Aspect Ratio Feature Released! (toggle between 4:3 and 16:9 view)

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Now hitting the keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+M in the editor (Same on PC and Mac) shows a grid that allows you to adjust your content to 4:3 or 16:9 screen resolution view. This makes it very easy to fine tune your prezis for projection, or to be shown on a big screen that has a different resolution than your computer.

Hit CTRL+SHIFT+M multiple times to toggle between 4:3 and 16:9 resolution view. Hitting the keyboard shortcut again disables the feature.

Thanks for your feedback, and reports. We have developed this feature based on your requests. Let us know how you use it and how it works for you. To learn more about the feature, read our new release document: https://prezi.com/learn/new-features/...

PS.:
The current version of Prezi Desktop does not include this feature yet. An update will come soon. Watch out for the next release!
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If I am going to create a presentation to be shown on projector, it would be VERY useful if I could see a boundary using the aspect ratio of my projector (or monitor, or what ever) so that when I place things I can be sure that the important bits are placed well in the visible space of the page.

Another option would be to provide an "invisible" frame (one which is visible during editing but not when showing to provide visual cues while editing and a 'full screen' anchor point for paths) and the ability to add a frame with a specific aspect ratio. This would allow me to isolate things when necessary.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Seeing aspect ratio.
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I'm excited too!!!
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Hi there. I use Prezi for Presentations that are shown both on projector screens and also sometimes through modern large TV's. Now, sometimes I've had situations where a Prezi that looks fine on my computer then shows the edges of the next slide, which looks highly unprofessional. So, how do I prepare my Prezi's so this won't happen? Is there a generic aspect ratio setting that I can use and what resolution should I set my screen to so I can see a faithful output of what the end product will be... Many thanks, Shed

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Prezi Aspect Ratio CONFUSION! 16 by 9 or 4 by 3?.
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How do I change the aspect ration of a Prezi?

I'd like to do a Prezi in either 9x16 or 1x3. How?

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...Aspect Ratios and Prezi.
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Using [CTRL] + [ALT] + Frame could result in a frame with a border ratio of 4:3, because most projectors use this.

[Shift] + [ALT] + Frame maybe could be 16:10.

This could avoid some pitfalls.

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[CTRL] + [ALT] + Frame -> 4:3.
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Holding shift to draw a frame with the 4:3 ratio stopped working on my computer. It isn't the only keyboard shortcut that isn't working but it's the one that I'm missing the most.

For instance, the shortcuts like ctrl+D to duplicate are not producing anything. In contrast, I can press "space" to toggle from edit to presentation mode and pressing F or S (etc.) gets me to the frame or shape environment.

I'm using the web interface with Firefox (3.6.3), Flash Player (10,0,1,218). OS: Ubuntu 10.04

Thanks for your help

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No 4:3 ratio for the frames by holding shift.
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Is there a way to display a Prezi in 4:3 ratio even on widescreen laptops, just like Powerpoint?

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Is there a way to display a Prezi in 4:3 ratio even on widescreen laptops, just like Powerpoint?.
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YAY! Thanks Prezi for being so responsive to our requests!
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How do I resize/reframe my existing browser created Prezi content to 4:3 for projection on a big screen? Am new to Prezi and have a presentation July 20.

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Change existing Prezi to 4:3 format.
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When creating a prezi with the 4:3 ratio (using projector) and I use the shift key to reduce the widescreen size When I try to "capture view" I can't get in close enough, or it seems like some items are grey'ed out and I can't use them. Why is that?

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4:3 projector ratio and capture screen issue.
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Is it possible for the slide to be 16:9 instead of the default 4:3?
If so, how do you change the config?

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Can prezi do 16:9 slides?.
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Is there a way to change an existing prezi to fit a projector format? (short way) and can you make the default format a projector (4:3) format? (instead of having to press the shift key when you make a frame, or having the browser or flash window show in the screen)

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I want projector format!!.
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Have been trying to trial run a presentation:
problem 1: projector is showing 4x3: I don't seem able to change the setting on projector? I spent a lot of time on Prezi - it looks like its going to be wasted!
problem 2: in projector mode, it is not following the path?
problem 3: the control panel (top left) is not available to let me make amendments.

Sorry for any bother - but if I can't solve in 24 hours I'm urgently and reluctantly, back to powerpoint!

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Projection hassles.
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wide screen in editing vs. normal screen when presenting:
when presenting, the edges are trimmed. I think that maybe adding a tranparent gray filter that shows what will be seen during the actual presentation may be a good solution.

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wide screen in editing vs. normal screen when presenting.
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hello prezi team :)

again thank you all for those new features.

about aspect ratio :
this is an important subject as it talks about freedom. How prezi gives us freedom in showing things really throught our eyes... but freedom isn't easy to deal with :)

when a film director build his film, he sees the theater with his panoramic screen and the amazing sound... not the 4:3 Ipad screen, but a lot of people may see this film on the Ipad...

