Learn about the latest offerings in Adobe Connect. This article summarizes the new features and enhancements.
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Adobe Connect enables you to create state-of-the-art digital training, webinar, and collaboration experiences. For an overview of Adobe Connect, see www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html.

The sections below summarize the new features and enhancements available in the various releases of Adobe Connect.


What's New in Adobe Connect 11.0

What's new and changed?

Adobe Connect 11.0 is available for all server deployment environments - hosted, managed services, private clouds, and on-premise servers. This document describes what’s new for all customers – some features may have been available in previous limited releases. 

Browser Client for Hosts and Presenters

New Meeting Application for Windows

Improved Voice over IP (VoIP) Audio

Greater Accessibility

Connect Central Updates

Additional Improvements

Browser Client for Hosts and Presenters

With Adobe Connect 11.0, hosts and presenters can now start and manage meetings with only a web browser, and without downloading additional software.

From a browser, hosts are able to: 

  • Start and manage meetings, virtual classrooms and webinars (seminar rooms)
  • Start and manage audio conferencing
  • Start/pause/stop recordings
  • Create, edit, and manage layouts and pods
  • Create, manage, and start breakout sessions
  • Manage all meeting preferences

Additionally, both hosts and presenters will now be able to:

  • Upload and share all supported content types - PowerPoint files, PDF documents, MP4 videos, MP3 audio, JPG/PNG images, GIF animations, interactive Captivate presentations, Adobe Presenter files (HTML or hybrid formats), and custom pods
  • Use whiteboard tools for drawings or annotating on content
  • Share their camera
  • Manage Q&A
  • Access the host and presenter area

Participants who have been granted enhanced rights, or are participating in breakouts, will also be able to share their cameras, use the whiteboard drawing tools, edit notes, and share content.

Browser limitations for all users include screen sharing and video camera display. Users will need to install and launch the new Adobe Connect meeting application in order to share their screen or to view more than two live camera streams during meetings.

All users may continue to join through the Adobe Flash player in a browser, however many new features will not be available to Flash users.

For more information on what is supported, see Adobe Connect Capabilities in HTML Client.

Account administrators and room owners can choose whether to enable or disable the HTML client for participants at the account or room level. For more information on how to enable these settings, see Enabling Adobe Connect HTML Client.

New Meeting Application for Windows

The new Adobe Connect 11 Windows application allows hosts, presenters, and participants to enjoy the new user interface across all meeting types, including virtual classrooms and seminar rooms. Presenters can access all features, including HD cameras and screen sharing, with superior meeting performance. Improvements include a new launch experience, greater ease of entry, and an updated screen sharing palette.  

Improved Voice over IP (VoIP) Audio

Significantly improved audio output in browsers. Microphone audio, broadcast telephony, and Universal Voice audio all benefit from critical updates to audio delivery. This applies to all meetings, virtual classrooms, webinars (seminar rooms), and recording playback in HTML. 

Greater Accessibility

Participants can now access subtitles and additional audio tracks embedded in MP4 videos. Uploaded PDF content can now be read by screen readers. The new interface offers new keyboard shortcuts, improved tab navigation, and better support for screen readers. 

Connect Central Updates

All Flash-based interfaces have now been updated to HTML including the home page calendar, recording editor, diagnostic test page, seminar calendar, event reporting, course content players, and all other dashboards and charts.

Additional improvements

  • Ability to add hyperlinks in Notes pod
  • Ability to rename breakout rooms
  • Ability to rotate participants through breakout rooms
  • Support for animated GIF files in Share pods
  • Improved whiteboard performance
  • Drag-n-drop file upload to File Share pod
  • 'Manage Layouts' view added to support multi-column layout view
  • Ability to search for and select layouts in 'Manage Layouts' view
  • Ability to lock layouts to prevent accidental pod movement during meetings
  • Host and Presenter area can now be restricted to hosts only
  • Added a preference for recording reminder
  • Added a preference for automatic MP4 video buffering 

What's New in Adobe Connect 10.8

Adobe Connect 10.8 is a limited release and as such will only be available for on-premise and Managed services deployments. It will not be rolled out to the Hosted services.

