Friday, 13 May 2016

How to create a Prezi from an article

Prezi is great for creating dynamic presentations. But you could also use it in a very simple and effective way. Imagine you are pressed for time. You've due to present at a conference, but haven't been able to prepare a brand new presentation.  One short cut would be to upload a pdf of an article/thesis chapter/draft paper into Prezi and create a presentation around it. The title, subheadings, graphs - even the acknowledgments - could become a slide in their own right. It won't be pretty, but it will be quick. As it will be based on something you have already written, the order will be logical to you and may help your memory. 

Here's my step-by-step guide:
  1. Login to Prezi
  2. Click on 'Create a new prezi'.
  3. A new window will load and 'Choose your templates' will appear. Choose 'Start blank prezi' at the bottom. 
  4. An untitled Prezi will load. Click on 'Insert' at the top of the screen. Then click on 'From file (pdf..' in the drop-down menu.
  5. Choose the pdf you want to upload.
  6. Once it has uploaded it will look something like this (click to enlarge): 

Each page of the pdf will appear as a separate item. I then zoomed into the first page and clicked on the frame symbol on the top left. I then drew a frame around the title and clicked 'zoom to frame'. I repeated this for each sub-heading and all the graphs. My last heading 'Conclusions' became my last slide.

The finished Prezi is below. You could highlight text for emphasis, or use the symbols to jazz it up.

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