Prezi for PlayBook

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I would like to see Prezi on the PlayBook! I bet the Prezi dev's could really come up with a robust app that would take advantage of the Presentation Mode! Also since you can write it in ActionScript it should be an easy port :)
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Hi there,

Prezi.com should work if the PlayBook allows flash and a full internet browser. However, an app would be nice. I'll forward this along to our developers.

Cheers,
David
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Thanks! I was just thinking, the PlayBook does support Flash 10.1 currently in its browser, but the PlayBook has this neat feature called Presentation Mode where you can be doing something on the big screen and then something on the PlayBook. The video example I have seen, was the presenter played a movie out of the HDMI out and then was playing Need for Speed on the PlayBook simultaneously! And I thought it would be cool if Prezi offered a way where you could advance/navigate your Prezi from the PlayBook's screen and even have presentation Notes that you could view on the PlayBook will the Prezi would be full screen out of the HDMI.
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Agreed. I haven't used Prezi in a while, though I still subscribe to it and love it. When I did use it, I downloaded an offline editor that was apparently developed in Adobe AIR. Given that Blackberry has a FLEX/AIR SDK available, porting this to the playbook should be relatively quick and easy. I'd love to be able to use the presentation mode for something other than arguing for the utility of my latest toy! :)
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Some new news about concrete experiences en Prezi for Playbooks?
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In the browser when editing it, since I have to double click it goes full screen and won't work, viewing works
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I would also love to see a Prezi app for Playbook. Despite the rumors of its demise, I find the Playbook to be an excellent product and I am recommending it to all of the Blackberry users I come in contact with.
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Bump for needing a Prezi app. I use Prezi heavily for our business applications, and it would be SO convenient to have it run on my Playbook.

Would be even better if we could run Prezi Desktop on it too! (who wouldn't want to create a Prezi using finger swipes? Awesome!)
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Hello, we would like to have a Prezi app for the Playbook.

Please let us know when this will be available.

Thank you!
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Prezi online plays well on the Playbook browser as long as video or very heavy graphics are not used. Still, having the ability to run the presentation offline would be excellent. If you want a Playbook app (which I honestly think should be fairly straightforward to build), write to Peter Arvai. The more, the merrier.
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I agree. I just got my playbook and I am looking forward to its many uses and Prezi is definitely on that list!
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An offline presentation tool would be greatly appreciated for the Playbook. I understand the commercial reasoning behind pandering to the Apple market and thus the only app available right now is the iPad one, but considering that there are now over 1 million playbook owners out there surely we rate an app now?
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A native application in the Playbook would be great. Since Prezi is already an AIR app, the port should be really simple. I am also sure Research in Motion would provide lots of support for it (they like to help developers get more apps in there).
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Absolutely. I bought the playbook specifically FOR prezi, (pre iPad app) assuming it would be an easy port and happen right away. Really sad it hasn't yet. Can we get a Prezi mod to chime in here with any kind of update or non-update?
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What I don't get (and I wrote to Prezi and got no response), is that they can either work with Adobe Air or they can do an Android version that will work in any Android tablet plus the Playbook.

Alternatively... Could we take an exported prezi and try to run it with a SWF player? My desktop runs Ubuntu and before Adobe Air was ported to linux I was able to play a Prezi by simply moving the file prezi.app/Contents/Resources/movie.swf to the same location as my prezi.exe, then you just use a browser.

If Prezi can't/won't help with Playbook, perhaps we can get our thoughts together and come up with a solution? That's my linux/open source head talking!
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Last I checked I could not find an app in App World to run the standalone SWF, which I found surprising and drove me to pour a scotch. That's probably the best solution (to write that app, not drink), since it would be of broad-use and not just for Prezi.
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Hey Jeff,
Well it is Friday so I may second your idea of pouring some scotch.There is one flash player on the BB App World which is highly rated and costs 0.99: The Flash Video Player by Gama SU Consult (Bulgarian guys). Would the FLV player work with a SWF file? Or perhaps converting the SWF into a FLV?
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I should have done some research. Apparently (will need to test) you can play swf files.
You go to browser and type file:
You will see a screen that says Index Of / and then browse to the location of the swf file and click it to play. If I have time I'll test and report back.
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Okay my lunch hour is done and I did make some progress, now I would love some help.
I exported a Prezi, and then moved the "movie.swf" file to the main folder (right were the prezi.exe file is).
Then I copied the folder to my Playbook (documents folder).
I opened the browser and typed: file:///accounts/1000/shared/documents/
I then pressed the movie.swf file

I got the Prezi logo and the hand moving!!!

When the hand starts to move and the Prezi name starts to fill, half way it stops.