HTML Client for Hosts and Presenters

HTML Client Improvements

Meeting Launch Workflow

Enhanced Rights for Participants

Adobe Connect Central Pages

Miscellaneous Improvements and Changes

HTML Client for Hosts and Presenters

With Adobe Connect 10.8, the hosts and presenters will be able to seamlessly start a meeting, a virtual classroom, or a webinar with HTML client in their web browser without downloading additional software.

Inside the HTML client, hosts would be able to 

  • Start and manage meetings, virtual classrooms and webinar sessions.
  • Upload and share supported content types - PowerPoint files, PDF documents, MP4 videos, MP3 audio, Captivate and Presenter files (HTML or hybrid formats).
  • Use Whiteboard for drawings and annotations on content.
  • Share their camera.
  • Start and manage audio conference.
  • Create, edit, change and manage layouts and pods.
  • Access the hosts and presenter area.
  • Switch to prepare mode.
  • Get host controls for all pods.

The only restriction of the HTML client is that the hosts cannot screen share from the browser. They will need to install and launch the existing Adobe Connect meeting application in order to share their screen.

Apart from the HTML client, hosts and presenters can continue to join through the previously supported methods—the Adobe Connect desktop application and the Adobe Connect Flash-based browser client.

For more information on what is supported, see Adobe Connect Capabilities in HTML Client.

Account administrators and room owners can choose whether to enable or disable the HTML client for participants at the account or room level. For more information on how to enable these settings, see Enabling Adobe Connect HTML Client.

Meeting

HTML Client Improvements

Following improvements and new features will be available to hosts and presenters in the HTML Client:

 

Notes Pod

  • Ability to add hyperlinks in Notes pod.
  • The Notes pod title is also included while exporting Notes pod as text file or emailing Notes pod.

Chat Pod

  • Emailing chat history will now include the Chat pod title.
  • The email chat option will also include the chat transcript from various open conversation threads that the host is part of,  including Everyone tab, Chat with hosts, and any private chats.
  • The chat pod display has been further optimized to display more messages in a given screen area.

Attendee Pod

  • Various attendee pod menu controls have been optimized for better access.
  • Added full screen option in Chat Pod for enhanced accessability. 

Breakout Rooms

  • Added the ability to rename breakout rooms. (Note: when a breakout room is renamed, all associated pods titles reflect the new name).
  • Added the ability to rotate participants in various breakout rooms.

Share Pod

  • Added support for gif files in Share Pod (Note: gif files are still not supported when viewed directly from Adobe Connect Central pages).
  • Hosts can now drag-n-drop supported content from their local machine in the share pod. 

Whiteboard

  • Improved the whiteboard performance overall including when drawing long patterns and when multiple users are drawing simultaneously.

File Share Pod

  • Hosts can now drag-n-drop files (upto 5) to File Share pod.

Layouts

  • Added ability to search for layouts in 'Manage Layouts' view.
  • Added ability to lock layouts to prevent fat finger errors during live presentations.
  • Enhanced 'Manage Layouts' view to support multi-column view.

Host and Presenter Area

  • Presenter only area is renamed to Host and Presenter area.
  • Host and Presenter area can now be made visible to either only hosts or to both hosts and presenters.

Prepare Mode

  • Prepare mode has been visually enhanced to show the live pods distinctively

Miscellaneous Improvements

  • Added full screen option in Chat, Attendee, Q&A, Poll, File share and Weblinks pods for enhanced accessability. Host have the option to enable or disable the full screen option for all attendees at room level. 
  • Added a new Recording reminder prefence to prompt hosts to start recording during a new session.
  • Added a new preference for automatic buffering of mp4 videos at participants end.

Meeting Launch Workflow

Option now shown to all browser users joining a virtual classroom, a meeting, or a webinar session to join through browser (with HTML client or with classic Flash client) or Connect desktop application meeting.

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Enhanced Rights for Participants

The participants can now be given enhanced rights for various pods including webcam rights and drawing rights in the HTML client. The participants in HTML client will now get presenter rights when moved to breakout rooms.

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Adobe Connect Central Pages

The content uploaded and shared from Adobe Connect Central pages will now open in HTML format.

