About a year ago, I found a link to, and some information on, a curious piece of presentation software called Prezi. It is a radical departure from the typical presentation software and has the potential to transform the way we create and deliver presentations.
Instead of a linear series of slides, you create one big giant slide, place your content, then you zoom in/out to move through your presentation. Aside from the “cool” factor, Prezi now gives you an easy way to give a non-linear presentation.
You can move through a sequence of “frames” (think traditional slides) as you normally would, or, if you want to veer off to a related topic or answer a question with other information, you can easily move out of the sequence, present that content, then easily return to your place in the presentation.
Microsoft has a beta add-on for PowerPoint called pptPlex that provides similar functionality. I’ll be testing it out and posting about it some time this summer.
Check them out and post your comments (especially if you’ve used either one of these programs for your own presentations). Remember that you do not need to log in to post comments to this blog.
Good (Non-Linear) Presenting!