Is this the future of presentations? The example below was made with an online application called Prezi. It looks like it’s pretty easy to use, mostly point and click, drag and drop. There are good “getting started” video tutorials here:
The free version lets you create presentations online, then download them for later use. There are two paid tiers, at $60 and $160 per year. The first allows you to make your presentations private (this level is free to students and teachers). The second includes a desktop application that allows you to create presentations offline ($60 for students and teachers).
I haven’t found any documentation yet on copyright issues. That’s concerning, considering the free version requires that your presentations remain public and they mention that you can reuse other people’s presentations. They imply that they’re referring to the graphic elements, but I’d want assurances about content before diving in.
But there’s no doubt that presentations made with Prezi are far more interesting to watch than PowerPoint. Take a look: