Adobe Connect - Version 8 Benefits
Key Benefits of the upgrade to Adobe Connect 8 from the adobe connect migration website.
Key Benefits of Adobe Connect 8
Easier to use
A primary focus of Adobe Connect 8 is usability. With a new
simplified interface featuring enhanced layouts and better organized
controls, accessibility functions, and one-click sharing, Adobe Connect
is now more powerful and easier to use. New usability features include:
- Simplified user experience. Use Adobe Connect more
intuitively. With the new user interface, you can easily discover all
available functions and features through better organization and
prominent display of the most important and frequently used controls and
- Enhanced audio and video controls. Access audio and
video controls centrally. Audio and video controls are prominently
displayed and logically organized at the top of the meeting bar. All
related capabilities are now centralized and easily accessible directly
from each control.
- Unified attendee management. Access all participant
management functions from the Attendee pod. Hosts can change
participant roles using simple drag and drop and assign video, audio, or
screen-sharing rights using mouse-over controls. Presenters can quickly
get the vote count using the new status view and easily control
breakout sessions using the new breakout view.
- Optimized screen use. Size your screen area for
your optimum viewing. The meeting interface rescales intelligently to
provide optimum viewing experiences for any screen size or resolution.
Presenters can now size their own version of the presenter-only area
individually without impacting the view of other presenters.
- Improved accessibility. Navigate the Connect 8
interface by completely via keyboard. Several hot keys are also
supported for direct access to important functions and capabilities.
Significant improvements in screen reader compatibility include JAWS and
Win-Eyes support and accurate focus-location tracking by screen
To collaborate effectively, dispersed teams need to be able to share
ideas and communicate freely, as well as capture decisions and results.
With Adobe Connect 8, collaboration capabilities are now more flexible
and robust, enabling teams to drive better results. New collaboration
- Advanced chat. Organize chat into separate tabs for
public and private conversations and reduce errant chat messages.
Participants can choose the color and text size of their chat messages.
Hosts can control whether private chats are allowed in a meeting room.
- Rich Notes pod. Use rich formatting capabilities in
the Notes pod, such as bold, italics, multiple colors, and bullets. The
Notes pod also includes productivity and accessibility improvements
like support for keyboard shortcuts. Hosts can save notes as an RTF file
on their local drive and then e-mail them to multiple participants
directly from the Notes pod interface.
- Simplified Q&A pod. Easily manage questions
between multiple Presenters during meetings. Presenters now have their
own view for managing and answering questions and can assign/reassign
questions, see who is answering, or answer the question privately or
publicly. Participants have a separate view to ask questions and see
- Enhanced Whiteboard. Collaborate more effectively
with enhanced Whiteboard tools. In addition to the standard shapes
available, you can create custom shapes and add text to shapes with just
a simple double click. The whiteboard can also be used in the overlay
mode on top of a shared document to zoom and pan along with the
Richer audio and video experiences
Adobe Connect 8 allows you to provide rich multimedia experiences to
your participants with integrated audio and video conferencing. New
- Two-way Universal Voice. Bridge the audio from any
audio conferencing provider into an Adobe Connect room and provide
two-way communication between VoIP and telephone audio to deliver richer
experiences for all participants.
- Video conferencing integration. Leverage existing
investments in video conferencing solutions by integrating your video
telephony devices supporting SIP/H.264 with the Adobe Connect platform
(for on-premise deployments only). With this new feature, meeting hosts
now have the option of bringing a live audio/video broadcast stream
directly into an Adobe Connect meeting room.
Improved access and extensibility
Busy professionals working on multiple projects with global teams
need the ability to track down key people, instantly collaborate, and
come up with responses quickly to meet project milestones. The optional
Adobe Connect Desktop client allows workers to do just that. Plus, new
and enhanced plug-ins for Microsoft Outlook, Adobe CS5 and Microsoft
Communication Server clients improve productivity, as does an enhanced
collaboration SDK. Access and extensibility features include:
- New optional desktop client. Set up and manage
meetings more easily with the new optional Adobe Connect Desktop AIR
client. Invite participants to meetings right from their desktop. You
can also instantly search for archived Adobe Connect sessions, and
download and playback recordings offline.
- New and enhanced plug-ins. Use the Microsoft
Outlook add-in to schedule meetings from your Microsoft Outlook Contacts
based on their Exchange Free/Busy time. Using Microsoft Office
Communicator, you can see when contacts are online and available, then
invite them to meet using their existing IM client, or via the Adobe
Connect Desktop Air client.
- Enhanced collaboration SDK. Write to more than 100
Adobe Connect APIs to customize the user interface, extend security
features, or add virtually any functionality to Adobe Connect you
desire. The new SDK also supports Adobe Flex, Adobe Flash, and Adobe
ActionScript 3 for richer, more dynamic interactions and even more
engaging online collaboration.
Increased security and enterprise support
Adobe Connect 8 is web conferencing for the enterprise. With
strengthened security capabilities and improved support for
virtualization and meeting resiliency, Adobe Connect is even more suited
for enterprise deployments. New features include:
- Passcode-protected meeting rooms. Set and manage
passcodes over some or all meeting rooms to better manage participants
and control meeting access. Hosts can set and reset passcodes, which
participants are required to enter upon login, protecting sensitive
- Session management. Manage meeting session length
for strengthened security and finer-grained control of user sessions.
Allow users to hold sessions for as long as necessary, while ensuring
that idle sessions time out, reducing the risk of unwanted meeting
- Thin-client support. Provide rich-media
collaboration in virtualized environments with support for Citrix XenApp
6. Improved delivery and performance of Adobe Connect 8 on Citrix
XenApp 6 enables organizations to deploy rich, engaging web conferencing
software throughout the enterprise while enjoying the lower TCO and
increased agility of thin-client virtualization.
- Ubuntu 10 Add-in. Experience full-featured meeting
host capabilities with a new add-in for Linux Ubuntu users. Now Linux
users have the same capabilities Windows and Mac users do when hosting