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Prezi™ For Dummies®

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A one-stop resource for an exciting new Web-based, slide-free presentation tool!

People who have been seeking a flashier version of PowerPoint have found it—and it's Prezi. A Web-based, slide-free presentation tool, Prezi allows users to create and give rich, Web-based presentations complete with dynamic content, contextual layouts, and eye-catching visuals. Prezi For Dummies gets you rapidly up to speed, including how to think outside the traditional slide, create your project, insert Flash and other graphic files, and publish your presentation to a public domain. You'll also learn valuable tips on what makes a good Prezi.

  • Introduces Prezi, a Web-based, Flash-friendly, dynamic presentation tool

  • Explains how to use online and offline editors and insert images, video, sound, Flash files, and other complex graphics

  • Covers presenting a Prezi, publishing it to a public domain, and collaborating with others

  • Offers tips and insights on what makes a good Prezi—and how to think visually to create content that benefits your business or organization

  • Move beyond slides, put your visual thinking cap on, and get the very most of Prezi with this timely, practical guide.

    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
    2. About the Author
    3. Author's Acknowledgments
    4. Publisher's Acknowledgments
    5. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. Foolish Assumptions
      3. Conventions Used in This Book
      4. How This Book Is Organized
        1. Part I: Establishing a Prezi Mindset
        2. Part II: Exploring the Prezi Universe
        3. Part III: Creating Show-Stopping Prezis
        4. Part IV: Using Prezi beyond Presentations
        5. Part V: Part of Tens
      5. Icons Used in This Book
        1. Appendix: Resources for Presenters
      6. Where to Go from Here
    6. I. Establishing a Prezi Mindset
      1. 1. Getting Started with Prezi
        1. 1.1. Evolving Presentations
        2. 1.2. Finding Out Just What Prezi Is
          1. 1.2.1. Breaking the slide barrier
          2. 1.2.2. Getting to know the Prezi menu
          3. 1.2.3. Publishing online
          4. 1.2.4. Working offline with Prezi Desktop
          5. 1.2.5. Understanding what Prezi is not
        3. 1.3. Signing Up and Picking the Right Plan for You
          1. 1.3.1. Technical requirements
          2. 1.3.2. Meeting Prezi's public face
        4. 1.4. Changing the Way You Present with Prezi
          1. 1.4.1. Telling your story
          2. 1.4.2. Planning differently
          3. 1.4.3. Thinking visually
          4. 1.4.4. Representing movement using layering
          5. 1.4.5. Exploring the big picture and details at the same time
          6. 1.4.6. Getting Ready to Present
          7. 1.4.7. Presenting online or offline
          8. 1.4.8. Working with Collaborators
        5. 1.5. Displaying Your Prezis
        6. 1.6. Developing a Presentation Partnership
        7. 1.7. Interacting with the Prezi Community
        8. 1.8. Seeing That Prezis Aren't Limited to Presentations
          1. 1.8.1. Problem solving and brainstorming
          2. 1.8.2. Business plans and other business uses
          3. 1.8.3. Scrapbooks, recipes, hobbies, and so on
        9. 1.9. Understanding How Professionals Can Use Prezi
        10. 1.10. Educating with Prezi
      2. 2. Preparing for Your First Prezi
        1. 2.1. Gathering Your Ideas in Analog
          1. 2.1.1. Suggested tools to use
          2. 2.1.2. Presentation planning basics
          3. 2.1.3. Things that make planning with Prezi unique
        2. 2.2. Developing Your Story
          1. 2.2.1. Defining your selling direction
          2. 2.2.2. Finding your key messages
          3. 2.2.3. Communicating with design
          4. 2.2.4. Creating your story design
          5. 2.2.5. Incubating your ideas
          6. 2.2.6. Testing your ideas
