The Demo: Adobe intros conferencing tool

Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro, Adobe Systems Inc.’s Web conferencing and eLearning application, offers new features that enrich online communication and collaboration.

Connect Pro targets training, sales and marketing users who typically face geographical dispersion problems. “It’s a real issue to fly everyone into a hotel ballroom in Detroit, for instance,” said David Slater, group product marketing manager for Acrobat Connect Pro. Although the product is primarily targeted at enterprises, Slater said that SMBs also have travel costs to manage.

He added that IT departments are increasingly rolling out Web conference tools to employees as the technology becomes mainstream, so the company is trying to make it a “compelling experience.” “When you’re trying to create that high-impact environment, that’s the big differentiator of Connect,” said Slater.

The product will be available end of May, hosted or on-premise.

The presenter can incorporate PowerPoint presentations that include video and animations besides regular text. Presenters also have options for archiving and editing recorded online meetings. Acrobat Connect Pro lets users set compliance control restrictions. For instance they can program them to allow or prevent users from recording meeetings.

The presenter can conduct virtual classes with attendees and see the people they’re meeting with. It can also be collaborative, through features like virtual break-out sessions and attendee question pooling. In turn, attendees can also pose questions during the virtual class, or engage in an individual chat with the presenter.

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