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In addition to panning and zooming in Prezi, you can set up objects to fade in, in a set sequence within a frame. This is similar to Slide Build you might be familiar with in PowerPoint or Keynote. I use Frame Animations a lot. They help to keep the overall view of your Prezi free of clutter, and they give you greater control over how you reveal objects and information. They're especially helpful when using Flash animations, as you'll see, since those animations loop endlessly, and you can use frame animations to hide them until you're ready to show them. Unlike PowerPoint or Keynote, you currently only have one animation style to choose from in Prezi, the fade in.
When you add a frame animation to an object, it won't be visible in present mode until you reach that frame and then fade it in. After it appears, it stays visible for the rest of your presentation. Let's add a frame animation to our example Prezi. Here we are in the editor, and let's select a frame that needs animating. I think this org chart here needs a little bit of life. So let's click on that. That zooms us in. Now if you want items to appear at the same time, you would group them before setting up the animation. So, let's set this up here. Let's group some of these items. I'm going to zoom out slightly here, using my scroll wheel.
So, I'm going to click on clothing and then I'm going to shift >select on its frame and group those together by clicking Group. And here, I'm going to do the same thing for Home. Click on these. I'm also going to change that rotation here so it matches the other frame, and group those together. And now, we're ready to animate. So we'll go over to the Frame's view. Right-click on the frame, and choose Animate Frame Contents. So the Animation Window opens, isolating our frame, and now we just go through and click on the elements that we want to fade in, in the order that we want them to appear.
So I'll start out with this arrow first, and then Clothing and then Home. Then to preview the animation, we just click this little play button here and it will show us what it's going to look like. And if I like it, I'll click Done. If you don't, there are a couple of things you can do. You can remove one from the path by just mousing over its little star and hitting the x, and then you can add it back again by clicking on the item. Or you can remove all animations by clicking the Reset button here in the upper left.
There's one thing to note. There's currently no way to change the order of the elements. You'll just have to reset them and start over. So I think this is good. I'll click Done, and now let's present to see this animation in action. And as I advance through the Prezi, you can see that the animation works. So let's exit out of present mode. And there's one more thing I want to animate, and that's our flash animation, that crazy little blinking arrow that won't stop down here. I'll go back to home view so I can see it. I'll right-click on the path item and choose Animate Frame Contents.
Again I've got my animation window. And I'll choose the type first, and then the arrow. And let's take a look at that. So, as you can see, frame animations give you much more fine tune control over your reveals, helping you sequence your story even more effectively.
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