Category Archives: Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect Setup Best Practices

One of my more fun responsibilities on campus is being the manager of a small Adobe Connect server. I’m constantly amazed at the power of video conferencing to connect people for communication, collaboration and learning from the far corners of the world. There are numerous ways to use Adobe Connect to aid in teaching and learning but it can be a daunting experience getting everything setup correctly for a successful event. With the help of colleagues we’ve been able to compile a short-list of tasks to aid in setting up an Adobe Connect session for broadcasting a live presentation. I hope you find this list helpful. Continue reading

Interactive Table of Contents in Adobe Connect

I learned a new cool feature inside Adobe Connect recently that I didn’t know about previously. I suspect there are many of you out there that would find this useful. When you upload your PowerPoint slide deck to Connect (it will convert your Powerpoint slides so you can present them from online) and you record your meeting or virtual classroom, Connect will automatically create an interactive table of contents for you. The title of each PowerPoint slide will be used as the title of each link listed in the table of contents. If you have multiple presenters you can setup multiple layouts, one for each presenter and Connect will create a hierarchical table of contents for you. Continue reading

Vidyo vs. Adobe Connect

Recently, I had the opportunity to give a short presentation about Vidyo vs. Adobe Connect in a meeting about video conferencing on campus. Many people see these two products as completing technologies. I currently don’t see it that way. Both products have their strengths, some feature overlaps and limitations. I’ll try to identify those in this write up. Both of these products are software based conferencing solutions which rely on computers to be connected to the internet to work correctly. Some of the advantages of software-based conferencing solutions is that they can be much less expensive than hardware based solutions and they can scale much faster in your organization (at the expense of bandwidth on your network). Continue reading

Adobe Announces Connect 8

Adobe announced today that Connect 8 will be coming soon to a webcast near you! They are hoping to have it rolled out to all on-premise customers by the end of November 2010. Those using the hosted service will see a phased release starting with North America.

Adobe has made a lot of improvements with Connect 8. For starters, they’ve consolidated and simplified the interface. Like most of the other applications from Adobe, Connect 8 now has tools in a nice column on the right and content on the left. Gone are the days where the audio features in the app were spread out across the UI. Today’s Connect 8 has all the audio and video functions in a simple, easy to access area.

Another really nice feature about Connect 8 is that it’s been rewritten in Actionscript 3! This not only gives users a solid foundation for webcasts, presenters can embed Flash SWFs into their presentations and still be able to interact with them. Developers have access to the Enhanced collaboration SDK which will allow them to add additional functionality to Connect. By using Actionscript 3, Adobe has also made Connect 8 available as a desktop application using Adobe AIR.

Enhancements have been made to attendee management, chat, notes, Q&A, file share, and whiteboard pods. There are many accessibility features available such as being able to navigate the interface with just a keyboard, hot-keys for many functions and greater support for screen readers.

On-premise customers now can integrate Connect 8 with their existing SIP/H.264 video conferencing infrastructure. Greater security can be had through password protected meeting rooms and enhanced session management. Connect 8 can even be deployed to virtualized environments through Citrix XenApp 6.

My experience with Connect 8 has been very positive. I’m excited to continue to use this powerful communications tool!