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Adobe Connect

281 Ratings

Skype

1453 Ratings

Adobe Connect

281 Ratings
Score 7.5 out of 101

Skype

1453 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Connect

Figure out if you're looking for a conferencing tool or a training tool. If the primary purpose is going to be for web meetings, then I would likely look elsewhere. There is better standalone conferencing software. If you're trying to upgrade your training platform, this is a great option. They offer an abundance of tools that make this a viable option for those who will be presenting without producers as well.
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Skype

This software is suited for an organization that is fast-paced with a lot of back to back meetings where you have to constantly be multitasking. If your organization is an IT shop or a group that constantly needs to be sharing your screen to show with others this is the software for you.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Adobe Connect
6.5
Skype
7.9
High quality audio
Adobe Connect
7.9
Skype
8.5
High quality video
Adobe Connect
7.0
Skype
8.6
Low bandwidth requirements
Adobe Connect
5.4
Skype
7.0
Mobile support
Adobe Connect
5.7
Skype
7.4

Screen Sharing

Adobe Connect
8.8
Skype
7.9
Desktop sharing
Adobe Connect
8.8
Skype
8.8
Whiteboards
Adobe Connect
8.8
Skype
7.0

Online Meetings / Events

Adobe Connect
8.0
Skype
8.0
Calendar integration
Adobe Connect
7.9
Skype
8.0
Meeting initiation
Adobe Connect
7.6
Skype
8.3
Integrates with social media
Adobe Connect
7.0
Skype
7.8
Record meetings / events
Adobe Connect
8.5
Skype
8.1
Slideshows
Adobe Connect
8.9
Skype
7.7

Online Events Collaboration

Adobe Connect
9.1
Skype
8.5
Live chat
Adobe Connect
9.2
Skype
9.2
Audience polling
Adobe Connect
9.7
Skype
7.9
Q&A
Adobe Connect
8.6
Skype
8.2

Online Events Security

Adobe Connect
8.6
Skype
8.3
User authentication
Adobe Connect
8.4
Skype
8.4
Participant roles & permissions
Adobe Connect
8.3
Skype
8.2
Confidential attendee list
Adobe Connect
9.2
Skype
8.3

Pros

  • All of my Adobe presentations look extremely professional. The ability to import files that I've created in other programs allows me to utilize different design tools and bring their best elements with me.
  • Breakout rooms are excellent for taking a large class and separating them into smaller groups where they can collaborate and then come back to the large group experience. This is vital for us in building a virtual learning space that people are actively engaged in.
  • Simple interface for starting cameras and microphones. We've used some other products that needed their own manual for turning on a webcam. This is a simple click and even provides a preview before anything goes live. This is in addition to a splash screen when you enter a meeting that will walk all new users through the process, saving the presenters time.
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  • Video conferencing is the best we have used. It is consistently clear even on connections that are less than ideal.
  • Chatting is easy and the notifications are great. Easy to pick up and use.
  • The mobile app is really well done as well and good when you are not at your computer.
  • Using Skype to make phone calls is something that is not used as much anymore but still a great service.
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Cons

  • Our biggest complaint is always the lag in VoIP conferencing. It seems to fluctuate, but we can have as much as 5-7 seconds of delay at times. This can be a quick way to stifle any discussion that might be taking place. This ends up with a lot of people talking over one another.
  • First-time users sometimes have issues getting the program to open. There is an initial download to get the meeting rooms open and if it doesn't happen automatically, we need to instruct users to try and rejoin the meeting. This isn't a difficult step, but it can prove to be annoying when working with 30-50 new users at one time.
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  • Integrating with Chrome to make phone calls is not easy in the beginning.
  • The Windows 10 version of Skype can be a little confusing and we found we downgraded to an older version to bring functionality back.
  • The grouping for members was not something that we used and was problematic at first.
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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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Skype10.0
Based on 2 answers
I think so far there is no reason not to renew the license. We have been using Skype for a long time and are very satisfied with it.
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Usability

Adobe Connect9.0
Based on 5 answers
I like the interface, especially for someone using Adobe products. The continuity across softwares helps with functionality.
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Skype9.0
Based on 2 answers
It is very useful in terms of integration the organization and very cost effective for a large organization.
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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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Skype10.0
Based on 2 answers
Whenever I have had issues, they got resolved very quickly. My experiences have been very good with Skype in this regard.
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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
I liked it.
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Skype8.0
Based on 1 answer
No, It was implemented by third party
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Alternatives Considered

We have used Nefsis conferencing software in the past. It served a purpose but wasn't nearly as robust in the features it offered, making it just an okay platform for training. For conferencing, it worked very well, but if you're looking to add tools that will contribute to the learning experience, Adobe will provide many more options.
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Skype has better video support and I like the chat function better than Slack. It doesn't have the wide appeal of Slack with groups but is still an excellent service.
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Return on Investment

  • Positive: Creation of Video Catalogue for existing customers.
  • Helps customer retention through nurturing and providing of content that is easily catalogued.
  • Positive: Links for sales & customer service.
  • Rooms and layouts can be styled and cloned easily. This saves time and ensures that content is always available once it has been created. Definitely helps to add to the bottom line through the professionalism.
  • Negative: Use of some PowerPoint presentations and LeadGen webinars.
  • Some presentations fail and partially load for no apparent reason. Has meant that some webinars weren't as fluid as we liked and time lost to figure out the issues.
  • Negative: API with Marketo.
  • The syncing of information between AdobeConnect and Marketo is not entirely reliable. Of 100 leads, about 40 will synced, where the last 60 will have to be manually checked and converted. This means that a CSV file is pulled from Adobe and also from Marketo, where every signup is then cross verified manually. Extremely time consuming.
  • Negative: Can't use KeyNotes.
  • Means that some presentations have to be converted to ensure usage. Animations are lost and other design elements.
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  • Less trips back to campus. This has saved on travel costs immensely.
  • Some could say it has negatively impacted personal interactions but we do use the video feature daily which makes you feel like you are working in the same office space.
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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

Skype

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