Do you dread sitting through a presentation while someone clicks through endless dull slides? If so, then you will love the presentation tool Prezi. Unlike traditional presentation software, Prezi allows you to create non-linear presentations that easily embed your own content or content from the web and can be easily shared via a link.
This book will be your indispensable companion through the exciting journey of learning Prezi. It will guide you through everything you need to know to get started using the existing content and by bringing in new custom materials you've created. This guide contains helpful advice on practical considerations when designing presentations in Prezi. From considering the color scheme to designing the layout, this book will give you useful hints and tips.
Learn how to breathe new life into your old slides by importing them into Prezi Create dynamic presentations in Prezi using your own custom content, which may be developed externally Discover how to collaborate on presentations with clients and colleagues across both geographical locations and time zones Who This Book Is For
If you want to learn Prezi, and specifically design within Prezi, this is the book for you. Perhaps you already know a bit about Prezi but have never used it, or perhaps you have used Prezi before but want to learn how to incorporate your own custom design elements. In either case, this book will get you up and running quickly. It would be helpful to have a bit of familiarity with basic design concepts and the use of Prezi, but prior experience is not essential.
What You Will Learn
Transform your PowerPoint slides into a Prezi presentation Create and customize presentations using the Prezi templates Edit themes and add 3D backgrounds using the in-built wizard or CSS code Embed custom graphics and multimedia content into your presentation Work with external tools such as Adobe Illustrator to import your own content Make your content work together by adding timings, animations, and paths Collaborate with colleagues and clients across traditional space and time constraints Share your presentation with desired audiences and get feedback on your work In Detail
Prezi Essentials is without a doubt the most lucrative guide to interesting, engaging and downright beautiful presentations. Learning how to use and executing Prezi is easily one of the simplets thing to do. From immersive transitions to convenient layouts Prezi Essentials is a definite Win when it comes to designing presentations. A must have for Students, Corporates and Presenters alike. You will never make another presentation without Prezi once you try it and this I state from experience.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
To learn the new 3D, cloud-based presentation software, Prezi, you could go trial-and-error, or actually learn it properly. Domi Sinclair's Prezi Essentials is one of a range of books on Prezi published by Packt.
Let me just say that all the moves and zooms and in-your-face graphics that typify a prezi presentation are great to have, but can lead to a hot mess on screen. Play around too much and you could have a disorientated audience. It is essential that you plan your prezi so that the information flows correctly, the overall effect is aesthetically pleasing, and you avoid the 3D-nausea effect, as Sinclair explains: "It is essential that you understand how to correctly use features such as frame animations and paths, to create a seamless flow though your presentation. Inappropriate use of features, such as the path to transition between frames, can lead to the audience experiencing motion sickness, which is the last thing you want at a conference or business meeting." (p. 5).
Sinclair, a Learning Technologist at University College, London, writes simply and directly, starting with reiterating the basics of Prezi, like what is a "frame", a "canvas" and a "path". Later, she goes into some detail on how to keep and reuse themes, templates, selected content from PowerPoint slides (even re-using entire slide presentations in a prezi) and favourite sound tracks and movies.
Sinclair's approach of juxtaposing Prezi and PowerPoint is necessary because many people are so used to PowerPoint that they cannot make the mental shift to Prezi. The transition can get pretty confusing, and can be off-putting. In some ways Prezi and PowerPoint are similar, but a slide is not a canvas, and a canvas is not a slide. A transition is not "cut", "fade" "wipe" or "split". It is a camera-like zoom from object to object in a landscape, with a push of the space bar. And animation is just two things – fade in and fade out.
However, a reader who pays attention and actually does the exercises designed by Sinclair, will soon figure out where there is (dis)continuity. It is virtually impossible to predict or practice all the possible outcomes of the design process in Prezi, but Sinclair did succeed in providing enough information and application to give learners a decent basis and help even the most set-in-their-ways users to make the transitions to Prezi.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Prezi Essentials is a great help for anyone who wants to use the presentation software. I like to think Prezi is something that's really fun to learn through experimentation, but if I had an important presentation to do, I would consider having this book with me while I'm doing it. It covers a broad range of Prezi's more important and effective features, and reminds you that while zipping from one distant frame to another might look cool, it doesn't feel cool for someone with motion sickness watching it. As a newcomer to Prezi, I'd often feel rather confused as to how to get a voiceover to run from a particular slide, or change the background music or add animation on my path. This guide tells you everything you needed to know to make your slideshow great, and saves you an hour or two that you might have used to figure out how it all works.