What is Prezi? – The Prezi Way of Presenting

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Why is Prezi different and what is Prezi?  

There are two types of people in this world, those who admire Prezi presentations and those who design and build Prezi presentations. When you use Prezi for the first time, you can’t get enough of the zoom, rotate, and pan animations, but it isn’t really until you finish that presentation that you realize you are feeling a little seasick. Sometimes it happens after your second presentation because the first was only 10 slides long.

Then out of the blue, you notice things about Prezi you didn’t pick up during the honeymoon phase.

The first thing you notice is that there is no real reliable grid and the snapping is terrible. Then you realize you can’t enter numerical values, which makes alignment a nightmare. Another Prezi or two later, you might realize that you can’t really animate in Prezi either. You can make items appear, but that doesn’t really count as an animation. You might have noticed that the theme wizard sucks, and you need to work in a CSS editor to get it exactly the way you want it to look. You notice that documents overwrite each other from time to time when more than one user makes an edit at the same time. Perhaps you picked up that Prezi doesn’t support custom Vectors or custom fonts or that you can’t time your presentation on auto to within exact milliseconds. You finally wake up one day and feel like you have been sold a false dream and perhaps your days with Prezi is over.

You decide to give Prezi one more try, you accept that it is basically a buggy Flash application, and you try to enjoy the experience for what it is.

Think of Prezi as an invisible and undefined canvas with a few elementary sets of tools.

Presenting with Prezi is a completely different experience – both for the presentation designer and the people you are presenting to. Leave your custom Photoshop and Vector graphics outside the door and use the tools as Prezi presents them to you. Avoid designing something that requires an exact grid and think of Prezi as an infinitely wide canvas to paint your ideas on, and don’t take yourself too seriously.

If you are a first time or amateur Prezi user, withhold your desire to import custom elements from Illustrator or Photoshop. Instead, use Prezi’s cringe-worthy lines, shapes, and arrows. By doing so, you will save yourself hours of frustration and will have created something simple and easy to use and navigate.

You might not use Prezi for all your presentations, in fact doing that would be silly, but you should use Prezi when it is appropriate to do so, not because you DON’T want to present in PowerPoint or Keynote but because it is right for your audience.

Get more info from Prezi themselves at www.prezi.com 


Steven Brewis
Presentation Designer at Freelancer
Steven Brewis - Freelance Creative Director

I have more than 15 years experience; building presentations both as a professional creative in advertising and helping small boutique businesses bring their ideas to life. Obviously I don’t do all of the work on my own, I have a handfull of freelancers who I have come to know and trust and are eager to help me create kickass prezis and prezos.

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