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Building a Prezi Next Presentation

What is Prezi Next?

Prezi Next is the new online presentation software from Prezi (introduced in 2017) that has useful and innovative features using “motion, zoom and spatial relationships” to make your visual presentation more dynamic and help you present in a natural and engaging way.

Check out the Prezi Next Tutorial: Get started in Prezi Next video and read on below for some helpful tips on getting started. If you are looking for help using Prezi Classic, see the Prezi Classic help file.

Compare Prezi Next Plans

The Basic plan is free for everyone that wants to start making presentations with the online editor, but the presentations you create are publicly available for anyone to view. However, can sign up for an EDU Standard plan using your SU email address and you will have all of the features of a Basic plan but you will be able to control who sees your presentations.

Create an Account

  1. Go to https://prezi.com and click Get Started.

  1. Scroll down to the For students and teachers section and click Learn More.

  1. On the next screen, click Continue in the EDU Standard box.

  1. Enter your SU email address and click on the link in the confirmation email to complete your registration.

Create a new presentation

Once you log in, you’ll be taken to your dashboard where you can view and edit all of your presentations.

  1. From your Prezi dashboard, click the +New presentation blue button at the top and a new editor window will pop-up.

  1. From there, choose a template to get started, click Use this template, and set your theme. Templates come with a predesigned structure to get you started and can be edited to fit your content.
  2. Your new presentation will load in a separate window.

TIP: Prezibase has a collection of free (and paid) templates you can use for your presentation.

Get to know the editor

The editor is where you start building your presentation and comes with two important toolbars: the top toolbar and the context toolbar.

Top Toolbar

Use this toolbar to add content and edit elements of your presentation. This is where you can see the sync status of your presentation, add content, view comments, present or view your presentation, start a live presentation, and share your presentation.

Context Toolbar

The context toolbar allows you to edit the background, add animations and comment.

Structuring in Prezi Next

A Prezi Next presentation’s structure consists of chapters that follow a path using connectors. Your overview will show the titles of each topic and once you enter a topic, your subtopics will be revealed. Topics show your big ideas while subtopics organize details and reveal content at just the right moment to keep your audience engaged. Check out the Prezi Next Tutorial: How to structure your presentation for tips.

Elements of a presentation’s structure

This is the first thing a viewer will see when entering your presentation. The overview contains topics and each topic can include subtopics. Your structure includes connectors between topics and subtopics that follow the path of your presentation. Templates come with a predesigned structure to get you started and can be edited to fit your unique content.

Overview

Your overview shows the main level of your presentation canvas. Topic covers are visible on this layer while content and subtopics within them are hidden until you zoom deeper into the structure. Connectors are the lines between topics that preview the path your audience will take through your presentation.

TIP: Before jumping in, try sketching out a mind map of the main points you’d like to highlight. That way you’ll have a better idea of how to structure your content.

You can add more topics from the overview by clicking the drop-down next to the +Topic button in the left sidebar and choose a topic type. This new topic will be added to the end of the presentation’s path.

Topic Types

Topics organize key information and structure your presentation into meaningful sections to convey your message. There are two types of topics: planet and stack. Each topic type helps you present content in a distinct way.

PLANET

Planets have subtopics that orbit the main idea and are best used to separate related content. Use this type if you want to break your topic up into subtopics or advanced subtopics, jump to different areas of your content, or give you audience a preview of your main ideas for better orientation.

STACK

Stacks contain pages of content that display in linear fashion. Use this type if you want to reveal content to your audience step by step. Each page will display separately and in order. The left sidebar shows the number of pages in the stack and the order they will appear.

Subtopics

Subtopics organize content by showing relationship between details and information in your topics. A subtopic can be a planet or a stack, but options for adding more subtopics are different for each type. To add a subtopic, enter the planet topic or subtopic and click +Subtopic in the left sidebar.

Topic and Subtopic Covers

Topic and subtopic covers are the customizable layer of text and visuals that hide the content within them. See Editing topic and subtopic covers to learn about editing covers.

Sharing a Prezi

The easiest way to share a Prezi presentation is to create a view link, which allows anyone with the link the ability to view (not edit) a presentation.

  1. From the dashboard, click the three dots (...) in the thumbnail of your presentation.

  1. Click Create new link.

  1. Name your link (for your own records) and click Create link.

  1. Click Copy to copy the hyperlink and send it to your viewers.

To deactivate a link, click on the link in your dashboard that you want to deactivate, click Link settings, and click Deactivate link.


For additional features and more help creating your Prezi Next presentation, check out the Create section of the Prezi Support knowledge base.

If you require assistance building your Prezi Next presentation, email ctlt@su.edu.

Updated 2/4/2019