Category: Prezi Tutorial


What is Prezi

Prezi is a web-based program that allows you to create an interesting canvas presentation thanks to its zoomable user interface (ZUI) which enables you to explore the “big picture” overview of a floor plan and then zoom into the detail of individual rooms. It allows you to add in not only text and pictures, but also videos and other presentation objects. You can create your presentation online and then download the final on to your PC.

This application can be a good replacement to the traditional PowerPoint presentation. Through its zoomable user interface, it allows the audience to engage with the presenter and make the presentation much more interesting.

Click on this image to visit Prezi’s homepage.

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This introductory post introduces the foounders of Prezi and narrates the story of how prezi was created and developed.

An internationally renowned Hungarian architect and visual artist, Adam Somlai-Fischer, has been working with zooming presentations since 2001. Adam found that a zoomable user interface (ZUI) enabled him to explore the “big picture” overview of a floor plan and then zoom into the detail of individual rooms. Because there was no commercially-available zooming presentation editor, each presentation had to be coded by hand. Audiences were wowed and approached Adam to discover what presentation software he used. A few persuaded him to give them access to his code.

Finally, in 2007, Budapest University of Technology professor Peter Halacsy convinced Adam, which is now Prezi’s co-founder, to develop an editor so that anyone could make zooming presentations. After creating a sample, they recruited a business-minded entrepreneur, Peter Arvai, to join as CEO — to help them build a product and a company. Prezi was launched in April 2009 from Budapest and the San Francisco office was established in November 2009.

The application was known as ‘ZuiPrezi’ – ‘Zui’ as in zooming using interface, and ‘Prezi’ as in the Hungarian diminutive of presentation.  On December 15, 2008 the team dropped the ‘Zui’ because people could not pronounce it correctly.

Peter Halacsy and Adam Somlai-Fischer believed in “humanity’s desire for creativity,” and their dream was to create tools that “allow self-expression to take shape.”  Adam once stated that “a good tool needs to help you in: thinking, formulating and developing your message.” With Prezi, the two men truly achieved this.

Here’s a demo to this application:

The following detailed steps will help and guide you to create a prezi presentation. You can alter the content as u wish but the basic themes and fonts are built in.

First go to Prezi website.

1.      Click on “New Prezi” on/ the top left of the window

2.      Enter a title for the Prezi and write a brief description to your presentation. Then click on “New Prezi”, then a loading screen will pop up.

3.      On the right side of your screen, you will see a blue tab with three different buttons. The “Minus (-)” button is used to zoom out; there is a “Home” button which looks like a little house that will adjust the screen to view your presentation as a whole, while the “Plus (+)” button is used to zoom in.

4.      Click on the text “Click anywhere & add an idea”, and write the phrase that you want instead. You can click anywhere else on the screen and it will automatically create a new text box that will allow you to write more information.

5.      By clicking over the text, a blue circle will pop up. Click in the center of the circle, which has a “Hand” icon, to drag the text anywhere you would like to place it.

6.      On the same blue circle you can increase the size of the text to either make it really big or really small by using the “Plus (+)”and the “Minus (-)” button. In the outer region of the blue circle, there are blue lines aligned around the circle. These are used to rotate your text.

7.      You can Align text left, Center, Align text right, and justified by clicking on the corresponding icons that are located on the top of the text box. Also there is an icon that allows you to make bullets for a list. To adjust the length of the txt box use the arrows on its right corner.

8.       Look to the top left of your screen, you will see a couple of circles put together. This is your main way to edit your whole Prezi. Click on the circle that says “Path in order to create a path that your presentation will go through when presenting.

9.      Then, another three circles will open around it. Click on “1-2- add” circle. Click over any of the text you have on your Prezi. When you click over your title, you will see the number one in a circle which means that it is the starting point of your path. Click on other text as this will continue your path, you will see the number two, three, four, etc

10.  To view your path, you have to zoom out and Click on the grayed out circle which says “Show”. You can view the presentation in the current view, or you can select the “Full Screen” button.

11.  Click on the arrow on the upper left corner to go back to the original editing circle. Click on the “Colors & Fonts” button to select different kind of themes for your background and text. Also click on “Theme Wizard” button, which will allow you to create your own theme that includes your background, font, and colors. From there select the colors and the type of text you want. To use these tools click on text and it will open up the text box and click on any of the three settings.

12.  To insert any type of media you will have to go back to the editing circle on the upper left hand corner. Click on “Insert” and it will give you four choices: Files, YouTube, Image, and Shapes.

Summary: All these steps are the basic guideline to using this web 2.0 application. However, you can go more in depth and have access to more tools by purchasing the Pro package in order to be able to edit offline and online. To know more about the types of memberships click here to navigate to the next post! Here is an image that gives you a glimpse of how the canvas looks like at first and at the end.

Start Page:

End Result:

This page will inform you about the different types of memberships and their corresponding costs. I will also deduce the strong points and weak points in this web 2.0 application along with the different ways or fields that you can use Prezi presentations in.

How much does it cost to use this application?

Prezi offer a number of different packages including a free package. The free package is known as “public license” and comes with 100MB storage space, and an offline player. All of your presentations will have the Prezi logo on them and all presentations will be published publicly in the showcase. The enjoy plan has 500MB of storage space, no Prezi logo and the ability to create private presentations. This plan costs $59 per year or may be provided to licensed students/teachers free of charge. The Pro package comes with an offline editor and 2GB of space. The Pro account costs $159 per year.

what are the advantages and disadvantages of using Prezi?

Strong points Weak Points
Simple and easy to use: you can show details by zooming in or focus on the big picture by zooming out. Too much rotation and unorganized paths could cause dizziness.
 You can save it online: it is accessible from any computer, and it can be used to share information (group projects). You need internet to edit your presentation unless you purchased the Pro license.
It is all on one slide: you do not have alternate from one slide to another. Prezi will only support Flash files and embedded YouTube files.
It’s a non-linear presentation which makes it more engaging and less boring Compared to other presentation applications, it may have relatively limited availability of fonts and colors.

 In what fields can you use Prezi?

Students and executives may be very interested in using Prezi because it is a very unique and entertaining way to present. Prezi assists teacher and students in their school or college projects. Elementary school teachers may use prezi to demonstrate the Solar system in a new unique way. Highschool students may also use this aplication to present any course material to their classmates. Prezi will also provide an appealing method of presentation to businessmen and women when presenting a new product or offer.

Prezi is still a new application hence more development and improvement are yet to come. It definitely has a positive impact on society and is of great benefit to almost everyone. Thank you Prezi  Team 🙂

In Brief: This post provided information about the several membership costs, an analysis and some possible usages of Prezi application.

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