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Now that the New York Times realizes the value of a second monitor, we might as well give them this tip too. Multiplicity is a software-based KVM that allows you to control multiple computers with a single keyboard and mouse. Other similar solutions exist, like Ultramon, […]

Multiplicity

Now that the New York Times realizes the value of a second monitor, we might as well give them this tip too. Multiplicity is a software-based KVM that allows you to control multiple computers with a single keyboard and mouse. Other similar solutions exist, like Ultramon, MaxiVista and Synergy, but Multiplicity looks the most simple to set up. From the looks of it, configuration is a short process that Multiplicity "wizards" you through. There’s a free trial available, but the software will set you back either $39.95 or $69.95, depending on which version best suits your needs.

A full list of features follows.

-kct

  • Clip and PasteShare your clipboard contents among your master and slave computers, including images!
  • File and Directory Copying - Easily move files, or entire directories between computers! (Pro Version)
  • Hotkey Support – Multiplicity supports fast switching to the connected computers via configurable hotkeys and mouse buttons!
  • Fade/Darken IndicatorMultiplicity can fade or darken the non-focus computers, to further enhance navigation speed.
  • Onscreen DisplayMultiplicity can be configured to display an onscreen indicator of your current location.
  • Locking – Support for locking your mouse to a specific desktop (configurable).
  • Security - Full password protection, and domain control internally.
  • Threshold Option – Full support for threshold control of mouse movement between machines.
  • Alternative Control Methods - Multiplicity supports various control methods, such as Jog Dials, and Spatial Controllers!
  • By Kevin C. Tofel

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    1. I have been using my Tablet PC alongside my desktop computer for some time now and definitely agree with the notion that it is a productivity boost. The only problem I have is that I can be easily distracted if there is too much going on :)
      I’ve tried Multiplicity and shyed away from it in the end and back to Synergy, which I am still using. From what I can remember there were occassions when Multiplicity wouldn’t connect properly. It does have more advanced clipboard sharing though which is a real boon. Synergy can share text but image sharing is something they still need to develop.
      What I’d really like to see is the integration of profiles, that way I could easily use Synergy in multiple locations.
      A new version of Synergy is available which seems a big step forward so check it out alongside Multiplicity and decide which suits your needs.

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    2. Maxivista has all that what Multiplicity provides but has a BIG plus. It allows to extend the desktop to the screen of the slave PC.

      You have to see the demo video: http://www.maxivista.com/demo.htm

      Johan

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    3. Check out http://www.maxivista.com

      MaxiVista does a very cool special trick additionally to the Multiplicity feature.

      Demo video: http://www.maxivista.com/demo.htm

      Stryker

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    4. Ooops, that is what we call deja vue. My posting is almost identical to Johan’s. Sorry for the redundancy.

      Stryker

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