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Adobe's Acrobat Connect Web-Hosted Service Available

Adobe Systems has announced the immediate commercial availability of Adobe Acrobat Connect, the first hosted web conferencing service to offer "always-on" personal meeting rooms. Acrobat Connect enables knowledge workers to instantly meet and conduct business online through real-time, interactive web conferencing that is simple to access and easy to use.

Acrobat Connect enables users to choose an easy-to-remember web address for their online personal meeting room that is unique to them, much like a phone number or e-mail address. Accessing a personal meeting room is easy and instant, requiring little more than a web browser and the ubiquitous Adobe Flash Player software, installed on more than 97 percent of Internet-connected computers worldwide. Because there is no cumbersome software to download, knowledge workers can easily hold spontaneous, ad-hoc meetings that are virtually hassle-free to join.

Acrobat Connect provides users with essential collaboration tools, such as screen sharing, whiteboarding, chat, video conferencing, and audio conferencing all for unlimited usage for up to 15 participants for one low monthly fee. Additionally, with one-button "Start Meeting" access from the Adobe Acrobat 8 software product line and free Adobe Reader 8 software, users can launch Acrobat Connect directly from a PDF document to start collaborating immediately.

For more advanced web conferencing and collaboration needs, the Acrobat Connect product line also includes Acrobat Connect Professional software. Available as of Dec. 2006, Acrobat Connect Professional offers a highly scalable solution for wide organizational deployment that offers extensive meeting management capabilities, as well as a powerful reporting system. For online meetings and events, including large meetings of up to 2,500 participants, companies can reach target audiences virtually any time with interactive multimedia, integrated telephony, and Voice over Internet Protocol. Organizations can deploy Acrobat Connect Professional in either an on-premise, behind the firewall configuration, or through Adobe's hosted service.

The entire Acrobat family consists of Acrobat 8 Professional, Acrobat 8 Standard, Acrobat 8 Elements, Acrobat 3D Version 8, Acrobat Connect, and Acrobat Connect Professional.



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