Prezi has created quite a buzz because it uses a completely new paradigm for presentations–a canvas rather than individual slides. It also has an innovative menu.
To get started, follow these steps:
Step 1: Start Prezi
Go to Prezi and choose Log In, or Sign Up Now.
If you click Sign Up Now, on the next page you can choose a license. They provide 3 options: Free-Public , Enjoy and Pro.
Finish your Registration, Click Continue and then choose Start Using Prezi Now.
Step 2: Create a new Prezi
You can view Popular Prezi to see what others are doing, or you can start your own by clicking New Prezi.
Provide a Title and Description for your new presentation and start exploring.
Step 3: Learn Prezi skills
After you log into Prezi, there is a short basic-skill tutorial, which I recommend. In a few minutes, it shows you how to create and order content.
Step 4: Create your presentation
Here’s the basic Prezi workflow:
1. Click anywhere to enter text. You can choose from Title or Body text.
2. To edit text, double-click it and use the menu that opens. You can also right-click for editing options. Click OK when you’re done.
3. As you work, click and drag to pan across the canvas. Use your mouse wheel (or equivalent) to zoom in and out.
4. In the upper-left corner, you’ll see the unusual menu. Click Insert to insert an image or YouTube video. Choose Colors to create backgrounds.
4. Click Frame. Choose a frame type and drag to cover an area. Frames are equivalent to slides.
5. Choose Path> Add Path. Click at the center of each frame in the order that you want to show your frames. Click in the Write area to stop adding paths.
6. Prezi saves periodically, but you can still use the Save button at the top whenever you want to.
7. Choose Show>Full Screen to present! Use the Forward button at the lower-right corner to go from frame to frame. The result looks like a zoom and pan transition between each area of content. Press Esc to exit full screen mode.
8. Click Exit at the top to return to the main Prezi interface.
In the end, Prezi’s tools are fairly basic. The interface is very cool, but I’m not sure of the value of creating presentations online–at least not yet (there is a Prezi Desktop, though). You can also download a Prezi.