          7. 2.2.7. Reviewing before moving to the next phase
        3. 2.3. Opening Your First Prezi
        4. 2.4. Exploring Styles
        5. 2.5. Collecting and Creating Images, Text, and Graphics
          1. 2.5.1. Collecting digital objects for presentation
          2. 2.5.2. Developing text elements
          3. 2.5.3. Using content from other programs
        6. 2.6. Framing and Positioning Ideas
        7. 2.7. Creating a Path of Ideas
          1. 2.7.1. Following a unique order
          2. 2.7.2. Creating a definite focus
        8. 2.8. Iterating until You're Ready to Present
          1. 2.8.1. Proofing your presentation
          2. 2.8.2. Practicing until you feel confident
    7. II. Exploring the Prezi Universe
      1. 3. Getting Familiar with the Online Interface
        1. 3.1. Introducing Prezi Components
          1. 3.1.1. Viewing Edit mode
          2. 3.1.2. Discovering Show mode
        2. 3.2. Navigating the Canvas
        3. 3.3. Interacting with the Bubble Menu
          1. 3.3.1. Using the Write bubble
          2. 3.3.2. Embedding Web links in your presentation
            1. 3.3.2.1. Inserting with the Insert bubble
            2. 3.3.2.2. Loading files with Load File
            3. 3.3.2.3. Drawing with Shapes
          3. 3.3.3. Grouping with the Frame bubble
          4. 3.3.4. Positioning your Frames
          5. 3.3.5. Creating your story line with the Path bubble
          6. 3.3.6. Styling with the Colors & Fonts bubble
          7. 3.3.7. Moving around using the Transformation Zebra
        4. 3.4. Taking Advantage of Smart Zooming
        5. 3.5. Printing Your Prezi
      2. 4. Discovering the Prezi Desktop
        1. 4.1. Downloading the Offline Editor
          1. 4.1.1. Putting Prezi on your desktop
          2. 4.1.2. Installing Adobe Air
          3. 4.1.3. Getting the manual for the Desktop
        2. 4.2. Using the Desktop
          1. 4.2.1. Activating Prezi Desktop the first time
          2. 4.2.2. Editing your offline prezi
          3. 4.2.3. Using Prezi Desktop commands
      3. 5. Navigating the "Your Prezis" Page
        1. 5.1. Managing the "Your Prezis" Page with Commands
          1. 5.1.1. Open
          2. 5.1.2. Download
          3. 5.1.3. Save during online revisions
          4. 5.1.4. Save a copy
          5. 5.1.5. Delete
        2. 5.2. Setting Up Prezi to Share the Work
          1. 5.2.1. Making your presentation public
          2. 5.2.2. Allowing reuse of your presentation
          3. 5.2.3. Keeping your prezi private
        3. 5.3. Sharing Prezis
          1. 5.3.1. Sending a private prezi
          2. 5.3.2. Sending a link to a public prezi via e-mail
          3. 5.3.3. Collaborating with Coeditors
          4. 5.3.4. Inviting coeditors
          5. 5.3.5. Embedding a prezi on a Web page
          6. 5.3.6. Publishing to a social media site
        4. 5.4. Rating and Commenting on Public Prezis
          1. 5.4.1. Checking out the Explore tab
          2. 5.4.2. Sharing your opinion
        5. 5.5. Delivering Prezis to an Audience
          1. 5.5.1. Using a projector to simplify the delivery
          2. 5.5.2. Navigating with Smart Zooming
          3. 5.5.3. Presenting from a browser
          4. 5.5.4. Setting up a Path
          5. 5.5.5. Using remote clickers
          6. 5.5.6. Autoplaying your prezi with timing intervals
        6. 5.6. Collaborating Using Prezi Share
      4. 6. Engaging the Prezi Community
        1. 6.1. Scouting for New Ideas
          1. 6.1.1. Viewing prezis on the Explore page
          2. 6.1.2. Determining what makes a good prezi
        2. 6.2. Checking Out Prezi's Online Resources
          1. 6.2.1. Prezi Academy
          2. 6.2.2. Live from the Prezi Universe
          3. 6.2.3. Manual
          4. 6.2.4. Quick Help
        3. 6.3. Sharing Your Questions and Answers
    8. III. Creating Show-Stopping Prezis
      1. 7. Making Great Presentations
        1. 7.1. Understanding How the Mind Watches a Presentation
          1. 7.1.1. Avoiding visual mistakes
