by Alistair Lee
It is with great pleasure that I can announce the next release of Adobe Connect – version 9.2.
Although it was only a short time ago that we released version 9.1, we’ve continued to innovate on features that our customers told us are important. Adobe Connect 9.2 introduces several new important features.
Improved Video Pod
Video is an extremely important element of web conferencing. Video can establish eye contact between individuals and often helps to improve communication through the use of facial expressions. The video pod has always been one of the most commonly used pods in Adobe Connect.
A single video pod can include the webcam video of everyone in a meeting. Unlike some web conferencing products, Adobe Connect doesn’t limit the number of users who can share video. Adobe Connect intelligently laid out the video feeds in a grid that made the best use of the size of the pod.
There are some use cases though where it makes sense to highlight a single video feed – for example the webcam of the person presenting. In Adobe Connect 9, we added the ability to highlight the active speaker. In Adobe Connect 9.2, we’re introducing a brand new filmstrip view for the video pod. A presenter or host in the Adobe Connect room can choose between the filmstrip view or the grid view. They can also determine which camera should should be highlighted as the main video feed.
The video pod has a number of other improvements as well. For example, there’s a new fullscreen mode which is able to provide a true video conferencing experience and removes the other elements from the meeting. Hosts and presenters can now force their view on all participants ensuring that everyone is seeing the video pod in fullscreen. We’ve also introduced the ability to hide the title bar of the video pod.
First Time Entry Experience
We’re constantly trying to make Adobe Connect easier to use – particularly for new users. It doesn’t help that the first thing a new user has to do is figure out the web interface to set up a new meeting. Adobe Connect meetings are persistent – they don’t have to be scheduled each time you want to use them. With that in mind, we’ve completely revamped the workflow for a new user to eliminate the need to create their new meeting.
New users will receive an email with their username and a link. The link will take them immediately to their new Adobe Connect room. The first time they visit, they’ll be asked to give their room a name and a custom URL. That’s it. Nothing to schedule, nothing to setup. The virtual room is automatically created and ready to use immediately. Since it persists forever, the new user can simply distribute their custom URL to invite anyone to their room.
Of course, we haven’t eliminated the web interface. The old scheduling assistant is still there and available to anyone who prefers it.
Social Login for Events
We made huge improvements to our Events module in Adobe Connect 9. We’ve seen a lot of adoption of this new module with customers being able to register unknown users for their events using gorgeous microsite and registration pages.
In Adobe Connect 9.2, we’re making that registration process even easier by integrating social profiles as an option to register for an event. This means that you can use your Facebook or Google profile to register for an event and login to the webinar. You don’t have to remember another set of login credentials.
Event hosts will still be able to ask registration questions and capture basic profile information like email address automatically. We believe this will result in a significantly lower abandonment rate for marketing webinars and events.
That’s just a few of the many improvements in Adobe Connect 9.2. This next version is currently scheduled to be released in early 2014. Stay tuned for more details around timing. In the meantime, visit our 9.2 portal on connectusers.com for more information.