I’m sure you’ve heard of Prezi. If you hadn’t until this week, then perhaps this lovely one about the US elections will have caught your eye.
What makes prezi cool
- Nice flow to items shown, making it incredibly refreshing compared to slide decks, a legacy of the sixties
- Easy to embed PDFs, images, etc…
- Zooming into documents / photos / text is possible, easy, and encouraged
- There’s a heavy emphasis on telling a complete story, having a thread, which can be forgotten when working with other tools
Where prezi fails
- You need to know the whole story (or most of it) before you start creating it
- Jumping around items while spinning, zooming and so on can make your audience dizzy
- Your presentations reside in the public cloud unless you buy the desktop edition
- You need to be online to create anything, unless you pay for the desktop edition
So why do people keep using it? I guess we’re all pretty tired of PowerPoint, really. It’s time for a new storytelling paradigm.
Try it and let me know how it goes: