Chances are you’ve heard of Prezi. If you haven’t, don’t worry. It’s a very simple and straightforward program that’s easy and intuitive to use.

Founded in 2009 an supported by investors including TED conferences, Prezi is a cloud-based presentation and storytelling software. It now fosters a community of over 60 million users and over 190 million public prezis around the world. It uses a zooming user interface (ZUI), which lets you show relationships between the big picture and fine details, putting your ideas in context. With Prezi, your message has a better chance to resonate, motivate, and be remembered. Though it’s similar to Microsoft PowerPoint in a lot of ways, Prezi’s extensive list of advantages in both the classroom and the workplace is very compelling.

What is Prezi?

As we mentioned above, Prezi is a presentation and storytelling tool that’s primarily used online, through the cloud. However, there is a desktop version of the tool, allowing users to work offline.

Most people use Prezi as an alternative to programs like PowerPoint. Unlike this program, Prezi creates one large canvas instead of multiple slides. You are then able to use the ZUI to pan and zoom to different areas of the canvas. The panning and zooming allow you to emphasize the specific ideas presented in these areas. In many ways, Prezi helps you create a more cohesive presentation.

Getting started with Prezi is easy. There is a wide variety of templates for beginning users to select from. These will help you get accustomed to the interface. More experienced users will likely want a blank canvas to design their presentation. Text, images, and videos are all supported by the Prezi platform.

How is Prezi used?

Prezi is used for most of the same applications as a traditional slide-making presentation tool like PowerPoint. It’s most commonly used in the classroom or the office.

Because the design of each presentation takes place in the cloud, Prezi facilitates group collaboration on projects. It’s easy for several group members to join in and give input on the same project.

Prezi already has an outstanding track record use by highly regarded companies and organisations from around the world. Chief among these are World Economic Forum users and TED Conference speakers.

The presentation software also has a solid reputation in the educational world. It’s used in a wide variety of schools of all grades levels across the country. Oregon State University and Dwight School were two of the first to adopt Prezi.

Prezi also has a wide variety of other applications. It can be used for entertainment and informational purposes. Indeed, The Guardian has used Prezi in the past to publish information on their website. Presenting information through Prezi alongside an article aids in overall visualization.

How is Prezi better?

We’re not trying to bag on PowerPoint in any way – but Prezi is far and away better adapted to a more realistic way of thinking. Though PowerPoint is indeed useful, Prezi takes the upper hand the vast majority of the time. Below are a few of the program’s biggest advantages.

Looks Great – What’s the point of a visual presentation that doesn’t look great? When you’re presenting information to an audience, great design pays off. And that’s exactly what you get with Prezi. Stop using the same mundane PowerPoint presentation and spice things up with something more modern.

Different – Along those same lines, Prezi is different. It breaks the mold with its blank canvas feature. The canvas aspect of Prezi is what makes it so versatile. You can design your presentation in any manner you please. You’re not forced to stick with the old slide-based method.

Free and Web-Based – Prezi is free. That’s reason enough for most people to use it in favor of PowerPoint. Prezi is also web-based, enabling you to access it from anywhere you have an Internet connection.

Incorporates Movement – Movement becomes a part of the presentation when you use Prezi. You can have the program zoom in on text and images to highlight specific points. Of course, you must first learn to use Prezi’s movement tools correctly before you can use them effectively.

Appropriate for All Ages – Prezi is designed with ease of use in mind. It’s made as simple as possible to learn so everyone can benefit from it. This includes people of all ages. Younger kids and elderly adults alike will be able to pick up the basics of Prezi in a flash: you don’t need to be super computer savvy to use Prezi. Check this 3.5 minutes showing Prezi features: