Adobe Web Conferencing
Extends Collaboration Across the Enterprise
Acrobat Connect Pro Delivers New
Capabilities for Increasing Real-Time Participation Through Engaging Web
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Nov. 3, 2009 — Adobe Systems
Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced significant updates to its Adobe®
Acrobat® Connect™ Pro Web conferencing solution, enabling organizations to
provide rich communication and collaboration experiences for their employees,
partners and customers. Now, organizations can improve their customer
interactions through more collaborative meetings, training sessions, and Web
seminars that increase real-time participation and bring people together when
and where needed.
“Communication and collaboration are absolutely
vital to the success of enterprises and individuals,” said Arun Anantharaman,
vice president, Acrobat Connect Pro at Adobe. “Acrobat Connect Pro is easy to
use, technically flexible, highly secure and it fits seamlessly with an
organization’s IT infrastructure. We’re helping our customers succeed in the
dynamic transfer of knowledge and ideas.”
The new version of Acrobat Connect Pro will
integrate with any audio conferencing provider, allowing organizations to
leverage existing investments. Telephone audio can be recorded along with a Web
conference and streamed to VoIP-only meeting participants. Advanced integrated
audio teleconferencing capabilities include call controls, participant
management and synchronized recording. Additionally, a new integration with
InterCall, the world’s largest conferencing and collaboration services
provider, will offer customers the ability to deploy Acrobat Connect Pro with
InterCall audio conferencing.
Alcoa, the world leader in the production and
management of primary aluminum, is using the Adobe solution to facilitate
frequent, cost-effective and productive collaboration among the company’s
executives. “People struggle to create dynamic, engaging meetings. The new
features in Acrobat Connect Pro will give birth to new ideas in collaboration,
on-demand learning and virtual meetings once people engage with the
functionality,” said Rob Morrison, manager, eCommunications at Alcoa, Inc.
“Acrobat Connect Pro is a catalyst for innovation, leading to better
interaction and more fruitful meetings.”
Increased webinar capacity will enable users to
engage up to 80,000 participants in high-impact sessions that can incorporate
rich media demonstrations, live and recorded video and interactivity. This new
capacity will support use cases ranging from large marketing events and product
launches, to global town hall meetings and effective eLearning programs.
Further enhancements to security and compliance
functionality in Acrobat Connect Pro includes more secure desktop sharing that
offers increased control and enables regulation compliance. New administrative
tools allow customers to define which applications can be screen-shared; users
can collaborate with ease without the risk of an inadvertent breach.
With this release, Adobe will offer a new
implementation model. In addition to current hosted and on-premise deployment
options, Acrobat Connect Pro will be available as a managed service, offering
customers the ability to outsource IT support while realizing the benefits of
security and control.
Other key areas of additional functionality
include: native support of PDF that offers advanced document controls and
improved workflow through increased integration with Adobe Acrobat;
functionality that enables users to schedule and manage Acrobat Connect Pro
meetings directly from Lotus Notes; easy account migration for installed
customers who wish to change deployment configurations; and certification that
offers on-premise customers the ability to run Acrobat Connect Pro on VMware
infrastructure. Additionally, work is currently underway on the Acrobat Connect
Pro Mobile application, which will enable meeting participation from mobile
devices. The first devices that Adobe is working to enable are the Apple iPhone
and iPod touch.
Deployed using the Adobe Flash® Player --
installed on more than 98 percent of Internet-connected PCs worldwide --
Acrobat Connect Pro is truly cross-platform compatible. The solution lets
virtually anyone connect to an online meeting instantly using a simple Web address
and without the need to download additional software.
Acrobat Connect Pro is available immediately on a hosted, on-premise or
managed-service basis. Language support includes English, French, German,
Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Turkish,
Russian and simplified Chinese. For more information, visit www.adobe.com/acrobatconnectpro.