Playing Recordings on Windows

1. Click the "Register" button

2. Click "Click to View"

3. Click the "OK" button

4. Your recording will now play.

 

If this is your first time using the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher, you are prompted to download and install it. When you are done installing it, click Play on the Downloading Installer page and follow the steps below.

If you previously installed the launcher, you will bypass the Downloading Installer page.

Tip: If you already installed the launcher but are still prompted to download it, click the link Launch Blackboard Collaborate now. This may happen if you previously cleared your browser's cookies, are using private/secure browsing or installed the launcher using one browser but now are launching a session or recording using another browser.

Note: By clicking Play or Launch Blackboard Collaborate now, you are telling the software that you have downloaded and installed the launcher. This sets a flag in your browser, which will bypass the Downloading Installer page next time you play a recording.

  1. To play a recording, click the recording link (or click Play on the Downloading Installer page). 

  2. Your .collab file (either play.collab or nativeplayback.collab) is downloaded. Open the .collab file. How you open the file depends on which browser you are using. The behavior of each browser may vary depending on how you configured its settings.

    • Firefox asks you what to do with the .collab file. Select Open with and then Blackboard Collaborate Launcher from the drop-down menu. (If there is no drop-down menu, click Choose and open your Downloads folder to select Blackboard Collaborate Launcher.)  

      Note: The option Do this automatically for files like this from now on does not work due to a bug in Firefox. If you want to open files automatically next time, use Chrome.

      Opening meeting.collab dialog

    • Internet Explorer asks you what to do with the .collab file. Click Open.

      IE Open file prompt

    • Chrome presents you with the file at the bottom of your browser window. Click on the file name.

      Downloaded nativeplayback.collab file

      If you want future session files to open automatically, select Always open files of this type from the menu and then double-click the file name.

      Chrome option "Always open files of this type"

Your recording will now play.

 

Playing Recordings on Mac

1. Click the "Register" button

2. Click "Click to View"

3. Click the "OK" button

4. Your recording will now play.

 

If this is your first time using the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher, you are prompted to download and install it. When you are done installing it, click Play on the Downloading Installer page and follow the steps below.

If you previously installed the launcher, you will bypass the Downloading Installer page.

Tip: If you already installed the launcher but are still prompted to download it, click the link Launch Blackboard Collaborate now. This may happen if you previously cleared your browser's cookies, are using private/secure browsing or installed the launcher using one browser but now are launching a session or recording using another browser.

Note: By clicking Play or Launch Blackboard Collaborate now, you are telling the software that you have downloaded and installed the launcher. This sets a flag in your browser, which will bypass the Downloading Installer page next time you play a recording.

  1. To play a recording, click the recording link (or click Play on the Downloading Installer page).

  2. Your .collab file (either play.collab or nativeplayback.collab) is downloaded. Open the .collab file. How you open the file depends on which browser you are using. The behavior of each browser may vary depending on how you configured its settings.

    • Firefox asks you what to do with the .collab file. Select Open with and then Blackboard Collaborate Launcher from the drop-down menu. (If there is no drop-down menu, click Choose and open your Downloads folder to select Blackboard Collaborate Launcher.)

      Note: The option Do this automatically for files like this from now on does not work due to a bug in Firefox. If you want to open files automatically next time, use Chrome.

      Opening nativeplayback.collab dialog

    • With Safari, open your Downloads folder and then open the .collab file.

    • Chrome presents you with the file at the bottom of your browser window. Click on the file name.

      Downloaded nativeplayback.collab file

      If you want future session files to open automatically, select Always open files of this type from the menu and then double-click the file name.

      Chrome option "Always open files of this type"

  3. If this is the first time using the launcher, you are prompted to open it.

    Mac warning re. opening launcher

  4. You are prompted to move the launcher to the Applications folder. This is not necessary but doing so will help keep your Downloads folder uncluttered.

    Move to Applications folder? dialog

    Tip: Select Do not show this message again so you will not see this dialog next time you launch Blackboard Collaborate.

Your recording will now play.