eLearning & Instructional Technology

About Adobe Presenter

Adobe Presenter is a useful tool for developing presentations specifically for online distribution using the Flash file format. Once you are introduced to the capabilities of Adobe Presenter, you will be able to design, develop, and deliver interactive narrated PowerPoint presentations.

Requirements for the Work Station (PC)

To use Adobe Presenter to produce narrated PowerPoint presentations you must have a Windows PC meeting the following requirements:

  • Windows XP, 2000, 2002, 2003, Vista
  • 400 MHz Pentium processor or better
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 5 MB of free hard disk space
  • Macromedia Flash Player 6 or higher
  • Approximately 0.5 MB of hard disk for every minute of presentation audio
  • PowerPoint installed (PowerPoint '97, PowerPoint 2000, 2003, or PowerPoint 2007)
  • A sound card
  • A microphone (external microphones are recommended)
  • A working internet connection with a current web browser
  • An external headset microphone be used for all narration recording.
  • A high speed network connection to be used to reduce the time to transfer the large audio files produced through Adobe Presenter

Adobe Connect Account Setup

To publish your Adobe Presentations, you must have a Adobe Connect account. Please send a request to Carrie Cao at ycao@virginiawestern.edu to set up a new Adobe Connect account. In your request, please include your full name and your VWCC email address. Once a Adobe Connect account has been set up for you, you will receive an email from the Adobe Connect server which includes your login name (should be your VWCC email address) and password (vwcc). You need to change your password as soon as possible.

Once you log in, you will see the Adobe Connect Manager window. Click on My Profile in the upper right hand corner. Select Change My Password, and create a password. Complete this change by clicking Save. Your account is now set up. If at any time you wish to change your password, select the Change My Password link again.

Download and Install the Adobe Presenter Plug-in

Adobe Presenter works through a plugin for PowerPoint. Plugins add functionality to other programs, but cannot run independently. Because of this, you must first install PowerPoint (version 97, 2000, 2003 or 2007), part of the Microsoft Office suite of tools. Once PowerPoint is installed, you may proceed with installing Adobe Presenter.

NOTE: If you need to install Adobe Presenter on your office workstations, you will need to contact IET at 857-7354.

  1. To download Adobe Presenter, click on this link.
  2. Choose Save to Disk and click Ok. Save the file on your desktop.
  3. A file named Presenter_6_1_EN.zip will be saved on your desktop.
  4. Double click the Presenter_6_1_EN.zip file to open it.
  5. Double click the Presenter_6_1_EN folder to open it, then double click Presenter.exe to start the install wizard. Be sure to close PowerPoint if it is currently running.
  6. Adobe Presenter is installed as a menu in Microsoft PowerPoint. It lets you create self-running rich media presentations and e-learning courses.

    PowerPoint Menu
  7. Follow the instructions in the Getting Started presentation that is installed with the product. It provides step-by-step instructions on how to create and publish your first Adobe Presentation.

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