I think, so long as we arrive at a point where you can convert classic presentations into Next, I’m not necessarily bothered by having to make the transition. The problem is that I have literally hundreds of hours invested in the current set of presentations. Honestly, it’s pretty weird that Prezi didn’t have this feature ready out of the gate - I’m guessing that it has been a huge barrier to adoption of the new software. I haven’t even looked at it for more than two seconds.
It’s getting toward 1 month since I reached out about the above issues. Given that, especially the explicit point about what the lack of feedback communicates to your long time backers, I’m concerned this is confirming our worse fears - our loyalty and hundreds of hours of work don’t seem to matter to Prezi.
Please, tell us it isn’t so…
Just echoing what people are saying. I would have expected this feature to be offered. We’ve put in weeks of work into our Prezis and even hired consultants to develop them. We won’t re-do all that work.
Following the development of this closely.
We have been waiting since 2017 for this and yet even one of the developer engineers who got on this thread has no idea when they are going to do this or if they are. . . it is beyond frustrating! We are with you on this!
Right. That’s exactly it – I don’t mind the transition, either. That’s how technology works and progression. But, as you noted, I too have literally hundreds of hours invested and it’s unfathomable to think that work would be rendered useless moving forward.
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I’d like to add one more thing: As far as I can see right now, the insecurity about continuation of the platform - or from a user’s viewpoint preservation of a large amount of work - may lead to the reaction to stick to well established quasi standards (i.e. Powerpoint, OpenOffice, Keynote, LaTeX) for writing presentations. All of those are just sequential forms of presenting slides with all the side effects that Prezi has been trying to get rid of.
Not supporting the creative mind mapping like style of presentation writing really means a lot of cultural loss! There is no alternative product right now and I don’t understand why Prezi is not investing into this fundamental competitive advantage. This is not only a technical issue, it is even more a marketing, management, customer relations issue to say the least.
Why is there no proper official communication? Doing this in a support forum is certainly not appropriate. Or are there so few Classic customers that the company does not need to care?
I want to echo other people’s claims. From what I understand, Prezi Next might technically have the same functionality as Prezi Classic, and I’m definitely not opposed to learning the new platform (although, in my brief experience using it, I felt like it was basically just a glorified PowerPoint). But, if I have to invest the countless hours required to recreate all my presentations, I’m going to switch to PowerPoint, which is dependable and never - as far as I can tell - has done such things to customers. The fact you didn’t have this feature ready out of the gate, to be quite honest, is literally one of the most absurd things I’ve ever seen done by a company.
I’ve been waiting patiently for awhile - partially because I just don’t want to bite the bullet and actually just start moving everything over to PowerPoint - but it doesn’t seem like you guys aren’t understanding the gravity of this complaint. You need to get a good share of your staff working on it now. Think about it: if you lose me, you’re also losing the literally thousands of students who move through my classes, who think Prezi is cool but get a “I can’t honestly recommend it” whenever they ask if they can use it. I’m not going to encourage them to get invested in an ecosystem that seems like it won’t be around in five years.
As i read the phrase “Constructive criticism is welcome, but criticize ideas, not people” know that i’m addressing the entire Prezi Team, and not you personally.
Over the past several years I have used Prezi in my classroom. I currently have over 130 presentations, across several different courses, and have been a paying member since I became a full time teacher. I’ve been using Prezi since before you guys monetized certain features like inserting images directly from searches within the Prezi itself. Years ago, that was a game change! Then you monetized it, and I accepted that I would have to be a paying member to continue to use this product.
Creation of Prezi Next initially didn’t concern me. You guys wanted to promote your new product. Fine. The lack of transitional tools between the 2 programs? Odd choice, but as long as Classic was still working I felt relatively unaffected. There was no immediate need to FORCE the Classic users to move to Next.
At the end of 2020, Google Chrome will no longer support Adobe Flash, which Classic needs in order to function, edit, etc.
For community members reading this, Classic will eventually not work.
Now I am being forced to stop using Classic, because Flash is outdated. FINE! That’s not Prezi’s fault. HOWEVER, why would you create your next product which is preparing for the future of online presentation,s WITHOUT TAKING CARE OF YOUR CLASSIC COMMUNITY!
