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Prezi Shows Off Collaborative Presentation Editing in Google Wave at Google I/O 2010

Google Wave is a love child of chat rooms, email accounts and live collaboration tools. The formerly invitation based platform just went live at this year's Google I/O conference, Google's largest development event of the year in San Francisco. This year two Prezi developers Balint and Akos were invited to introduce a concept that allows Wave users to embed prezis and collaborate live.

In Wave you can embed different applications to work with. These are called gadgets. For Google I/O Prezi developed a gadget concept for Wave, which allows small groups to show prezis to each other and even edit live. Our developer, Balint introduces the Prezi Wave gadget for the reporter of The Next Web Apps. Please note that this is a demonstration of a concept right now. There’s no timeline for when or even if this will be available.


Prezi birthday party 2010 - what a first year!

Prezi team and friends rocked Moloko bar Budapest last week, celebrating our first birthday. Yes, it's been a year ago in late April since Prezi went live after months of closed beta tests and developing. And what an amazing first year we had! We have closed successful investment rounds, opened our office in San Francisco, and cooperated with the most amazing events and speakers worldwide.
Unfortunately most of you could not attend to the party, so we wanted to say thank you to everyone from Vancouver to Tokyo and back for your continuous support and feedback!
Happy zooming! (More photos after the jump)


Prezi teams up with Discovery Education for teacher appreciation week

Celebrating their community, Discovery Education Network has an amazing week of special surprises and events every year during the teacher appreciation week. We are proud to be involved in the celebrations this year, by providing all STAR Discovery educators a free Prezi EDU Pro account, and hosting a webinar on Monday May 3. at 5 pm ET (2 am UTC) about how to create better presentations with Prezi.

We wish a happy-happy teacher appreciation week and happy zooming to the Discovery Education Network community and all the teachers and educators around the world!


Find the feature contest: we have a winner! 

A few weeks ago we introduced a contest. We asked our community to look for a secretly implemented new feature in the editor and offered a Pro account and blog introduction to the one who sends in the right description first. The winner is Tijmen Bak, a Dutch high-tech company consultant, and the feature to find was "hidden frame" which allows you to group elements in Edit mode and make those brackets invisible in Show mode.

Tijmen uses Prezi whenever he can for live presentations, on websites and internal reports for more than a year. In his company each employee has a Prezi account. We asked him how they use Prezi as a tool of business.

Congratulations for winning the contest! Was it hard or easy to find hidden frames?

The menu gives a good overview and has little secrets, so I went through the complete menu and after trying some options I found the hidden frame feature! I noticed it was new, but I wasn't completely sure this was really the new feature added for the contest. But anyway, I quickly used the feature and I liked it immediately! Everybody used frames before cause it was  impossible to make a specific view without setting a clear frame. That's history now!

Where are you from and what do you do for a living?

I live in Dordrecht and work as a consultant at Alares in The Hague (Netherlands). Alares is a Dutch high-tech consultancy firm and advises organisations on issues of strategy, organization, technology and innovation. Our clients are both public and private knowledge-intensive organisations. Alares exists for five years now and has over twenty employees. Each employee has a Prezi account and uses it frequently for presentations. We as individuals  and as a company are constantly aware of the power of Prezi and you can say it's part of our daily toolkit.


How often do you use Prezi, and what for?

Whenever possible! We use it for presentations, integration in websites, in reports we use screenshots of our presentations and we make tag clouds. We even use it as a 'mapping' tool for analyzing new market opportunities and sectors. The software is very easy to use and editable, so everybody uses it!

How did you first found the tool?

Over a year ago I saw a top ten of promising online services which also listed Prezi. While discovering Prezi my colleague Ralph Boeije also noticed Prezi and found it immediately very promising! So we made an account and used the service. I had a laugh when I recently opened my first Prezi presentation. A lot of twisting and turning! Nowadays when I make a Prezi, I begin with the outline or a quick sketch on paper before creating the Prezi in detail. The new features of copying from Prezi to Prezi makes it even more simple to create graphically really sweet Prezi's!

How does Prezi help you to create better presentations?

Apart from the aw's and the wow's, which attendants have at first, Prezi can easily combine the graphical souplesse with more substantial information. Prezi adds by providing a good overview, graphically advanced movements and finalizes the presentation with flashy objects, contrary to presentations with just bullets and nice pictures. The presentations are always online and can be embedded and linked to anytime and anywhere on the web! Furthermore, Prezi gives you the freedom of zooming and flying around your presentation, very cool!

Now I am going wild in the Offline Presentation Maker, cause that was the prize after all :D


How to simplify a complex slide

When an article titled "We Have Met the Enemy and He is PowerPoint" appeared in the New York Times this week, we couldn't resist chiming in. We know that any tool can be used to make a bad presentation, but the wrong tool can completely lose your message. Here's how:

We believe that the lack of focus, not the complexity of the slide, is the problem. Without focus, you cannot foster a dialogue.  And, without dialogue, you cannot make a persuasive point. In Prezi, you can use size and scale for layering information to avoid showing an overwhelming number of details in one view. That way your audience can focus on a specific point, without getting lost in the details. When your audience is with you, they're more likely to ask questions and engage in dialogue - helping you make your point.