Adobe Connect Continues to Shine
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
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,
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.