13 August 2008

Nonlinear presentation tool

I just discovered this very interesting presentation tool which is being developed in Budapest.

ZuiPrezi is a zooming presentation editor which allows you to easily create dynamic and visually structured zooming maps of texts, images, videos, PDFs, and drawings. ZuiPrezi has a very intuitive interface and support for online sharing, and it works really well with tablet PCs.

This is a tool I can't wait to delve into -- I have been looking for something like this for a long time.

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Anonymous said...

Very cool Dave,
Thanks for sharing.

simon said...

It looks like a clone of CounterPoint (http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/counterpoint/), and the interaction looks very much like UMD's Picolo ZUI framework. Glad to see the concept getting more visibility.

Unknown said...


CounterPoint seems to be made for PowerPoint 2000/Windows XP.

So some kind of update would seem to be in order.

If you have any thoughts why this kind of interface has not gained more momentum I would love to hear them.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, I'm not convinced that this will be a good presentation tool - sure it's cool, but it's fixing the wrong things.

People will still have too much text and info on the screen, but it will load in a fancy way - only now the speaker will be looking down, at the screen, instead of at the audience.

I think the real application for this would be expos and kiosks.

(slanty writing guy from vizthink)

Anonymous said...

Good idea but I'm not sure if it's a good presentation tool in general. Zooming in and out too often creates too much distraction for the audience and this could end up being mis-used like the tacky animations/slide transitions features already available in Powerpoint.

I could think that this would be useful for certain types of presentation, e.g. you have done a user interface design & the zooming feature will be handy for looking at the details.

I'm afraid people who have not 'got' the basic idea of presenting (why they are presenting, key takeaways for the audience) will get carried away by the new technology and use it just because it is available.

Unknown said...

It's like a puppetshow, right? Or a magic show maybe. You have to control it in such a way that the audience's attention stays on the right thing when they can see everything.

I've always been dubious of the zooming interface, but I think that's mainly because of the devices we've had so to interact with it, i.e. a mouse. Even a joystick is insufficient. But touch is a little different. Definitely a step in the right direction.

Michael Bromby said...

I like the zooming around, but feel that it works best when the presentation is recorded and presented 'to you' rather than allowing views to move around and potentially get lost. I'm a university lecturer and think this would be good for presenting and then allowing students to navigate at a later stage.