Prezi, which operates offices in Budapest, Hungary and San Francisco, California, announced yesterday the release of the long-awaited iPad application that lets users run prezis, web-based presentations created using the Prezi.com service, on the device. Although the app lacks on-device editing and creation capabilities, this will be likely added at a later stage. In addition, prezis on iPad won’t render embedded Flash objects such as Flash video.

Nevertheless, as can be seen in the below video, Prezi for iPad is an interesting alternative to Apple’s Keynote app that goes for ten bucks a pop. Upon creating a free account with the service, you can access your web-based prezis through the iPad app, pan and zoom in and out of them using the familiar gestures such as swiping, pinch zooming, panning and more.

Launched in May 2008 as a web-based presentation service, Prezi.com lets you line up presentation objects on a single canvas as opposed to slides used in traditional presentation software such as Keynote or PowerPoint. The aim is to allow viewers to freely zoom in and out of a large visual map in their browser or on their computer, using a free desktop player.

The service is free unless one wants to share presentations privately, in which case a Prezi Enjoy or Prezi Pro license can be obtained. It enlists notable institutions and companies like World Economic Forum, Stanford University, Facebook, IBM and Google among its 1.85 million registered users from over 220 countries.

Prezi for iPad is a free download from the App Store.

Source: The Prezi blog