Adobe Connect came onto our radar screen with a recent upgrade to the software-based collaboration platform. Adobe Connect 9.1 adds more than twenty new features to Adobe Connect and it is available today for on-premise customers, with an ongoing upgrade to Adobe’s hosted accounts. Enhancements have been added to improve mobile features and productivity.
On the mobile side, the new release allows mobile users to convert, stream, and track recordings across devices. The service now allows queues and converts recordings to universal MP4 format that can be hosted and streamed from the cloud, enabling access from any device. Multipoint video conferencing with two live webcams has also been enabled, along with mobile virtual classrooms.
Productivity and ease of use include added features like a wide screen webcam view and Active Speaker name display. Training management features have also been enhanced. Adobe Connect is designed to serve organizations ranging from large enterprises to governmental entities, to education although it has also had success in the small –medium business market segment.
Hosted in the cloud or available as a premise-based system, the Adobe Connect platform includes three collaboration packages:
• Adobe Connect for Web Meetings includes a personal URL in the cloud with individualized collaboration content and layout. The URL provides authorized access to the collaboration platform without need for a desktop client. Mobile to mobile support is also included via iOS, Android, and Blackberry PlayBook.
• Adobe Connect for Webinars offers features such as event registration and persistent meeting environments that can store pre-recorded content for live replay.
• Adobe Connect for eLearning is designed to provide rapid training and mobile learning leveraging content authoring tools, registration capabilities, and learner management and tracking tools.