Kurt Dupont, based out of Belgium heads PresentationPoint, a company that creates several amazing PowerPoint add-ins. After his Computer Science studies, Kurt started with Andersen Consulting (Accenture nowadays) in Brussels. After 3 years he moved to the Brussels Airport Terminal Company that runs the Brussels airport – this last placement inspired the start-up of Take-off (now known as PresentationPoint) in 1998.
In this conversation, Kurt discusses Dynamic MUSIC, an add-in that lets you play music tracks and playlists in PowerPoint.
Geetesh: Tell us about Dynamic MUSIC, your add-in for PowerPoint — and what motivated you to create this product?
Kurt: Sure Geetesh. We PowerPoint users all know that you can insert an MP3 file on your slide, or play MP3 files over multiple slides in your slideshow. And many people use PowerPoint for information screens. Think about companies, factories, hotel lobbies, exhibitions, schools and so on. They all present news, statistics, time schedules and more on a large television screen to inform employees and visitors.
In some environments, they can even add music to their presentation. Think about advertising slides in a shop to promote products and services. They easily can add background music to their presentation. Maybe background music carefully selected to bring the viewers in a certain mood. Think about salsa music accompanied with nice hotel offers at a travel agency. Or romantic music at a restaurant. A good marketer knows that adding the right music to your ads, improves ad quality and customer satisfaction because of the influencing atmosphere.
Now with our Dynamic MUSIC add-in, you can add folders and folders with music files to your presentation. The music files are of course not embedded into the presentation. It is just a playlist with references to the songs or albums. Set up a new playlist and add your music files. When you then start your slide show, the music files are played continuously until the slide show stops. Of course, you can choose to play the songs in a fixed or (more preferred) random order.
Geetesh: Can you share some information about the other PowerPoint add-ins that are part of your Dynamic ELEMENTS series?
Kurt: Next to our DataPoint add-in for data-driven presentations and our digital signage iPoint product, we are now setting up a new product line called Dynamic ELEMENTS, where we offer easy add-ins with common functionality that more people can use. The first one was Dynamic TIME and now we have Dynamic MUSIC. In the very near future, we will bring out new add-ons to display news of an RSS feed and another one to display weather information for your chosen area. All Dynamic ELEMENTS add-ins exist of the add-on to add the extra functionality to your PowerPoint but also a nice PowerPoint template with many slides that you can use directly on your computer screen. Extra functionality in a professional, design template.