March 2009
Vol. 25, No. 1

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Adobe Connect Continues to Shine
by Steve Giesel

As I've mentioned in a past article, ETCS is evaluating a desktop conferencing application called Adobe Connect.  We've been fortunate in that we have the current calendar year to continue evaluation.  And as you probably know campus has renewed our Centra license for this year as well.  So while we continue to use Centra as our primary tool, anyone who wishes may give Adobe Connect a try.

So far most everyone who's tried the system has a favorable response toward its use.  The interface is more professional in appearance, sound quality is noticeably superior to Centra, and server access and response times are faster.  The event recording feature in Adobe Connect creates an FLV format file (as opposed to Centra's proprietary format) that is accessible by any FLV player, and it is editable.

I encourage you to take the plunge and try Adobe Connect.  Download the scheduling form from the ETCS Website at,  Fill out the document and email it back to me, as an attachment.  Please feel free to call or email me if you have questions about Adobe Connect.


Since originally drafting this article in late January we've held over a dozen events with at least 8 different presenters and probably 50 separate users.  While robust usage isn't the only measure in choosing this type of software, it is one measure of a system's usability.  There will be many things to consider when deciding, and I'll update you through the year about how the licensing requirements will impact Extension's usage of Adobe Connect.


Last Revised: 03/03/09



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