Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Desktop videoconferencing and more for free

Adobe Connect is a powerful system built on Flash which is used for a range of communications and training purposes. It can provide desktop videoconferencing with multiple participants including document and desktop sharing and has already made quite an impact in the commercial sector. However, it is expensive to run a full system and hence its uptake in education has been pretty constrained by budgetary limitations. Adobe have now, however, provided a limited free option called "Adobe Connect Now" which let's you host small meetings (maximum size three participants) but this might be enough for simple communication and tutor/technical support. The advantage over many other systems is that being built on Flash means that most browsers can handle it without additional software downloads or installations. If you have a webcam and microphone you can be up and running in seconds.

To give it a try visit http://www.adobe.com/acom/connectnow/ 

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