Miscellaneous Improvements and Changes

  • Added the following legal disclamer in login page - 'The Adobe General Terms of Use will govern use of Adobe Connect'.
  • A "What's New' information dialog is now shown to let users learn more about new features and improvements in the new release version. The information dialog is shown only once to the users joining through HTML client.
  • Any new flash only Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter content cannot be uploaded  from either Connect Central or from within meetings.
  • The video published from HTML client is set at 180p.
  • When screenshare is present in the meeting, the video feed will drop to 180P for all publishers (flash or html)
  • Inactive video cells in Video Pod when in Grid layout are automatically paused.
  • Upgraded JDK to version 1.8.0_231
  • Upgraded log4j to version 2.12.1
  • Upgraded spring.jar to version 5.2.4
  • Upgrade Tomcat version to 9.0.27

What's New in Adobe Connect 10.6

Recordings playback in HTML

With Adobe Connect 10.6, users can now watch HTML versions of Adobe Connect recordings in an web browser on most platforms and try a new 'beta' HTML viewer for mobile browsers.

Benefits of HTML-based recordings include:

  1. Recordings retain the interactive features of Adobe Connect meetings. While watching a recording, users can scroll through and copy text from Notes, Chat, or Q&A. Viewers can download a file from a Files pod, or click links in Chat, Q&A, Web Links, and on slides. Share pods can be made full-screen for optimal viewing. Quizzes and other interactive content created in authoring tools such as Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter also retain their interactivity - enabling a user to participate in a quiz even if watching a recorded version of the session. 
  2. HTML recordings are now more accessible. HTML recordings show the content in the same way it was shown during the live meeting. Users can navigate the meeting interface, and the text in Chat, Notes, Q&A, and even PDF documents can be read by a screen reader - even when watching the recording. 
  3. Existing recordings created with Adobe Connect 9 or higher will also be available through the HTML viewer. 

The new HTML viewer for recordings is only available if the HTML client has been enabled for the meeting room where the recording took place, or if the recording has been moved to the content library.

Note:

Any non-hybrid custom pods or non-hybrid content (i.e. SWF, FLV, Presenter, Captivate, etc...) present in the recordings will not be visible in the HTML viewer. To view this content, users should switch to the classic view.

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HTML-based Curriculum Viewer

With the 10.6 release, the curriculum viewer has also been redesigned in HTML, creating a faster and more accessible experience with a modern user interface.

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Miscellaneous improvements and changes

  • Users joining through HTML client on mobile (beta) now have an option to make individual pods full-screen (except notes pod).
  • Keyboard shortcuts for HTML clients have further enhanced.
  • Tomcat version upgraded to 9.0.22.
  • JRE version upgraded to 1.8.0_221.
  • A host of fixes to known issues in HTML client.

What's New in Adobe Connect 10.5

With the HTML client, participants can seamlessly join a meeting, a virtual classroom, or a webinar in their web browser without downloading additional software. Inside the HTML client, users can view shared screens and content, interact with notes, leverage VoIP in the form of transmitting and receiving audio, and view a shared live video. Users can also participate in polls, chat, and Q&A.

Apart from the HTML client, participants can continue to join through the previously supported methods—the Adobe Connect desktop application and the Adobe Connect Flash-based browser client.

The HTML client supports the most commonly used features for attending and participating in meetings, virtual classrooms, or webinars. However, the HTML client in its current form does not contain every capability that the other Adobe Connect meeting clients possess. For more information on what is supported, see Adobe Connect Capabilities in HTML Client.

Account administrators and room owners can choose whether to enable or disable the HTML client for participants at the account or room level. For more information on how to enable these settings, see Enabling Adobe Connect HTML Client.

HTML client content support

HTML client now supports viewing various content types shared by Hosts:

  • PowerPoint (sync and unsync modes)
  • PDF (sync and unsync modes)
  • MP4
  • MP3
  • Presenter
  • Captivate
  • Images

HTML client content support improvements

  • Rewritten the entire PowerPoint conversion engine to address various known PPT/PPTX conversion issues in both HTML client and Flash/Meeting application.
  • PowerPoint conversion engine now converts an uploaded PPT/PPTX file to both HTML- and Flash-friendly formats.
    • PowerPoint conversion is expected to take longer than previous versions due to dual conversion.
    • The conversion progress bar has been updated to show more information about various conversion steps.
PPT enhancements
  • PPTX files can now be directly uploaded to meetings.
  • New PDF viewer for HTML client that addresses various known issues is available.
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  • Ability for Hosts to hide the playback seek bar for MP4 and MP3 content for HTML client-based participants.