          2. 7.1.2. Benefitting from the Prezi style
          3. 7.1.3. Recognizing your presentation style
        2. 7.2. Creating the Presentation Partnership
          1. 7.2.1. Understanding the context for your presentation
          2. 7.2.2. Gaining the audience's trust
          3. 7.2.3. Establishing the promise: What's in it for me?
          4. 7.2.4. Tapping into audience learning styles
          5. 7.2.5. Acknowledging internal clocks
          6. 7.2.6. Using simplicity to make your presentation powerful
        3. 7.3. Researching for Content
          1. 7.3.1. Google Alerts
          2. 7.3.2. Talking to experts
          3. 7.3.3. Finding influencers
        4. 7.4. Discovering Stories That Connect with Your Audience
          1. 7.4.1. Devising the plot
          2. 7.4.2. Finding the hero of your story
          3. 7.4.3. Creating the hook to capture attention
        5. 7.5. Using a Five-Point Plan to Construct Your Story
          1. 7.5.1. Understanding the problem
          2. 7.5.2. Recognizing the constraints
          3. 7.5.3. Presenting the question
          4. 7.5.4. Uncovering the answer
          5. 7.5.5. Delivering a call to action
        6. 7.6. Putting the Show Together
          1. 7.6.1. Developing your speaking notes
          2. 7.6.2. Supporting online materials
          3. 7.6.3. Social media networks
          4. 7.6.4. Preparing to answer questions
        7. 7.7. Printing Your Show
        8. 7.8. Understanding the Back Channel
      2. 8. Using Graphics to Increase the Value of Your Message
        1. 8.1. Creating the Best Design
        2. 8.2. Storytelling Using Visuals
        3. 8.3. Viewing the Big Picture
        4. 8.4. Looking at the Details
          1. 8.4.1. Using predetermined designs
          2. 8.4.2. Choosing backgrounds
        5. 8.5. Using Single Visual Elements
        6. 8.6. Presenting Multiple Elements
        7. 8.7. Flash Animation
        8. 8.8. Choosing Frames as Information Containers
      3. 9. Helping Designers Use Their Creations
        1. 9.1. Understanding the Design Process
        2. 9.2. Evaluating Your Designs
        3. 9.3. Using Design Applications
        4. 9.4. Protecting Your Original Work
          1. 9.4.1. Understanding copyrights
          2. 9.4.2. Creative Commons license
        5. 9.5. Creating a Branded Prezi for Your Company's Use
          1. 9.5.1. Creating your own branded prezi
          2. 9.5.2. Understanding what goes into your brand's design
          3. 9.5.3. Developing a Prezi template
          4. 9.5.4. Adding a logo and tagline
          5. 9.5.5. Adding third-party graphics
          6. 9.5.6. Including copyrights and service marks
    9. IV. Using Prezi beyond Presentations
      1. 10. Brainstorming New Ideas
        1. 10.1. Generating New Ideas
          1. 10.1.1. Nonlinear thinking
          2. 10.1.2. Understanding your creative style
          3. 10.1.3. Techniques for new ideas
          4. 10.1.4. Dealing with presentation procrastination
          5. 10.1.5. Generating ideas within groups
        2. 10.2. Mind Mapping Your Thoughts
          1. 10.2.1. Benefits of using Mind Maps
          2. 10.2.2. Rules for great Prezi Mind Maps
          3. 10.2.3. Creating your first Mind Map
          4. 10.2.4. Using keywords versus long sentences in Prezi
        3. 10.3. Using New Scientific Findings to Visually Sell Your Ideas
          1. 10.3.1. Chunking your messages
          2. 10.3.2. Ordering information presented
          3. 10.3.3. Ten-minute transitions
          4. 10.3.4. Creating experiences
          5. 10.3.5. Using colors
          6. 10.3.6. Creating spatial relationships
          7. 10.3.7. Developing patterns
          8. 10.3.8. Applying visuals
      2. 11. Presenting Business Plans
        1. 11.1. Introducing a Prezi Business Plan
        2. 11.2. Developing Visual Concepts That Sell
        3. 11.3. Plan Presentation Logistics
        4. 11.4. Collaborating with Team Members
          1. 11.4.1. Covering the Basics
