how can I add custom fonts to prezi.

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Dianay,
Huh, I came to the opposite conclusion - You have to pick a theme first, then build your Prezi. I was almost complete with my first Prezi, then tried changing "themes" - As a result all my images, etc moved around a little and nothing lined up correctly. I had to "undo" it. So I concluded to pick a theme first, then build the Prezi. Search "Systematic Innovation 2011" (on YouTube) to se my first attempt at a Prezi. I was very happy with how it turned out even with all the limitations in Prezi.
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Of course you have to chose a theme first but then you work around it with Theme Wizard (the other bubble of Color n Fonts)
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There's a way to handle this problem using Flash. Export text with custom font and color and import swf in Prezi. It's not what we really want but, at lest, gives us the possibility of using custom fonts in a relatively quick procedure, until Prezi team doesn't fix this unbelievable limitation.
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The limitation is intended and probably has some benefits: concentrate on the content, not the style ;-) But yes, a few more options would be nice.
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@dacospin: Right now I create pdf's from illustrator and import them, but that's hardly productive. It takes a long time producing text and if anything is changed I have to re-import that pdf. It would be better if I'd be able to 'update links' in de desktop version. That way I could stylize in Illustrator and just create the path in one big pdf in prezi. But all of that doesn't feel really professional to me.

@Cathryne: I'm a professional in advertising, I care about both content and design. So does the client. I can't think of any benefits the default font limitation would give me. As said before, if I pay for a pro version, I expect pro features. I've checked the net and the prezi community, these features have been requested by many people many times for at least a year now. Making this possible can't hardly take that much time. PLEASE Prezi staff, take this up with the dev team!
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@John,
What you CAN do is the following:
use e.g. drawswf.sf.net to create "textlike" objects (see http://prezi.com/piak5pbomlxz/many-di... for an example of the result) and export to swf format.

With regard to 'update links': that does, unfortunately, not work in an editable prezi.
However, if you can accept that you do this in a 'hack' afterwards, it is possible: in a standalone prezi, there is a repo folder with all (non-text) content. Replace e.g. 'text1.swf' with a new textobject by the same name, and it will play showing the new content.

Kind regards,

Roel
(Fellow user, not affiliated with the prezi team).
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By the way: this question is NOT answered!
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hi
I may be missing something or misunderstood the question but isn't this covered in the online and PDF manual - under CSS editor.

I've used the method described there to edit themes to display our corporate typefaces (and the manual theme editor to set corporate colours). The explanations are not exactly 'user friendly' but I managed to work it out fairly quickly - even after using Prezi for only a few hours. Essentially you just replace the font name in the relavant line of code with the one you want to use - as long as it's available, of course!

Three fonts/weights/colour combinations is maybe still a bit restrictive but, hey, it wouldn't be the first time that design had to be kept simple - and this is a presentation tool after all and still way ahead of PowerPoint, IMHO.

cheers, Martin

From the online manual . . .

Create a new prezi or open an existing one
Hit the keyboard shortcut ctrl+shitf+c (same on Mac computers; If the shortcut doesn't work (e.g: from IE8 on Windows 7) you can reach the CSS editor from the Theme Wizard under Colors & Fonts)
A CSS editor window will pop up. You can customize the theme by rewriting the code. Your changes will be visible on the prezi editor screen when you click Apply.
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I note that the font names in the CSS all have .swf filetypes - are you saying that .ttf (truetype) or standard internet fonts can be substituted?

That would be good.
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In a rather cavalier manner, I simply replaced the font name with what I wanted, leaving the .swf extension. I specified Arial and Georgia, both being system fonts on Macs and PCs these days.

The only problem I had was that Arial, for some reason, wouldn't work when typed in with an upper-case A, though Georgia did, and both have upper-case initial letters in my font library. Can't explain that.

I haven't experimented much more as I achieved what I wanted to at the time.

cheers
martin
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I'm trying to get an Arial font as well. What did you replace HelveticaNeueLTPro-Lt.swf in the css editor please?
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I was really looking forward for using Prezi in a class. But due to the font ́s limitation I won ́t. It ́s just totally useless making a presentation using 3 font styles, without the ability to even have two elements in the same style with different colors.

I wonder what do you prezi developers thought when you came about this 3 styles solution...

