Hi Prezi team & community –
I’m joining the discussion to make some suggestions to improve Prezi Next. Because for the way I have used Prezi, this relaunch is a huge step back.
Let me briefly give you my background: I’ve been using Prezi for 11 years to create theory talks, creative outlines, story structures and project pitches in the field of (Narrative) Game Design. My Prezis have always been “living” projects that grew and evolved over time.
What I’ve always liked about Prezi was its associative, topographical approach to information design. Prezis invited experimentation and iteration: You could quickly drop a bunch of visuals and text content on an open canvas, and then arrange or rearrange them freely. You could create visual hierarchies through object resizing, and then set the wildest flight paths through your content landscape. From macro to meso to nano and back again, all edited intuitively, in just a few clicks.
With Prezi Next, the editor has lost a lot of that creative and immediate feel. I think that’s because Prezi Next’s core functionality isn’t about creating associations anymore. It is now about managing decks of slides. That, I believe, is why Prezi Next now feels a lot like Power Point. I can see that many things Prezi Classic could do are still somehow possible, but only with a lot more effort.
What Prezi has made easy is the creation of short, linear slideshows. It has also added an impressive array of cool new functions (-- and I mean that, the video feature is really great, as is the diagram editor!). But these things aren’t at the heart of my work, and they’re not the reason I came to Prezi in the first place.
I think Prezi Next could be greatly improved by adding / restoring the following functionalities:
- Classic’s path editor (–> managing and re-arranging path points in the side bar is highly confusing / disorienting / impractical now, especially in large, nonlinear projects.)
- Classic’s image hotlinking (–> as in: just paste an image’s URL to paste an image)
- Classic’s double-clicking to immediately add a text box (–> I think that everyone wants to add text in their Prezis very often)
- Classic’s visible frames for zoom areas (–> it is now impossible to keep track of invisible zoom areas, especially when there are many of them / when they are nested into each other / close to each other)