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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.
When you're meeting with a group of people in a physical room oftentimes you look for a whiteboard because it's a great way to hash out ideas. Connect has the same basic concept in the Share pod. It's called a whiteboard and it hinges on the tools that allow you to draw on the screen. However, the whiteboard isn't the only place you can draw, as we'll see. So to get started with the whiteboard I'm going to click here and choose Share Whiteboard. There is your whiteboard. Now there are a set of tools that appear here at the top that allow you to mark on the whiteboard.
I'm going to select the Pencil tool and click and I'll draw a shape. So if I wanted to do something like write a little formula, I can go ahead and do so. Now if I want to add to this and I want to change the color and the look of the pencil that I'm working with I can. In fact, I can click on the pencil and choose a pencil or a highlighter. The main difference being that the pencil is opaque and smaller, the highlighter is larger and semi-opaque.
I can also change the color. So if I really want to highlight this, but I want to highlight it in red then I can choose a color from here and I'm going to change the size just a little bit and I can put little sort of waves of angst around E=MC2. As someone who is using this as a way to teach, this works just like a chalkboard or a whiteboard in a classroom. Every time I have some new information that I want to cover, I don't have to create a new Share pod. All I need to do is create a new page. And the way to create a new page is simply to navigate to it by clicking on the little button down in the lower left-hand corner.
I can also come up your and change the color. So I'll just go ahead and make a new color for my marker. I'll go to a pencil this time and I'll start marking. If I want though I don't have to limit myself to just these tools, I can do something like create some shapes. I've got some basic shapes that I can work with. So I'll create an arrow. So if I want to highlight something or point to something then maybe I can go ahead and draw that something in. So we're talking about E=MC2. I'll draw a little mushroom cloud, which is way the waves of angst existed.
Each time I click on these little arrows down to the lower left-hand corner, I'm going to create a new page. Now this isn't just something that allows me to create new pages for the session. This actually allows me to create what's essentially a document that's going to live inside the Connect. So I'm going to take the final tool here that I want to cover for creating stuff in the whiteboard and just put some information, there. The formula had big implications! Of course, I can adjust the size and the typeface and all that if I want to. But when I go back down to the lower left and I click through the pages those images that I created are going to be persistent. Not only are they're going to be persistent now, but I'm going to double-click on this and rename this and we'll just call this The Formula, and I'll hide the pod.
When I go back to the Pods menu I'll select Share and I'm looking for The Formula, which I can bring back to the meeting room, and all of the pages and the markups on the pages that have been maintained. So stuff doesn't disappear unless I actually want it to disappear. Now if I do, all I need to do is grab my little Arrow tool, select something, and then click the eraser and that will make it go away or if I want to I can grab and markup and edit it, and change its shape and size using the editing tools.
In fact, I can even rotate it around. So the Whiteboard tool is designed to give you an ability to create content completely from scratch right here in the whiteboard. Because Connect really has a nice long memory for things, that content will remain available to me for this session and for any other session that I do inside this meeting room until I specifically get rid of the formula Share pod.
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