Zoom Zoom

by Rick on May 11, 2012

EP looks at the Prezi presentation
software system and sees potential.

Launched in 2009, Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software system that has opened up an exciting new dimension beyond exhibit boards and slides. With its zoomable canvas, Prezi delivers visually engaging presentations that lead viewers down a captivating path of discovery.

Realizing the system’s potential for compelling use in the courtroom, Executive Presentations Design Consultant Troy White took Prezi for a test drive and came away impressed. What he liked most is its functionality in moving in and around a large graphical layout that delivered both a big-picture view as well as detailed and focused information in a unified way.

Below is a screengrab of the title page of a demonstration Troy crafted to show an example of a timeline presentation and some of its possibilities: You can view and move through this web-based demo on the Prezi website (for best results go to full-screen viewing available by clicking the “more” link in the bottom right corner).

Click the above image to view a larger version.

Troy looks at Prezi’s pros and cons after the jump.

PROS & CONS
Troy points out that Prezi is not applicable to all projects but summarized it as a “pretty cool tool that can be used in a number of situations,” adding that he sees its potential especially for organization and flow charts.

“It’s an interesting way to show timelines, or even to integrate scene photos within an overhead diagram,” he said.

Troy takes a more specific look at Prezi’s pros and cons below (click the graphic to view a larger version):

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