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Tuesday
Jul052011

New manual page logs editor updates  

Do things look different in your editor than last time? That's because Prezi developers are constantly designing new features to make your Prezi experience better. We have started to log new features as they are released in one dedicated article on the Prezi Manual page. Whenever you see something new in your editor, just open this article and you will find screencasts, step-by-step walkthroughs, and descriptions of new features.

Happy zooming!

Thursday
Jun162011

Grouping with Frames!

Now you can group items together in your prezi - using Frames.

 


How to group items within frames:
1. Add items (text, images, videos) to the prezi canvas
2. Select a frame to draw around the objects
3. Move/scale/rotate the frame and its contents together
4. To remove an object from a frame, drag the object out of the frame at any time.

OR:

 

1. Draw a frame on the prezi canvas
2. Drag and drop any object(s) (text, images, video) into a frame to group the objects with the frame
3. Move/rotate/scale the frame and its contents together.

To turn grouping off and move/rotate/scale the frame without the contents, Alt + Click on the frame. Note: grouping is not available with hidden frames.

You can also resize frames by double-clicking on a frame to see the four control points, and dragging the control points to change the size of the frame.
Wednesday
Jun012011

Milestone race: win Prezi giveaways on Facebook!

Prezi's community on Facebook is growing quickly! At this moment, there are 25,699 people who have liked our official fan page. To keep the buzz growing and let more Prezi users join the great discussions, we are starting a mini contest. We'll randomly select a winner from our entire fan base (Facebook users who like the official Prezi page) when the number of likes reach a specific milestone. Each winner will get a Prezi prize. Here are the milestones and the prizes:

Milestone 1: 26,000 likes - Prezi T-shirt - winner: Thiago Ximenes
Milestone 2: 27,000 likes - Prezi T-shirt + Pro account free for 6 months + personal support  - winner: Nancy Lin
Milestone 3: 30,000 likes - Prezi T-shirt + free Pro account for 1 year + personal support + introduction on the Prezi blog. winner: Jeong Min Lim

Rules:
1. To be eligible to win a Prezi giveaway, you have to "like" our Facebook page. We will select winners randomly from people who already liked the official Prezi facebook page after the number of fans reach a milestone.
2. Fans who "liked" the Prezi page before the launch of this contest are also eligible to win.
3. Everyone eligible to win can only be selected as winner once during this contest.
4. In each phase of this contest, after a winner is randomly selected we will announce the winner's name here on the blog and on our official Facebook page. To claim your prize, contact zoltan.radnai_at_prezi.com.

Thursday
May262011

Better Prezi through user experience research

Earlier this month we had the chance to visit the eBay user experience research labs in San Jose, CA by the kind invitation of Elissa Darnell, Director of Site Wide Design at eBay. Elissa guided us through the labs, where they record how eBay Marketplace customers use the site, than process the information and work with development on improving user experience. Elissa and her team use video and voice recording and also eye tracking, a method that uses colorful data visualization to reveal how user's eyes explore a website.

Prezi User Experience Researcher Laszlo Laufer sharing thoughts with Elissa Darrel on optimizing websites and web based products for the best user experience.

To be able to navigate easily on the website and use editor features most effectively, the Prezi team also does eye tracking to test what users notice first, which parts they skip and what they look at for the longest time on the website. We also perform lots of "think aloud usability tests" to evaluate every feature we develop. This means that we invite people to our Budapest and San Francisco offices, drink a nice coffee and play around with new, unreleased features and website updates. Our findings help us to keep the smile on our user's faces when they work with Prezi.

Eye tracking test on Prezi's front page

It's fun to work with Prezi. When I work with Prezi I always listen to music. I never listen to music when I work with Powerpoint - you can tell: these reports are music to our ears, but we are just as interested to learn about problems and weaknesses of the tool. And just like Elissa and her team at eBay, we channel our findings to the product management, development and design team. A video recording made by Prezi's User Researcher, Emelie Hammar shows a focus group session in our SF office. (The video is published with the consent of the participants. Thank you Lisa (gotGeneaology.com) and Nikolas for participating! ).

Do you agree with what our users say about Prezi in the video above? We'd love to see your thoughts in the comment area!
Wednesday
May112011

Prezi turns three!

Even though it became a tradition to celebrate Prezi's birthdays at Moloko bar Budapest, this year we found ourselves thinking about moving the party to a bigger venue next time. If you wanted to say cheers to the team, you might have had to do it from the sidewalk because the bar was full.

It's not only the number of celebrating friends and employees that grew fast during last year. As Prezi CEO Peter announced at the party, we have recently passed 3 million registered users! One of them, a Japanese Prezi fan, Shigeto Miyamoto even scheduled his holiday to the Budapest birthday party. It turned out that he was a board member of CyberTrust Japan, a security certification giant, which Verizon bought a few years ago and he was very excited to evangelize Prezi in Japan.

Unfortunately most of you couldn't attend to the party in person. We just want to let you know that we feel your love and support (and see it on our community channels).

While people celebrated us at Moloko last Wednesday, we raised our glasses and said Cheers, Skal, Prosit, L'Chaim, Kampai, Egészségedre! to all our users around the globe!

Happy Zooming!
The Prezi team