Murphy's Law: Freeware Fight! Synergy vs. Input Director

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Lighthater

Synergy 3 (Windows, Mac, Linux), Input Director 1 (Windows)

This is a glaring omission. I use Synergy for it's ability to control both Windows and Linux systems. Input Director loses automatically by being windows only.

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TheMurph

...unless you're working on a few Windows-based PCs, which would make Input Director an "automatic win."

Also, I don't get your "glaring omission" part.  The cross-platform compatability is directly addressed in the very first point: "supported operating systems."

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Hg Dragon

But the article doesn't specify Linux support for Synergy, which is what I think he was driving at. You only list Windows and Mac support.

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TheMurph

Ahh, I see.  In that case, the fault is mine for overlooking said open-source OS!

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Zazubovich

play Mechwarrior 2 on a win98 SR2 machine while enjoying the delicious wide screen experience of a modern flat panel monitor?

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TheMurph

Either/or.  Seriously.  I'm playing games on my laptop right now, which is Input-Director-linked to my work PC.

Er.

I'm doing work on my laptop right right now, which is...

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MRrelabled

In a time when I worry about flashplayer being secure, how secure are these programs ?

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Hg Dragon

Well, you're using it on an internal network. I guess you could try to use it across networks or over the Internet, but that would be odd, slow and pointless. Most people don't have multiple terminals at their desks on separate networks. You would use Remote Desktop or VNC or soem other remote access client.

 That said, the article does state that Input Director supports multiple encryption levels if you're worried about someone sniffing your mouse movement/keystroke data. If that's such a big concern, then you should probably use a wired mouse and keyboard for each machine.

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huhhuh

I haven't ever worked with any of this mentioned software, but I frequently use VNC (for local LAN sessions) and teamViewer when I am away of home.

How well this input director compare against software I use ?

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Hg Dragon

They have a bit of crossover in terms of use. VNC is great for viewing and working on remote machines that aren't infront of you, like say across the room or on another desk. Synergy/Input Director are more for situations where you have another terminal at your desk Instead of having another mouse/keyboard combo, or a KVM switch that you have to maunally swith inputs between, this software lets you seemlessly move your mouse and keyboard controls between the monitors (and terminals) without having to do anything esle. No keystrokes, no manual switch, just "mouse over" to the other screen and that becomes your active desktop.

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thefuzz4

Synegy also works in Linux as well which is huge.  Especially for those of us at work who need to have both a Windows and a Linux box on there desktop.  I use synergy religously here at work I wouldn't know what to do with out it.

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