- Author: Michael L. Poe
Adobe Connect was originally developed by Macromedia and called Breeze. Desktop videoconferencing is its thing. You can be at your desk and using a computer with an Internet connection and a browser like Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc., share documents, images, and audio. If webcams are used at both ends, it's like a video phone but with space for sharing items on your desktop.
For ANR faculty and staff, you have unlimited access to use Adobe Connect without charge.
Connect is primarily developed to allow one person to give a PowerPoint presentation to one or more folks at the other end. Connect will let you upload your PPT file and will convert it to Flash. Everything in Connect is Flash-based. Flash is the video format most conducive to the Internet. It is installed on 98% of all personal computers, so compatibility is in its favor, too.
You can overlay a whiteboard to draw on photos, or charts, or illustrations, or any other document you share and print the results.
For interaction with your audience, there is a Chat pod, and you can poll them with the Poll pod.
There is no software to install and your audience doesn't need any training to participate in a meeting you host.
To host a meeting, you need to be added to the server and training would be a good thing, too. Contact me at 530-754-3905 or email@example.com for both.