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Adobe Connect Essential Training
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Using the Connect Add-in


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Adobe Connect Essential Training

with Tim Plumer, Jr.

Video: Using the Connect Add-in

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.
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  1. 1m 38s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 14m 58s
    1. What is Adobe Connect?
      1m 34s
    2. The Adobe Connect family of products
      1m 4s
    3. Obtaining a license to use for the training
      2m 44s
    4. A quick start guide to Connect
      9m 36s
  3. 28m 40s
    1. Creating a new meeting
      5m 0s
    2. Inviting people to your meeting
      3m 3s
    3. Creating users on your Connect account
      4m 22s
    4. Setting up audio: Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
      7m 30s
    5. Setting up audio: Universal Voice (POTS)
      8m 45s
  4. 33m 6s
    1. Meeting the pods
      3m 44s
    2. Managing the pods
      4m 6s
    3. Creating and managing layouts
      9m 54s
    4. Preparing mode
      3m 35s
    5. Working in the Presenter area
      5m 8s
    6. Creating meeting templates
      4m 11s
    7. Managing meetings
      2m 28s
  5. 33m 29s
    1. Revisiting the Attendees pod
      6m 55s
    2. Setting user roles
      7m 10s
    3. Creating groups of users
      4m 12s
    4. Resetting passwords
      4m 59s
    5. Managing access to a meeting
      5m 33s
    6. Using the Connect Add-in
      4m 40s
  6. 27m 33s
    1. Using the Share pod
      5m 52s
    2. Uploading additional content
      4m 37s
    3. Sharing your screen
      7m 3s
    4. Whiteboarding
      4m 4s
    5. Using Full Screen mode to focus the audience
      5m 57s
  7. 37m 24s
    1. Loading PowerPoint files
      7m 24s
    2. Working with PDFs
      4m 12s
    3. Adding JPGs to a meeting room
      3m 42s
    4. Working with Flash video and MP3s
      5m 0s
    5. Loading SWF files (Flash projects)
      3m 54s
    6. Managing content on the server
      8m 13s
    7. Securing a meeting room
      4m 59s
  8. 46m 30s
    1. Customizing your meeting room
      5m 57s
    2. Using the Notes pod
      3m 59s
    3. Allowing your audience to chat
      4m 38s
    4. Polling your audience
      5m 43s
    5. Using a webcam
      4m 43s
    6. Sharing files and web links
      5m 57s
    7. Working with other presenters in Prepare mode
      2m 46s
    8. Working with other presenters in the Q & A pod
      3m 40s
    9. Chatting privately
      2m 55s
    10. Setting preferences
      6m 12s
  9. 17m 3s
    1. Creating a recording
      7m 24s
    2. Editing the recording
      4m 52s
    3. Using the recording
      4m 47s
  10. 20m 46s
    1. Using the meeting as a room
      6m 0s
    2. Managing users as meeting participants
      5m 47s
    3. Video conferencing with the Camera pod
      4m 25s
    4. Controlling someone else's screen
      4m 34s
  11. 12m 34s
    1. Installing the AIR application
      3m 7s
    2. Managing meetings
      5m 23s
    3. Managing recordings
      4m 4s
  12. 3m 35s
    1. Downloading and installing the app
      45s
    2. Attending a meeting
      2m 50s
  13. 48s
    1. Next Steps
      48s

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Adobe Connect Essential Training
4h 38m Beginner Feb 24, 2011 Updated Sep 09, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating a new meeting
  • Understanding and managing pods
  • Incorporating PDFs, JPEGs, and interactive content
  • Enabling public and private chat sessions for attendees
  • Sharing files and links
  • Polling an audience
  • Using a web camera
  • Controlling a participant's screen
Subjects:
Business Collaboration Web Conferencing
Software:
Connect
Author:
Tim Plumer, Jr.

Using the Connect Add-in

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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