Once a quarter, we have an employee all hands meeting that usually takes place down the street from Adobe HQ in a large civic auditorium. During these employee meetings, our team uses Connect Pro to broadcast the event to remote participants, and also archive the session.
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In these tough economic times companies are looking for ways to do more with less and ensure that they’re getting the most out of their workforce. Given that the Sales department is the key revenue center for most companies, it is critical that the sales team is able to to be as streamlined as possible across all facets of their jobs. This includes getting trained on projects, interfacing with prospects, upselling current customers, and a whole lot more. Since this seems to be such an area of focus for organizations of all sizes and in all sectors, we decided to focus this month on ways to integrate Connect Pro in the selling process.
As many of you know Connect Pro is a Flash based application, and runs in any browser that supports Flash Player 8 or higher. I thought it would be fun to show you a short video showing Connect Pro running on the Playstation 3, which actually runs a version of Flash Player 9, it works really well, almost everything that is supported via a desktop based browser also works as expected on the Playstation. However the folks at Sony don’t appear to have enabled support for audio / video device capture so you can’t use the Connect Pro VoIP or Camera capabilities, but you can see other people via video and hear them via VoIP.
The quality of the video I captured isn’t the best, if anyone has some advice regarding better ways to capture screen recordings from the Playstation then please let me know.
I asked my son Tom to demonstrate the whiteboard and camera features by Connecting from another computer, as you can see Connect Pro is so straight forward to use even my five year old knows how to use it!
On this day of historic inaugurations, you may have missed that Adobe announced the inaugural version of the Adobe eLearning Suite today (as well as the Technical Communication Suite 2). The eLearning Suite combines the best of Adobe’s eLearning authoring tools including a completely new version of Captivate, version 4), Presenter 7, Soundbooth CS4, and extended products such as a version of Flash Professional CS4 with Flash Quiz Interactions and Dreamweaver CS4 with Course Builder Extensions.
We’ve put together an FAQ on ConnectUsers.com to help Connect Pro customers learn more about the eLearning Suite.
One of the new features on our community site ConnectUsers.com you may have noticed is the Community Gallery. This is a space where community members can share recorded meetings, Presenter presentations, Captivate demonstrations, and anything else Connect Pro related.
The gallery will become a great way for community members to learn from one another by seeing how others are using the product and hopefully it will spark new ideas for how the product can be used. But in order for the gallery to be successful, we need great content.
That’s where you come in. If have a presentation or meeting recording that other community members can benefit from or that you are particularly proud of, we’d love to feature it in the Community Gallery. If you are interested, drop us a line using our Gallery Submission Form and let us know that you are interested in contributing.
Looking forward to seeing your amazing examples,
Two of our partners are conducting a series of webinars on how to better use Connect Pro. Ian Justin, VP of Technical Sales and co-founder of GetConnect, and Jacquie Beck, SVP of eLearning at Brookwood, will be conducting a 3 part Connect Pro Webinar Series December 2, 9, and 16, 2008. Register today and learn from some Connect Pro pros:
December 2nd: Video, Voice and Streaming Best Practices:
December 9th: Branding, Customization and Self-Registration with Events:
December 16: Tracking Content with the New Reporting Engine, Large Events and Seminar Rooms:
If you are a user of the social networking site LinkedIn and haven’t joined the Connect Pro Users Group, come and join us. The more people who are in the group, the more valuable a resource it will become to the Connect Pro community. As the community grows, you will be able to find colleagues who may be in similar industries or geographically near and it will help us at Adobe understand where our users are clustered, what kinds of roles you have in your organizations, etc.
Join the Connect Pro Group on LinkedIn today:
A few months ago, RJ Jácquez, Senior Product Evangelist for the Adobe Technical Communication Suite and Adobe eLearning Solutions started a blog which has quickly become a favorite of professionals in those fields. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to check it out and get to know RJ. He has a wealth of knowledge and is always ready and willing to help.
Alistair from our team recently posted a new Connect Pro meeting room asset: a flash-based MP3 player that will automatically stream music to all participants.
While a host can upload an MP3 file to a Connect Pro meeting room without the need for a player, that music is synchronized. This means that individual participants have no control over that music.
This flash-based music player streams MP3 files to each individual participant. This gives everybody the ability to pause the song, mute the sound or even change the track. The tracks that he’s added are all royalty free – which means you won’t be hearing any of your favorite music. An XML file accompanies the SWF where you can add or change as many music tracks as you’d like. Simply open the XML file in a text editor and add some pointers to MP3 files that you’ve uploaded to a Connect server.
The MP3 Player is available on the Connect Pro Exchange.
The first Adobe eLearning Challenge has just been announced!
The contest started today and we are looking forward to receiving many great entries in a variety of different categories! Prizes include a full copy of CS3 Web Premium, free registration to the Adobe Learning Summit, a spot at the summit to talk about your entry, and $1000 towards the travel cost to the Summit in San Jose.
Visit http://www.brickfish.com/Lifestyles/eLearningChallenge to learn more about the contest, review contest categories, and how to submit your entry.
You can enter avi-based screen recordings of your engaging projects, a video of yourself talking about how Adobe tools help you solve your eLearning challenges, a screenshot with description, or a story about your projects and your use of Adobe tools.
Good luck! We look forward to seeing your Presenter content, recorded meetings, and stories about how you are taking Connect Pro beyond where we even imagined.