Will Prezi Classic be shut down soon?

Hi Sebastian,

Thanks for tour reply. It’s still not clear enough I’m afraid. You dodge and fudge the important issue at hand here, that you’ve created a ‘new improved’ version of the software that doesn’t keep the functionality or usability of the software Users like.

What’s very odd is that you Guys decided to build a new version of Prezi that left out the features loyal Users like myself have used in the past, continue to use - and want to use in the future, for example:

  • A Clean Simple Canvas That Can Be Added To As The User Wishes
  • Thumbnails Of Slides On The Left In Path View

In a nutshell, you and the Team need to create a version of Next that exactly mimics Classic (or allow Next to support this functionality) so that all Prezi Classic presentations can be easily opened, edited, played and updated through Next EXACTLY as they were on Classic.

The only thing that needs changing with Classic is it to be updated to HTML5.

Can you do assure us Loyal Users that you’ll do this?

Shed

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We agree with Shed_Simove! You have already all but lost us as a customer along with all of the customers who have asked us how we have created the amazing presentations. We no longer have amazing training presentations with Prezi because Next cannot do what Classic does and Classic is not accepted by many presentation formats that conferences will not accept Prezi due to incompatibility. We have had to redo so many Prezis into PowerPoint due to this issue. . . Please listen to Shed_Simove and make the changes quickly and you just may get many of us back. Until then, we are looking and use other software. . . :frowning: Very sad.

Shed, this has been asked over and over again, don’t hold your breath on assurances. :frowning: Good luck.

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In exploring this more with @Shed_Simove I think it is fair to state that his main pain is the difference between how Classic and Next enable editing of the path. Topics don’t allow for the flexibility Classic allowed for, and Zoom areas, while flexible aren’t usable if you create an entire presentation with just them.

The above speaks to the second point in my last reply, in fact the under discussion link I shared shows predominantly issues directly related to the above issue of path. As, indicated by their status, this is a need we are actively aware of and are looking into. In fact, in another thread, I shared a teaser of a favorite Classic template of mine which I have pulled in to Next - https://prezi.com/p/lt8adlohlsw_/iceberg-template-next/

While we work on making Next even better, perhaps one day good enough to meet the needs of even our most passionate, advanced Classic users, there are two other important things to remember: (1) We have invested effort in ensuring Classic remains available side by side for all existing users, so you are not forced to switch, and we invested in trying to ensure we have extended it’s longevity to the point of technical possibility. (2) We want to make sure everyone’s investment in creating great content is kept safe, we have already successfully ensured this content will remain view-able and presentable and as discussed in other threads here are also looking into ways to enable reuse and editing of that Classic content.

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@sebcachia I think it’s time you start studying about failed product which care more about corporate “vision” rather than actual customer demand. Good example is Nokia. Since your whole team is unable to create a simple “version of Next that exactly mimics Classic in HTML5” the only thing you can expect is demise of your company along with this brilliant invention. Good luck…

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Echo all that has been said. As a once active user of Prezi, I have now not made a Prezi presentation in the last 12 months - been using PP again as at least it is acceptable to most conference organisers and I now no longer have that dreaded hour or so beforehand trying to make sure Prezi will work. Such a shame as I really enjoyed presenting with Prezi but, it now feels old and clunky and I cannot risk investing time in developing new presentations in software that is rapidly ageing and increasingly well beyond its sell-by-date. Do you have any recommendations for alternatives?

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But if I can not import (at least a flat version) of my Classic files (that took weeks and weeks to create) into the Next version…
I kind of take that as a sign how important you would take me as a client…

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Hello @Hans_West, I merged your post with the relevant thread. I recommend you to check the discussion above:

I do indeed feel that others feel the same way about this and I am so very sorry about that but I can’t help feeling that I should start rewriting my content to Powerpoint as well, because at least they guarantee that shit is also displayed in future versions…
This upward compatibility is important for us as serious users :-S

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We are going on year 3 with this issue. We have been looking for alternatives. . . It is clear that Prezi really does not think this is a priority even though they say it is important. . . :frowning: Yeah, Prezi, I hope you read this. . .

