What Should The Maine Coon Look Like?

The Maine Coon breed standard tells us what the Maine Coon should look like. The trouble is that it is a bit technical. The language is written for cat breeders to read. Therefore, I have presented it in a slide show with Helmi Flick images. I think the two together, words and pictures, may help. However, this is more an exercise in trying to utilize Prezi to good effect.

Below is a Prezi slide show of the basic Maine Coon breed standard verbatim.  The cat associations write the breed standards.

The slide show controls are important to get the best out of it, which are immediately below the slide show screen — I explain the controls below the slide show.

Click on “Start Prezi” to get going and see the controls. This is what I would do, in the following sequence:

  1. Click on “Start Prezi” icon in the center of the slide show…
  2. Click on full screen icon. A full computer screen slide show is presented.
  3. Click on the word “allow” at the top of your computer screen.
  4. Use the controls below the slide show (as shown on this page) to work the slide show.
  5. Press your “escape” (“esc”) key to return to normal screen mode.
  6. If you have problems I would be pleased if you would leave a comment. Thanks.

Click “Start Prezi” then…..


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As mentioned, the words in the presentation are verbatim from the CFA breed standard. I think it has to be. If I précis the standard and make it less technical I am in danger of changing its meaning. You’ll find the language a bit odd. I do. But if you find it very readable, that would be fantastic.

This is a trial, really, on using the Prezi cloud software. I may well amend things and change the slide show after publication.

Prezi is an online program for creating novel slide shows. I would very much like to thank Dan in Tempe in the USA for introducing me to it. Thanks Dan.  Any feedback would be welcome.

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8 thoughts on “What Should The Maine Coon Look Like?”

  1. I agree with Marc 100%. I couldn’t of said it better myself. I feel this was a very successful presentation. I had a feeling you’d put Prezzi to good use. I’m glad I could help. 🙂

    1. Thanks Dan. Because of what you guys say I’ll try another one. If anyone has a subject they’d like to present just tell me in a comment. It has gotta be about cats though 🙂 Or at least have a slight connection with cats.

  2. That worked brilliantly on the technical front and I thought it was a much more palletable lesson on the actual breed standard of Maine Coons, as described by the Cat Fancy.

    Photos of cats with backdrops are wonderful because you can really see the cats well. However when you get a history lesson on a cat like the Maine Coon it is really nice to see some photos of them outside in their element. Perhaps on a farm in Maine for example. I like the photo of the cat in the snow in the youtube movie.

    The slideshow is nice and refreshing and interesting. What I find truly fantastic about it is that you can include a movie as just another element the slideshow. But its much better than a slideshow. You have an overview which is visual. You can see the whole story at the start. You can navigate withing the cluster. Its no longer the simple sequence of a forward backward slideshow. From a presentation point of view its also really cool. But I like it for the control the viewer has and the size/zoom effect which allows you to see all the frames.

    This is a novel way to include both images, video and audio into one single medium.

    1. Sounds as if you approve of it 😉 Thanks Marc. I think it does work pretty well. I think also the dynamic way of viewing dry information makes it more interesting and the pictures help too. I am pleased. I had to learn that software (tiresome) but it was pretty easy because all software like this is similar.

  3. WOW. You were a quick study on Prezi. I like the presentation, though I got dizzy at first. Very nice though after I got used to it. Nice to have the video in the slide show as well. I say it is a keeper, don’t you?

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