As more and more Classic users learn that Flash is no longer going to be supported across all platforms, they are going to realize that there is no way to save their YEARS of content created on Classic.
Please please please find a way to help the thousands of Prezi classic users, many of whom have used your product from the very start, and have been a huge advocate for Prezi. I want to continue to use Prezi. I like your product. I want to continue to pay for this service. But if there is no realistic way to move Classic to Next, give me a reason why I shouldn’t go to the free Google Slides option?
I’m Shocked and Saddened.
Shocked that the only recent replies on this important thread has been more concerns from loyal users - all unanswered by Prezi. And to add insult to injury, the only non-user reply is an offer to convert Prezi’s for a fee which is bad enough, but made worse in that it came from a third party.
Even more shocking is this reality: Prezi has basically said that the only way for its early adopters to maintain access to the countless hours of work invested in Classic Prezi’s is to continue to pay subscription for a product which has been abandoned - a rather ransomware like situation. All this with the threat that it will all eventually not be usable anyway should Flash prove to be totally incompatible with future operating systems.
And I am saddened - I have been a huge advocate for this platform since 2011 and to see it degenerate to the above is terrible to see.
Onto to solutions: for those who know, or are willing to learn some html and css, you can replicate (and actually do better than) Prezi with http://impress.js.org/ (and with some thoughtful work, you can use https://github.com/vissense/vissense to autoplay videos just like Prezi did).
Is it more work than Prezi given you have to code? Yes. But it is much less work when you consider it is not dependent on a ransomware-like ongoing subscription to an abandoned software which isn’t future proof and potentially, eventually inoperative.
I could not agree more to all of your points – as I know so many of us do.
Impress.js.org is stunning! Thank you for sharing this. Perhaps this is a question outside of this forum, but to what extent can these presentations become like Prezi in terms of images, arrows, and the like? I’d be interesting in learning, or better yet, working (i.e., paying) someone to re-work my past Prezi’s into this format. I have a little HTML and CSS experience, but it’s limited to be sure.
Glad to be of help. The best way to learn impress would be to grab the code (simply save the html file through your browser (eg: Ctrl-S on windows) then grab its associated java script and CSS files via the links in the html file), crack the file open and experiment (you can use any text editor but a useful one for this job is http://brackets.io/).
re: images - just insert like you would in a html file.
re: arrows - you could use images or an svg.
https://www.w3schools.com/ is a good resource for all of the above.
More work? Yes. But it’ll only get easier with practice and ultimately, it’ll be work you own without risk of the technology going defunct on you with ongoing fees.
Enjoy your new freedom (and in 3D)
Thank you Joern. You are absolutely right. They push you to the “community” forum and rely on outsourcing their support with the occasional interjection of a moderator every 3 months. Brilliant move prezi.
Agreed! We have received more help by forum members than Prezi people. Why pay when the support is by paying customers?
Happy New Year, everyone. It’s 2020 and the demise of Flash will officially this year, I presume. I’ve read back on many of these comments and feeling saddened, as one person poignantly wrote, probably says it best. It’s disheartening that Prezi does not seem to see the gravity of what, sooner rather than later, will occur – in terms of membership for them but for us, in terms of our thousands of hours of work and dedication to Prezi over the last decade.
I am assuming no one has heard any updates from the Prezi team regarding any updates or solutions? I am just checking in. Thanks everyone.
Hello community our development team is currently working on this feature, and as soon as we have any updates we will let you know!
Hello everyone, we have some great news to share!
There’s no need to worry about your Prezi Classic presentations even after browsers end all support for Flash, we are currently working on the process of making it possible to open and edit your Classic presentations within the Flash-free Prezi Next editor. In addition, we are also working on implementing some highly requested features in Prezi Next such as the advanced controls for the navigation path or animated GIF support.
You can check our blog post for more details
Pro tip: why wait to share/acknowledge that you’ve got plans to handle this need? Waiting is like the pilots of your flight waiting until landing to tell you you’ve diverted to another airport and will be delayed many hours due to weather.
Be Clear & Unlimited!