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Incorrect Timezone displayed on Event Catalog & Event Info Pages

There are a few inconsistencies you might experience with the timezone that is displayed on the Event Information and Catalog pages. Below are a few issues you might encounter which I am listing for clarification :

Environment : Adobe Connect Hosted

Version : 9.x

1)    Timezone displayed on Event catalog or Event information pages might not be correct if the Event timezone or user’s local timezone belongs to one of the Australian timezones :

For Example , if your Event timezone is set to Sydney time and your local system time is also Sydney time, however when you launch the Event Catalog or the Event information pages, it might show up a completely different timezone there like, CHUT timezone.

Workaround : The user can choose any other timezone from the dropdown on the catalog as per their requirement in the meanwhile.

Additional Information :  This has been logged as Bug#3843662 and Engineering is currently working on implementing this in the CQ application.

 

2)    Time zone displayed in Upcoming Events and Event info might be incorrect if the UTC offset on the client locale and Event timezone, belongs to multiple timezones that have the same offset in the current moment :

For Example, my current Local System and Event time zone is Arizona (which belongs to UTC-7) but on event catalog it is displaying Mountain time which also belongs to UTC-7 time.

Workaround : The user can choose any other timezone from the dropdown on the catalog as per their requirement in the meanwhile.

Additional Information :  This has been logged as Bug#3834669 and Engineering is currently working on implementing this in the CQ application.

 

3)    Time zone abbreviation shown on the Event registration page for Australian time zone is incorrect :

For Example, Create an event with time zone (GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and publish the event.  Preview of “event info/registration page” shows the event start time in the format “Saturday, May 16, 2015 10:15:00 PM EST – 11:15:00 PM EST” instead of AEST. However, the system is expected to show the time zone abbreviation as AEST.

This can also occur if you change the timezone on the Event Information pages to an Australian timezone.

Additional Information :  This has been logged as Bug#3845144 and Engineering is currently working on implementing this in the CQ application.

 

If you are running into one of these issues, please contact Support and provide your account information to us. We will add your information to the list of affected users.

Keep tracking this page for latest updates on these bugs.

 

PDF document does not upload into Adobe Connect

Problem: Adobe Connect could not process this document for viewing. (Either the full document does not upload or some pages of within a document do not upload)

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Environment:

Adobe Connect Hosted/Licensed

Resolution:-

Use the “Sanitize Document” Feature to get rid of all the following types mentioned in the image attached below. Depending on the version of Acrobat you are running, you may need to install a trial version of Adobe Acrobat Pro to use this feature.

 

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Avoiding Inaccurate Completion Reports when a Meeting is Part of a Curriculum

When a meeting is part of an Adobe Connect Curriculum, a trainee can click on the Meeting and complete the Meeting task prescribed in the Curriculum prior to the Meeting taking place.

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One way to help manage this is to choose the Meeting options to block Meeting access illustrated in the screen captures below:

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The Meeting access options may be inconvenient to use, so here is another option to add a Meeting to a curriculum, while at the same time restricting the ability for a trainee to complete the Meeting task prior to the Meeting taking place:

Step one: The first step is to set a date and time under the Meeting properties. Make sure the date and time correspond to when the Curriculum task takes place. Note that this date and time has no effect on when the Meeting can be used. It is strictly an administrative tool to help with Meeting invitations and has no effect on when the meeting can be opened, Meeting persistence, etc. In this example I have set the meeting to October 22, 2014 at 12:45 for 1 hour:

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 Step two: Download and unzip the Meeting Curriculum Wrapper: https://platinum.adobeconnect.com/lmfc/default/launchMeetingInCurriculum.zip

Note that it is zipped twice to facilitate download:

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Step three: Identify the Meeting sco ID from the Meeting that you wish to add to the Curriculum and copy it to the clipboard:

The Meeting SCO is in the Meeting URL:

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Note: You can also see the Meeting sco ID by pasting ?mode-xml at the end of the Meeting URL and reading it from the output:

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Step four:  Edit the index.htm in the unzipped LaunchMeetingInCurriculum folder by pasting in the Meeting sco ID from the Meeting that you wish to add to the Curriculum. Use your favorite text editor such as notepad or textpad. Where the index.htm reads,  Enter the SCO of the Meeting, Virtual Classroom or Seminar var meetingScoID_str = ‘1660065186’; change the default Meeting sco ID, 1660065186, to the Meeting sco ID of the Meeting that you wish to add to the curriculum, in the case of my example here, the Meeting sco ID is: 502114549. Be sure to save the changes:

