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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

Skype is a great option for holding collaborative meetings when participants cannot meet in person. Skype allows users to create meetings with several people, which is useful. Because Skype is free and easy to install on various types of operating systems, it is a great choice for individuals or companies who need decent meeting software but also have budget constraints. Skype is also a good general choice for meeting software, because it can be used to call friends or family but is also a good choice for professional / workplace meetings. However, Skype will not work very well in areas without high speed internet.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Adobe Connect
6.6
Skype
7.5
High quality audio
Adobe Connect
7.7
Skype
8.0
High quality video
Adobe Connect
7.5
Skype
7.8
Low bandwidth requirements
Adobe Connect
5.6
Skype
6.6
Mobile support
Adobe Connect
5.5
Skype
7.4

Screen Sharing

Adobe Connect
8.2
Skype
8.0
Desktop sharing
Adobe Connect
8.1
Skype
8.7
Whiteboards
Adobe Connect
8.3
Skype
7.2

Online Meetings / Events

Adobe Connect
7.7
Skype
8.2
Calendar integration
Adobe Connect
7.6
Skype
8.5
Meeting initiation
Adobe Connect
7.5
Skype
8.7
Integrates with social media
Adobe Connect
6.8
Skype
8.1
Record meetings / events
Adobe Connect
8.3
Skype
8.5
Slideshows
Adobe Connect
8.2
Skype
7.4

Online Events Collaboration

Adobe Connect
8.4
Skype
8.4
Live chat
Adobe Connect
8.5
Skype
8.7
Audience polling
Adobe Connect
8.6
Skype
8.3
Q&A
Adobe Connect
8.1
Skype
8.2

Online Events Security

Adobe Connect
8.1
Skype
8.6
User authentication
Adobe Connect
7.9
Skype
8.9
Participant roles & permissions
Adobe Connect
8.0
Skype
8.2
Confidential attendee list
Adobe Connect
8.5
Skype
8.8

Pros

Adobe Connect

  • 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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Skype

  • The tabbed chat window is great when you have a lot of conversations going on at once. For example, if throughout the day you talk to 15 people through skype all of your conversations will be tabbed out in your chat window and turn orange when that individual sends you another message
  • For screen sharing it takes literally no time to just share your screen very quickly. You can also give others on the call control of the screen so they can move the mouse and show things on your screen remotely.
  • Your conversation history can be integrated to store in your outlook inbox so after a certain amount of time (~ 5 minutes is what I have it set to) your conversation will be saved to your inbox under a conversation history tab so you can go back and reference old conversations.
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Cons

Adobe Connect

  • 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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Skype

  • The system should have automatic quality control while video conferencing, even if the network condition is poor.
  • Some people suffered from troubleshooting of their installation of Skype.
  • A recording function could be welcome for people.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 10.0
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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Skype

Skype 8.1
Based on 3 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 Connect

Adobe Connect 9.0
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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Skype

Skype 9.0
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 Connect

Adobe Connect 7.0
Based on 2 answers
No isues and any issues seems to get resolved.
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Skype

Skype 10.0
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 Connect

Adobe Connect 7.5
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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Skype

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 7.9
Based on 4 answers
I liked it.
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Skype

Skype 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No, It was implemented by third party
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Connect

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

Skype seems to stand up well to Google Hangouts with the added bonus of you not having to have a Google account if you want to use it. It seemed like when I was talking with people about the best way to video conference them almost all of them knew what Skype was and felt confident in being able to use it.
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Return on Investment

Adobe Connect

  • We turned what was formerly an annual mini-conference into a series of webinars, allowing us and our members to save on meeting and travel expenses.
  • We have added value to our members' experience, because we can now offer many virtual opportunities year-round as opposed to only during live events throughout the year. The visual and interactive elements of a webinar make them more attractive as a learning experience than a simple teleconference. And because the webinars are recorded, members can view them at their leisure.
  • We've been able to expand what we offer to our chapters in terms of support from the national office, and we've given them an additional means of delivering professional development opportunities to their local members.
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Skype

  • Skype has allowed us to communicate face to face with people quickly and easily without the cost of travel.
  • Sometimes Skype can be more of a hassle than helpful and a phone call could have easily handled the initial contact.
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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

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