Existing user content support

  • Run-time conversion for existing PowerPoint user content to HTML-friendly format supported to display in HTML client for participants.
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  • New workflow in Flash client/meeting application to seek Hosts’ permission for initiating new run-time PowerPoint conversion. (Note: The conversion could take a few minutes.)
  • Information prompt for Hosts in case existing content cannot be converted into an HTML-friendly format (valid mostly for existing Presenter and Captivate non-hrybrid content).
    • If a Host chose to show such content, participants who joined in HTML Client are shown an option to switch to classic view (Browser flash client or desktop application).
  • New ‘HTML compatible’ Flag in Adobe Connect Central administration pages to let Hosts validate if the existing content can be viewed in HTML.
  • Users are shown a warning prompt when they share an already uploaded Presenter and Captivate content from unsupported versions. Supported versions are Presenter 11.0 and above, Captivate 9.0 and above.

New content support

  • A warning prompt is shown when a Host uploads an SWF-only (Flash-only) Presenter or Captivate content.
  • Hosts cannot upload any new content from unsupported versions of Presenter and Captivate while in a meeting or in Connect Central. Supported versions are Presenter 11.0 and above, Captivate 9.0 and above.

HTML client Whiteboard support

Added support for display of annotations done by Hosts and Presenters, to participants joined via HTML client:

  • All new and existing Whiteboard annotations are visible in HTML client.
Whiteboard
  • All new annotations done on supported content types—PowerPoint, PDF, MP4, MP3, Presenter, and Captivate—are visible in HTML client.

HTML client custom pods support

Custom pods are now supported in HTML clients. However, the existing custom pods need to be converted to hybrid format (HTML and Flash) to be able to work in the HTML client. The latest SDK to build HTML-friendly custom pod is made available to existing development partners.

A new Account-level setting is added in Connect Central administration pages for HTML client under Compliance and Control to let adminstrators enable or disable custom pod in HTML client.

HTML client miscellaneous improvements

  • Host cursors are now visible to participants in HTML client.
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  • Meeting Launch workflow changes (applicable for HTML client-enabled rooms only):
    • Option shown to all browser users joining a training, a meeting, or a webinar session to join through browser (with HTML client or with classic Flash client) or Connect desktop application meeting.
Launcher

Connect meeting URL parameters

  • Various parameters can be appended to the Connect meeting URL to default the meeting client choice for the participants:
    • ?html-view = true Use to force a participant in HTML view (works only when HTML is enabled for the meeting room).
    • ?proto = true Use to force attendees (participants, hosts, presenters) to join through the Connect desktop application.
    • ?launcher = false Use to join through Flash in browsers (works only when Flash is enabled in the browser).

Changes to ‘Turn on HTML client for participants’ flag

  • At Room: If HTML is turned ON for an account
    • All new rooms will have HTML enabled by default.
    • For all existing rooms, the HTML flag state is the same, that is, if HTML was disabled, it will remain disabled and vice versa (same as the existing behavior in 10.2).
  • Hosts can also enable HTML client for participants while in a meeting session from the meeting menu option 'Manage Access & Entry'.
Room level
  • At Account: The default state of the HTML Client flag is ON for all accounts (same as the existing behavior in 10.2).
    • A new option to force-enable HTML client for all existing meeting/training/seminar rooms is available to Account administrators.
    • When the force-enable option is selected by the administrators, the HTML Client Flag in room settings is shown as uneditable with an information note displayed.
Account level

Other enhancements

  • Mobile browsers (Beta feature): Users are given an option to join through browsers or mobile app. The HTML client for mobile browsers is a beta feature.
  • HTML client users can now see all the supported keyboard shortcuts by pressing the ? key in HTML client. 
  • Poll Pod: HTML users can edit already submitted answers (for Short answer polls).
  • Chat Pod: Minor UI improvements to increase the number of chat messages displayed in a smaller area.
  • The maximum length of the message that HTML participants can send to a Host while in Breakouts is now set to 1024 characters.
  • A host of fixes to known issues in HTML client.

