Start meetings

When you are host, starting a meeting is as simple as logging in to your meeting room and then inviting others, through e‑mail or instant message, to do the same. Meetings can be spontaneous or prearranged.

When you have entered the meeting room, you can perform tasks to set up the meeting for attendees, such as specifying conference information, accepting or declining requests to join the meeting, rearranging pods, and typing in notes.

Enter a meeting room

 Do one of the following:
  • From the Home page in Adobe Connect Central, click My Meetings, and click the Open button for the desired meeting.

  • In Adobe Connect Central, navigate to the Meeting Information page for a specific meeting and click Enter Meeting Room.

  • Click the meeting URL in the e‑mail invitation that you have received. Type your Adobe Connect login and password, and then click Enter Room.

  • Enter the meeting URL in your browser. Type your Adobe Connect login and password, and then click Enter Room.

The first time you visit a meeting room, bookmark it for quick access the next time you want to start a meeting.

Start a meeting using the Start Meeting button

The Start Meeting button is included in software applications such as Adobe Acrobat® 8, Adobe Reader® 8, and some Microsoft Office programs. As a meeting host, use the Start Meeting button to access your meeting room login screen or to set up a new Adobe Connect account.

Note: In Acrobat 9 and Reader 9, you can use Adobe ConnectNow, a personal web-conference tool, for online meetings.
  1. Click Start Meeting .
  2. If the Welcome To Start Meeting dialog box appears, click Create Trial Account to set up a new account or click Log In if you already have an account.
  3. In the Start Meeting Log In dialog box, type your meeting URL, login, and password, and click Log In.
    Note: In Acrobat 8 or Reader 8, your meeting preferences determine how much login information you have to enter before your meeting room opens. To change your Acrobat or Reader meeting preferences, select Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Acrobat > Preferences or Reader > Preferences (Mac OS), and then select Meeting on the left.

Set meeting room bandwidth

The host sets meeting room bandwidth to determine the rate (kilobits/second) at which data from the meeting is sent to attendees. Choose a room bandwidth that matches the connection speed used by attendees. If attendees are using a variety of connection speeds, choose the lowest speed attendees are using to ensure that all participants have a good connection.

  1. Choose Meeting > Preferences.
  2. In the list on the left, select Room Bandwidth. Then select one of the following options:
    LAN
    One presenter can generate around 250 kbits/second of data. Attendees need around 255 kbits/second. If screen sharing is used, attendees should have 400 kbits/second.

    DSL/Cable
    One presenter can generate around 125 kbits/second of data. Attendees need around 128 kbits/second for a good connection. If screen sharing is used, attendees should have 200 kbits/second.

    Modem
    One presenter can generate around 26 kbits/second of data. Attendees need around 29 kbits/second for a good connection. Having more than one presenter with the Modem setting is not recommended. Screen sharing with the Modem setting is not recommended.