Jan 14, 2009

Powerful Praise for Prezi!

It's most likely you have never seen a presentation like a Prezi presentation. Interact with a presentation designed in Prezi for the first time and you will quickly see the advantages, uses, opportunities, applications and so forth.

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It's new.
It's very different.
it's truly interactive.
It's incredible.

Surprisingly (and remarkably) its very easy to use and easy to create your own presentations.

Attempting to describe Prezi in more detail is pointless as I have to use old school, 2D, linear tools like text on the blog you are reading now.

Think about it.
It's still just text on a page, typically in black and white, presented to you in a window, paragraphed, bulleted, maybe a pic or two. Basically a sheet of typed paper delivered on a computer screen. Not a lot different than it was 100 years ago or even 400 years ago for that matter. 

Speech gave us communication.
Language gave us structure and identification.
Writing gave us a the ability to transfer knowledge through time.
Printing made the whole thing faster and easier.
Computers gave us non tangible data.
The Internet gave us distribution.
Mobile gave us easy data collection and retrieval.
Social networking gave us community.

And yet, we still have the same structure. The same basic book type layout we have used since we first started writing on paper.

Prezi changes that. Yea, it's that big of a deal.

Prezi is non linear, 3D, open perspective and total freedom and thus it requires a small paradigm shift when viewing and a medium paradigm shift when creating presentations.

It's not "think outside the box" but rather "box out side the think"

Make the shift and the editor takes about 5 minutes to learn. The controls are amazingly intuitive. It's all online with no software to download. PNG's are preferred. Videos can be added to the presentation as well as pdf's, images, etc...

It's still kind of pre-release.
I don't know when they will start charging.
I don't know how much it will cost.
I DO know that I will probably pay it.

Want to see it in action? Check out my Resume at

Check out the main site at http://www.prezi.com

  • "Prezi" is the Hungarian diminutive translation of "presentation".
  • PNG files are the best option. 
  • I have not tested it but I bet multi touch rocks with Prezi. Good news for New Apple owners.
  • Youtube plugins are coming soon. for now just convert to flv.
  • For links to show, you must use the full URL with the HTTP
    • Like this "http://www.stevergibson.com/images/stories/prez"
    • Not like this " www.stevergibson.com"
  • No bugs to report yet, everything worked very well. I have not tested n Ubuntu or Linux yet.
  • Creates a flash file (swf)
  • You can download your presentation and easily add it to your site with FTP.
  • Not very strong on embedding or social spacing yet but it's only a matter of time.

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