Presentation Best Practices: Prezi vs. PowerPoint
Can the zooming and movement features offered by Prezi be replicated on PowerPoint or Keynote platforms?
You can decide for yourself.
First a little background… When the founders of Prezi launched their web based presentation platform in April of 2009, it was fair to say the main presentation program in use at the time, PowerPoint, had not evolved a lot since it’s launch in 1987. Over the years, Microsoft introduced new features like slide transitions, background templates and other effects allowed users to create non-linear presentations without having to learn programming. One could argue though that most of these additions just add to the cluttered and text-heavy presentations that continue to bore us today.
When I first saw a demo of Prezi, I must admit I was blown away and excited to have a new tool that might very-well give PowerPoint and Keynote a run for their money. Prezi’s free web based platform moves beyond slides and allows you to create an entire presentation on a single canvas, or one giant picture, rather than a series of slides. They use zooming and movement features to highlight thoughts and specific content. You can turn in all different directions and pop in and out of photos, graphics and text. Just be careful you’re not zooming or moving too much or your audience will get dizzy.
Depending on your point of view and the type of presentation you’re planning, you may find Prezi very useful and a breath of fresh air in a world of boring presentations.
Over the years, I’ve tried all kinds of tricks and gimmicks to try to get more performance and creativity out of Keynote and PowerPoint. As each platform has added new features, they have both become a much more versatile and practical tool. Still, they haven’t quite equaled Prezi. At least that’s what I thought until I saw Ferry Pereboom’s PowerPoint creation.
Ferry is a PowerPoint specialist at PPTstudio in the Netherlands. He and his team created a presentation in PowerPoint 2010 that looks and feels a lot like Prezi. What do you think? Here is a video of his presentation.
I think Ferry’s work is pretty cool. No, it’s not exactly like Prezi, but I think it clearly demonstrates the potential of PowerPoint. Both Keynote and PowerPoint have a wealth of tricks and resources that only need to be discovered and experimented with to unlock their full potential.
This blog is the first in a series of posts that will point you towards some hidden tools and best practices using PowerPoint and Keynote.
If you ever need help with your presentations, ping me – I’m happy to review what you’ve done and give you some suggestions or provide training to help you take full advantage of all the tools and resources that PowerPoint and Keynote have to offer.