Since 2009, Prezi has not only turned the (presentation) world upside down with zooming presentations, but also showed lecturers, speakers and presenters an interesting opportunity to present complex contents in a comprehensible way. At the end of April 2017, Prezi Inc. has now released a new Prezi version – Prezi Next. What are the reasons for this change, the differences comparing to the previous version and what does that mean for your presentations? Read about it in this article.
Why Prezi Next?
The existing version of Prezi (now Prezi Classic) has always been based on Flash. Without becoming too technical: Flash is a “dying” technology that was great at the beginning of the Internet age and had its raison d’être. Flash is now considered a “dinosaur”: it slows down laptops, lowers battery capacity and holds safety gaps (unless you regularly update Flash). Plus it is and makes it impossible to use Flash on all smartphones / tablets. If you are interested in the technical details, look here: https://www.theverge.com/2015/12/1/9827778/stop-using-flash and here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Flash#End_of_life
In addition to this technical reason Prezi has discovereda niche market over time: the dialogue-oriented presentation. What’s this? If a presentation is over-structured (e.g., with a strict order of slides), there is little room for flexibility. Presenters struggle from slide to slide to show the viewer the information relevant to him / her. Viewers have changed over the years: they may not want to see a presentation from A-Z, because before the date for your presentation, the viewer has already found out some basic information about you and your business or topic (google, website, XING, LinkedIn etc .). What the viewer still lacks is filling the information gaps with your presentation. With Prezi Next you now have the opportunity to create such a dialog-oriented presentation – in an even easier way. Thus you can present both linearly (from path point to path point) or enter into the dialogue with your counterpart and make the Prezi presentation interactive.
With Prezi Next, Prezi newcomers get to have faster success, because the tool guides you step by step intuitively by creating the presentation. But even people who have a strong affinity towards design get their money’s worth with Prezi Next.
Analyze the wishes of your audience
Prezi Next gives you the ability to create in-depth analysis of your presentations. Thus, you will learn e.g. which topics are of interest to the viewer or where there is still a need for information.
Prezi Next in action
Here is an example of a Prezi Next presentation. You can either click through the Prezi as usual (bottom of image) or click / scroll to a specific topic to view it (like on Google Maps!).
What happens to Prezi Classic?
Since 2009, more than 80 million people worldwide use Prezi’s capabilities. Billions of Prezis (Classic) have been created so far. These Prezis remain! If you have registered your Prezi account before April 25, 2017, you will be able to continue using Prezi Classic. However, your paid Prezi Pro account has been extended: you can now use Prezi Next and switch easily between versions (menu top left, see screenshot below). This means that you are able to use both Prezi variants! The creators of Prezi thus also give you a Prezi Next Premium Account worth over 11,000 ZAR! (see also https://blog.prezi.com/1532). This free Prezi upgrade will last as long as you use and extend your Prezi account!
If you register with Prezi on April 25, 2017, then you will have access to the new version – Prezi Next. If another user shares a Prezi Classic with you, you can view or collaborate with them. However, you can no longer create a new Prezi Classic.
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