Prezi: What’s the blogosphere’s viewpoint? (Part 1)

by Oliver Adria on 03/04/2010

prezi_210wBeing just over a year out in the open, Prezi has now gained some traction and some people are starting to use it. You might remember my Prezi review post from last year when it just came out. In essence, what I said is that even though it is a very cool software, its adoption might be limited but I imagine it will do well in some niches. The question is: What do other bloggers and presenters think about Prezi?

I went strolling down the internet and caught some Prezi Reviews. Here’s what people had to say:

CNet in their post called Power to Prezi wrote: “For PowerPoint haters, Prezi surely offers hope. Unlike Keynote, which is highly popular among designers because it offers higher visual fidelity and a better user experience, Prezi differs radically from PowerPoint in that it requires an alternative mental model: Information is displayed in a non-linear fashion. [...]
This very flexibility, however, presents a serious adoption barrier: Many first-time users, as the two Prezi founders would readily admit, struggle with the challenge of filling a “blank canvas,” as they can become overwhelmed by the freedom (and pressure) created by a level of user empowerment they’re not used to within the strict confines of PowerPoint templates. [...] I saw several conference speakers rely on Prezi this year, and while some of them used it so masterfully that I didn’t even notice the software, some were deliriously inundated by Prezi’s rich possibilities and went gaga with dizzying “jump cuts” from topic to topic, disrupting their presentation and confusing the audience. At the end of the day, you still have a story to tell, and Prezi’s simple way of putting information anywhere you like can ironically lead to the very information overload it aims to avoid – it is just too tempting to create mega-maps and add more and more data to them. But that’s just a minor concern, and some training and (self-imposed content discipline) will make you easily forget about PowerPoint. in their review gave it 5 out of 5 stars stating “Prezi is ideal for anyone that wants to create presentations but doesn’t want to have to create slides. This is a great way to create interesting and great fun presentations which are much more engaging and less boring than normal slide shows!”

The blogger behind Solid State UX – a user experience blog – wrote in a post entitled Zooming in on Prezi: A Review that he also liked Prezi a lot and wrote “I’ll take the suspense out of this review right now by saying I’m a huge fan of Prezi, but I’m still trying to find a role for it in my working life. It is not likely to replace PowerPoint for me, for the simple reason that vertigo-inducing zooms and pans during an in-person presentation are exactly the kind of distractions that I strive to avoid when I speak. [...] So I’m more likely to use this as an alternative to Flash for authoring simple animations intended for the blogs and websites I work on than I am as an alternate to Powerpoint for in-person presentations.”

An Adobe-oriented blog called Layers Magazine wrote in their review: “It takes a while to get used to Prezi’s interface—especially the Zebra, which allows you to position and resize objects. The site offers excellent support with an online manual, tutorial videos, examples, and a blog. Perhaps the best feature is that it allows designers to focus on designing. Using Prezi, you can present a concept and supply multiple branches to supporting media without writing a line of code—it’s like sketching an idea on a napkin! [...] Prezi is easy to use but when putting together a presentation, I found it sometimes took several seconds to respond while moving or resizing an object. Even with its few glitches, Prezi is a unique tool you’ll want to consider adding to your toolset.”

Read Prezi: What’s the blogosphere’s viewpoint? (Part 2) including a short summary here

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