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Adobe Connect
Adobe Connect icon
Genre Collaborative software
Web conferencing
License Trialware
Website adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html

Adobe Connect (formerly Presedia Publishing System, Macromedia Breeze, and Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro) is software used to create presentations, online training materials, web conferencing, learning modules, webinars, and user desktop sharing. All meeting rooms are organized into 'pods'; with each pod performing a specific role (i.e. chat, whiteboard, note, etc.). Adobe Connect was formerly part of the Adobe Acrobat family and has changed names several times.[1]

HistoryEdit

The product was first developed by a startup called Presedia, which created the Presedia Publishing System and included a first generation PowerPoint-to-Flash plug-in, which became a key training module. Macromedia acquired Presedia in January 2003 and added on a real-time web conferencing component, called Breeze Live, later renamed Breeze Meeting. The PowerPoint plugin became Macromedia Breeze Presentation,[2] which was then renamed Breeze Presenter.[3]

In version 5, Macromedia Breeze included four applications: Breeze Presenter, Breeze Training, Breeze Meeting, and Breeze Events (new in version 5). Following the acquisition by Adobe in December 2005, Macromedia Breeze Meeting was initially rebranded to Adobe Connect for version 6, and then Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional (with an SMB version named Adobe Connect) for version 7. The full product line included versions of Breeze Training, Breeze Meeting, and Breeze Events. By version 7.5, the product was rebranded back to Adobe Connect.[confused?]

ApplicationsEdit

Adobe Connect includes the following applications:

  • Adobe Connect Webinars (formerly Breeze Events)
  • Adobe Connect Learning (formerly Breeze Training)
  • Adobe Connect Meetings (formerly Breeze Meeting)
Breeze Presenter became Adobe Presenter, a separate product.[3]

Related ProductsEdit

  • Adobe Captivate — A rapid eLearning authoring tool with capability to publish directly the Connect server.
  • Adobe Captivate Prime — A learning management system designed around capturing information from eLearning programs.

FeaturesEdit

Adobe Connect includes the following features:

  • Unlimited and customizable meeting rooms
  • Multiple meeting rooms per user
  • Breakout sessions within a meeting
  • VoIP
  • Audio and video conferencing
  • Meeting recording
  • Screen sharing
  • Notes, chat, and whiteboards
  • User management, administration, and reporting
  • Polling
  • Central content library
  • Collaboration Builder SDK
  • Mobile app (Android and iOS)
  • HTML5 clients

Version historyEdit

Release date Version (service packs) Applications
2020-09-07 Adobe Connect 11.0 New application with new UI, improved features, enhanced participant rights, and greater accessibility.
2020-05-25 Adobe Connect 10.8 HTML client for hosts and presenters with enhanced rights for participants
2019-11-25 Adobe Connect 10.6 Recordings playback and Connect Central curriculum viewer in HTML.
2019-07-24 Adobe Connect 10.5 HTML client for participants and Connect Central improvements.
2019-04-15 Adobe Connect 10.2 HTML client improvements, Login Screen improvements and Connect Central web application improvements.
2018-12-14 Adobe Connect 10.1 HTML client improvements, Login Screen improvements and Connect Central web application improvements.
2018-10-05 Adobe Connect 10.0 New HTML5 client (for attendees only), out of the box SAML 2.0 based single sign on capabilities, HD webcam capabilities.
2018-04 Adobe Connect 9.8 New meeting entry workflows, continued HTML5 improvements to Connect Central, improved control over audio outputs, .
2018-03 Adobe Connect 9.7.5 New meeting entry workflows, continued HTML5 improvements to Connect Central, improved control over audio outputs, .
2017-10 Adobe Connect 9.7 New HTML5 interface for Connect Central, new desktop application.
2017-04 Adobe Connect 9.6 Provides meeting hosts access to the engagement dashboard.
2016-06 Adobe Connect 9.5.4 Improvements to the presenter only area for hosts.
2016-02 Adobe Connect 9.5.2 support HTML5 content from Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter in virtual classrooms, create offline MP4 versions recordings to support mobile devices, incorporate a new Adobe Connect SDK to add support for HTML5/Javascript versions of custom pods.
2015-09-10 Adobe Connect 9.5 Support for HTML5 content within virtual classrooms, local MP4 conversion, updates to integration with Adobe Experience Manager, improvements to analytics dashboard.
2015-03 Adobe Connect 9.4 New User Groups
2014-09 Adobe Connect 9.3 Screen sharing improvements, whiteboard improvements, use Facebook or Google+ accounts to register for events, improved email reporting, integrations with Salesforce and Microsoft Lync.
2014-02-24 Adobe Connect 9.2 New Adobe Connect Add-in, minimum Flash Player 11.2 required to join meetings.
2013-11-11 Adobe Connect 9.1.2 New Adobe Connect Add-in
2013-08 Adobe Connect 9.1
(9.1 Add-in)
Recording and playback enhancements, audio and video enhancements, event module enhancements, training module enhancements.
2013-04-22 Adobe Connect 9.0.4 Enhanced security option for hosted customers
2012-08 Adobe Connect 9.0 New event registration system and large webinar support
2010-11 Adobe Connect 8.0
2009-11 Adobe Connect 7.5
(SP1: 2010-04)
Meeting, Training, Events, Adobe Presenter, Communication Server, Edge Servers
2008-05 Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional 7 (later shortened to "Pro")
(SP1: 2008-12, SP2: 2009-02, SP3: 2009-07)
Meeting, Training, Events, Adobe Presenter, Communication Server, Edge Servers
2006-12 Adobe Connect 6
(SP1: 2007-02 SP2: 2007-07, SP3: 2008-01)
Meeting, Training, Events, Adobe Presenter, Communication Server, Edge Servers[3]
2005-05 Macromedia Breeze 5
(SP1: 2006-01, SP2: 2006-03 SP2 Security Upd.: 2006-10)
Meeting (formerly Breeze Live), Training, Events (new), Breeze Presenter (formerly Breeze Presentation), Communication Server, Edge Servers (new)
2003-07 Macromedia Breeze 4
(4.1: 2004-06)
Breeze Live (new), Breeze Training, Breeze Presentation
2003-02 Macromedia Breeze (3) Breeze Training, Breeze Presentation (PowerPoint plug-in)[2]
2001 Presedia Express System Express Trainer, Express Communicator (PowerPoint plug-in)
2000 Presedia Publishing System Publisher, Producer (PowerPoint plug-in)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Adobe Expands Acrobat Family with New Acrobat Connect Product Line Adobe Systems. 2006-09-18. Archived 2006-11-03.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Macromedia Acquires Presedia, Inc., Macromedia. Archived 2003-04-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Adobe Presenter, Adobe Systems. Archived 2006-12-08.

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