Connect Central - HTML client customization

HTML meeting client customization

  • Customer account administrators’ can now customize HTML meeting client also through Connect Central.
  • Both Flash and HTML client can be independently customized with different color combinations.
  • All currently supported customization options available for Flash client are also available for customization in HTML client except menu text and highlight colors.
  • Colors of various icons used in HTML client app menu bar and pod menu bar (including hover, non-hover, and default states) are also changed when foreground text colors are changed.
  • Examples added in Connect Central administration pages to showcase client customization variations.
  • Warning shown if chosen foreground and background colors in customization does not adhere to Webaim’s recommended contrast ratio for accessibility (WCAG AA for normal text).

Search

  • New improved Search in Connect Central using HTML technologies.
Search
  • Simplified search filters. Users can now further filter search results by categories, content types, and date range.
Search filters

Reports

  • Reports Tab in Connect Central is redesigned using HTML technologies.
Reports
  • Following new reports are added:
    • All Content Usage - Shows usage statistics for all content used within a period of time.  
    • Training Status and Score - Lists all trainings used within a period of time with the score and completion status of each trainee.
    • Attendance Report - Lists all attendees and the time they spent for each meeting room, virtual classroom, and Seminar room for a given date range.
    • All Cost Center Usage - Details cost center members' activity and meetings billed to the cost center for all cost centers for a given date range.
    • Peak Concurrent Users Per Day - Shows peak concurrent users per day for a given date range.

Miscellaneous improvements and changes

  • A new access type is now available to Hosts during room creation –“Only registered users and account members may enter the room”. This lets a Host invite all account members to the room.
New access option
  • HD Video slot – In grid mode, Hosts can now change the video feed (from live feeds) to be displayed in HD.
  • By default, the HD Video feed slot is given to only Hosts and Presenters. The first Host or Presenter to turn on the video in HD-enabled room is given the HD video slot.
  • HD video parameters optimized for better performance and quality.
  • Selecting 'Use Predefined size' in Event template components now shows the size that will be used.
  • HTML-based user management control enhanced to allow administrators to view user details and edit user group membership. 
  • In chat pod, Hosts are now shown a warning message when the chat pod text is approaching the maximum retention limit to take chat backup.
  • 'Recordings Usage Report' shown in System Usage Report section in Connect Central has been deprecated. This report showed server side MP4 conversion usage, which was deprecated in 9.5 release.
  • Logo image is shown on the login page only when a custom logo has been uploaded by the account administrator.
  • Now License Agreement is not shown during Connect server installation.
  • Improved performance of 'Seminars by sessions' report.
  • Tomcat version upgraded to 9.0.19.
  • JRE version upgraded to 1.8.0_212.
  • Other smaller improvements and fixes to various known and customer-reported issues.

What's New in Adobe Connect 10.1

HTML Client improvements

The HTML client includes the following changes for an improved user experience:

  • Video pod: The video displayed in the Video pod is optimized to suit the user device. Based on the display area of a particular device, the layout of the Video pod is adjusted for an improved video experience.
  • Chat pod: The Chat pod text is displayed in grey font. The system does not select any font color by default. 
  • Meeting room: Participants who join a meeting using the HTML client on Firefox or Edge browsers now have the option to open the meeting room in the browser or the desktop application.
Open meeting room
  • If participants select the Remember my choice in this browser option, the system remembers the choice for future launches from the same browser. Participants can also reset launch preferences to enable both choices to be displayed again during launch. However, this option is visible only if the cookie/preferences are set for the browser.
Reset launch preferences
  • Meeting room menu bar speaker menu: Tooltips for the menu items are more descriptive. Icon states for Mute Attendees and Mute All Sounds are changed for easier differentiation.
Tooltips for meeting room menu items

Login screen improvements

The login screen components are streamlined to reduce load time. You can customize the login screen, if necessary.

