, but for this first version the focus was on putting out the features that make the most sense for the tight screen real estate afforded by the smaller iOS devices.
“With the iPhone app we wanted to give people who are authoring on the iPad app or on the web more ways to share their decks in a way that renders beautifully on the small screen,” Tratt explained. “And then we also wanted to extend the iPad experience to take advantage of what’s awesome about the iPhone.”
Haiku Deck is slowly building up features and functionality that make it competitive with established products including Microsoft’s PowerPoint and Apple’s Keynote. That’s impressive with a small team and a relatively modest funding pool to draw from (Haiku Deck’s last raise was a $3 million Series A round in 2013), and the focus on a deliberate but gradual path of product improvement seems likely to continue to be the business plan going forward.