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Adobe Connect 9.5.4 – Breaking out with the Presenter Only Area

June 21, 2016 /Product Updates /

Breakout rooms have always been a powerful feature in Adobe Connect meetings and classrooms. The ability to break a large group of participants up into smaller groups to work on problems, brainstorm, or develop ideas has long been a key feature of our platform. Originally we decided to promote all Participants who were placed in a breakout room to be Presenters – that allowed them to turn on their cameras and microphones, whiteboard, share their screen, upload content, take notes, and do everything they needed while in the breakout session. This worked very well, except for one thing – that meant that all the participants would see the private Presenter Only Area managed by the meeting hosts. So during breakouts we decided to temporarily hide the Presenter Only Area – ensuring that private information was kept private.

However, as more and more hosts started to use the Presenter Only Area to manage users, prepare content and take notes, it became clear we needed to allow both breakouts and the presenter area to be visible at the same time. So that’s what we’ve done!

With Adobe Connect 9.5.4, we changed the way Participants are given rights to certain capabilities. Instead of being promoted to be a full Presenter, Participants are instead given all the same capabilities (cameras, microphones, screen and content sharing, etc.) without being promoted. This allows us to keep the Presenter Only Area open without worry that participants will see it, even during breakouts! Now you can manage your attendees, moving participants between breakouts without stopping the session, take notes, and prepare content and polls, all from the Presenter Only Area – and all during the breakout sessions.



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  • By Julia - 1:43 PM on June 22, 2016  

    Hi Peter, I am contact person for adobe connect at my office and relatively new to the product. I am trying to put together a presentation on new features with the 9.5.3 version. Any suggestions?

    • By Peter Ryce - 2:42 PM on June 22, 2016  

      Hi Julia! Our 9.5.3 release was only a bug-fix release, there aren’t any new features in it, though we did fix 31 bugs! The best way to learn about new features in each release (other than these blog posts) is to visit our Release Notes page. The releases are labeled “Service Pack 5 Update 2” for 9.5.2 for example. Enjoy.

  • By Sergio - 6:24 PM on June 23, 2016  


    Is there any news on when Connect 9.5.4 will be available for hosted and on-premise accounts?

    • By Peter Ryce - 6:28 PM on June 23, 2016  

      Hi Sergio,

      We will send 30-day notice of the update to all account owners starting on June 17th, so you should start seeing all hosted accounts update within a month or so after that. The on-premise version should be available shortly after.

  • By Dennis C - 5:24 AM on June 24, 2016  

    Great Enhancement!

    I have been wishing for that for sometime. Thanks for changing it!!