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Why spend thousands on expensive online meeting software when Adobe provides one for free? That’s why I’m saying! Adobe Connect Now is a great online tool that allows users to host online meetings and share their screen, webcam, files, whiteboard, etc. The best part is it is all FREE! Let’s get started!
Step 1) Go to http://www.adobe.com/acom/connectnow/
Step 2) Sign up
Step 3) You should get a confirmation and a unique web address.. now lets get to the good stuff
When Adobe Connect now loads (after downloading a simple plugin) you will see the default screen. All the “pods” are loaded except the whiteboard which can be opened in the pod menu. Users can modify the layout for their own personal need if they wanted to make certain pods smaller or larger. It is a simple click and drag interface.
Users can share their screen (which requires an additional small plugin) and other users can even request control. This feature is very handy for sharing ideas and allowing contribution.
There is a small chat box if users need to exchange words via text. If you don’t want to type, use the microphone! There is a handy feature that allows users to use it like skype. If you have a webcam, you can even see eachother.
There is also a shared text box. I use this to keep notes and important information that is being collaborated on.
At the end of the meeting, you can save your chat history and notes for the record.
These are just some simple tips and tools that Adobe Connect Now has to offer. Let me know how you use it and if you have any more tips!
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