Come on guys that's a presentation software!! PowerPoint 1.0 already let you change font-styles and colors, why do you with such a great idea and potential don ́t ? You are commiting a business suicide here! The designers community are really orfan of a great presentation software, and Prezi ́s first impressions on pretty everyone is that this may me the software that we were expecting... until we see "three pre-determined and unchangeble font-styles..."

Please, save us, and yourselves.
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Hi Halian,

I'm sorry Prezi doesn't fit your needs currently. But please don't be so harsh/absolute A lot of great prezis have been built already, using only 3 fonts: http://prezi.com/explore/.

Improving Prezi in this aspect is being considered, I can assure you. What our developers and designers thought when building prezi can be looked up at http://prezi.com/our-values/.
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i'll quote Arnopont below -in a professional environment you NEED to use the fonts that are part of the corporate identity
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For me, there's a need for letters, which are not in English, so actually it's a problem to use Prezi in other languages, if they have some additional alphabet letters. I think it's a crucial do have different languages fonts. Maybe U can just implement few new fonts, which have letters in all languages, so if people would like to use Prezi in other language, then they have at least those few to choose from :)
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I completely agree. At least Sylfaen font support would be great... I currently have to create image files from Photoshop (saved in PNG) to have text written in Georgian Language. There is a plus: corporate fonts and colors are the way I want them to be, but it requires a lot of time and patience to do things right, to get every line the way it is supposed to be... and there is also an issue with the resolution, as images more than 2880x2880 are potentially problematic, zooming into text files smaller than this can be visually not as crisp as original text files :( I wish they would do something about it...
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please see my earlier posts relating to changing typefaces/fonts.

As far as I can tell, if you have the typeface on your computer, you can use it. (The documentation isn't brilliant - in fact, it's rubbish - but it does cover doing this.)

I haven't tried it but I'm guessing that if a replacement typeface contains non-English characters, they can be displayed.
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I cannot believe this still hasnt been fixed yet. such a dissapointment, becasue after viewing the demo I had very high expectations.

There is a lot of potential in this product, but how do you guys expect to sell pro licenses if you cannot use it in a professional environment?

I was especially disappointed with the reply from prezi, defending your decission instead of confirming the problem.

It has been said before, but i will repeat it again for the sake of Prezi, in a professional environment you NEED to use the fonts that are part of the corporate identity. Please recognize this very important aspect. I totally agree with Halian Vilela about prezi commiting suicide.......
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I didn't think that I was typing in white ink on a white background.
Please see my earlier posts.

You CAN change typefaces!

It's not a simple 'click to change' operation but it's not exactly hard.

Having said that, I don't understand why it can't be made easier!

Martin
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I noticed the 'hack-option' and it works. i still felt the need to comment on it because this is not what people buy a pro license for.

if you can do all of this manually, I assume it is real easy to make a menu option that does this as well.
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This seems to work only part of the time. Certain fonts show up, others do not. And unless there's an escape character of some sort, fonts with a space in their name ('NewsGoth BT') aren't recognized.
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the names of fonts are just filenames - you could easily remove the space from the name, or call it whatever you like. (You'd have to restart any applications open at the time.)
I have to admit to finding some peculiarities though. The initial capital letter of a name (or not) is sometimes significant, other times not, for no apparent reason.
While all this is 'do-able', I do have to agree that it shouldn't be so 'clunky'!
And the continued lack of response from a Prezi person to this issue is a bit frustrating - there's never been a satisfactory explanation for why it can't easily be rectified.
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Hi Martin, this doesn't seem to be working for all the fonts on my computer. Any suggestions? How do I go about changing the file name of a font anyway? I'm wondering if it is actually using the fonts stored on my computer, or the CSS is pulling these fonts Prezi, and it just a coincidence some of these fonts are also on my computer.
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to change the name, literally just rename the file as you would any other file. The fonts I use are Arial and Georgia (they're our corporate 'fall back' typefaces as they should be available on just about all desktop computers). Not sure that you can automatically specify/download fonts for web-based systems (I believe that it's in the pipeline) - if they're not on your computer, your browser will substitute something that is.
cheers, Martin
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Fair point, certainly on the 'paid for' version. And I must admit that I don't understand why it's such a problem.

Maybe a Prezi person can explain!
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I bought the pro version yesterday - and today I'm returning it because of this limitation.
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Man...

1 year with this problem. I don't understand what kind of improvements a PRESENTATION software could be doing before stating a so BASIC issue like that.

