While multiple monitors are seemingly becoming the norm, there are still a few of us out there sporting multiple computers as well. I'm rocking both a Mac and a Windows machine (and sometimes two). Unfortunately many of the programs I'm using are both resource intensive and available for only one operating system (iPhone SDK/Xcode and Z-Brush/other 3D software to name a few), so virtualization programs such as Parallels don’t cut it. So what to do when you've got to use multiple machines across multiple screens?
Originally, I end up with multiple keyboards and mice. Needless to say my desk becomes a clutter of keyboards, mice, and wires. I also frequently end up grabbing the wrong mouse or typing with the wrong keyboard, which cut in on my productivity. This is where Synergy, the free, open source software came to the rescue.
After a quick setup that works with Macs, PCs, and even Linux machines, you are ready to roll. Instead of one mouse and one keyboard for every computer, you end up with one mouse and one keyboard for multiple computers - all of this without clunky hardware. To switch screens all that is needed is to simply slide the mouse left or right off of the screen to the other monitors that were configured.
Aside from the sleek design of the software, Synergy will help remove the clutter off the top of your desk, eliminating the need for those old, extra peripherals. Enjoy this extra room and use this as a start for creating the organized and well-designed workspace you have been yearning for.
Post and photos by Jesse Leikin.