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I was recently introduced to the web based presentation tool “Prezi”. After a couple uses, I felt compelled to share my experiences and thoughts on this fairly unique piece of software. Prezi deserves some recognition, and what better way than to compare it to the king of all presentation resources: Microsoft PowerPoint. As a veteran PowerPoint user, I can immediately tell you that there are some aspects of Prezi that do surpass those of PowerPoint. Are these aspects alone enough to take a stab at the crown Microsoft has held for years? If you’ve ever sat through a presentation that used Prezi, you know exactly what I mean when I say its absolute eye candy.
[ This is a guest post by Caro Pinto , the John Hay Whitney Family Papers Processing Archivist at Yale University Library . Follow her on Twitter at @caropinto .--@jbj ] An Archivist Walks into a Classroom… Many archivists spend their professional lives working in basements preparing diaries, letters, and photographs for use by students and faculty. Indeed, arrangement and description of such materials represents the bulk of my work as an archivist, but I also spend time in classrooms teaching students how to discover and evaluate all kinds of information. Archivists do not usually find themselves in the classroom, but I am lucky enough to be an archivist who works directly with students and faculty.
I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, so here we go: a complete guide to the presentation software Prezi , from what it is and why to use it right up to advanced techniques for making your presentation absolutely killer. Works best on full-screen, as ever. I created this for a workshop next week in the library, so I was going to launch it then – but Prezi themselves have started promoting it via their Facebook presence and on their Explore page. (You should really check out the Explore page , some of the Prezis on there are amazing!) So seeing as it’s gone global already, I’ve brought things forward. I created a hand-out for the workshop, which features screen-grabs of the nuts-and-bolts instructions on how to use Prezi, plus this basic overview for those completely new to it:
Cheat Sheet Use Prezi to add drama and sophistication to all your presentations. Prezi is an online application that takes the place of tired slideshows. You get to use your creativity and work with a variety of different media formats. But first, discover Prezi shortcuts, set up paths, and how to navigate its main menu. This Cheat Sheet shows you how.