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Step five: Zip all the edited contents of the LaunchMeetingInCurriculum folder and rename it to represent the Meeting that you wish to add to the Curriculum. This will help you identify it and differentiate it from other Meetings with which you use this wrapper:

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Step six: Upload the edited zip file to the Adobe Connect Content Library:

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Step seven: Import the wrapper from the Content Library into the Curriculum:

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Note: Import options; the wrapper is Content and points to the Meeting:

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Step eight: Test the Curriculum item; unless the time and date coordinate with the actual Meeting schedule, the pop up will deter the trainee from gaining premature access to the Meeting and skewing the Curriculum completion report:

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 Conclusion: With proper management and administration, an Adobe Connect Curriculum accurately measure the progress and completion of trainees. There are two ways to prevent a trainee from completing a Meeting curriculum task prior to the meeting taking place, the first is to block access to the Meeting and the second is to use the Meeting Curriculum wrapper.

Invalid value “null” appears in string “Password length must be between null and null characters” in Event Registration page

Problem Description :

Invalid value “null” appears in string “Password length must be between null and null characters” in Event Registration page.

Conditions in which this issue is expected to occur :

If you are running a Connect 9 server with a version prior to 9.2.x, you might encounter this problem with your Events module in the following conditions :

  • Create an Event with Register without password as “No”
  • Participants try to register for the event
  • Participants encounter error even though their password satisfies the requirement criteria

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Environments affected :

On Premise Licensed versions on 9.x prior to 9.2.x

Solution:

We have discovered this to be a known bug.Bug#2964597. This issue has already been fixed in version 9.2.x, so upgrading your server to the recent version should help resolved this issue for you.

Workaround :

Till the time you are unable to upgrade your server due to any restrictions, you may choose to setup your events with Register without password as “yes” while creating your events.

Please do review the following article if you are planning to setup your events without a password required :

http://blogs.adobe.com/connectsupport/participants-get-an-enter-password-prompt-while-registering-for-an-event-even-though-host-has-enabled-the-option-to-register-without-password/

 

How to use Social Network Profile for Events

Using Social Profile for Events (Hosted Accounts)

  • Log in using an Administrator account
  • Click Administration> Users and Groups> Edit Login and Password Policies
  • Enable Event Managers to allow use of Social Profiles.

Continue reading…

Set a Property to Play/Pause/Stop a movie in publish view on an Event Page.

Problem Description: Is there any property which we can set on our Flash Component on Author/Edit View which will allow users who can access the page and see the content on publish view to Play/Pause/Stop it ?

Flash Component on Side kick shown below :

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When you drag and drop it on edit view, you can see the below property:
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In other words, if user wants to stop/play/pause a flash movie running on a web page/publish view, event page. Is there any property we can set to achieve from the given picture above?

Solution:-

This is a CQ general component which is available in sidekick in general section so that while customizing the template user can associate the flash content to the page. You can see more menu options for controlling the playback of the movie by selecting the “show” option for the context menu property. So that when user will right-click on the movie they will see more option like to play/stop the movie.

See the below screenshot to set the show option to context menu –

Go to Advance tab in edit mode of Flash component and set this option
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After set this property when right-click on movie it will show more option like –

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So user can play/stop..etc..with available options.

Hope this helps,

Thanks

 

Participants get an Enter Password prompt while registering for an Event even though Host has enabled the option to register without password

If you have created an Event and  enabled the option for participants to be able to Register without the need to enter a password, you might run into this situation. Please note the clear conditions  below under which this specific issue is expected to happen :

Conditions :

  • Event Host created an Event and enabled the Register without Password option

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  •  Participants try to register for the Event and they only get a Login & Name field options on the page
  • There is no option present for a password

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  • When participants try to login to the actual event, instead of being able to enter the event with just their login, they still get a prompt to enter a password.

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Reason behind this behavior :

  • In these cases we have found that whenever users tried to register for the event, they were getting created in the system as full fledged users
  • This happens due tot he fact that the Event User Policy in your account should be set to All users created should be Full System Users

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  • This is configurable from under  Administration tab > Account > Edit Information > Event User Policy
  • Due to this setting, all the participants who get registered for the event, get created as Registered System Users and which is why they are presented with a password prompt
  •  So if you want to have your participants for an Event be able to login to it without a password, you should make sure you have the policy turned off.
  • From the below options, you can either choose option 1 -> All users created from Event are guest users or you can choose the option 3 -> where Event Managers would get the right to choose whether they want the users to enter as guest users or registered users. This option 3 would be configurable on a per Event basis in this case according tot he requirement of the event.

