Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro Mobile for the iPhone

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Yesterday I was looking at iPhone apps and thought, “What the heck, I’ll do another search for Adobe Acrobat Connect.” And I found what I had been looking for: An app for the iPhone (and iPod Touch) that will allow a user to connect, listen to and view, and interact with users in an Adobe Connect meeting. I wish it included more features, but it DOES allow an iPhone or iPod Touch user to listen to, view, and interact (through text chat) with meeting participants.

Here’s how it works:

  1. An Adobe Connect Pro meeting is hosted through the standard web-based platform.
  2. Anyone with an iPhone or iPod Touch can access the meeting, through connecting with the Connect Pro Mobile app (free download through iTunes or the Apps store)
  3. Participants can view and listen to live presentations, including real-time meeting webcam video and screen sharing. Mobile users can see who is in the meeting room and communicate with others through using live text chat.
  4. VoIP meeting audio will broadcast directly to the iPhone or iPod Touch over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection.
  5. Meeting hosts also have the option to allow participants to join a telephone conference call or to have the conference dial out to the mobile user.

The upsides:

  1. This app provides an easy, seamless way to participate in any Adobe Connect meeting, anywhere the user has access to Wi-Fi or 3G service.
  2. Since this app was built using a pre-release of the next version of Flash Pro (published as a native iPhone app), it should work on the new Apple iPad and on other mobile devices when Adobe AIR for mobile devices becomes available.

The downsides:

  1. First of all, at least one person needs to be present in the meeting room using the standard web-based computer platform. Two people using cell phones, for instance, could NOT participate in an Adobe Connect meeting. Darn!
  2. Mobile users cannot chat using VoIP, but must either use text chat or call in using cell phone.
  3. Mobile users cannot broadcast from their iPhone.
  4. Not all of the Adobe apps used in a Connect meeting will work, such as answering questions on an embedded quiz.

So, if you need to attend an Adobe Connect Meeting and are without Wi-Fi, but have an iPhone, you can still participate, although not in the capacity you can if you were using a computer. I think as Adobe continues to refine this app, we will see more improvements and enhancements. For an upcoming meeting, I’m gonna try it!

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