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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.
One of the advantages of Connect over other solutions is that it runs on top of the Flash Player. And that means that you can attend a meeting by basically watching it happen inside a browser. The Flash Player handles any of the Connect stuff if you will, but it's all happening inside of a standard browser. However, when you start to do more than participate by watching, you may need to add something called the Connect Add-in. It's a very automatic process and I want to walk you through it because as someone who is setting up and hosting rooms you're probably going to want to add the Add-in immediately.
In fact, if you've been experimenting with your 30-day trial, you may have already been asked about this and added it yourself. So let's go ahead and cover it and I'll talk you about how you can have your participants do the same thing. So I'm just going to jump over here to my Meetings, jump into a Product Training meeting, and I'll enter the room and you can see that everything is happening within the browser. However, the minute that I do something that's going to require the add-in, Connect is going to detect that and asked to install it. So for example, let's say that I want to share my screen.
That's something that will require the Add-in. So I'll go ahead and click Share My Screen. The Flash Player detected that it needs the Add-in to proceed and so it's asking me if I'd like to install it. Now if for some reason I'm uncomfortable with that, I can simply click No. I won't be able to share my screen, but I won't add the Add-in. However, realistically to use Connect you are going to want this add-in. It's a very small piece and when you click Yes, what will happen is Connect will download it and you can see that it happened incredibly fast. It also then handed over the Connect meeting to the Connect Add-in.
And if I scroll down here to my start bar, you can see that it's actually running as a separate application, and this is true of both the Macintosh and the Windows side of the fence. Now I still have my browser and there's other stuff happening there but the meeting itself is now happening within the Add-in, and that will give me the ability to go ahead and share my screen. Now I'm going to go ahead and leave this room and I'm going to show you the control panel on Windows to uninstall a program. If for some reason you feel like the Add-in is just not working for you or you just don't want it there or whatever, you can always select it from Uninstall or change a program, and I'll just go ahead and right-click on this to Uninstall/Change and then it's gone.
The next time I go into Connect it will all happen within the browser and I won't be able to share my screen. Or actually Connect will detect that it's not there and asked to install it again, to which I can reply No. Now if you are a Macintosh user there isn't an Uninstall/Change program Control Panel. That doesn't exist. So what you could do is just follow this path here on the screen and then remove it manually by throwing it into the Trash. Either way, by removing the Connect Add-in, it will take that piece of the puzzle away. It's not tied into the system in anyway.
It's very modular, but it will remove your ability to do things like share your screen, webcam, and there are a couple of other things that it gives you the capability of doing. Now there's one more thing that you can do. If you want to keep the Add-in installed and perhaps you're doing some troubleshooting or something like that where you want to force the meeting room to happen within a browser window, I'm going to show you a little addition that you can make to the URL. So I'll go ahead and I'm going to copy this link and paste it in here, so choose Edit > Paste and instead of that trailing Slash, I'm going to add it a question mark, the word launcher=false.
What that little addition will do is no matter whether you have the Connect Add-in or not, it's going to force the meeting room to happen within a browser. And that can be useful in situations where you know people have the Connect Add-in but you don't want them to have access to it or you are doing some troubleshooting and you want to keep the meeting happening within the browser. That's the way that you can do it. Then of course, at this point if someone tries to do something that requires the Add-in then Connect will ask them if they want to add it. In this case, I'll download it and we'll jump back into the Connect Add-in.
So there's just a little tip for you about the Add-in. The reason that I bring it up in context of this training is because when you start to have participants working with you in your meeting room, they are quickly probably going to want to do something that requires the add-in. It's a good idea for you to understand what it is, how it works, and that it's going to install something on to their system so that you can talk a person through that, that might be concerned about it or might not understand what's happening.
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