Login screen improvements

 Here is a list of changes:  

  • Reduced recommended banner size for faster login screen load times
  • Customizable font color for default text in login/password text boxes
  • Customizable font color for login screen text
  • Updated logo sizes and default display

Connect Central web application improvements

  • UI improvements to check box and text block type event registration questions.
UI improvements

What's New in Adobe Connect 10

HTML client for participants


Adobe Connect now includes an HTML-based meeting client for desktop participants. The new client provides a more responsive and accessible experience for participants who join Adobe Connect meetings, virtual classrooms, or webinars.

HTML Meeting Client
HTML Meeting Client

With the HTML client, participants can seamlessly join a meeting, virtual classroom, or webinar with their web browser. They need not download any additional software. Inside of the HTML client, users can view shared screens, interact with notes, leverage VoIP in the form of both transmitting and receiving audio, and view shared live video. Users can also participate in polls, chat, and Q&A.

In addition to being able to join via the HTML client, participants can continue to join through the previously supported methods: the Adobe Connect desktop application and the Adobe Connect Flash-based browser client.

The HTML client supports the most commonly used features for attending and participating in meetings, virtual classrooms, or webinars. However, the HTML client in its current form does not contain every capability that the other Adobe Connect meeting clients possess. For more information on what is supported, see Adobe Connect Capabilities in HTML Client.

Account administrators and room owners can choose whether to enable or disable the HTML client for participants at the account or room level. For more information on how to enable these settings, see Enabling Adobe Connect HTML Client.

HD Video

A new HD (720p) option is now available when setting your video quality in Adobe Connect 10.

HD video
HD video

For more information on this feature, see Share HD video from webcam.

Single Sign-On (SSO)

Adobe Connect 10 has out-of-the-box single sign-on (SSO) capabilities to link accounts with third-party SAML 2.0 based identity providers (IDP). This feature greatly improves the entrance and security workflows when accessing one’s account.

For more information on this feature, see Enabling single sign-on in Adobe Connect.

Miscellaneous Improvements

  • New Login Page experience.
Login page
  • UI improvements to the Adobe Connect desktop application
  • The Chargebacks and Event Leads Generated pages in Adobe Connect Central have been redesigned in HTML5.
  • Option to add check box question as a type of Registration question in Event Manager
  • Option to add text block supporting some HTML elements in Registration questions in Event Manager

What's New in Adobe Connect 9.8

You can now select a connected speaker using the new Select Speaker option in the Audio Setup Wizard. The wizard is available in the Meeting menu from inside a meeting room and from the pre-meeting test page when Adobe Connect application for Windows is installed.

Select speaker when configuring audio using the wizard
Select speaker when configuring audio using the wizard

When recording a meeting, if the audio is disabled, you can now easily enable it by selecting Turn On Audio Conference. Alternatively, you can record the meeting without audio by clicking Record Without Audio.

Turn on audio conference when recording without audio
Turn on audio conference when recording without audio

Tomcat is upgraded to version 8.0.50. JRE is upgraded to version 1.8.0_162.

What's New in Adobe Connect 9.7.5

Adobe Connect application for desktop improvements

  • Support for optional Start Menu and Desktop shortcuts (Windows only). Users can opt to create or not create Start menu and desktop shortcuts while installing Adobe Connect application for Windows. This option is available in both Windows installer for users and MSI installer for administrators.
  • Ability to select an audio output speaker in meeting (Windows only). Users of Adobe Connect application for Windows can choose an audio output device from the meeting room. This option is not available from the Adobe Connect Flash client for browsers or in the Adobe Connect application for Mac.
  • Option to remember a user session in the Adobe Connect application for a computer. Users can choose to allow the Adobe Connect application to remember their session on a computer. While a session is active, users need not re-enter login credentials when joining a meeting from the Adobe Connect application for desktop.
  • Open a new application session using the Ctrl + N shortcut (Windows only). Users can launch a new session of the Adobe Connect application by pressing the Ctrl + N shortcut keys while using the Adobe Connect application for desktop.
  • PPT content support in the Adobe Connect application. Users can open a shared PPT content directly from the Adobe Connect application home screen by entering the content URL.
  • Users can join a meeting room by double-clicking the meeting from the Recents or the Favorites list in the Adobe Connect application for desktop.
  • Users can clear all items from the Recents and Favorites list in the Adobe Connect application for desktop.
  • The Adobe Connect application for desktop auto-populates the last-visited Adobe Connect meeting's domain URL in the home screen. Users can join a meeting by entering only the meeting room name from the Adobe Connect application home page.