Could it be that we need to make the folder a trusted location? Any idea how?
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Not a playbook owner myself, but if the playbook can play Android apps, you may try the route I used with my INofficial Prezi player for Android ( http://community.prezi.com/prezi/topi... ), and use the hack that enables playing local Prezi's for Android.
In my own app, I use the isses app, so porting the app to playbook is not without some challenges... If someone with a playbook wants to try, I would recommend trying to port the isses app to playbook and in essence follow the hack I posted about in this forum I'm November last year (writing this on a smartphone so links are somewhat hard to make, sorry; if you follow the link above and its links you should find it quickly; alternatively google for Android hack site:Prezi.com).

Kind regards,
Roel
(Fellow user, not affiliated with the Prezi team)
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Great efforts, I'm inept with this kind of technology, so any way to use Prezi on Playbook is an excellent solution for me! I use Prezi quite often and purchased the Playbook because it will sync with my Blackberry, and because of the presentation capabilities.

I'm very disappointed Prezi doesn't have an app for it yet. (I am a pro account) Would also love to hear from Prezi when they are going to come out with a Blackberry Playbook app, or at least an Android app that can be retrofitted for Playbook.
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I took a preliminary look at porting the unofficial Android app. It is going to require a ton of work because that app works in conjunction with a file manager and a flash player. So you have to convert three apk into bars (that is the file extension the Playbook will recognize). In my opinion is a no-go.
I will continue my research into changing the flash settings in the Playbook. I think that if I can make the folder a 'trusted' one, the Prezi may actually play inside the browser.
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Javier,
making a folder trusted is not an option in flash mobile. As to it being a lot of work to port my app (with its dependencies), I agree. That is why I suggested using my hack, which uses a critical feature of the issess flash player: playing local files as through the Web...

If you find a flash player on playbook that has that same feature, you should be able to find the necessary start_Prezi.swf file using the link to my hack.

Kind regards,

Roel
(Fellow user, not affiliated with the Prezi team)
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Roel,
I really appreciate your assistance. You need to be a bit patient with me because I have no IT background, so I am an enthusiast but a bit slow.

This is what I did:
I took the UnOfficial Android Prezi Player of yours and converted it and signed it as a BAR. It is now on the Playbook and actually it opens. It says: IntentHandler and has the option of finding Prezis or going to a previous location.

If I touch on the "find a previously downloaded Prezi" I get an error message: Intent {act=org.openintents.action.PICK_FILE (has extras) }

If I touch the second menu (Change the folder...) I get the following error message:
Intent {act=org.openintents.action.PICK_DIRECTORY dat=file:///sdcard (has extras) }

I did find a swf player called "Offline viewer" where I will be able to see the file. What I don't quite know is how to use your hack in a Runtime environment that is essentially an Android virtual machine. I am not sure I can run more than one program under the Android VM at the time.

Any help or pointing perhaps to a tutorial would be very much appreciated. And thank you again for your help!

Take care,
Javier
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Javier,

As you yourself indicated earlier, starting with porting my app seems to be the wrong approach.
Assuming you stay with the playbook (and do not install Android 'on top of it', my suggestion would be:
1) download the prezi example file ( http://dl.dropbox.com/u/14161674/Prez... ), available from the following thread on my Android hack:
http://community.prezi.com/prezi/topi...
Put it somewhere 'local' on your playbook.

2) try to find either a swf player 'on playbook', or try to convert the issess app to a BAR file. If you choose the latter way: please see the options needed to run it in the Youtube described in the hack.
If you try the former: the flash player needs to have an option to run 'local files as if from the web'. Not all apps have it, it took me a while to find the issess app (and I tried various others before finding it).

IF you manage to play the example prezi on your playbook, my app (once ported) could be usefull. But the biggest and most uncertain hurdle is getting it to play ANY prezi. Therefore my suggestion to start with the example prezi and the issess app.

If you manage to play this prezi, you should eventually be able to play almost any prezi. (Allthough, without e.g. my Android app to do some of the tedious tasks, it will take some copy-and-replace actions from you. You may try writing your own playbook app to do this; I never wrote an Android app before I wrote this one either, so who knows how succesfull an app from you hand could be ;-0

Good luck!

Kind regards,

Roel
(Fellow user, not affiliated with the prezi team).
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Actually, the Android version is, to my mind, not the way to go. The Playbook has native support for Air applications, so the people from Prezi should be able to repackage it....

Unfortunately, the packing process requires the sources (unlike android apps). I will try nonetheless if I can pack individual presentations when I get back to by signing keys.
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Guillermo, as Android has native support for Air applications as well, such a repackage version would be welcome for Android as well.

As to packaging individual presentations: I tried this approach myself until I found out that starting an Air application from a Webview was not supported in Adobe Air for mobile (iOS and Android; not sure what it said about playbook).
So in the end I settled with the 'start_prezi.swf' approach (see my reply to Javier above for links to e.g. the 'hack for android' thread).

If you have any luck going another route, please let me know: I would be interested in porting your solution to Android...

Kind regards,

Roel
(Fellow user, not affiliated with the prezi team).

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