Want to try out Synergy on Linux or OS X but don’t want to mess with configuration files? QuickSynergy provides a pretty user-friendly graphical interface to get it up and running. I’ve been using it for many months now on Kubuntu Linux.
If you haven’t seen Synergy in action, here’s a short clip. Nothing too exciting but clearly shows you how you can seamlessly move from one computer to another with a flick of the mouse. You can also see QuickSynergy’s configuration window on the left screen.
Do you have two or more computers either at home or at work? Increase your productivity by using them all at the same time without the hassle of a hardware switchbox (a.k.a. KVM).
Even if your computers run on different operating systems, Synergy enables you to access all of them from a single keyboard and mouse. The way it works is you run Synergy on all of your Windows, Linux or Mac computers. Then, define which computer is the master (the one on which you’ll be using the keyboard and mouse) and where the slaves are located (to the right, left, above, below the master). All the other computers talk to the master to receive your keystrokes and mouse movements.
How does Synergy know which computer you want to control? You just mouse over to it. That’s why you define the physical relationship of each slave relative to the master. For example, if you have a computer to the left of the master, when you move the mouse cursor past the left edge of the master’s desktop, it will show up at the right edge of the computer on the left as if it was all one big desktop. Thus, you can use all your computers at the same time. Even clipboard text is transferred between computers for simple cut-and-paste operations.
The only thing you can’t do with Synergy is move an application from one computer to another. Each computer is still a separate system. Synergy just enables you to control them all from one place.
Watch this CNET Insider’s Secrets video to see how Synergy works and how to set it up.
Need to create PDF files but don’t want to shell out big bucks for the full version of Adobe Acrobat and its Distiller tool? PDFCreator for Windows creates a virtual printer so that you can make PDF files from any application that can print. In addition to the PDF format, it can output to PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, PostScript and EPS files. You can also merge multiple PDF files into one. Very handy tool.