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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Web Dummies: WordCamp Miami

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Oh friends, the things I have learned today! So many wonderful things! I just attended WordCamp Miami 2011 – a designer/marketer/developer WordPress Conference – and got some amazing tips and tricks for WordPress plugins and online-goodies in general. I would love to share the knowledge I gained today with you all; check out the sites listed below for a little bit of everything you can utilize in your business:

Let’s start simple here, with Card Munch – compatible software for your iPhone which literally snaps a photo of your business cards and auto-adds the contact to your phones address book. We all know how hard it is to keep track of all the business cards we get while networking, so use this program and get organized!

Want to make money online? Who doesn’t! There are multiple platforms to set up ads on your blog/website, and the conference speakers today kept recommending BuySellAds. I’m going to give them a try by simply signing up, placing ads on my site, and then gain the possibility to get paid every time a consumer clicks; I suggest you do to!

New to WordPress? Don’t fret, WPBeginner is there for you. They offer guides, free themes, plugins, tutorials, consulting, and more – you name it! Easy to navigate and helpful for newbies, I highly recommend this site for all your WordPress questions.

Vanilla Forums is open source forum software that is used to power discussions. There you can sign up and have a discussion forum created for you instantly; the discussion forum can be used for any purpose, so take advantage and us it for your school work, business or just personal blog and get others opinions in a free-flow of ideas forum.

Last but certainly not least, Video User Manuals for web developers is the final piece to the puzzle. It is a plugin for WordPress that gives the end user both a video and online manual explaining the functionality available to Editors in WordPress. Instead of trying to explain WordPress in a nutshell to your client before you hand-over the site, let the tutorials do the talking. Clients can refer back to them anytime they want and web developers can sleep-well knowing that the site automatically updates the tutorials as things upgrade in WordPress. It’s definitely worth the price of $24 a month for web developers and clients to finally understand each other!

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Web Dummies: Love Those Social Media Icons

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Truly Love Social Media Icons? Use Hearts! This is officially my Favorite Set

Everyone loves Social Media Icons! There’s no doubt about it. Social Media links are a must have on your Website / Blog / Portfolio. It’s important to link out to your social media networks in order to build your followers. So why not do it in style? There are social media icons in all shapes and sizes; from 3D, to origami, to metals, to cartoon characters,  to coffee cups, to moving trucks – yes, moving trucks! They are very cute and perfect for a transport company website ;] Check out the links below for some Free Social Media Icons and pick your favorite  set  to blast on your site:

Get your Social Drink on? Sure, it’s Thursday, I think I will
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