Impress.js lit up the Internet in early January. Early adopters and the geekiest of the geeks were sufficiently “impressed” with the creators’ ability to match its competition Prezi, feature-for-feature, and add more. Impress.js is certainly impressive, but is it impressive enough?
HE: SEAN BOICE: TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECT
What is Impress.js?
Impress directly targets the linear presentation platform, Prezi, while managing to add a feature or two, like 3D text. Prezi set itself apart from the typical slide bore-fest by creating a linear landscape that allows for close-up zoom, mapping across different buckets of content, and easy image and video embed. Impress’ step forward seems to be both in the addition of some new “neat” nice-to-have’s and also in the fact that it is open source.
At present, neither version offers much more than Prezi and, in fact, without the streamlined interface Prezi employs, it’s a lot harder for non-developers (i.e., presenters) to really embrace. One thing Impress has proven, however, is that today’s web technologies are going to put more pressure on application developers and service providers to continue to add value to their offerings and not to rest on their laurels.
Is it the tool or the story that makes the presentation?
SHE: REBECCA GARNICK, VICE PRESIDENT
If presenters have not become better story tellers … should the focus be on the tool or the way in which we present?
Certainly the utility of Prezi makes it a winner, and I do like how intuitive it is. With no coding experience I could not use Impress without a real tutorial. But, I find myself asking, why are we improving the presentation tool?
If presenters have not become better story tellers, if the amazingly well-done Prezi presentation at a conference is followed up with a 100-page slide show that goes on and on, then should the focus be on the tool or the way in which we present? Can we improve the ability of presenters to read an audience and understand when they drift off? Can we create better stories and perhaps not even rely on a visual to back us up?
What do you think?
How will Impress evolve and shape the presentation landscape?