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Blank screen upon completing registration for events in Adobe Connect 9.2

Issue: Some users may see blank screen upon completing registration for events in Adobe Connect 9.2

Description: If an external component is used in the Event Catalog header then some users may see blank screen upon submitting the registration page.

Workaround: Remove the external component from the “Event Catalog”

Steps:
01. Login to connect.
02. Click on Event Management tab.
03. Select the Event you have issue with.
04. Click on Edit Information.
05. Click “Edit” link near the event template drop down.
06. When CQ page opens click on “Catalog”.
07. Delete the external component from the catalog header.
08. From CQ elements panel click on “Activate template”.
09. Click on Shared templates in CQ.
10. Find the template you are using in your event and click on “Edit template” (pencil icon in CQ).
11. From CQ elements panel click on “Activate template”.

Ensuring that Email Generated by Adobe Connect Servers is Received

There have been more than a few incidents reported on the topic of email messages from Adobe Connect servers not getting delivered. These include messages generated by the Adobe Connect Events module as well as system email messages such as that generated by changing a password.

The first thing to avoid to prevent this problem is that of using special characters in the host’s name. This is scheduled to be fixed in Connect 9.3, but currently, in 9.2, if you place a comma in the Event host’s name such as Frank D., El Presidente’  it will cause an error identified in our server logs by a messaging exception.

The second thing to avoid is inviting over 20,000 participants to an Event. This generates an operation size error and causes problems with email messages being sent out. We also plan to address this ceiling tentatively in Connect 9.3.

With specific reference to Adobe Connect Hosted accounts, we just made the following change to ameliorate email problems: As of April 28th, 2014, administrative email notifications sent from Adobe Connect servers will now be coming from admin@adobeconnect.com instead of admin@acrobat.com This will help by disassociating Connect-generated email from that of the Acrobat domain which could be potentially blocked by virtue of its identification with document storage. We also made some internal changes to the way the Connect servers handle email and we worked with our Web infrastructure partners to insure that Connect generated email was not being treated as SPAM on the Web.

There is a bit of a conundrum here. If Adobe Connect Events email invitations are sent out in massive mailings to those who perceive the email as SPAM, then the Adobe Connect servers could be tagged as producing SPAM by those end-user recipients. An overzealous Events manager may cause Gmail and other providers to treat Adobe Connect email as SPAM. When an Event that is capped at 500 participants sends out 5000 email invitations, it is expected that many recipients will at best ignore the inbound email traffic and many more may consider the traffic to be a nuisance. We are investigating possible approaches to ameliorate this problem and plan in 9.3  to add an opt-out option for Events invitations that will offer a convenient alternative to any SPAM reply option for recipients to invoke.

We love large Events and Adobe Connect handles them very well; this is a case when our success can potentially lead to some problems. Currently the Adobe Hosted Service is green for SPF record checks.  We pass all major email providers and are not blacklisted according to common checker tools on the internet.  This should resolve the lion’s share of current email issues and the upcoming changes in 9.3 will serve to harden this capability for future Events.

Where is my Engagement Dashboard?

At some point you may want to use the Engagement Dashboard to track your users’ attentiveness in an Adobe Connect Meeting room, but wonder where oh where it may be…  You glance up at your Pods menu (as a host) and see it is not listed.  You may wonder why.  Well, here’s why…

If you want to use the Engagement Dashboard, one of the following scenarios has to be true:

  • You are a Seminar Host and created a Seminar Room.  Seminar Rooms have the Engagement Dashboard in the Presenter Only Area.
  • You are an Event Manager and created an Event that points to a meeting, seminar room, or virtual classroom, in the Event Management area of Adobe Connect.  If you point an Event to any meeting, virtual classroom, or seminar room, it will have the Engagement Dashboard in the Presenter Only Area.
  • You are a Training Manager AND Meeting Host and you create a Virtual Classroom (you must be both to even create a VC in the first place), it will have the Engagement Dashboard in the Presenter Only Area.
  • You are an Meeting Host AND Event Manager and you create a Meeting (just being a Meeting Host will NOT give you access to the Engagement Dashboard).  Only then will the Meeting have an Engagement Dashboard in the Presenter Only Area.

Situation where you will have a room open and you won’t have the Engagement Dashboard as a Pod option:

  • You are a Meeting Host but NOT an Event Manager as well.  You will not see the Engagement Dashboard in the available pods and it will not be in the Presenter Only Area.

Additional Resources around the Engagement Dashboard…

http://blogs.adobe.com/adobeconnect/2012/06/sneak-peek-the-engagement-dashboard.html

https://www.connectusers.com/tutorials/2013/06/rules_of_engagement/index.php

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