        5. 11.5. Understanding the Business Model
        6. 11.6. Making the Numbers Interesting
        7. 11.7. Using Movement to Add Momentum
          1. 11.7.1. Using Web links
        8. 11.8. Sending without a Presenter
          1. 11.8.1. Sending a private prezi via e-mail
          2. 11.8.2. Designing special comments
      3. 12. Educating with Prezi
        1. 12.1. Using Prezi in Schools and Universities
          1. 12.1.1. Obtaining an Education license
          2. 12.1.2. Understanding learning styles in the classroom
          3. 12.1.3. Communicating information
        2. 12.2. Thinking Visually in the Classroom
        3. 12.3. Applying Success Strategies
        4. 12.4. Using Prezi in Conferences
        5. 12.5. Getting Attention with Prezi Resumes
      4. 13. Displaying Your Hobbies and Special Events with Prezi
        1. 13.1. Exploring Some Uses of the Digital Canvas
        2. 13.2. Choosing a Theme
        3. 13.3. Selecting a Style
        4. 13.4. Using Text to Set the Mood
        5. 13.5. Adding Fun Facts
        6. 13.6. Collecting Your Media
        7. 13.7. Demonstrating Movement
          1. 13.7.1. Embedding YouTube videos
        8. 13.8. Collaborating with Family and Friends
        9. 13.9. Printing Your Show
    10. V. The Part of Tens
      1. 14. Ten Ways to Fill a Blank Screen
        1. 14.1. Planning in Analog
        2. 14.2. Setting the Stage
        3. 14.3. Looking at Examples
        4. 14.4. Choosing a Potential Layout
        5. 14.5. Uploading Some Media
        6. 14.6. Thinking Up Questions Your Presentation Will Answer
        7. 14.7. Describing the Hero
        8. 14.8. Adding a Quote
        9. 14.9. Using Keywords to Describe the Problem
        10. 14.10. Creating a Timeline
      2. 15. Ten Things You Should Know about Visual Thinking
        1. 15.1. It's the Ability to See with Both the Eyes and the Mind's Eye
        2. 15.2. It Helps People Learn Faster and Remember Better
        3. 15.3. It Includes Sketches, Doodles, Images, Photos, and Other Pictures
        4. 15.4. It Helps with Procrastination and Increases Productivity
        5. 15.5. It Affects the Ability to Understand an Environment
        6. 15.6. It Helps People Solve Problems
        7. 15.7. It Helps People Be More Empathetic
        8. 15.8. It Helps People Collaborate More Effectively
        9. 15.9. It Doesn't Require Artistic Skills
        10. 15.10. Its Use Will Expand Due to the Graphical Internet
      3. 16. Ten Tips for Mind Mapping with Prezi
        1. 16.1. Expanding Your Mind Maps' Dimensions
        2. 16.2. Presenting Multiple Layers of Detail
        3. 16.3. Demonstrating Your Nonlinear Thinking
        4. 16.4. Enhancing the Experience with Visuals
        5. 16.5. Adding Dramatic Portrayals of Space
        6. 16.6. Extending Understanding through Color
        7. 16.7. Communicating with Keywords
        8. 16.8. Viewing Mind Maps to See What's Missing
        9. 16.9. Recognizing the Patterns in Mind Maps
        10. 16.10. Collaborating for Consensus
      4. 17. Ten Worst Things to Do with Prezi
        1. 17.1. Keep an Old Mindset
        2. 17.2. Lose Track of Your Story
        3. 17.3. Use Weak Clipart
        4. 17.4. Omit the Use of Movement
        5. 17.5. Miss Out on Sharing Presentations
        6. 17.6. Neglect to Use the Built-In Design Tools
        7. 17.7. Repurpose A Slide Show into Prezi without Making Revisions
        8. 17.8. Forget about the Prezi Community
        9. 17.9. Leave Out the Path
        10. 17.10. Fail to Use Prezis for More Than Presentations
      5. A. Resources for Presenters
        1. A.1. Browsing Presentation and Storytelling Sites
        2. A.2. Looking at Online Visual Thinking Sites
        3. A.3. Surfing Online Creativity and Innovation Sites
        4. A.4. Checking Out Sites about Persuasion and the Mind
        5. A.5. Reviewing Mind Mapping Online
        6. A.6. Browsing Online about Design and Designers
        7. A.7. Surfing Sites for Non-Designers