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Prezi Online Editor is what is referred to as Cloud software. This means that it runs over the internet right in your browser. This is different from traditional shrink wrap software you might be used to, where there's an installer file that's downloaded or comes on a CD or DVD, and a specific version of the software is installed right on your hard drive. Being hosted in the cloud makes it very easy to get started with Prezi. All you need is a browser and an internet connection. It also makes it very easy to keep up with the latest version of the software. Whenever you log in to prezi.com to use it, you're automatically going to be using the most recent version.
There's one caveat to that. There is a desktop version of Prezi for paid accounts that you can run on your computer. I show you some of it's features, but I'll be using the online version through most of this course. Cloud software does present a challenge for courses like this one. Since Prezi can add new features at any time without having to group them together into major version upgrades, some new features and interface changes can sneak in on you. Rest assured though that we'll be periodically updating this course to include recent updates and new features. So if something in your interface looks slightly different from mine, or there's a new button or feature available to you.
Just keep this in mind, the course should still be valid. Know that we are on it and we're updating the course soon, and feel free to contact me through lynda.com support with suggestions for future course updates. The software requirements for the Prezi online software are pretty straight forward. You can use prezi.com from any internet connected computer that meets the following requirements. It has to have Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher installed. It needs a minimum of one gigabyte of memory, and you'll need a scroll mouse or touchpad. Prezi runs right in your browser and all modern browsers are supported.
For this course, I'll be using my preferred setup Google Chrome on Mac. The fact that Prezi is a flash based tool assures that it will look and behave the same no matter which browser or platform you're using, so feel free to use whatever configuration you're used to. The exercise files for this course are also different from what you may be use to in other courses in the lynda.com library. All of the exercise files are free. You don't need to be a premium subscriber to access them. I've provided some assets you can use to build your own Prezi along with me. And there are two Prezis, a template and a finished example.
Now, these two Prezis are publicly accessible on the prezi.com site. You'll just need a Prezi account to copy and edit them, and I'll show you how to set up a Prezi account and import all of the examples in a little bit. Once you're all set up to run Prezi, you're ready to look at what goes into planning and structuring a good Prezi and some best practices for creating great zoomable presentations.
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