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Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is a flash based web conferencing software. This is also primarily used for online training materials and presentations.

This company was founded by John Warnock and Charles Geschke in December 1982.

Connect is a product of the Adobe company, however, it was created by a start-up company, Presedia which had the first generation of PowerPoint flash plug-in.

The product is now at version 9.0 and was recently (2013) named as a top-ranked leader in webconferencing products by Forrester Research.

Presidia was bought by Macromedia who added Breeze (Live) Meeting (Breeze is a web component). As a result, it was named Macromedia Breeze. Adobe then acquired Macromedia Breeze and renamed it Adobe Connect.

They improved upon the features of Macromedia Breeze which works with Microsoft Windows. The company's headquarters is in San Jose, California with over 9,000 (nine thousand) employees throughout the world.

The Adobe company itself has several different products that are widely used by 90% of PC (personal computer) users who have desktops.

However the Connect product is the only one with video conferencing capabilities. It was launched in 2003. It has been used (and was created to be used for) webinars, online meetings, and eLearning. It has been used for these purposes by government and professional organizations.

Connect isn't Adobe's only useful application/product. They also have:

  • Creative Suite - collection of design and development tools

  • Premier Pro - edit digitial video

  • Flex - building responsive presentations

  • Flash - for streaming video

  • Photoshop - for digital imaging

  • Digital Publishing - create publications for mobile devices.

  • Acrobat - create PDF documents

  • In Design - design graphics and technology

The leadership consists of the two founders who are also Chairmen of the Board - John Warnock ad Charles Geschke. Also:

  • Kevin Lynch - Chief Technology Officer

  • Mark Garrett - Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  • Shantanu Narayen - President and Chief Executive Officer

Adobe was voted the #1 computer software company in Worlds Most Admired Companies, according to their website.