At a Glance
- Innovative look
- Smooth animations
- Easy image import
- Offline editing requires top subscription tier
Prezi is fun to use, and the presentations you can make with it are fun to watch.
This unique online presentation tool lets users in multiple
locations work on the same page at the same time. With Prezi
Meeting, up to 10 people can access and edit Flash-based
presentations made in Prezi.
What sets Prezi apart from presentation services
like PowerPoint is its nonlinear, spatial way of sharing
information–making it ideal for brainstorming with far-apart team
members. Just imagine a large whiteboard that lives inside your
Prezi is “slideless,” so you don’t flip through a presentation
page by page. Rather, it establishes a single page through which
users can wander, zoom in and out, and interact. On its blank
slate, you can place and tinker with text, images, drawings, and
videos. (Prezi says the space is “limitless” as long as you don’t
abuse the zoom controls.)
If Al Gore had used Prezi instead of Apple Keynote for his
climate change slideshow, “An
Inconvenient Truth” would have been a very different movie.
Arguably, you could share much of the same information from your
desktop via screen sharing tools such as in GoToMeeting. However,
the Prezi approach could be a better fit for creative projects.
Plus, it doesn’t leave you vulnerable to sharing too much
information on your office laptop, such as when an instant message
from your significant other pops up during a Web
If you’re using Prezi for a Web-based
meeting, for example, users could edit to-do lists and doodles,
and toss in videos and snapshots on the fly. An animated icon
represents each collaborator. You can publish a presentation to a
URL for others to access later.
To add voice to a Prezi-based meeting, you’ll have to use a
third-party service, such as Skype, Google
Voice, or a phone in hand.
Unfortunately, the usage of Flash leaves out iPad aficionados.
However, it’s easy to imagine gliding through a Prezi document with
a touchscreen tablet.
At this point, if you’ve made changes you dislike during a
meeting, and want to return to the way the presentation looked an
hour earlier, you can’t do that easily. Instead, you’ll have to
plan in advance by saving multiple versions of the presentation
along the way. Prezi uses the Save As model found in Microsoft Word
rather than the revision history model of Google Docs.
Also, there are no complex Prezi permission levels. And, if one
team member later leaves your company, that person’s edits are tied
to their e-mail address, so access may be lost to you. Hopefully
Prezi will build more business-friendly tools for administrators as
it fine tunes the product.
At Prezi’s free level, which offers 100 MB of storage, your
presentations are made public on its online gallery. That’s fine if
you’re seeking to publicize the presentation, but not an option if
you want to collaborate behind a closed virtual door. At least
there’s privacy for the first 30 days, so a company could test
Prezi under a real-world scenario.
Beyond that, to make presentations private, the Prezi Enjoy
license costs $59 per year with 500 MB of storage. For $159, Prezi
Pro offers 2000 MB with the option to work offline. There are
Multiple Pro Account options as well–and special pricing for
educators, who seem like a great match for this service.
Note: This link takes you to the vendor’s site,
where you must sign up to use this browser-based service. It is
available in different pricing plans, including a free version.