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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Connect

Works great for webinars, meetings and break-out sessions in my opinion. These are the types of scenarios that I have tested, but the only problem would be the price in relation to services. Rooms can be customised to fit your needs too, so just keep that in-mind as this can prove to be very useful
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MaestroConference

Key questions to ask might be:1) Do I want to create a more "in-person" experience for my participants?2) Do I want participants to be able to connect in smaller groups?3) Will I be leading exercises that I want participants to actively engage in?4) Would it be helpful for participants to be able to talk amongst themselves at any point during my presentation?5) Do I want to be able to listen in on what participants share in the smaller groups?
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Adobe Connect
6.9
MaestroConference
High quality audio
Adobe Connect
8.1
MaestroConference
High quality video
Adobe Connect
7.6
MaestroConference
Low bandwidth requirements
Adobe Connect
5.9
MaestroConference
Mobile support
Adobe Connect
6.0
MaestroConference

Screen Sharing

Adobe Connect
8.8
MaestroConference
Desktop sharing
Adobe Connect
8.9
MaestroConference
Whiteboards
Adobe Connect
8.6
MaestroConference

Online Meetings / Events

Adobe Connect
8.3
MaestroConference
Calendar integration
Adobe Connect
8.3
MaestroConference
Meeting initiation
Adobe Connect
8.0
MaestroConference
Integrates with social media
Adobe Connect
7.7
MaestroConference
Record meetings / events
Adobe Connect
8.7
MaestroConference
Slideshows
Adobe Connect
8.9
MaestroConference

Online Events Collaboration

Adobe Connect
8.9
MaestroConference
Live chat
Adobe Connect
9.0
MaestroConference
Audience polling
Adobe Connect
9.2
MaestroConference
Q&A
Adobe Connect
8.5
MaestroConference

Online Events Security

Adobe Connect
8.6
MaestroConference
User authentication
Adobe Connect
8.4
MaestroConference
Participant roles & permissions
Adobe Connect
8.5
MaestroConference
Confidential attendee list
Adobe Connect
9.0
MaestroConference

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 number one strength of Maestro Conference is the ability for the host to create "break out" groups where members of the call can interact with each other in smaller groups as if they were in an in-person conference.
  • Another quality of Maestro Conference that I love is the fact that the host can then "weave in and out" of the different break out groups, listening in, providing support and getting feedback. It's an incredibly tool that Maestro offers.
  • Lastly I think Maestro Conference has excellent customer service.
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Cons

  • User Interface is dated
  • Setting up meeting is cumbersome, many of our instructors get confused by it
  • Being able to download recording to local computer is way over due
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  • The only challenge I found with Maestro conference is that sometimes the break out groups function didn't operate as smoothly as I needed it to. People wouldn't always find themselves in groups or they would be switched from one group to another without the host moving them.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Connect10.0
Based on 27 answers
While we are always open to an alternative that meets our needs, we plan to stick with Adobe Connect for the foreseeable future. The product continues to evolve as Adobe rolls out new versions and updates on a fairly frequent basis, and as a hosted customer we receive those updates automatically
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MaestroConference5.9
Based on 3 answers
If I go back to having calls where I want to have break out groups then I would definitely consider using Maestro conference again. For now this is not a service I need so I have not renewed with Maestro.
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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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Support

Adobe Connect7.0
Based on 2 answers
No isues and any issues seems to get resolved.
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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

In the past, I have had experience with Wimba and with GoTo Meeting for virtual sessions. Both posed many technological issues that are not as prevalent with Adobe Connect. Adobe Connect is far superior in the ability to share content, files and screens to give participants real-time support and information. Adobe Connect has features that allows for clarity, engagement activities and chat options to ensure participants have the information they need and a voice that can be heard.
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Maestro Conference is the only service I know that allows you to create break out groups and allow participants to actively engage with each other and with the host. It is the most like an "in-person" event of any service I have used. And the customer service has always been excellent
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Return on Investment

  • Adobe Connect has improved the way we communicate inside and outside the company, both with employees as suppliers and external customers.
  • Adobe Connect has improved the way to share information to my collaborators, has a wide acceptance of formats or files.
  • To have an excellent performance in the use of Adobe Connect, the company must have robust and good quality computing equipment to maximize the experience and comfort offered by this application, which generates a costly investment in the IT area.
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  • increased engagement
  • increased collaboration among departments
  • better assessment of field needs
  • increased productivity
  • reduce cost of delivering training and conducting meetings
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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

MaestroConference

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Varies*
1.  services needed: see http://maestroconference.com/services
Additional Pricing Details
See here for pricing details: http://maestroconference.com/services