Interview with the Pied Piper

There are quite a lot of interesting people among our users. In this article we interview a SlideDog Pro user that has one of those less than ordinary jobs...

Dag Hendrik Lerdal
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© Hameln Marketing und Tourismus GmbH

Ever since we shipped the first version of SlideDog we are regularly surprised and excited when new industries and types of professions start using SlideDog for their day-to-day presentations and multimedia shows.

There are quite a lot of interesting people among our users. One of them is the official Pied Piper of Hameln, a town in Germany. His real name is Michael Boyer and he is one of the iconic employees of the tourist office in Hameln, one of several public and non-public enterprises in Germany using SlideDog.

The English version of Wikipedia sums up the legend nicely:

The Pied Piper of Hamelin (German: Rattenfänger von Hameln, also known as the Pan Piper or the Rat-Catcher of Hamelin) is the titular character of a legend from the town of Hamelin (Hameln), Lower Saxony, Germany. The legend dates back to the Middle Ages, the earliest references describing a piper, dressed in multicolored (“pied”) clothing, who was a rat-catcher hired by the town to lure rats away with his magic pipe. When the citizens refuse to pay for this service, he retaliates by using his instrument’s magical power on their children, leading them away as he had the rats..

If you’re ever near Hameln, Germany you should definitely consider getting a guided tour with this colorful rat-catcher!

"We utilize SlideDog to display Photos, Videos, PowerPoint-animations, and Internet Pages in a loop."

Michael Boyer

The Pied Piper of Hameln

The Interview with the Pied Piper

What’s your profession and how is presenting part of your job?

We operate a tourist office and present the guests a mixture of photo, film and more. Slide Dog does this very smoothly.

What is your presentation setup? Big crowds? Multiple screens?

We have a giant TV Monitor on the computer. We can present to 250 People at once. Generally 50 or so will watch, a bus-group for example.

Are your presentations multimedia, online content or static?

We utilize SlideDog to display Photos, Videos, PowerPoint-animations, and Internet Pages in a loop.

How do you normally use SlideDog? Do you have any favorite features?

The Loop Function under Pro is indispensable. The Keyboard shortcuts are very important.

Have you ever used the Remote or Live Sharing? Have you used the Polls/Feedback?

Yes, indeed. Remote is used when presenting schoolings. Live sharing and polls not as of yet.

Is there anything with SlideDog which you are not satisfied with or wished was different?

It would be to advantage, if we could key in a particular position in the presentation, rather than sliding the timeline back and forth. Or had the chance to switch between two running presentations. (Specifically, being able to show a film in different languages without having to unload one presentation and start another)

Would you recommend SlideDog to other users?

Already have! I’ve offered it to the Boy Scouts who are organizing the world jamboree for their presentations.

Do you have anything you want to add? Great opportunity to promote a new feature you want 🙂

Slide Dog works reliably for us, with the exception of when an automatic update comes online. Then it has locked up on us, requiring a computer restart. Perhaps we should turn the automatic off, as the program runs nearly 24/7 here.

Thank you so much for the interview, Michael!

If your job is anything like the rat-cather’s, or you need a tool to seamlessly display multimedia and presentation files, why not give SlideDog a try?

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