Prezi Releases New Interface

Prezi, the infinite canvas style presentation tool, has released a new interface. The company is making an effort to simplify the somewhat arcane user experience of what is now known as the ‘classic look’.  Which means the distinctive – but counterintuitive and slow – ‘bubble’ menu is gone.

In particular, the new approach creates a default ‘path’ – the sequence of screens in the infinite canvas that define a presentation – based on the order of frames created in the canvas. This default can be overridden, but making the path explicit and always present will decrease the cognitive load of Prezi.

I will take another, longer look at this tool, which I tried a few years ago but rejected because of the nausea-inducing swooping in transitions. I never understood why I couldn’t simply move from one frame to another without animation. A quick look suggests that this is still not an option, which is a shame.

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