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Adobe Connect video conferencing solution to assisting educators

It has a solid feature set including video chat and desktop and document sharing

In Summary
  • A large fraction of its user-base are educators who deliver remote lectures.
  • Its account and session management is a functional but not flashy web app that looks outdated.
A woman gestures during a video conferencing session
A woman gestures during a video conferencing session
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Educators can now be able to enjoy having live lectures since here is an app that can help with that, the Adobe connect. It is a video conferencing service geared towards tailoring the user experience.

A large fraction of its user-base are educators who deliver remote lectures. Despite it shining on live lectures, it also supports webinars and collaboration sessions, which can work for standard office usage. This application has high degree of customizability, curriculum design elements for educators, can control the layout of the screen for viewers and unlimited video feeds.

It has a solid feature set including video chat and desktop and document sharing as well as the ability to add custom apps if you have experience with Adobe Flash.

Its account and session management is a functional but not flashy web app that looks outdated. From the outset, most of the tabs seem extraneous until you take into account that Adobe Connect does not consider all meetings similar.

When setting up a basic meeting it is straightforward. It only takes you a few clicks and some basic information. To invite participants that are not on the list, you have to either select participants from registered users at start or manually copy the meeting URL and share it via email, chat or social media.

On the mobile device, the users will appreciate the app’s pod functionality that lets presenters display windows to external content. The pods can be arranged in different layouts and your choices saved between sessions so that you do not reconfigure the pod before every presentation.

As a presenter on this app, you have the control over the screen layout for all participants with readily available templates down the right-hand side. If the default sharing, discussion and collaboration templates are not to your liking then you can easily create your own.

There is no limit on the number of video feeds that can be displayed in a meeting for the participants, which is a feature not found in most video conferencing services. Chat is available throughout the meeting and you can also set up private chats.

There are Chat icons available to everyone for asking attendees to speak louder or softer or to agree or disagree. Sound options include setting microphone rights for participants enabling single-speaker mode and muting participants. For the Audio you can either use Adobe Connect’s built in VoIP program or a compatible third party.

It does an excellent job once you have set up everything. If you already use a dial-in conference service and need a fine degree of control over your meeting space, then this application is the best addition to your meeting tools. Even though some will be able to harness the power, others will be frustrated by the learning curve on this app.