First I’ll provide some context - I’m a professional public speaker and for years, Prezi has been my “secret weapon” that I have used to bring my talks to life. Every single time I speak I get complimented for the dynamic manner in which I use movement across the canvas to dramatically change from a high level topic, to “zooming in to detail” and then seemingly “moving to a side note” that almost looks like it’s an afterthought as the direction of movement is different to what came before.
Whenever people ask me how I made the presentation and I say “Prezi” - if they have heard about it their response is “oh - I tried that but yours looks nothing at all like the ones I’ve seen before - don’t they just do those things in bubbles?”
You see - the casual users in the past have just fired up one of your templates and plugged stuff in.
Like many of us on the forum - I have invested hundreds of hours (no exaggeration) in learning how to exploit the capability that made you guys unique - the “infinite zoom” concept - it’s what attracted me to the platform all those years ago.
When I create a new talk, I start with a storyline and a “theme” - the theme is represented by the background image and I use a high resolution image so that I can zoom in through “layers” of depth like I am “digging deeper” into the topics.
I then start arranging the various components of my story across the canvas - but I specifically position them at a level of zoom such that when fully “zoomed out” (what your new “overview” concept is) NOT ONE SINGLE image is visible - this is important to me as I want the story to “unfold” - something I can’t easily do with Prezi next at this point in time as when I’ve tried I get the “can’t zoom in” error and the items are all still visible - so now I would have to start playing with animation settings that I never had to do before.
I place sufficient content on the canvas to cover the longest duration of a talk - 50 minutes.
The content will be a mix of images, infographics and videos
Now here is the kicker - a client requests a talk of only 30 minutes and wants a specific focus on certain aspects.
Suddenly what was a “subtopic” in your new Prezi Next terms would become a topic - and some of the content that was under one topic would perhaps now be more relevant under a different “topic” in order to make the new, shorter storyline more coherent.
Some of the infographics will require different parts highlighted to what I had highlighted before.
In Prezi classic, my workflow was extremely simple:- I’d make a copy of the original talk and then hit “edit path” to rearrange the new storyline - dropping things out where required. I’d then quickly move the individual elements around and re-size them where required - bigger for “topics”, smaller for “subtopics” and change position of “on the side” diversions - and I’d simply reposition the frames drawn on the infographics to zoom into a different area.
NONE of the above is easily achievable in your new Prezi Next concept.
So in response to your specific question:- my ideal is one of 2 things:-
- the addition of “presenter mode” to Prezi classic (that’s all it was short of - I know, I know - you’re not going to be developing Prezi Classic anymore - but seriously, that’s all it lacked for power users - oh, and animated gif support …)
- just have a “power user” toggle on Prezi next - that gives us “old hands” the power and flexibility of paths and frames - we really don’t need to be hand held and we REALLY don’t like being forced into using “Topics”, “Stacks” and “Planets”
We are your most loyal customers - I’ve just checked - I’ve been on Prezi since February 2011 … I sincerely hope that the next time your product team makes “enhancements”, they don’t forget about those of us that have been showcasing Prezi in front of audiences for many, many years.