Prezi is the online service to bake awesome presentations that you can share with your friends. First, I planned to make a kind of a step-by step user guide to show you how to Prezi works but then I understood that it would be incredibly long that’s why you have to try it yourself!
What I will do instead will help you save time on searching and guessing some intricate features. I decided to concentrate on several points only, because it’s really impossible to describe all Prezi tools in one post.
Prezi is sure able to insert edited pictures, it resizes the objects on its own, you can paste your fresh photos in your online presentation too. The control center in Prezi is found in the left upper corner and looks like a cat pad. Remember, this pad hides almost everything that helps you make an animated presentation.
Let’s start with Arrows. You can find arrows under the Insert menu in the Shapes submenu. They serve to visually indicate paths between the frames. You can change the arrows size, direction, angle, color and length. To insert an arrow, click on the arrow icon.
To change the shape and direction of the arrows, you have to double-click the arrow and drag the points on the ends of the arrow and in its middle.
To change the size of the arrow, click on it and zoom in or out. To delete the arrow, click on the trash bin icon.
It’s necessary to remember that the arrows are only visible indicators that serve as a part of the animation and fun. It’s also very important to think about the path logic or the presentation plot, so to say. In order to indicate the frames sequence, Prezi offers to define the path. You can do it in two ways that are described below.
Click on the Path menu on the “cat pad” and you will see the paths that connect various objects in your presentation. You can drag the plus icons to the objects that you would like to connect or you can just click on them and Prezi will add a screenshot of the slide with this object to the presentation. I found that the second way is much easier for me to manage. But anyway I advise you to try both of them.
If you think that some of the frames are wrong or you don’t like it, just look at the left side bar with the frames screenshots. Hover the mouse over a frame and you will see the delete icon in the right upper corner of the frame.
These are two features that required most of time to think over. And here is also a list of other interesting points that are worth to look at.
- Edit together – you can invite your friends to work on the presentation together. It means that you can process one file from various parts of the world.
- View together – Prezi generates a link of your presentation that you can share on your Facebook wall or in other social networks and blogs.
- Cat pad – this is the word that occurred to me when I first saw the tool set in Prezi. It hides a lot of interesting things that you should try yourself.
- Learn Tab – if you wish to explore details of some features, click this tab and you’ll find various tutorials there.
- Explore Tab – here you’ll find brilliant presentation examples made by others.
Enjoy Prezi, it’s a really cool tool to surpass even PowerPoint presentations!