You must all be bored of hearing from the lovers of Classic about how great it is and how Next sucks. Unfortunately, I am one of those people too.
We all totally understand the rationale behind moving from the older, creakier, Flash-based system to the current, more robust architecture. Your hand was forced and it had to happen.
We also get that the incompatibilities between the two systems make conversion from Classic to Next a tough job - indeed impossible since there’s no way to reproduce the look of classic, even if the tech was there to do it.
However, what you could do would be to recreate Classic within Next. Seriously, how hard would that be? When Prezi first came out, it lived in a powerpoint-dominated market. Now we are awash with presentation options (powtoon / Emaze etc), which are all very competitive against Next but NONE of them come close to being as educationally and conceptually awesome as Classic.
So, my suggestion is simple. Please please please bring back the things that make Classic awesome and put them in Next. Maybe even as a whole separate set of templates (please make one of them blank too!).
Free zooming, frame pathway choice, hidden frames to zoom into, smooth transitions with subtle movements, no prescriptive movements, none of the topic/subtopic terribleness.
The versatility and power of Classic is unmatched anywhere in the marketplace. It was genius and still is. Please, just bring it out of Flash and into the new platform standard.
Even if this still meant that we couldn’t convert our old Classic Prezis into the new format, it would still be a huge improvement on what we have in Next, which is a highly prescriptive, template-based system that enforces linear progressions between topics/subtopics, just like powerpoint and indeed all the others on the market. The power of the zoom feature it totally lost because you can’t zoom in and out in a controlled fashion. Instead, the transition between topics and sub-topics is jerky and highly annoying to watch.
Why can’t we make prezi great again?