Adobe Connect (formerly Presedia Publishing System, Macromedia Breeze, and Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro) is software used to create information and general presentations, online training materials, web conferencing, learning modules, webinars, and user desktop sharing. All meeting rooms are organized into 'pods'; with each pod performing a specific role (i.e. chat, whiteboard, note, etc.).
Adobe Connect was formerly part of the Adobe Acrobat family and has changed names several times.
The product was first developed by a startup called Presedia, which created the Presedia Publishing System and included a first generation PowerPoint-to-Flash Plugin, which then became Adobe Presenter, and a training module. Macromedia acquired Presedia and added on a real-time web conferencing component, called Breeze Live (later renamed Breeze Meeting).
In version 5, Macromedia Breeze included four applications: Breeze Presenter, Breeze Training, Breeze Meeting, and Breeze Events (new in version 5). Following the acquisition by Adobe, Macromedia Breeze Meeting was initially rebranded to Adobe Connect, then Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional (with an SMB version named Adobe Connect), and now is rebranded as Adobe Connect. The full product line includes rebranded versions of Breeze Training, Breeze Meeting, Breeze Presenter, and Breeze Events.
Adobe Connect includes the following applications:
- Adobe Connect Webinars (formerly Breeze Events)
- Adobe Connect Learning (formerly Breeze Training)
- Adobe Connect Meetings (formerly Breeze Presenter)
- Adobe Captivate Prime- A learning management system designed around capturing information from eLearning programs.
- Adobe Captivate - A rapid eLearning authoring tool with capability to publish directly the Connect server.
Adobe Connect includes the following features:
- Unlimited and customizable meeting rooms
- Multiple meeting rooms per user
- Breakout sessions within a meeting
- Audio and video conferencing
- Meeting recording
- Screen sharing
- Notes, chat, and whiteboards
- User management, administration, and reporting
- Central content library
- Collaboration Builder SDK
- Mobile App (Android and iOS)
- HTML5 Clients
History and marketplace competition
Prior to September 2006, when Macromedia products were added to the Acrobat product line, Adobe Connect was Macromedia Breeze. It was renamed subsequent to Adobe's purchase of its former competitor Macromedia; the rebranded Breeze products were renamed Adobe Connect 6, rolled into the Adobe Acrobat Product line in version 7, and renamed Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional.
In version 7.5, the product was renamed Adobe Connect.
|Date released||Product version (service packs)||Applications|
|July 2019||Adobe Connect 10.5||HTML client for participants and Connect Central improvements.|
|December 2018||Adobe Connect 10.1||HTML Client improvements, Login Screen improvements and Connect Central web application improvements.|
|October 2018||Adobe Connect 10.0||New HTML5 client (for attendees only), out of the box SAML 2.0 based single sign on capabilities, HD webcam capabilities.|
|April 2018||Adobe Connect 9.8||New meeting entry workflows, continued HTML5 improvements to Connect Central, improved control over audio outputs, .|
|March 2018||Adobe Connect 9.7.5||New meeting entry workflows, continued HTML5 improvements to Connect Central, improved control over audio outputs, .|
|October 2017||Adobe Connect 9.7||New HTML5 interface for Connect Central, new desktop application.|
|April 2017||Adobe Connect 9.6||Provides meeting hosts access to the engagement dashboard.|
|June 2016||Adobe Connect 9.5.4||Improvements to the presenter only area for hosts.|
|September 2015||Adobe Connect 9.5||Support for HTML5 content within virtual classrooms, local MP4 conversion, updates to integration with Adobe Experience Manager, improvements to analytics dashboard.|
|March 2015||Adobe Connect 9.4|
|September 2014||Adobe Connect 9.3||Screen sharing improvements, whiteboard improvements, use Facebook or Google+ accounts to register for events, improved email reporting, integrations with Salesforce and Microsoft Lync.|
|August 2013||Adobe Connect 9.1||Recording and playback enhancements, audio and video enhancements, event module enhancements, training module enhancements.|
|2012||Adobe Connect 9.0||New Event Registration system and Large Webinar support|
|November 2010||Adobe Connect 8.0||TBD|
|November 2009||Adobe Connect 7.5 (SP1: April 2010)||Meeting, Training, Events, Adobe Presenter, Communication Server, Edge Servers|
|May 2008||Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional 7 (SP1: Dec 2008, SP2: Feb 2009, SP3: July 2009) Note: "Professional" was later shortened to "Pro")||Meeting, Training, Events, Adobe Presenter, Communication Server, Edge Servers|
|December 2006||Adobe Connect 6 (SP1: Feb 2007 SP2: July 2007, SP3: Jan 2008)||Meeting, Training, Events, Adobe Presenter, Communication Server, Edge Servers (rebranded to Adobe)|
|May 2005||Macromedia Breeze 5 (SP1: Jan 2006, SP2: Mar 2006 SP2 Security Update: Oct 2006)||Meeting (formerly Breeze Live), Training, Events (new), Breeze Presenter, Communication Server, Edge Servers (new)|
|July 2003||Macromedia Breeze 4||Breeze Live (new), Training, PowerPoint Plug-In (rebranded Macromedia)|
|Unknown||Presedia Publishing System||Training, PowerPoint Plug-In|
- "Adobe Expands Acrobat Family with New Acrobat Connect Product Line". dobe.com. Retrieved 29 May 2011.