For more information, see the following pages:

Connect Central web application improvements

  • The Audio Profiles setup page in Adobe Connect Central has been redesigned in HTML5. Users can create new or edit existing audio profiles. 
  • From Adobe Connect Central Home Page > My Recordings tab, users can go to recording details screen from the recording list.
  • From Adobe Connect Central Home Page, users can access the old experience, which includes the older Calendar Control, My Training, Training Catalog, My Meetings and Resources tabs. 
  • From Adobe Connect Central Home Page > My Meetings tab, users can access the newly added Start date column.
  • From Adobe Connect Central Home Page > My Meetings tab, users can filter the meetings created by them through a newly added filter.
  • From Adobe Connect Central Home Page > My Recordings tab, users can access recording details from the recordings list.

For more information, see Adobe Connect Central home page.

Miscellaneous improvements

  • AEM upgraded to version 6.2 SP1.
  • Support for the new Adobe Presenter 7 content is discontinued. An error message appears while attempting to upload content created using Adobe Presenter 7 or an earlier version.
  • Seminar room deletion also deletes the associated Event.
  • MSI installation is complete without the need to log off and re-login.
  • MeetingOne adapter upgraded.
  • JRE upgraded to version 1.8.0_152
  • Tomcat upgraded to version 8.0.47

What's New in Adobe Connect 9.7

Adobe Connect application for desktop

Adobe Connect 9.7 offers an application for desktop that is available for both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh users. Now you can easily join and manage meetings from your desktop. The Adobe Connect application is a stand-alone application that replaces the old add-in. With the new Adobe Connect application, users do not need Adobe Flash Player installed or enabled in browsers to join or conduct meetings.

The new stand-alone application is available to all users. Also, users who have Adobe Flash fully enabled in their browser, can continue to attend sessions in browsers.

Using the Adobe Connect application, users can bookmark frequently visited rooms and view the history of recent meetings. For more information, see Adobe Connect application for desktop.

Adobe Connect desktop application for Windows

Enhanced diagnostics and pre-meeting tests

Users can now run pre-meeting diagnostic tests to check if their system meets the requirements necessary to attend an Adobe Connect session without using Flash in their browsers. The test prompts  users without Flash to install the new application in advance.

For users using Adobe Connect’s built-in Voice over IP (VoIP) features, the new test page has an option to pre-configure and test microphones and speakers before they join a meeting. For more information, see Adobe Connect diagnostic test.

Adobe Connect pre-meeting diagnostic test page

Adobe Connect Central home page in HTML5

The Adobe Connect Central home page has been redesigned using HTML5. Users can seamlessly find and manage meetings, recordings, and training catalogs without enabling Adobe Flash Player. Users can find the recordings created by them or shared with them, directly from the home page. For more information, see Adobe Connect Central home page.

Adobe Connect Central home page in HTML5
Adobe Connect Central home page in HTML5

MSI installer for the Adobe Connect application

Adobe Connect 9.7 includes a new MSI installer for the Adobe Connect application for desktop. Administrators can manage the enterprise-wide distribution and deployment of the Adobe Connect application using SCCM.

The MSI installer for IT administrators can be downloaded from: http://www.adobe.com/go/Connectmsi. For more information, see Install Adobe Connect application for desktop.

What's New in Adobe Connect 9.6

Breakout room enhancements

The Presenter Only Area remains open when starting a Breakout session. This allows the Hosts to retain the pods available in the POA during the Breakout session. When the attendees are in breakout rooms, the Hosts can continue to work with the pods they opened in POA. See Create and manage breakout rooms for more information.

Engagement Dashboard in meetings

Hosts and Presenters can use the Engagement Dashboard to view participants’ attention and interactivity levels in a session. Now the Dashboard is available for Meetings without the need for Events or Training modules. See the article View meeting reports for more information.

