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PowerPoint is passé

PowerPoint is passé
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First Published: Tue, Mar 15 2011. 09 40 PM IST

Attractive: Prezi has many cool features.
Attractive: Prezi has many cool features.
Updated: Tue, Mar 15 2011. 09 40 PM IST
Move over, PowerPoint. There is a new free tool in town, and this one lets you make exciting presentations on the Internet via the Web browser or iPad. The good part is, it’s a lot easier here. You can create presentations online, store them and download them for offline use, with a starter account with 100 MB storage space which is available for free. The Enjoy account costs $59 (around Rs.2,600) for one year; it allows you to share the presentation with other users, even use your own logo on the presentation, and offers 500 MB storage space. The top of the line Pro account costs $159 per month, with 2 GB storage space. To sign up, log on to www.prezi.com
Getting started
Attractive: Prezi has many cool features.
Once you sign up, you can start making a presentation. Adding text is very simple. Double-click anywhere on the canvas to open a text box. Start entering your text. If at this point you wish to relocate the text, click once on the text to open a circular object called Zebra. Now, click on the centre of the Zebra and drag the text to any part of the canvas. To place the text at an angle, click on the outer part of the Zebra and turn it like a wheel. If you click and drag the ring, the text can become smaller or larger, depending on your preference.
The top left corner of the screen has the Prezi Bubble Menu, which is the all-in-one tool for making a presentation.
To add an image, click Insert and then load the file. The Zebra works in the same way here—to resize, tilt and move the image.
Adding videos
Adding YouTube videos to the Prezi is a breeze. Just copy the video URL, double-click on the Prezi canvas to open the text box, paste the URL in the text box, and click OK. The Zebra will allow you to move the video around as desired and also resize it. However, you will not be able to tilt a video.
Once you have added all the elements and text, you will need to select a path—the order in which the objects will appear during the presentation. Click on the Path option in the Bubble Menu (top, left of the screen) and select the elements in the order in which you want them to appear.
To view the final presentation, click on the Show option in the Bubble menu. The entire Prezi will be displayed in the order you had chosen. Also, if you had included any YouTube video, it will start playing back automatically.
Apart from the Web browser access, Prezi is also available as an app for the iPad.
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First Published: Tue, Mar 15 2011. 09 40 PM IST