Prezi to release Hungarian-language version of software


Budapest Business Journal would typically wish Hungary-based Sofware-as-a-Service (SaaS) producer Prezi congratulations on reaching its fifth anniversary, but it seems the company is already celebrating in its own fashion: Namely, by releasing a Hungarian-language edition of its increasingly popular presentation software.

Hungarian will be the eighth language in which Prezi is available, following English, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, French and German editions released since the company’s formation in 2009.

Touted along with the new software release was the just-opened Prezi House of Ideas on Hajos utca in Budapest, describing as a venue for “locally important, globally relevant” conferences. If that mission statement sounds vaguely familiar, it’s no coincidence: The startup launched by Péter Árvai, Péter Halácsy and Adam Somlai-Fischer got a major boost in subscription base and credibility when the popular and similarly-minded TED Conferences invested in Prezi in 2009.

In February, Árvai was hosted at the White House to present his software before President Barack Obama and others. Árvai appeared with Adobe representatives on the occasion of Prezi and Adobe joining the US school program ConnectED via nationwide contribution of software and/or licensing. When asked at that time whether his home country of Hungary might be implementing such a program with Prezi software, Árvai said, “We could get this far in America because there has been an initiative on behalf of the US government. We are very open to establishing such contact with any other government.”

Just over one week ago, Prezi announced the addition of the 40 millionth user to its Cloud-based presentation software system, a big 25% increase from just six months earlier.


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