October 18, 2011 diamaritorres

Web Dummies: Awesome Prezi Presentations

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Prezi – The Zooming Presentation Editor
This nifty little tool has been out for over a year now, but I recently ran into the online program and instantly fell in love. Forget the traditional PowerPoint presentation, and say Hello to Prezi. Easy-to-use, Prezi is a quick and animated way to display your presentation content, while keeping your audience engaged!

Why is Prezi pretty awesome?
It’s Free. It’s Simple. It Creates Movement with Elements of Zooming. It Shows Relationships within Content. It has an iPad app. You can import PowerPoint slides, if you’d like. And It’s just all around Cool.

Once your Prezi is started, you have all sorts of options for building, layering, and ordering the objects in your presentation. To use Prezi, you really do have to break the traditional thought process of ‘slides’. Prezi is not based on a series of ‘slides’ or single screens full of data, but is more based on how your presentation delivery is structured.

It’s more like an outline, with related groupings, ordered objects, sequential ideas, and unified thoughts. All of these come together in one ‘whiteboard’ construction area that is, literally, as large as you need it to be – and will expand to fit the needs of your presentation. Once you’re done, you can download your Prezi directly to your computer and present from the hard disk or you can embed it online; whatever works best for you.

Prezi is a great alternative to PowerPoint, but does have it’s drawbacks. I found that the system is fast and is user friendly, but offers only a few options for text and overall styling. Besides that, it’s open to your creativity.

The best tips for creating your Prezi in the most enjoyable-fashion are:

  • Start with your big ideas and spread them around the canvas. Then add details to those main ideas.
  • Practice with just text to start. Then add pictures to create visual interest.
  • If you want a group of objects (text and/or images) to be seen at the same time, use a frame to group them.
  • Be careful with how much zooming and movement you use: The right amount creates interest, but too much creates motion-sickness.
  • Once your text and images are in place, set up just the first few steps of your path.  Then view the show to see how these elements appear.  You may realize that you want to change the grouping, size, or location of your elements.  If you like how the first few steps appear, continue to set the rest of your path.

Still not sure how to start? Well, their getting started tutorial explains the basics pretty well; I promise you’ll have fun learning it. As for pricing, you can use the Free Version to get to know the program; but those of you who sign up with Student Emails are able to get the upgraded version for Free – where you can insert your Own logo instead of Prezi’s, have extra storage space, and a few other perks too.

Before you go, check out my First Prezi design: I quickly put this together – literally in 10 minutes – to just see how the program works. It’s very user-friendly and I’ll definitely be using it for my future Presentation Projects. Happy Preziing!

EDIT: Here’s a gift for you! Check out my Prezi Tutorial

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