I’ve been using and loving Prezi since 2010. Because I’ve got almost 100 of our organization’s Prezis built in Classic over the years and there hasn’t been a way to transfer them to Prezi Next, I’ve been sticking with Classic. Mostly I’m tweaking, updating, and modifying my existing presentations anyway, so no worries there.
However, finally, today I realized that a presentation I’m giving tomorrow could involve a lot of new content, so I decided to try Prezi Next.
It’s now more than an hour later, and I have nothing ready for tomorrow.
1 – Performance
Prezi Next online is choppy and slow, both in editing mode and while presenting. Resizing images and transitioning from one slide to the next is choppy, with a weak frame rate. Editing is laggy, to the point where it’s difficult to work quickly and efficiently. Just to check, I jumped back to Prezi Classic and things were buttery smooth, both in editing and presenting. I’m used to building things really fast in Classic. Sorry, but Next was simply too slow for me.
2 – Confusion
I don’t “get” Next yet. I feel like I’m starting over, learning a different product. This happened when I first started learning Prezi too, but I’m a little surprised that shifting to a newer iteration of Prezi feels so foreign. I’ll try again at some point, but my general sense is that this just doesn’t feel like Prezi anymore. Navigation felt more forced, and I felt creatively constrained. Prezi Classic feels like I am working on a blank slate and can go in any direction, but Next feels like I’m filling in boxes. It almost feels as if they brought in a bunch of diehard PowerPoint users and asked them how to “improve” Prezi. Part of this may be because I started with some templates rather than a blank canvas, but even when I build from a template in Classic I feel like I can tear things apart super fast and rebuild how I like. (I didn’t see a quick option to start from a blank slate.)
3 – Topics & Sub Topics
The way subtopics expose themselves in the Next demo videos looks and feels like a higher order of Prezi Classic, and has me excited to try Next again. However, referring back to #1, when I created a small presentation to test how this works, the animation was so choppy that the coolness was totally lost. (Maybe things would be faster in offline mode, but because we often collaborate when building Prezis, I almost always build online then download before presenting.) Also, referring back to #2, I’m a little confused at how to efficiently see, create, and edit sub topics. I watched the little help videos, but what?
Quite a bit of this might just be me at the beginning of a learning curve, so I’ll revisit Prezi Next again at some point, I’m sure. But I have to admit this first attempt is disappointing, and now that I’ve burned through an hour messing with this (and another half hour writing up these comments), I’m heading back to Classic where I know I can build a clean, functional, and snappy presentation in 30 minutes.