Multiplicity KVM software boosts productivity



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.


  • 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!


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



    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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