Install the latest Help

An archive of the how-to help articles is now hosted at www.adobe.com/go/AdobeConnect_Offline_Help for on-premise customers. Administrators can download and update the local help files so their users get the latest help content.

Java 8 support

Adobe Connect 9.6 now supports Java 8 to continue to provide a secure experience to its customers. Java 7 is no longer supported and further security patches will not be available.

What's New in Adobe Connect 9.5

Adobe Connect 9.5 comes out with a new, refreshing logo that replaces the existing logo. It is the first thing you notice when logging in to Adobe Connect.

New logo of Adobe Connect
New logo of Adobe Connect

Meeting-related enhancements

Offline recordings in MP4 format

Adobe Connect 9.5 onwards, the conversion to MP4 format happens directly on the user's machine and there is no server-side queuing. You can control the quality and the size of the final output file using the available settings.

Options to convert a recording to offline MP4 format.
Options to convert a recording to offline MP4 format.

The actual resolution of the output MP4 file depends on the screen size and the supported resolution of the machine used to create the offline recording.

See Record and playback Adobe Connect meetings for more information.

Smarter Video pod

The Filmstrip mode is enhanced to ensure a better webcam video experience inside Adobe Connect. Filmstrip mode is especially useful when many users share their feed and the active speaker is in the focus. Adobe Connect 9.5 onwards, the Video Pod better recognizes the visible feeds and automatically pauses the feeds not visible to a user. This change translates in to lesser bandwidth and processing power requirements improving the overall quality of the meeting experience. When the user shuffles the feeds and brings in view the previously hidden and paused streams, Adobe Connect 9.5 automatically starts playing the now visible feeds.

New meeting connection status icon

The meeting connection status icon, found in the upper-right corner of a meeting room is redesigned () to indicate the quality of the available network connection. It depicts the meeting room connectivity status.

See Adobe Connect meeting room basics for more information.

Virtual Classroom-related enhancements

Support for Adobe’s HTML5 content

Virtual Classroom users can now share the HTML content created using Adobe Captivate and Adobe Presenter as long as they use the add-in. The user experience to share content remains at par with other content types in the Share Pod, as this content type supports syncing, quizzes, and recording, and the supported reporting capabilities.

A few requirements to use this functionality are:

  • Adobe Connect 9.5 supports the HTML content published via Adobe Captivate 9 or later and Adobe Presenter 11 or later.
  • The HTML content is supported only in Virtual Classrooms.
  • The Presenter sharing HTML content in a VC and the attendees consuming HTML content in a VC must install the Adobe Connect add-in only once.

To use HTML content in a VC, all attendees are required to upgrade to the latest add-in. Adobe Connect prompts users to download the add-in when HTML content is shared.

Notifier to Hosts and Presenters when sharing HTML content in a VC
Notifier to Hosts and Presenters when sharing HTML content in a VC

Note:

To avoid a prompt in the middle of a VC session, pre-install the new add-in.

The Adobe Connect notifier prompts the Host or the Presenter sharing HTML content, to check if all users in the classroom are ready to view the shared HTML content. Users who cannot view the shared HTML content are marked in the Attendee Pod with  icon against their name. The components required to display the shared HTML content automatically downloads. Participants are able to view the shared HTML content in some time. The automatic download of the required components is a one-time activity that happens without any intervention required by the user. Similarly, Adobe Connect automatically downloads the required components when a user attempts to view, for the first time, a VC recording with HTML content shared in it.

The Virtual Classroom email notification now includes instructions and the add-in download link for attendees to prepare for the session in advance. You can modify these email notifications and the instructions as required.

See About Adobe Connect courses and curricula for training for more information.

Reporting-related enhancements

Adobe Connect 9.5 offers two new reports that allow Administrators to understand the usage of their Adobe Connect accounts. These reports are part of the System Usage reports in the Reports tab. You can download either report in CSV format for further analysis.

The Meeting Sessions Usage report provides a summary of Meeting, Seminar, or Virtual Classroom sessions that happened over a user-defined period and provides start and end time, duration, session type, total and peak participants, and so on.

The Meeting Usage report provides a summary of meeting activity over a period. For each date, it provides Peak Concurrent Meeting users and Total User Minutes.

See Generate usage reports in Adobe Connect Central for more information.