Don't everyone thinks it's pretty obvious that a presentation software should have resources so you can PRESENTATE the way you want ?

I would understand this limitation in the free edition, but in the payed one too ??
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Just to echo everyone else: We want the ability to change fonts!
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Any response from Prezi? Is it something that you are working on?
I love the rest of Prezi, but can't create presentations if it's not possible to do it with my company fonts.
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Here am I again... 8 months after my first complaint and nothing about the ability to change the fonts.

I can't believe that adding this feature is such a major difficulty, what are you guys working on to improve the software ? Because now I cannot think about any other "must have" feature that you must implement ?

So, are you looking to implement this in the near future ? (I mean, this year ?)
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I'm sorry, but it's a company policy not to disclose what we may or may not be working on, how long it might take etc. Please see our CEO's statement on this matter.

I'm afraid the only answer I can give right now is to keep an eye on our website, Twitter feed or Facebook page where new releases will be communicated.

Kind regards,

Katrin
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REALLY excited. Purchased only moments ago and immediately disappointed.

Saw a few Prezi stories and purchased the full-on version because it didn't even occur to me that I couldn't add fonts of my choosing. Why should it? That ought to be table-stakes for a professional presentation app.

My stories have to support branding or establish a tone. Font selection is a careful choice. Now I see that this issue has been on the shelf for a year now!? Your work-around of formatting text in another app and snagging it as an image is really bush-league.

Your latest offical post which includes a finger-wagging and referrral to some policy letter shows finesse as well. I'll recind my purchase. This is still an experiment until you can cover the basics.

-AP
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please see earlier posts (quite a few of them) on how to change typefaces.

Prezi people - PLEASE explain why it hasn't been made a bit easier to do after all this time. Either it's a technical issue or it's politics or something but it would be nice to know.

many thanks
Martin
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Hi Martin, I know you are being helpful but the fix of aliasing ttf fonts by renaming them as swf does not seem to work in all cases. People under time pressure who distribute prezis to colleagues using different OS's cannot count on it.

I haven't made a new Prezi for a year. Meanwhile, the developers keep adding marginally useful complication to the Prezi interface while neglecting the big issue. If they (and we) were open source hobbyists this would be fine but the Company Founders spoke and acted as though they were producing a rival to Powerpoint/Impress.

Now that Prezi is becoming such a dog's breakfast perhaps it is time for it to be re-written in something better than Flash?
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Martin Bull

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Hi Erik - I hadn't realised that it didn't always work - is it a 'random' problem or something that can be predicted?

Differing font sets on different computers is an issue with many applications, especially where 'live' or on-line display is concerned. Other than turning the characters into bitmaps, or other 'static' formats (eg, pdf), the only real solution is to use typefaces known to be standard across all (most?) systems. Not ideal but nothing new to web-based applications.

However, I do agree that it is a significant issue for a lot of people and I don't understand why something hasn't been done about it by now!
(But it's still better than PowerPoint!)
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Time passes by and nothing happens...

I'm trying Prezi for my company.

Do Prezi know about corporate branding ?!

How can they hope and imagine that we will pay any bucks for a solution that doesn't allow us to use the font from our corporate branding ?!

Do they imagine for example Coca Cola written in Comic Sans MS ?!?!

I've seen that the feature is requested since a very long time... do they listen to their customers ?!
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Prezi seems out of touch with its user base and expectations. Took years, literally, to introduce grouping.

We're provided a bunch of cartoon typefaces that are childlike, really silly and unprofessional stuff. But if we want to use something professional (and common), like Garamond or Futura I need to make images?

Yet when Prezi adds more typefaces, it's more cartoon stuff.
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New to Prezi. Love the concept. Can live with the limited selection of fonts, at least on some projects. However, disheartened, that no italic option available in the Original Theme font, Open Sans. A bare minimum of choices is mandatory: Bold, regular and ITALIC of all fonts. It's also important to have the ability to make individual characters and words in a sentence, in regular, bold and italic.
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I couldn't imagine when I signed up for Prezi Pro today that you really can't choose your own fonts. So this will probably be a reason for me to cancel the subscription.
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I have a suggestion,

Let us insert the fonts via CSS... for me that would be enough!
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Hi Jose,

here is another forum discussion about fonts. It may help.
http://community.prezi.com/prezi/topi...

Kind regards,

Zsofi

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