I’ve heard a lot of fuss and hype around some presentation software called prezi. Â It’s an alternative to Keynote and Powerpoint, in that it’s designed to create the visual aids (aka a slideshow) that goes with your presentation. Â So far so good – the more packages there are in the market the better.
Always wanting to know more (yes, I know, I’m behind the curve here, but I’ve been busy – so sue me! :) ) I signed up for the free version to see how it shapes up. Â Hmmmm.
First things first, it looks slick – the demo presentations are well done and (to my surprise, sorry!) pretty interesting. The price isn’t bad, either. Â If you can cope with your presentations being online (only) the free version seems to work nicely and I didn’t have any problems experimenting. Â It imports PDFs and so on very comfortably too, so all in all a nice package.
But so what?
Well, for me, so…. so very little to be honest.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the ‘flying’ and ‘zooming’ effect that was the basis of the demo presentations I watched (such as here, for example). Â Also, I kind of like the way it forces you to work – planning things by jotting notes almost, rather than the rigidity of planning-by-Powerpoint. Â The thing is, as I watched the second demo, I got a sense of deja vu. Â And again with the third… in fact they all looked disappointingly like the training demo I’d watched.
Essentially, I’m gradually concluding that this is because prezi is, essentially, a one trick pony. Â At it’s heart it’s a kind of combined mindmap and flow-diagramme, with pictures/text stuck on it, creating narrative, which is great, but that’s all it is. Â The zooming out to see where you are in the bigger picture is nice, but it gets old really quickly – for me at least. Â (I imagine for anyone who suffers from travel sickness it’ll get old REALLY fast!)
Maybe it’s just me – has anyone used it “for real”?