I think that we should know when we began a prezi on which screen it's gonna be viewed, also, as prezi IS the view we have on those items in the canvas, I think we should make a prezi for each different screen :) yes, I do !

prezi is (almost) illimited, you have no bounds to stretch to the format you which, it's your point of vue that should move :)

Liberty requires to work hard.

You are talking about some template you need as boxes inside the prezi to refer to. There is already the 4:3 one (ctrl+draw frame), but the only thing I think about is to set the window browser (or in prezidesktop) with the ratio you need. As prezi centers items in each path regarding the window where it is displayed.

to be continued :)
Nathalie
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Hi,

This feature aims at making it easier for you to address a certain aspect ratio (like 4:3 for most projectors), but also makes sure that you will have the same things on the screen, while presenting, in other aspect ratios too, by masking extra content.
So you don't have to create different prezis for each aspect ratio, just enable the aspect ratio guide and this will make sure the same thing will be visible no matter what the aspect ratio of the screen will be, while presenting.

Hope this helps.
Have a nice weekend.
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Wonderful!

When will you deliver the Prezi Desktop update?
Within days, weeks, months?
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We can't tell you exactly how long. We are hoping sooner rather than later (days, weeks). Look for an update soon. Stay tuned!
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HI there!

When I am in 4:3 the client logo gets dropped off the left corner! Is there a way to stop this? It's essential that the logo stays!

Also, please bring in aspect ratio for the desktop as soon as possible!! It's the BEST update :D

Thanks!
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Try as I might, Ctrl + Shift + M does nothing for me. I have a 16:9 laptop but create Prezis almost exclusively for 4:3 projectors, so I just resort to changing my display resolution to a 4:3 while I'm working on the Prezi. I'd really like to try this feature! Help!
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Please make sure Prezi has focus before pressing CTRL+SHIFT+M. You can do this by clicking on any button or by panning the canvas.
Once you press CTRL+SHIFT+M you should see a message with the new aspect ratio value and a dashed guide rectangle appear.

Please let us know if you are still experiencing issues with this feature.
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I've made sure Prezi has focus, but still nothing happens.
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I have the same problems as Jeff the coach!

When I go in my prezi to show mode, there is 4:3 resolution with black edges visible. But when i am in editing mode, there is NO grey dashed rectangle to see where are the borders of the 4:3 resolution. Please help! I'm working on 16:9 resolution computer screen. When I press CTRL+SHIFT+M there is notification in the middle of the screen to tell me that i am switching between resolutions but when it dissapears nothing is different. As i said, i can't see borders of 4:3 resolution. In show mode, 4:3 is working normally.

Please help!
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After seeing Alyssa's post about the orange lines, I tried Ctrl+Shift+M again and it still doesn't work. This whole time I've been using IE. I just tried it in Firefox and it worked like a charm. So, I'm thinking there is a setting in IE that is blocking it. I'm using IE9 without Compatibility view. Any ideas?
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Hey guys,

Unfortunately you can't make that grey line appear again, but you will see an orange line every time you click on the thumbnail (left-hand side of the screen). We changed it this way so it's no longer attached to the screen, but attached to objects on the path. Every time you click on the thumbnail (set path), you will see this orange line which shows what will be visible on the screen in Show Mode. Once visible, the orange line will disappear if you zoom out. I hope you now understand, but please let me know if you have any more questions.
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Thank you for explanation. Since this gray border works in prezi desktop all the time, i tried to continue with making my presentation. But now new problem occured. When i try to insert an image, nothing happens. I click INSERT/IMAGE then new window pops out, i select picture on my computer and click insert and... nothing happens. The window closes when i click insert, but there is no picture inserted. It's frustrating. Please help.

I tried with many pictures, even with those which i previously could insert (when working online).

Thanks in advance!

UPDATE: I tryed to copy inserted images, that doesn't work neither. I closed Prezi Desktop and opened it again and it is the same-not working
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Thank you very much, I think i understand now.

Funny thing is, that in meantime i installed prezi desktop and there the gray frame works just fine. Why is that so? :)
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Can somebody please tell me if this feature works on Prezi Desktop now too please?
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In Prezi Desktop we currently have the previous Aspect Ratio implementation with the gray guide line because we haven't yet updated the application.

The new Aspect Ratio implementation (orange line that shows what will be visible in Show mode) will be available in desktop in a future update.

Both are activated with CTRL + SHIFT + M and both work the same in Show mode the only difference being when editing.

Hope this helps.
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I am trying to use hidden frames with 16:9 aspect ratio and tried hitting CTRL+SHIFT+M like this post states and it does nothing. What am I doing wrong?
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Hello !
Same as allison , I'm trying CTRL+SHIFT+M and... nothing either on safari and firefox.
PLease Help ;-)
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Please make sure you are in Edit mode and not in fullscreen.
Also if you use a MAC try CMD + SHIFT + M.
Let me know if this works.
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Thanks for your quick answer !
I'm in edit mode.
I tried Both : CTRL+SHIFT+M
CMD+SHIF+M ... nothing happened