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The ultimate guide to Prezi

The ultimate guide to Prezi
Update: the Prezi itself, below, was updated in May 2013 with some more tips, examples, FAQs, and also to cover the new Prezi interface. 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!) 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: The basics The basic principle of Prezi is to put objects on the canvas and link them together with a ‘path’. Related:  PreziPrezi

Lessons learned from creating my first prezi I recently told you about Prezi, a web-based tool that enables you to arrange and present your ideas in a highly visual, compelling format.I recently created my first prezi, a promotion for the Mind Mapping Insider membership program: In the process of creating this presentation, I learned a number of things about Prezi, both pro and con: Pros I laid out my main points in linear order in Notepad, and then used them as a guide to create a corresponding hierarchy of objects in the workspace. In general, Prezi was easy to use and intuitive to figure out. Cons: Prezi sometimes acted flaky. Text is only available in one color – black. I discovered I had to be careful about the sizes of images I imported into the Prezi workspace. I tried to create a list of 7 or 8 items, and then have Prezi zoom in on each one successfully – a technique that I had seen used in some other prezis. Conclusion So that’s what I learned.

6 useful things Prezi can do (which even experienced users miss) I keep discovering new things about the presentation software Prezi. Asking around, it seems lots of other users didn’t know about some or all of these either, so with that in mind I thought I’d draw your attention to 6 useful things. Got any more? Leave them in a comment… 1. Upgrade to the educational licence for free if you are a student or work for a University All you need to do is go to Upgrade on the Prezi site, and stick in your university email address (.edu or .ac.uk etc). Free, useful, but many don’t find it 2. This is completely brilliant. By pressing shift before drawing a frame, it keeps a perfect 4:3 aspect ratio as you draw it – moving the mouse simply increases or decreases the size, but the shape stays the same. All of the frames you see here are drawn using this technique – click the pic to go to the actual Prezi and see how it works for the viewer 3. It’s not ‘Save a copy’ as you might expect; it’s ‘Download’ 4. 5. 6. Lots of colours to play with

Showing, Not Telling: Prezi & Omeka [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. And why not? Since finishing graduate school with a degree in library science and and a powerful aversion to PowerPoint, I’ve hunted for an alternative demonstration tool and found it with Prezi. Teaching students about primary sources is a hallmark of history instruction. Simply projecting a database onto a screen and then praising its capacity to discover and locate primary sources isn’t enough to engage students. Return to Top

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Breathe New Life Into Your PowerPoint Slides With Dozens Of Exciting Free Tools & Resources A wealth of free resources that can help you jazz up those tired old (or new) lesson slides and presentations. Thanks to a preponderance of boring content, PowerPoint has earned an undeserved bad name. It has become an all-too-easy target for bashing in today’s web media. At the same time, we’ve all seen PowerPoint presentations that made us stop and think, “wow – that’s pretty cool, how’d they do that?” Following are a number of ideas and free resources that can help you add fun and pizzazz to your PowerPoint slide presentations by incorporating engaging visual and audio elements. {*style:<b>Add Animations </b>*}PowerPoint includes easy tools that make it a snap to add exciting visual elements to your slides using automated animations. This tutorial from Online Tech Tips explains how to create slide transition automations using easy pre-configured tools in PowerPoint. You can really kick it up a notch by creating your own custom animations, which is easier than you might think.

The True Benefits Of Integrating Prezi Presentation Software One of the biggest struggles companies face is creating a presentation that is informative yet captivating and memorable. For many years the only resource available was Microsoft PowerPoint. Now companies have the option of working with a new presentation tool called Prezi. Prezi is a new cloud-based software tool that has taken presentations to a whole new level. This presentation software is flash-based, which means presentations are not required to follow any linear order. Thanks to Prezi, presentations can now be laid out more like a thought map. Because Prezi Presentations are created differently then any others, it may take some getting used to, but the time spent learning this new presentation software has endless benefits. Digalign has been utilizing Prezi in partnership with Elevate Inc. to express to our clients how we can assist with the improvement of their businesses.

ideas about information Update, May 2013: I’ve re-updated a newer guide to Prezi, actually in Prezi itself: See also: 6 useful things Prezi can which even experienced users miss The ten tips of the title are near the top of this post – it’s quite long, so don’t worry about reading the examples bit if you just want the nuts and bolts. [Update: I've also created a slide-deck which acts as a simpler version of this post - you can read and view it here. I’ve created or had a hand in creating three Prezis that have made it into the public arena (plus some previous attempts that I’ve deleted). Incidentally, if this top 10 tips had to be just a top 1, it would be: a good Prezi is a balance between exploiting the capabilities of the medium, and ensuring these capabilities don’t become and end in themselves. Ten Top Tips Create your structure first, fill in the details afterwards. Example one is the first one I ever did – for this blog post on tomorrow’s information professionals. So what’s bad about this?

Prezi For Dummies Cheat Sheet 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. Navigating the Prezi Bubble Menu The main Prezi interface is called the Bubble Menu, which consists of five main items. Quick Keyboard Shortcuts for Prezi Using Prezi presentation software isn't difficult, and its keyboard shortcuts save some time. Handy Shortcuts in Prezi's Show Mode Prezi has two different modes of operation: Edit Mode, in which you create your presentation, and Show Mode, in which you present your creations. Media Formats to Use with Prezi With Prezi, you have the opportunity to include a variety of media that to make your presentations really stand out from the usual boring slide shows. How to Use the Prezi Path Tool

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Lissa Explains it All -- HTML Help and Tutorial for Kids Grassroots Oracle: Please practically plan your prezi presentation At the 2011 AUSOUG Conference I gave a presentation on simply called Oracle Apex 4.1 Security. The exciting thing was (well, I thought it was exciting) I gave powerpoint the flick and used Prezi instead. I've got oraclenerd to thank for putting me onto it. Planning Plan - it's an easy thing to say, particularly with a new presentation technique, however plan the talk as much as you can. Don't worry about the slide sorter when you want to add say, slide 8 out of 120. You might find this interesting, I kept the notes I made from my first run through. So, some insight into my brain: /* -medieval castle - where is word defence in depth -skips layer 8 -put monitor around browser -question audience for hands! save this for blog count the 4.1s*/ And at the end of the day, it turned out really well - despite the fact I overslept and made it to the venue with 10 minutes to spare before my presentation, and I forgot my dongle for my (vital) clicker. Scott

5 easy ways to create fabulous slides Presentations, eh? We pretty much all have to do them now – and we certainly all have to watch them at some time or other. So let’s all make nice ones, and collectively save ourselves from death by Powerpoint. Creating decent slide-decks is actually very straightforward. The deck above details five methods, in order of easyness: The simple colours method (easiest)The one background, many colours methodThe two-tone-texture methodThe found-flickr methodThe augmented white slide method (trickiest). On a closely related note, here’s a quick reminder not to break the basic rules of presenting, which Slideshare featured on their homepage a while back: Other guides (including Prezi presentation software) available here: thewikiman.org/tech. Good luck creating fabulous slides! - thewikiman

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