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Adobe Connect

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Score 7.6 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Connect

Adobe is a solid platform for a one-way presentation with one presenter sharing information to many others. There is an option for computer audio, or dial in by phone--a feature that I have used repeatedly when I was ON THE GO but needed to attend a meeting. Adobe has a recording function which is perfect for archiving minutes or discussions or saving training sessions that we redistribute later.
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Blackboard Collaborate

It's useful for a classroom video session with a professor, as multiple students can access it at once (it will stream better if only the instructor uses video and others just use chat) and both lecture or answer questions, employing the Whiteboard feature as necessary. There is a hand raising option students can use to signal that they have a question, or they can just put a question in on the chat section.It is not as interactive as some video tutoring platforms I have seen, but it is something that our support services at school have access to with a site license, so it's ideal for us.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Adobe Connect
6.7
Blackboard Collaborate
7.2
High quality audio
Adobe Connect
8.0
Blackboard Collaborate
7.2
High quality video
Adobe Connect
7.5
Blackboard Collaborate
6.9
Low bandwidth requirements
Adobe Connect
5.6
Blackboard Collaborate
6.2
Mobile support
Adobe Connect
5.7
Blackboard Collaborate
8.4

Screen Sharing

Adobe Connect
8.5
Blackboard Collaborate
7.9
Desktop sharing
Adobe Connect
8.7
Blackboard Collaborate
7.2
Whiteboards
Adobe Connect
8.3
Blackboard Collaborate
8.6

Online Meetings / Events

Adobe Connect
7.8
Blackboard Collaborate
9.4
Calendar integration
Adobe Connect
7.6
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9
Meeting initiation
Adobe Connect
7.7
Blackboard Collaborate
9.9
Integrates with social media
Adobe Connect
6.8
Blackboard Collaborate
8.2
Record meetings / events
Adobe Connect
8.3
Blackboard Collaborate
9.2
Slideshows
Adobe Connect
8.4
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0

Online Events Collaboration

Adobe Connect
8.5
Blackboard Collaborate
9.6
Live chat
Adobe Connect
8.8
Blackboard Collaborate
9.3
Audience polling
Adobe Connect
8.7
Blackboard Collaborate
10.0
Q&A
Adobe Connect
8.1
Blackboard Collaborate
9.4

Online Events Security

Adobe Connect
8.1
Blackboard Collaborate
8.0
User authentication
Adobe Connect
7.9
Blackboard Collaborate
5.5
Participant roles & permissions
Adobe Connect
8.0
Blackboard Collaborate
9.5
Confidential attendee list
Adobe Connect
8.5
Blackboard Collaborate
9.0

Pros

  • Adobe Connect handles streaming multiple videos (e.g. many different webcams or streaming a pre-recorded video) quite well with minimal issues.
  • Adobe Connect allows for creation and switching between multiple screen layouts so that you can plan a course flow ahead of time and implement it flawlessly for participants. There is another key feature called Prepare Mode which allows the host to modify or prepare a different screen layout while everyone else remains in the last layout.
  • Adobe Connect allows for breakout rooms. This feature is useful for classroom delivery webinars which require the users to break into smaller groups for working on a problem or brainstorming.
  • Adobe Connect allows the host to email themselves a copy of the chat history. The history is often useful for other educators not present in that session who wish to review the types of questions/answers come up in a past session.
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  • The ability to host a number of people in a meeting and manage their participation via text and audio.
  • The screen sharing features allows presenters to demonstrate procedures exactly as instructed on the screen. This also allows the presenter to permit others to share their screens if they need clarification of something or to share further ideas.
  • The software gives you the freedom to use a whiteboard to draw/demonstrate concepts to students and other employees.
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Cons

  • Slides and images can be pre-loaded and deployed easily, but we have noticed some buffering issues when attempting to show video as a pre-loaded file.
  • Shared Templates offer a great way to set up and save multiple pods and layouts, however, we have encountered some issues when attempting to set up and save Breakout Rooms in a Shared Template.
  • When demonstrating screen-share tutorials for software, some parts of the application do not always render correctly for the viewer. In our experience, this problem typically occurs with more complex, multi-window applications.
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  • Loading of presenter slides is not as intuitive as it could be.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Connect10.0
Based on 27 answers
Given our recent success with Adobe Connect in deploying enterprise-wide training solutions and our subsequent investment in on-boarding designers and facilitators to deploy additional projects using it, I can see no reason we would not renew or change to another provider at this time. While Adobe Connect is a sophisticated solution, the learning curve is not nearly as steep comparable to other products, which has helped us quickly expand our use of it across the company.
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Blackboard Collaborate9.0
Based on 1 answer
It is a tool that faculty likes to use. It has so much flexibility to allow students to see a class even if they happen to not be available in the classroom.
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Usability

