Emaze is an online software application for creating visually pleasing presentations, websites, blogs, e-cards and more. This blog post and review focuses on the presentation software component of Emaze.
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There are quite a few creative templates with moving slide transitions to choose from. For example, the Gallery template in the Edu group is themed to an art gallery where the transitions walk the participants visually from one art display (slide) to another (slide). This is one of my favorite templates among the free Emaze templates. Another favorite is the ‘Breaking News’ template, where the slides are visually presented as newspaper articles and the transitions are reminiscent of reading a print newspaper. Elementary education leaders will love the ‘Chalkboard’ template that takes the participants back to the days of the green chalkboards, while the slides are presented as various areas of the chalkboard. There are other templates to choose from with paid subscriptions.
This tool offers two ways to use Emaze for presentation design – creating a presentation within one of the amazing templates, or uploading an existing presentation. The Powerpoint presentation
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The rest of the tools within the application (i.e. adding text, images, videos) are very user-friendly. For example, after clicking on add text and choosing the text level (i.e. subtitle), a text editing menu appears, where you can change the font, size, etc. This text editing menu can be pulled up again at any time by clicking on the text you want to alter. Similarly, an image editing menu appears when clicking on any image you add (if it is not built in to the background design template.) Use the save button to save your work.
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Aside from creating content in stunning 3D and 2D templates or uploading existing presentation content into a template, Emaze has some collaborative tools that expand usability. According to the site itself, Emaze presentations can be shared “directly with your viewers via email and social media. Collaborate with your team, view your audience insight analytics, download to PDF, MP4 and HTML, and present remotely from anywhere in the world.
Embed your presentations in your blog or website, control your privacy setting, and automatically translate a presentation into any language.”However, users should be cautioned that many of these features are not available with a free account. Still, at $4.50/mo educators get a steal on upgraded features, which are $12.50/mo for non-educators. This makes Emaze affordable for most schools, districts and even individual teachers. If you plan to ask the district to pay, check school/district policies as some preclude subscriptions. You can see the three pricing tiers here. Make sure you click on the 'Edu' menu, highlighted in black in the image to the left.
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