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I’m very frustrated. I have the Pro plan and the “Chat” link under support is non-functional. Flash will be EOL soon. What affect will that have on Prezi Classic? What are Prezi’s plans to replace “flash”? In what time frame? If Prezi is not planning to replace flash, why? What affect will that have on Prezi Classic? What is Prezi’s strategy here? Let’s have a straight answer… enabling flash every time I log in to Prezi is ridiculous.

Seems like Prezi has links readily available to talk about billing but it’s a long “hunt & seek” to get any actual roadmap support/information. Every day, I seem to be piling up reasons to convert back to Powerpoint.

A serious look into good, meaningful information to your subscribers should be taken. Many of us are tech savvy and Prezi’s lack of providing a plan is concerning. How can you possibly have a product which people pay for not keep people informed in a better way. I should not have to create this message. Proactive… someone please shoot that word and it’s definition to your senior leadership team. Is this the beginning of Prezi’s demise?

Hi @Homer_Enriquez, I merged your post to the relevant thread.

As Adobe is planning to discontinue development and support of its Adobe Flash technologies at the end of 2020, we are no longer actively developing nor providing new features for Prezi Classic. However, you can still continue to create Classic presentations within Classic.

We are actively exploring ways to make it easier to bring Classic content into Next but we don’t have a specific timeline or solution to share.

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YEP! One reason why we ended our subscription is lack of transparency of what our monthly subscription is really being used for. We no longer can count on Prezi’s plans since they have refused to share what they plan on doing beyond “Sorry for the inconvenience, I will pass on your concern/suggestion to our development team.” Prezi says that Next is better and different. But as you can tell as you read through lots of threads that it is not. :frowning:

Hi all!

I have been a prezi user since 2013 (I think I have had an account earlier than that though). I am a PhD student in Canada, and I use prezi classic for all my presentations, conferences and, especially, for teaching. All of my courses are on prezi, and my students love it!

I am very worried however, about what will happen after flash player will end next year. I use the student mode and I do not have prezi on my desktop. Also, I only use prezi classic as I do not find prezi next to be as good as the original. Please let me know if I will be able to continue using prezi classic online (editing and presenting) or will I have to find something else?

I highly suggest that you work towards making prezi classic compatible with non-flash (or to find a way to turn prezi next into classic because it is, objectively, a much better form of prezi), because a lot of instructors rely on it.

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Adobe has just announced that it will no longer support Flash Player by the end of 2020. It is thus expected that most technologies will evolve to an open web standard by that time. Can someone tell me what will happen to Prezi when Flash Player is no longer available? Is there a plan to move to an open web application?

Thanks!

Hello @Hope_Murray, I’ve merged your question into the relevant thread. Please see our previous reply here.

After reading this thread I‘m still very confused. Will I still be able to edit and present my prezi classic presentations with an old prezi classic programm? And on top of that, why can‘t I access chat or phone support although I have an active Premium license?
Thanks for your answer

Sincerely

Hi @Christian_Marcolli, we have no plans to shut down Prezi Classic. As Adobe is planning to discontinue development and support of its Adobe Flash technologies at the end of 2020, we are no longer actively developing nor providing new features for Prezi Classic.

However, you will be able to continue using Prezi Classic and we have no plans to discontinue. For an optimal experience, we encourage you to use the desktop version of Prezi Classic. :slight_smile:

We are sorry for not being able to reach us. Please try reaching out to support via chat or phone again, our agents are online.

Thanks for the reply this was very helpful as we almost only use the desktop version.
Sincerely

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Hello,

Flash is on the way out. What will happen to my hundreds of hours of work-Prezi Classics? Will they be unusable? WIll there be any way to transfer them to Next?

Hello @Marcus_Back_Hjorth, I’ver merged your question into the relevant thread. Please see the replies above.