Adobe Connect9.0
Based on 5 answers
As sophisticated a product as Adobe Connect, the ease of use is outstanding. In my experience, even a user with very little knowledge of Adobe Connect can begin using and even leading sessions with very little training to get started with the basic features. Additional training is needed to become comfortable with the number of available features, but learning curve even for those is no steeper than would normally be expected from similar software.
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Blackboard Collaborate8.9
Based on 3 answers
Collaborate is a easy to use, easy to learn, and a well supported product. It is not overly complex yet it is quite feature rich. I think that most users (both instructors and students) should find it easy to use without much outside help.
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Connect5.5
Based on 1 answer
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Blackboard Collaborate8.0
Based on 1 answer
The availability of the software is quite impressive. You can access it at any time that you want and from anywhere that you want, but that depends on how the software is set up by the University. There might be sudden outages due to not having enough space on your database, which we had that very issue happen recently here at our University. During that time, you could not access their blackboard at all until it was brought up online again.
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Performance

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Blackboard Collaborate9.0
Based on 1 answer
The performance of the software is remarkable. The loading speed of the pages is more than satisfying, it all depends on the users internet package. So far, there wasn't any issue of Blackboard slowing down other software or systems when integrated with them
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Support

Adobe Connect7.0
Based on 2 answers
No isues and any issues seems to get resolved.
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Blackboard Collaborate9.0
Based on 1 answer
Blackboard support is quite knowledgeable and quick to respond to requests.
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Online Training

Adobe Connect7.5
Based on 2 answers
The ability to have most of the functionality of a full LMS at a fraction of the cost is huge. I can create manage and deploy both synchronous and asynchronous training based on the situation and all of my training is tracked through a series of easily created reports
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Implementation

Adobe Connect7.9
Based on 4 answers
Prices do not seem to vary much among resellers of the Adobe Connect hosted license; the only price variation you're likely to find are among the audio providers. When implementing, you may also wish to look into expanding the amount of storage you are allowed on the server to avoid any problems later on as your library of files starts to build up
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Alternatives Considered

We looked at GoToMeeting and WebEx, and for our size and the number of sessions we do, they did not make as much sense financially. Although Adobe Connect may seem like it requires a lot of money up front, the others make up for it in the end because of additional charges for meetings over a certain size, etc. We also preferred the interface of Adobe Connect as well as the high-quality recordings and server storage.
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When Collaborate was chosen, other products investigated included Wimba (a predecessor), Big Blue Button, TinyChat, and others. Collaborate, though requiring a greater financial investment, was superior to other options in essentially all respects. Its integration into our existing LMS is seamless and important in our setting. Furthermore, the recording and access to the recordings likewise integrated into the LMS is another highly desirable feature. Finally, and perhaps most compelling for some, is the vendor-hosting model for Collaborate, which does not require clients to setup or maintain the necessary server and other resources
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Scalability

Adobe Connect5.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.
Blackboard Collaborate8.0
Based on 1 answer
The reason for this rating is that the software is a pretty good tool that can be utilized for use in all of the Universities around the world. It has the capability to fulfill the needs of various different education systems. Although, there are slight improvements that are needed, therefore the rating is at 8.
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Return on Investment

  • Our company saves thousands of dollars every year by conducting webinars and virtual conferences online instead of live events.
  • The leads we get from marketing events are better qualified when we use the webinar module because we can customize the registration forms and see from where the leads were generated.
  • I work a lot with the Department of Defense and they have saved hundreds of thousands in training costs, since much of their budgets have been tightened or eliminated.
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  • Easy to set up a video-call meeting
  • Provides a good way for Professors and Students to communicate with each other
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Pricing Details

Adobe Connect

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Blackboard Collaborate

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details