A Prezi remote controller for the iPad, a search feature for the editor, a funny frame shaker which makes your prezi content dance around, and a new office wall art installation were the results of the 3 day long Prezi Hackathon event organized in our Budapest office this spring. By genre, a hackaton refers to an event where developers come together to hack on what they want to, how they want to - with little to no restrictions on direction or goal of the programming. In our interpretation it was a bit different since Prezi team members and friends could work together on any prezi related projects they wanted to. We are happy to share the results after the jump.
1. iPad remote
Ever dreamed about walking up to a conference stage and remotely controlling your projected prezi by pinching and panning on your iPad? Sounds pretty sleek, huh? Prezi now has an official hack that does the trick. Check the video for the details:
2. Editor searchbar
Our mixed team of prezi developers and guests came together to think about features that would improve the Prezi editor too. They came up with a search bar inside the editor that would allow the user to find text, and objects easily. Watch how the result looked like many pizzas later:
3. Control prezis - Minority Report style
The gesture controlled computers of the movie Minority Report are starting to be part of reality. On Prezi Hackathon we used Microsoft Kinect to control a presentation with multi-handed gestures. Zooming and panning are just hand movements in the air, our prototype is a futuristic method to a give a zoomable presentation.
4. Frame shaker
Snapping allows you to align text and images in prezi, so you can create a more organized presentation. But what if you want to shake up your ideas instead of creating a decent bullet list out of them?
By grabbing and shaking surrounding frames, this hack makes text jump around, resulting beautiful chaos in size and position of your text. This one would be nice to randomize arguments or lists in your prezi.
5. Wall art for our new office
As you might have seen our Facebook gallery, our Budapest team recently moved to a new, bigger and lighter office. To make the new place more friendly, we have decided to recycle Prezi founder and lead desiner Adam's 2006 art installation "Ping Geniul Loci". It's a plastic RGB pixel wall, which can be manually adjusted to show messages on the wall. (See image above).