Design / Digital / Software / Technology

Prezi – Say Good-Bye to PowerPoint

Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery.

Prezi co-founder, Adam Somlai-Fischer, is an internationally renowned architect and visual artist who has been working with zooming presentations since 2001. Adam found that a zoomable user interface (ZUI) enabled him to explore the “big picture” overview of a floor plan better and then zoom into the detail of individual rooms for details. Because there was no commercially available zooming presentation editor, each presentation had to be coded by hand. Audiences were wowed and approached Adam to find out what presentation software he used. A few persuaded him to give them access to his code.

Finally, in 2007, Budapest University of Technology professor Peter Halacsy convinced Adam to develop an editor so that anyone could make zooming presentations. After creating a prototype, serial entrepreneur Peter Arvai joined as the third co-founder and CEO to help them build a product and a company. Prezi was launched in April 2009 from Budapest, leading to investments from TED Conferences and Sunstone Capital. Prezi’s San Francisco office was established in November 2009.

There are already millions of users of Prezi and the number keeps growing. I have also found out about a design agency – a start-up based in Amsterdam – Mr. Prezident that specializes in developing corporate presentations based on the Prezi software for multinational clients, such as Coca Cola, Philips, Vodafone, etc.

Check out Prezi and their awesome products on their website www.prezi.com or join their Facebook page for regular updates.

Photos: courtesy of Prezi.

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