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27 JULY 2016

Author:
Matt Roper
BREAKING NEWS: POWERPOINT VS PREZI
THE (INTERACTIVE) GLOVES ARE OFF



We recently reported on the release of Prezi for Business (Prezi’s latest version specifically for business presentations) and that interactivity was one of their major new features. This feature, in a nutshell, gave presenters the ability to jump to specific content at the click of a mouse thus allowing them to tailor their content live during an engagement. Happy days.

Well, news broke recently from Microsoft that they too have made interactivity a focus with the release of a brand new PowerPoint function called ZOOM…

Let’s get something straight…
Interactive PowerPoint presentation designs are nothing new. Custom Shows hark back to the days of PowerPoint 2003 and for many years we’ve been championing this amazing way to navigate presentations…

That said, Zoom isn’t just a previous rehash, it actually gives the PowerPoint custom show function a much needed refresh. It’s been around for 13 years, it’s an over complicated and clunky way to set up interactivity and an upgrade was much needed…

So well done to Microsoft for listening to their users and continuing to push PowerPoint to new levels of usability.

What’s new…
A brand new menu pulls up an image of each slide in the deck allowing you to quickly and easily select the slides you want to jump to…

It then automatically generates a thumbnail for each slide you select and then hyperlinks them to jump (or zoom) you straight to those sections while your presenting. Neat.

What’s even neater is the ‘zoom’ bit, as when you click on the link, you are zoomed into the image, taking you straight to the slide in one seamless flow.  We’re guessing that this pulls on the Morph transition we reported on some time ago…

Essentially there isn’t really anything here that you couldn’t do before. It’s just the process of setting it up has been massively streamlined and simplified. Before it would have been a pretty time consuming, laborious and complicated affair.

Why interactive presentations are good for your business engagements…
The best thing about Zoom isn’t the functionality it brings, it’s the fact that it’s release is putting interactive presentations back on the agenda in the business presentation world.

Alex Warwick, one of Eyeful’s senior presentation designers had this to say…

I think it’s another great example of Microsoft being innovative and giving users the functionality to make the most of an ever-changing presentation landscape. Microsoft are realising the power of presenting on different platforms to different audiences and not just in a linear way in big rooms. For a designer, the morph tool was a masterpiece but this tool will be much more impactful to engage with audiences. The interactivity that PowerPoint has provided in the past has been invaluable and this tool takes it another, much easier to use step forward. I cannot wait to train our clients with these new features, they will love it.”
Alex Warwick, Senior Presentation Designer & Trainer, Eyeful Presentations

Our The Presentation Landscape concept is proof that presentations don’t just happen in formal environments such as boardrooms and auditoriums any more…

With communication over coffee and meetings that require as much input from the audience as the presenter, interactive presentations are giving the power back to the presenter to go with the flow and discuss and share only the slides and content that’s most relevant to the audience in the room.

This is really powerful for presenters and anything that brings interactive presentations to the fore as well as making them easier to implement, is no bad thing in our book.

To learn more about all of the latest PowerPoint features and how they could help enhance your business presentations, check out our presentation training page, where we could customise an advanced PowerPoint training course for your exact needs…

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