Prezi offers a non-linear, visually oriented, and easy to learn platform for your multimedia presentations. It allows you to have all your information in one place, and liberates you from traditional narrative structures as you navigate through it. In other words, you can maneuver your information and make comparisons without having to go back and forth through numerous slides, which adds a degree of fluidity and continuity to your delivery. You can guide your audience through your desired points by focusing on specifics, but they can also literally see "the big picture." And it gives you the ability to easily manipulate your information in response to spontaneous conversation.
Your project will be laid out as a sort of conceptual and visual "mind map," offering flexibility in its layout and organization as well as in its presentation. Prezi lends itself well to certain thought processes and content, and is particularly useful for sharing high resolution photographic images; you can zoom in and out of pictures to view details.
In some senses Prezi requires a little more design effort than, say, PowerPoint. But it doesn't need to be complicated, and it permits you much more freedom in how you show your information. So give it a try!
After logging into the Prezi website, simply click the "New Prezi" button. You will be asked to choose a template, and though you'll probably want the "blank" one, the others will provide you with a number of readymade elements you can customize as desired once you're familiar with prezi's tools.
Make your selection and you're ready to go!
The tools for adding to your Prezi are located at the top of the screen.
You may choose to switch frequently between "write" mode, in which you can edit your presentation, and "present" mode, in which you can test it out. You can do this by clicking the "present" button in the upper left-hand corner of your workspace, and using the "escape" button on your keyboard to return to editing.
While you are working on your presentation, you can move the visible area of your workspace by clicking, holding, and dragging your mouse. If your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can use it to zoom in and out of your workspace. If not, you can use the magnifying glass icons in the tool on the right-hand side of your screen.
Click on the magnifying glass buttons to zoom into or out of your workspace. You can easily maneuver to a full view of your active canvas by clicking on the "home" button at the top of your zoom tool.
Alternatively, you can select the rectangular box shown at the top of the sidebar to return "home."
Once you are in this "home view," you should be able to mouse over and click on individual elements to zoom right into them. However, note that this feature seems only to work if your elements are of a certain size relative to your active workspace, or are at least surrounded by frames of "acceptable" dimensions).
Check out a few examples of the videos posted in the Prezi Showcase to get a sense of the opportunities it affords. Using Prezi is very intuitive once you gain a level of familiarity with the format and basic tools. We've provided a series of how-to pages below to help you get on your way.
More Detailed How-Tos on How to Make A Prezi
- Add elements: add text, web links, files, charts, and media to your presentation
- Add images: add images to your presentation
- Edit elements: move, re-size, and rotate, the components of your presentation
- Add shapes: augment your presentation with arrows, lines, and highlights
- Add frames: utilize this tool to further organize your presentation
- Create a path: program a sequence for your presentation to follow
- Customize colors and appearance: choose from preset themes or customize color options
- Group Editing: set up group editing for a prezi project
- Play your prezi: review your project and prepare it for presenting