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In Adobe Connect Essential Training, author Tim Plumer, Jr. explains how to deliver and host interactive web meetings, webinars, and e-learning tutorials using Adobe Connect. The course covers the software's many tools for streamlining communication and engaging participants, such as the screen sharing, full-screen, and whiteboard features. Also included are tutorials on recording presentations, video conferencing, and using Connect with an iPhone or Android-based smartphone. Exercise files accompany the course.
If you're like me, you'll need to attend meetings while you're out on the road, and you may not be able to get in front of a computer to do so. For that Adobe offers the Connect application for your mobile device, and it's available for the iOS and the Android-based devices. Once you have it installed, to attend a meeting is simple. Launch the application, type in your meeting URL, and then click Next. The Connect app will go ahead and connect to the room. In this case I'll enter as a Guest. And because the room requires it I am going up to have to type in my Passcode, and I'll click Enter.
In this meeting there are some slides showing. So the Connect app is automatically going to jump to the screen view and present the slides, so that you can see them. However, I can also chat. So if I click on the Chat button, I can go ahead and type a chat in. And everyone attending the meeting will go ahead and see my chat. And of course someone in the room can chat back, and I'll see that on my phone. Once I am done I'll click Done.
I can even see somebody who is sharing their webcam. So if somebody in the room starts a webcam, the little Camera button down here becomes active, so I'll just click on that, and I'll be able to see the webcam. Now, there might be a lag here depending on the strength of the signal that you're connecting to the Internet with, or if you're on WiFi. But you can at least see the webcam and see what's happening. There is one more little trick here. I am going to go back to Screen View, and I am going to tip the phone sideways. If I want to hide the little icons and the other information so that I can really focus on the slides here, I am just going to click on this little tiny icon in the upper right-hand corner.
And that will push the other interface elements out of the way, maximizing the amount of screen space that I am devoting to the presentation here on my phone. Now the final thing I'll point out is that if the audio for the conference is using a telephone bridge, you can use the phone on your device to go ahead and call into the bridge, and you'll be able to participate in the call because you're using a standard phone. If the conference is using Voice over IP you will be able to hear it. And as people talk they can activate their microphone and they can talk, and not only will you hear it, but you'll see a little indicator to tell you who's speaking.
However, there isn't a way, yet, at least, to participate via Voice over IP using your Smartphone device. So it's kind of a listen-only thing, which is why the chat is very nice because you can at least offer your opinions and ask questions that way. So that's pretty much it. The mobile app for Connect allows you to do just that, connect to a meeting using your mobile device. And I have to tell you, its really handy, because it does truly allow you to connect to your meeting, no matter where you are, and when you need to meet.
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